As MWC 2016 fades into the distance, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro stand out as two headline performers, but which smartphone comes out on top when it comes to specs and design? Read on for our comparison between the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro.
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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro: design and build quality
The world knew what Samsung's Galaxy S7 Edge would look like quite a while before its eventual unveiling in Barcelona this year, but even so the wait to see the smartphone up close was worth it.
Samsung's Galaxy S7 Edge is bigger than the S6 Edge but feels nice and compact still, boasting a gorgeous aluminum body protected by Gorilla Glass 4. We were impressed with the handset's curves during our full hands-on review, and Samsung has certainly crafted a premium piece of kit here.
The camera on the back of the Galaxy S7 Edge now protrudes less than it did on previous models, which means there's less of a rocking motion when the smartphone is placed down on a flat surface. The Galaxy S7 Edge's outline looks elegant in metal and the smartphone is a joy to hold as a result.
Water resistance has been added to the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge's list of tricks, much to the relief of clumsy phone owners the world over.
The Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro is the most expensive version of Xiaomi's new handset, and the price hike is justified by a slightly different design instead offering up a 3D ceramic back with rounded edges.
Whilst the ceramic finish is guilty of attracting plenty of fingerprints as you're playing with it, the material gives the smartphone a particularly unique look and feel. Despite the minor fingerprint issue, the Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro is very comfortable to hold.
Xiaomi fans will be pleased to hear that the material is scratch-resistant, which ultimately means it's easier to keep the ceramic build of the Mi 5 Pro looking fresh.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro: display
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge's iconic AMOLED display is a 5.5-inch treat, and colors pop beautifully on the smartphone's screen.
Arriving with a 2,560 x 1,440 pixel resolution and density of 510 dpi, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge appears to have hit the sweet spot when it comes to screen size. Whilst we'll admit the screen isn't the smallest, Samsung hasn't stepped into phablet territory with its new release either.
Brightness levels are top-notch and viewing angles have proved impressive throughout our time with the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, but we're looking forward to getting detailed in our full review of the smartphone.
Xiaomi's premium-looking Mi 5 Pro stars a 5.15-inch IPS display, which you'll notice from the pictures comes rather close to the edges of the front of the smartphone. Whilst it's a stylish look, grabbing the phone tightly can sometimes see a user's palm obscuring the edges of the display.
A pixel resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 is on offer at 427 ppi, and the Mi 5 Pro's backlighting configurations copes well with different lighting situations.
As we found at MWC, Xiaomi's latest release has an excellent body-to-screen ratio, making pictures and videos a treat for the eyes.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro: processor and storage
Samsung's latest gadget is powered by the Snapdragon 820 chipset, also equipped with 4 GB of RAM. Our hands-on session saw us treated to a particularly nippy experience exploring the smartphone's menus. Samsung has really impressed when it comes to performance, we're pleased to report.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge offers up either 32 GB or 64 GB of internal storage for owners to fill up, expandable via microSD all the way up to 200 GB.
On the other side of the fence, the Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro is also powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 chipset, again starring 4 GB of RAM. The base storage figure knocks the Galaxy S7 Edge out of the park though, including a whopping 128 GB of internal space.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro: camera
We want to play around with the Galaxy S7 Edge's cameras even more than we already have, but so far things are looking good. The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge's main 12 MP camera has an f/1.7 aperture and dual-pixel technology, whilst the front facing shooter rocks a 5 MP sensor.
We're told than the focus speed of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is four times faster in low-light conditions than on the S6, and the result is a delightfully fast shooting experience.
Selfie fanatics may be left slightly disappointed by the Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro's 4 MP front camera, although the smartphone's main snapper really impresses.
The rear camera of the Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro is a 16 MP offering working alongside a 4-axis OIS system that guarantees clearer pictures for experienced photographers and newbies alike. On top of that, the main camera comes with a Sony IMX 298 sensor and an aperture of f/2.0.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro: software
Both the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and Galaxy S7 come with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow pre-installed, with the OS complimented by Samsung's own TouchWiz UI.
Whilst there's no major improvements to this latest build of TouchWiz compared to previous entries, the system still runs smoothly and offers a solid experience. Admittedly, TouchWiz hasn't undergone much of a transformation since its time on the S6 Edge+, but this isn't a deal breaker.
The Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro runs MIUI built upon Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and a key feature of the OS is the freedom it brings in terms of customization. Menus are quick to navigate, performance is impressive and updates to the OS itself are substantial and released on a regular basis. All in all, there's not too much to complain about.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro: battery
A mighty 3,600 mAh battery keeps the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge chugging along, which is better than the Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro's 3,000 mAh equivalent.
According to the folk over at Xiaomi, the Mi 5 Pro can be juiced up to 80-90 percent within an hour thanks to Quick Charge 3.0. We're looking forward to putting this claim to the test.
A Samsung spokesperson told us that the company has managed to tuck a hefty battery into the Galaxy S7 Edge without adding much bulk, thanks to self-made, malleable components. Apparently, this allows Samsung to take advantage of gaps inside the phone. Clever.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro: specs
Still on the fence when it comes to picking a winner? Take a look at the table below for a more detailed comparison between the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and Xiaomi Mi 5.
|Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge||Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro|
|RESOLUTION||2,560 x 1,440 pixels||1,920 x 1,080 pixels|
|RAM MEMORY||4 GB||4 GB|
|PROCESSOR||Exynos 8890||Snapdragon 820|
|STORAGE||32 GB||128 GB|
|REAR CAMERA||12 MP||16 MP|
|FRONT CAMERA||5 MP||4 MP|
|BATTERY||3,600 mAh||3,000 mAh|
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro: verdict
Whilst it's fair to say that the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has turned more heads upon its arrival, the Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro still puts up a great fight.
Both the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro offer up some solid specs in stylish, premium shells. Whilst the Galaxy S7 Edge may be lagging behind when it comes to its main camera, the smartphone brings an improved screen resolution to the table. On the other side of the fence, The Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro's ceramic finish and 128 GB of internal storage are both hard to ignore.
Does the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge take the gold medal in your opinion, or has Xiaomi come up with a worthy competitor in the Mi 5 Pro? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.