Xiaomi Mi5s Snapdragon 821, NFC, 3GB Ram, 64GB, 5.15" - £174. BangGood
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Xiaomi Mi5s Snapdragon 821, NFC, 3GB Ram, 64GB, 5.15" - £174. BangGood

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Found 25th Aug 2017
NO BAND 20 (800Mhz) - O2, or any network using O2, your 4G WILL NOT WORK
(All other networks are okay and 4G will work absolutely fine)

This has no SD card slot or Optical Image Stabilisation.



Right, now we have that out the way...


How do you get what is very similar in hardware spec to the Google pixel for a mere £174?

1. Download the banggood app for iOS or android. Here iOS or Android

2. Register or login to the app

3. On the landing page when you open the app, it will have a banner saying "11% off aniversary coupon" click that.

4. Scroll down on the new page just opened until you see the orange banner "11% Off aniversary coupons". Now just below that is a 12% coupon. Click on - "Pick Now". If there are none available just wait until the timer runs out above the coupons and it will generate more. ;-)

5. Search for the xiaomi Mi5s on the banggood app.

6. Buy it now.

7. On the checkout or "place order" page, under the PayPal and credit card logo is a section " discount method".

8. Hit the plus symbol in the discount method section and select your newly acquired 2017 aniversary coupon.

This will reduce your $253.99 to $223.51 or £174.00




The Xiaomi Mi5s is made by Xiaomi who are a huge electronics company in China and third largest mobile phone OEM in China. This is NOT Chinese tat and I'll back up why this is true.


The Mi 5s uses the same Sony IMX378 12MP camera that you will find on the £500 Google pixel. ( I know the pixel 2 is around the corner but comparison sake, also the pixel uses software enhancements so although the pics on the xiaomi won't be quite as good as the pixel, they are very very good for any phone despite the price)

It has a 3.5mm headphone jack - YAY

It also has 64GB UFS 2.0 memory - thats fast.

It uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 which is, the same one used in the Google pixel and an excellent high end chipset in 2016.

It has NFC for android pay.

It has a Japan Display Inc 5.15 1080p panel which is excellent and the same company who make Sony and HTC displays. 600nits brightness (that's bright) but also has night mode to really dim the screen for night owls.

3200mah battery with Qualcomm quick charge through usb type C

Ultrasonic fingerprint scanner under the front 2.5D glass display.


Also comes with the official global Miui ROM from xiaomi so English language and Google play store out the box, and it's just been upgraded to miui 9 this week, expect many more updates in the future as well since xiaomi like to provide software support via updates much longer than any other manufacturer.

No it's not as high end as a Samsung galaxy S8 but it's £174 and on par with Google's flagship from 2016.

So it's not just a good phone for the the price, it's a good phone full stop. The price is a bonus.




Antutu benchmark

Google pixel - 145.387
Xiaomi mi5s - 146.988
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bensbargains12 m ago

Neither company to be trusted. Both extremely underhand in their …Neither company to be trusted. Both extremely underhand in their operations and both founded and built on counterfeit goods. Wouldn't surprise me at all if fake lens, screen and even processor are used in later production. Xiaomi certainly have a history of this. Cold.


Source of information please?

Ben, you do this all the time, why don't you like Xiaomi products, have you had a bad experience?

Xiaomi do not sell counterfeit products, your not the number 3 mobile company in China selling counterfeit parts, anyone can Google xioami btw and look up the company history, accounts and products.

Xiaomis vice President for the last 2 years was Hugo barra who was head of andorid at Google. You don't leave Google to join a counterfeit operation.

Honestly man you need help. I wish you well and hope you get it.
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MIUI 9 is still in beta. This won't update until the stable version is released.
this is a ridiculous price for a solid phone that will last years. I replaced mine with the mi 5s plus because i like a bigger screen but I paid double this for the phone when i bought it.

edit: Also i've never had any issues with android pay with either of the phones which is a huge plus. I know some of the chinese phones are hit and miss.
Edited by: "umirza85" 25th Aug 2017
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badboyofrock4 m ago

MIUI 9 is still in beta. This won't update until the stable version is …MIUI 9 is still in beta. This won't update until the stable version is released.


Correct, the beta is out for the mi5s though and stable won't be far off
umirza857 m ago

this is a ridiculous price for a solid phone that will last years. I …this is a ridiculous price for a solid phone that will last years. I replaced mine with the mi 5s plus because i like a bigger screen but I paid double this for the phone when i bought it.edit: Also i've never had any issues with android pay with either of the phones which is a huge plus. I know some of the chinese phones are hit and miss.


How's the 5s plus? I have Mi5 but fancy a larger screen. Can't decide between Mi5s plus and Mi Note 2.
No quits correct about band 20 4g, o2 is not the only network to use this band, yes they use it only, but every other network uses it in some way or another
Torn between this and the Leeco Le 3 Pro Elite posted earlier today, would rather Xiaomi as a brand but not sure it warrants the extra £50. Damn i'm indecisive
Does this have android 7.0 upgrade? I as it says android 6.0. I have attached it also how does the updates work ota or do you need to manually install. I get 179.18 as total price?
Thanks
Edited by: "ssjinzo" 25th Aug 2017
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malky3910 m ago

No quits correct about band 20 4g, o2 is not the only network to use this …No quits correct about band 20 4g, o2 is not the only network to use this band, yes they use it only, but every other network uses it in some way or another


Correct but most networks, as you say, don't rely on it exclusively.

I have had several Xiaomi phones without band 20 and used on Vodafone EE and three without any noticeable hindrence to data speed or coverage compared to my wife's iPhone 6 in the same location. So while I agree band 20 is used by all networks to some degree it certainly only really affects O2 when it's omitted entirely from a phone.
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ssjinzo15 m ago

Does this have android 7.0 upgrade? I as it says android 6.0. I have …Does this have android 7.0 upgrade? I as it says android 6.0. I have attached it also how does the updates work ota or do you need to manually install. I get 179.18 as total price? Thanks



Well Xiaomi phones run on Miui. Think of it like Samsung's touchwiz but it works lol.

While android underpins the operation system, Xiaomi implement many many many improvements and useful features in their miui custom skin over the top of android. So many useful features exist that aren't normally in stock andorid such as being able to swipe down anywhere on the screen to pull down notifications, simple I know but you miss it when it's not there.

It will initially be on android 6.0 but with miui 9 will be andorid 7.0

This as mentioned above is in beta which can me manually installed or wait about a month and it will be released in stable and you will get it over the air so it will just pop up and say to install it.

Xiaomi release updates for the miui os

Chinese beta ROM - every Friday

Global beta - every 2 weeks on a Friday

Chinese and global stable ROMs - usually once a month.




As for price, depends on the currency conversion but at the min $223.51 is £173.52
Edited by: "Kenneth131" 25th Aug 2017
This is not the 16MP rear camera version (which I bought a couple of month ago on Gearbest for £184 in white), I don't think this is a great deal.
So can you stick Nova Launcher on it so as to make MiUI 'disappear'?
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Jabeat5 m ago

This is not the 16MP rear camera version (which I bought a couple of month …This is not the 16MP rear camera version (which I bought a couple of month ago on Gearbest for £184 in white), I don't think this is a great deal.


Jabeat you have the Mi5 not the mi5s

The mi5 uses the Sony IMX298 and the mi5s uses the same Sony IMX378 which is used in the Google pixel.

You decide

See the camera samples from both phones here Mi5 Vs Mi5s Camera examples
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Naith12 m ago

So can you stick Nova Launcher on it so as to make MiUI 'disappear'?


Yep if you wish to

If I'm honest thought having used miui for 4 years now, I would miss some of the handy features it has built in and the customisation available as standard. I find stock android a little lacking in features in comparison and unlike Samsung's offerings it's largely useful features that miui has included.

Obviously if you hate it you can whack on a new launcher but I'd give it a try for a while and see it's actually a really good use of android
Edited by: "Kenneth131" 25th Aug 2017
Not valid on the mi5s plus unfortunately. Still a great deal for the mi5s
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danj3035 m ago

Not valid on the mi5s plus unfortunately. Still a great deal for the mi5s


I know, i also tried on several other handsets lol. Seems it only works on the mi5s just now
every time I see a phone I want for the price im happy to pay it turns out its fekin gold coloured
[quote]NO BAND 20 (800Mhz) - O2, or any network using O2, your 4G WILL NOT WORK
(All other networks are okay and 4G will work absolutely fine)[/quote]
Nice that you tried to include that info, but wrong on both counts; as has been said B20 (800MHz) is the only band used by all 4 main UK networks - performance will be affected on all. As for o2, they do have limited 1800MHz 4G.
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jwrodger5 m ago

every time I see a phone I want for the price im happy to pay it turns out …every time I see a phone I want for the price im happy to pay it turns out its fekin gold coloured


Yeah, tbh the mi5s is now only available in gold/white even in China. Anyone selling any other colour has old stock. This is a pic from the official Xiaomi app in China
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It's actually selling for 1999 Chinese yuan which is about £233 in China direct from xiaomi
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jnm215 m ago

[quote]NO BAND 20 (800Mhz) - O2, or any network using O2, your 4G WILL NOT …[quote]NO BAND 20 (800Mhz) - O2, or any network using O2, your 4G WILL NOT WORK(All other networks are okay and 4G will work absolutely fine)[/quote]Nice that you tried to include that info, but wrong on both counts; as has been said B20 (800MHz) is the only band used by all 4 main UK networks - performance will be affected on all. As for o2, they do have limited 1800MHz 4G.



Correct that all networks use the 800MHz band but 4 years using Xiaomi phones and testing the signal strength and 4G speeds against my wife's iPhone 6, I have found no notable difference in internet speed or signal strength across 3, EE and Vodafone when using my Xiaomi devices without band 20 so while on paper it could be an issue, in real world tests I have yet to find any occasion it has proven to be detrimental

Never tested on O2 as I an aware of the issues off the bat and their network speed are typically much lower than the others so I've never used them as my provider
Nice review here. Interesting that whilst this phone's camera doesn't have OIS, it does have electronic image stabilisation which seems to work well.

What happens if the phone goes faulty? Does it have any warranty?
There's a really good Google Camera port that works on Snapdragon 820/821/835. It's on XDA and it uses Google processing and HDR+. It works really well on my OnePlus 5 and should work equally as well on this.
Neither company to be trusted. Both extremely underhand in their operations and both founded and built on counterfeit goods. Wouldn't surprise me at all if fake lens, screen and even processor are used in later production. Xiaomi certainly have a history of this. Cold.
very good phones.better then samsung
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bensbargains12 m ago

Neither company to be trusted. Both extremely underhand in their …Neither company to be trusted. Both extremely underhand in their operations and both founded and built on counterfeit goods. Wouldn't surprise me at all if fake lens, screen and even processor are used in later production. Xiaomi certainly have a history of this. Cold.


Source of information please?

Ben, you do this all the time, why don't you like Xiaomi products, have you had a bad experience?

Xiaomi do not sell counterfeit products, your not the number 3 mobile company in China selling counterfeit parts, anyone can Google xioami btw and look up the company history, accounts and products.

Xiaomis vice President for the last 2 years was Hugo barra who was head of andorid at Google. You don't leave Google to join a counterfeit operation.

Honestly man you need help. I wish you well and hope you get it.
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Alvie6 h, 17 m ago

There's a really good Google Camera port that works on Snapdragon …There's a really good Google Camera port that works on Snapdragon 820/821/835. It's on XDA and it uses Google processing and HDR+. It works really well on my OnePlus 5 and should work equally as well on this.


Yeah it does work but you need to f about a bit from what I have read. On Miui 9 though I believe many features are implimented from the off for the camera. Can't confirm but in miui 9 it's better I know that much and it's defo possible to port the Google camera
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liaqathussain6 h, 45 m ago

What happens if the phone goes faulty? Does it have any warranty?


Not much of a warranty tbh, down side to any product direct from China. If you had an issue out the box banggood will assist you to return it and get a replacement. Had to do it once a year ago ( with a different device not the mi5s) and shipped it to china for £9 tracked with royal mail, got the replacement in 20 days from shipping mine back. Not a bad turn around given the distance etc

Problem is xioami only have service centres in China but tbh these phones are hugely repairable if not by yourself, by a local mobile phone shop. Parts are generally available as well from China so yeah it can take a little while to get them but a repair can be carried out here in the UK if really needed. Personally iv never had to carry out a repair on any device to date though.
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ovi_andre29 m ago

very good phones.better then samsung


They are certainly better priced than Samsung. If people care to look, they will find all electronic manufacturers obtain parts from varying companies, noone makes a device today start to finish in house.

All the components for the Xiaomi phones come from the same companies making the components for Sony, Google, HTC, apple etc. There are only a limited number of assembly plants and component manufacturers. It stands to reason that these manufacturers will supply more than one company for a specific part. I mean like noted above the sony camera on this is the same Sony module on the Google pixel. Sony don't make cheaper modules for xiaomi, that would be a ball ache in their production lines. And xiaomi don't make counterfeit anything as they use foxconn for assembly ( the same company who asemmble iPhones for apple) so quality control is good.

The only reasons Xiaomi devices are cheap is that they don't have massive budgets for advertising, they only make the number of phones they have sold so rarely sit on stock hence no money laid out in advance of receiving it and the components are made in china for Qualcomm, Sony, jdi etc so no import duty to pay on these parts. their business model has always been to have marginal profit per device but sell mass volume as the golden figures in China are not how much you made as a company in profit but how many handsets did you shift in a financial year, the most sold handsets is the winner. So Xiaomi have on occasion been known to sell handsets pretty much at cost just to boost their end of year sales figures, not great for their bottom line but great for us consumers.

Anyway hope this sheds some light on the company and if anyone wants to, Google the info and you will see it's merit.
Hi, the voucher is saying it can only be used between the 7th and 9th of September for me....
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alastairhardisty22 m ago

Hi, the voucher is saying it can only be used between the 7th and 9th of …Hi, the voucher is saying it can only be used between the 7th and 9th of September for me....




Can anyone else confirm? was worning over last night and today unless they have fixed it and it was a glitch?
How is this compare to the Mi Note 2? Thanks...
I've checked again and if you use "2017 Anniversary App Only" coupon rather than any of the other ones you get the discount from 253.99usd to 223.99usd and this can be applied today.
Kenneth13111 h, 15 m ago

Well Xiaomi phones run on Miui. Think of it like Samsung's touchwiz but it …Well Xiaomi phones run on Miui. Think of it like Samsung's touchwiz but it works lol.While android underpins the operation system, Xiaomi implement many many many improvements and useful features in their miui custom skin over the top of android. So many useful features exist that aren't normally in stock andorid such as being able to swipe down anywhere on the screen to pull down notifications, simple I know but you miss it when it's not there.It will initially be on android 6.0 but with miui 9 will be andorid 7.0This as mentioned above is in beta which can me manually installed or wait about a month and it will be released in stable and you will get it over the air so it will just pop up and say to install it. Xiaomi release updates for the miui osChinese beta ROM - every FridayGlobal beta - every 2 weeks on a FridayChinese and global stable ROMs - usually once a month.As for price, depends on the currency conversion but at the min $223.51 is £173.52

Is there 2 version of the phone global and China? I will i went to the site to look for software but I could only fine the mi5 not the mi5s?
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alastairhardisty25 m ago

I've checked again and if you use "2017 Anniversary App Only" coupon …I've checked again and if you use "2017 Anniversary App Only" coupon rather than any of the other ones you get the discount from 253.99usd to 223.99usd and this can be applied today.


Cheers Alastair, top man
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ssjinzo25 m ago

Is there 2 version of the phone global and China? I will i went to the …Is there 2 version of the phone global and China? I will i went to the site to look for software but I could only fine the mi5 not the mi5s?



Software is here Mi5s software

en.miui.com/dow…tml

There's only one version the Mi5 was released January 2016 and mi5s September 2016.

In China they typically call the mi5s just the Xiaomi 5s though
Edited by: "Kenneth131" 26th Aug 2017
I'm getting £178 so can I buy tomorrow or day after?
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alien_jiggy35 m ago

I'm getting £178 so can I buy tomorrow or day after?




looks like it will run while stocks last, currency coversion fluctuates and the date you buy wont nessesarily be when the payment is collected from your card so could be a few days later and the price you pay depends on the exchange rate when the payment is collected, will only be give or take a few quid.

I also wouldnt worry too much about what it says in £ on the site as their conversion rates tend to be a bit worse than your bank actually give. If you search in google $223.51 it will return a value in £ of £173.20 based on todays exchange rate. Go with google not banggood lol
Cheers mate
Kenneth1315 h, 31 m ago

Yeah it does work but you need to f about a bit from what I have read. On …Yeah it does work but you need to f about a bit from what I have read. On Miui 9 though I believe many features are implimented from the off for the camera. Can't confirm but in miui 9 it's better I know that much and it's defo possible to port the Google camera


There's not much faffing about. Just install the app from XDA and then allow permissions, set as default and done
Alvie8 m ago

There's not much faffing about. Just install the app from XDA and then …There's not much faffing about. Just install the app from XDA and then allow permissions, set as default and done

Do you have a link for the camera, or is it just the ordinary Google camera app?
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