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The Xiaomi Mi 5 tear-down is here, gaze at the Chinese wonder's premium innards

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The Xiaomi Mi 5 tear-down is here, gaze at the Chinese wonder's premium innards
Without doubt, the Xiaomi Mi 5 has been a hit at this year's MWC. That's hardly surprising, considering the smartphone's stylish design, bustling spec sheet, and traditionally low price tag. Being so popular and anxiously anticipated by the Mi fan community, the Xiaomi Mi 5 is already getting the tear-down treatment, less than 24 hours after it launched. It's no secret that the engineers stuffed lots of premium components into the slim, 0.29in (7.5mm) shell, so behold the opportunity to take a peek inside the Mi 5's top-of-the-line ceramic back version.

Before we get to the images, here are some of the more interesting observations made by the technicians. First things first, the teardown confirms the lack of a MicroSD card slot on the device. However, the phone does support dual-SIM 4G+ (LTE-A) SIM cards, and the NFC chip is clearly visible in one of the photos.

Replacing the battery by yourself will void your warranty.

Also of note is that the inside of the Mi 5 is laid out in three stages. The portion above the battery and below it can be dismounted by removing the supporting screws, revealing additional boards and innards. The top PCB board is supported by a metal frame, and the Snapdragon 820 chipset is coated with thermal substance. No additional cooling equipment is present, which means Qualcomm must have done a good enough job with the Snapdragon 820 in terms of heat generation.

Just like the specs say it, the phone comes with a compact 3000mAh lithium ion polymer battery. The technicians say one could replace it themselves without too much of a hassle, but the process will void your warranty.

The full gallery of images is available in the source link below. The gallery has a taste of the good stuff for you, and additional information about the Xiaomi Mi 5 can be found below.


source: IT168 via GizmoChina

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posted on 26 Feb 2016, 04:55 7

1. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


This phone is gonna make an excellent gift. I hope it launches here soon.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 04:59

2. Inotamira (Posts: 173; Member since: 06 Feb 2016)


This simple tech porn is all you need? I demand more! Show me each layer of the screen!

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 05:22 15

4. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3614; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Take off your pants first!

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 05:41 1

5. xocomaox (Posts: 122; Member since: 14 Dec 2015)


Too difficult to unglue them.

Anyways, I hope the rumor about 18 bands being supported us true... If so, I'll import one for sure! 128GB of course.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 05:16 7

3. jauling (Posts: 46; Member since: 13 Feb 2015)


no heatpipes? =D

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 05:47 2

7. neela_akaash (Posts: 1117; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


No radiators too...

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 06:35 4

11. ananthu07 (Posts: 91; Member since: 25 Oct 2015)


no fans either

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 06:51 3

12. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


No heat_sinks either.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 09:24 2

19. ibend (Posts: 3769; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


maybe they'll sell "watercooling case with external radiator" as accessoris

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 17:01

27. andrewkb (Posts: 14; Member since: 04 Jan 2016)


lg would do that

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 10:42

22. Podrick (Posts: 507; Member since: 19 Aug 2015)


No nitrogen cooling either.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 05:44 2

6. Modest_Moze (Posts: 112; Member since: 23 Mar 2015)


No Sprinkler System?

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 09:17 2

18. markpowervr (Posts: 24; Member since: 22 Dec 2015)


no aircon also!

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 05:47 4

8. bigcat (Posts: 3; Member since: 22 Feb 2016)


Never trust products from China! Its always end up waste!

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 06:18 37

10. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 776; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


this is the reason I dont buy apple's products

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 06:52 6

13. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


RoTfLmFaO

+1

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 07:09 10

14. pp007 (Posts: 36; Member since: 21 Nov 2015)


Nailed it.. You have killed that big cat.. Lol

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 21:15

25. pixelated (Posts: 58; Member since: 03 May 2015)


U nailed it!!... You caught my words!!

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 07:15 5

15. Rocket (Posts: 186; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


good one, lol

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 10:39

21. Podrick (Posts: 507; Member since: 19 Aug 2015)


Dogs >>>>> Cats. Hence, proved.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 11:05

23. SameerNazir (Posts: 8; Member since: 04 Dec 2015)


nice 1

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 07:40 2

16. Sidewinder (Posts: 411; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


There are atleast 10 xiaomi devices I bought for friends and family all working fine even after a year of purchase. And you know what, these phone are still getting official updates on a regular basis.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 06:15 2

9. Macready (Posts: 858; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)


3 issues noted by Tweakers.net:
- RAM management issue (hello Samsung...), apps have to reload after opening
- relatively strong backlight bleeding of the IPS screen
- strong reflectivity limits outdoor visibility, despite claims and sunlight mode

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 09:38 2

20. sssm23 (unregistered)


Exact copy of Samsung galaxy s6 edge

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 12:37

24. AlikMalix (Posts: 5193; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


That's what I thought was on the photo above. Thinking to myself why they're showing a picture of Samsung but title says xaimi.

posted on 27 Feb 2016, 12:16

26. BlackhawkFlys (Posts: 201; Member since: 07 May 2014)


Have you seen Mi Note?

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