The Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S7 are two of the most anticipated smartphones to have been unveiled at MWC. Both phones have their strengths, so we're taking a look at the pair to see what sets them apart. Have a look at our Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S7 comparison and decide for yourself.
Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S7 comparison: Design
The Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro has a 3D ceramic back with rounded edges that make it easy to hold. This edition of the Mi 5 is housed in the latest very hard ceramic technology and could set the standard for phone builds in the future.
There is a home button that features a fingerprint scanner and the camera is tucked inside of the body (more on that later).
The Galaxy S7 is an all around attractive device. It has aluminum sides with Gorilla Glass 4 protection on both sides of the device.
It has a smooth finish and an elegant, neat appearance. The phone is certified waterproof in case of any accidents. The camera sticks out slightly but the phone lays almost completely flat when set down on a surface.
Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S7 comparison: Display
The Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro has a 5.15-inch IPS 1,080p display that nearly covers the front of the phone. It comes with 16 LED back-lighting and sunlight adjustment for different lighting situations.
The Galaxy S7 has a 5.1-inch QHD 2,560 x 1,440 AMOLED display. The level of detail on it is so crisp that it pushes the limits of what is discernible to the human eye.
Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S7 comparison: Software
The Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro comes with MIUI 7 pre-installed. This software is based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
The Galaxy S7 comes with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow complete with TouchWiz UI. There are about 25 pre-installed applications on the phone.
Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S7 comparison: Battery
The Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro has a 3,000 mAh battery and it's claimed that it can be charged to 80-90 percent in one hour with Quick Charge 3.0.
The Samsung S7 battery is also a 3,000 mAh offering and has a curved shape to optimize the available space. It takes about 90 minutes to charge fully. The optimizations made possible by Android Marshmallow could mean that it can work for two days without a recharge.
Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S7 comparison: Camera
The Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro camera works on a new 4-axis optical image stabilization system for clearer pictures. It comes with a Sony IMX 298 sensor and a 16 MP back camera with an aperture of f / 2.0 and a 4 MP front camera.
The main camera can shoot 4K video. Amazingly, Xiaomi has managed to tuck this impressive main camera inside the body of the phone.
The Galaxy S7's main camera is 12 MP and its front is 5 MP. It uses an f / 1.7 aperture lens, which boosts its low-light performance. It can also shoot 4K video in slow or fast motion.
Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S7 comparison: Performance
The 128 GB Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro comes equipped with the Snapdragon 820 chipset and backed up with 4 GB RAM. It comes with 128 GB of memory and greatly outpaces the S7 in this department.
The Galaxy S7 we tested at MWC came with the Exynos 8890 chipset. This is an octa-core CPU with four cores clocked at 2.3 GHz and four at 1.6 GHz. It's backed up with 4 GB of RAM and means the Galaxy S7 should easily be able to handle almost anything you could do with it. The US version has 32 GB if memory.
The Galaxy S7 came in with an AnTuTu benchmark score of 116,668 while Xiaomi claims the Mi 5 Pro scored 142,084.
Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S7 comparison: Specs
The Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro is the top model, listed in the specs column in the chart. So it has 4 GB of RAM and comes with 128 GB storage.
Xiaomi Mi 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S7 technical specifications
|Xiaomi Mi 5||Samsung Galaxy S7|
|Dimensions:||144.55 x 69.2 x 7.25 mm||142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm|
|Weight:||129 g||152 g|
|Battery size:||3000 mAh||3000 mAh|
|Screen size:||5.16 in||5.1 in|
|Screen:||1920 x 1080 pixels (427 ppi)||2560 x 1440 pixels (577 ppi)|
|Front camera:||4 megapixels||5 megapixels|
|Rear camera:||16 megapixels||12 megapixels|
|Android version:||6.0 - Marshmallow||7.0 - Nougat|
|Internal storage:||128 GB
|Removable storage:||Not available||microSD|
|Chipset:||Qualcomm Snapdragon 820||Samsung Exynos 8890
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
|Number of cores:||4||8
|Max. clock speed:||2.15 GHz||2.6 GHz
|Connectivity:||HSPA, LTE, NFC, Dual-SIM , Bluetooth||HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2|
Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S7 comparison: Price and conclusion
The Samsung Galaxy S7 is a powerful smartphone with incredible capabilities and a sophisticated design. But the Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro is moving dangerously close to it in design and performance, and after MWC 2016, Samsung should be sweating. The Mi 5 Pro outpaces the Galaxy S7 in many regards, including its new camera technology, more memory and a stronger build.
Early pre-order retail prices for the Galaxy S7 range from US$649.99-694.99 depending on the carrier, while the Mi 5 Pro sits at an estimated US$413 (although with import taxes it could come in a little higher).
The comparison between the two shows the Mi 5 Pro beating the Galaxy S7 in many measurements, so can a price disparity that vast be justified? The difference in price could be so wide that we could be seeing a new era of smartphone dominance in the smartphone market. Xiaomi now looks poised to have its time at the top.
Which smartphone looks better to you, the Mi 5 Pro or the Galaxy S7? Let us know in the comments.