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Xiaomi Mi 5 Standard Edition benchmarked, underclocked Snapdragon 820 revealed

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Xiaomi Mi 5 Standard Edition benchmarked, underclocked Snapdragon 820 revealed
Chinese brand Xiaomi envisioned its Mi 5 flagship smartphone in three variants that differ in terms of price, design, RAM and storage memory. The Standard Edition comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB of storage, the High Edition has 3GB RAM and 64GB of storage, while the Special Edition comes with a ceramic back, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage.

All variants run on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 chipset, but the Standard Edition is tuned to a different clock rate. Apparently, the 32GB model (priced $306 / 1999 Yuan) is underclocked to 1.8GHz, while the other models (priced $350 / 2299 Yuan and $411 / 2699 Yuan, respectively) can push the processor to 2.15GHz, which is near its maximum 2.2GHz frequency.

The 32GB Xiaomi Mi 5 Standard Edition was recently benchmarked and scored above 110K points on the AnTuTu system test. On GeekBench’s single core test, it scored 1901points, and on its multi-core test, it scored 4707 points. These are both impressive results for a $300 smartphone, but they do represent around a 20% performance drop compared to the more expensive variants, which have scored 142K points – higher than the Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5, which are powered by the same chipset. This won't make for a major difference in performance under normal circumstances, and casual users probably won't notice the 32GB Mi 5 being any slower. Devoted gamers, though, definitely have to consider their purchase.

Little over a week after its announcement at MWC 2016, the Xiaomi Mi 5 is an undisputed success in China. It received nearly 17 million registrations prior to its first flash sale, which happened on March 1 at 10AM Beijing time. The smartphone sold out in minutes, and despite the company’s efforts to secure enough units prior to the announcement, it looks like many will have to wait for months before they get their Mi 5.


source: GizmoChina

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posted on 03 Mar 2016, 06:40 9

1. MrHate (Posts: 217; Member since: 09 Feb 2015)


Samsung had these benchmarks 50 years ago. Welcome to 1960 Xiaomi.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 06:51 6

2. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1112; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


*insert LOLWUT meme here*

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 06:57 4

5. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2020; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


He means that samsung had the highest scores in benchmarks for a number of years. Idk why that's relevant now tho lol

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 08:00

16. neela_akaash (Posts: 1112; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


Another punk spotted...

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 17:22

39. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2020; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


What do you mean by that?

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 08:33 5

21. Loveneesh (Posts: 139; Member since: 14 Jul 2015)


but they have double or more difference in price.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 17:23

40. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2020; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Yeah I know, I was just telling fanboy what he meant. I'm no samsung fan so it doesn't matter to me.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 08:49

24. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1112; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Yes I am aware of that Mr. Holmes.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 06:54 4

3. DaftPunk (Posts: 21; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)


All variants run on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 chipset, but the Standard Edition is tuned to a different clock rate. Apparently, the 32GB model (priced $306 / 1999 Yuan) is underclocked to 1.8GHz.

Do you want me to copy the rest of the article to you ?

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 10:28 2

30. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3606; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Why does it sound like PA is surprised when Xiaomi revealed the differences between the 3 variants, including the clock speed of the standard version when it was launched?

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 06:55 1

4. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2020; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


True but the exynos powered S7 didn't fair to well with its antutu test, scoring lower than all Sd820 powered devices and even lower than the iP6s and Plus. I'm guessing the Sd820 version will do better.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 07:02

7. Ordinary (Posts: 2177; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)


Like anybody cares about antutu besides those who dont know the true story.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 07:22 1

10. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2020; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


My opinion is, antutu sucks.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 07:20 1

8. Macready (Posts: 831; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)


True, but that's because v6 of Antutu focuses on single core performance and no one with an Android phone should.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 07:43

14. johanbiff (Posts: 388; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)


iv seen all from 89K with SD820 to 134K (s7).
Exynos variant all from 112K to 139K(s7)
on youtube.

so I don`t really belive in Antutu, im waiting for anandtech to put some real things in perspective.

B.R

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 08:25

18. j2001m (Posts: 2788; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Hahahahahahah, problem with the sd820 is keeping any score, it drop big time fast, why Samsung CPU keeps an ongoing score with easy with a very small drop, it also does not get hot fast, thi is because Samsung are under clocking it big time

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 10:45

32. marorun (Posts: 3127; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


j2001m the SD820 heat less and the GPU keep higher performance even after hours of gaming.

The exynos is only a lil better in CPU wich is completely useless as even a SD800 has enuf cpu speed to run everyhing whitout lag what you need in today world is a beefy GPU and the new exynos GPU is crap!

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 00:35

42. johanbiff (Posts: 388; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)


yeah....no

let`s just wait and see will ya. from what iv seen the SD820 throttles harder then the 8890. but im waiting to confirm this.

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 00:43

43. johanbiff (Posts: 388; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)


https://www.reddit.com/r/Android/comments/48kmdj/got_my_s7_edge_today_i_can_confidently_say_there/

"EDIT: ANTUTU SCORES
Running antutu right now. SD820 S7.
1st score: 124k
2nd time: 93k
3rd time: doing now, will edit in. EDIT: 95K. Phone still just slightly warm. Doesn't seem to throttle much, if at all, but slightly lower scores after the 1st run.
Phone getting slightly warm but just barely."

seem to throttle a bit. waiting for 8890

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 08:38

22. Loveneesh (Posts: 139; Member since: 14 Jul 2015)


In 2016 samsung's exynos chipset is not so impressive but they gets advantage with failure of sd810 and 808.

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 05:48

44. johanbiff (Posts: 388; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)


tests will prove you wrong ;)

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 07:54 1

15. PANIC (Posts: 125; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


MrHate I will not argue on your comment, however, we are talking about a really beautiful phone which cost only $300 with high specs and with high end materials made. So as the article clearly mentions that this won't make for a major difference in performance under normal circumstances, and casual users probably won't notice the 32GB Mi 5 being any slower....Soooo I WILL ONLY SAY THIS...KUDOS and RESPECT FOR XIAOMI.
Note: I am a Samsung fan btw

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 08:54

26. Loveneesh (Posts: 139; Member since: 14 Jul 2015)


did you made samsung phonss and benchmark apps 50 ago.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 10:43

31. marorun (Posts: 3127; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


MrHate Samsung did not even exist 50 years ago you freaking troll.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 07:01

6. AZNHA (unregistered)


does benchmarks really important ? :/

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 07:28 2

11. dimas (Posts: 1896; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Yes for hardcore intensive graphic gamers, no for casual users. Just like in PCs, more ram is important for casual office works while ram, processor and gpu for graphic designers and gamers. Not all people notice this but those mid-range phones sold today have enough power for non-power users.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 10:48

33. marorun (Posts: 3127; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


mid end device with 1080p can run all the game whitout any lag.

So those powerhouse phone are mostly to brag.

Still at 300$ with a sd820 this thing is still better than a S6 and can run all games at max detail as well.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 08:41

23. Loveneesh (Posts: 139; Member since: 14 Jul 2015)


for some chipsets like intel, not so realy but for yes it is.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 10:52

35. marorun (Posts: 3127; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Samsung fan say benchmark is important when Samsung device is at the top but then when they are not they say Benchmark not important...

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 07:21 1

9. dimas (Posts: 1896; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


I don't think hardcore gamers are gullible to get a 32gb without expandable storage. Standard 32 was built for casual users so underclocking the chips won't hurt their daily usage. High 64 & Special 128 are the cream of the crop for people who want to push the limits of android playing. Xiaomi know this so I think this underclocking is not a big issue.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 07:35

12. ibend (Posts: 3507; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


isnt they already anounce that since last month or something? I remember read it somewhere :-/

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 07:40

13. Javert89 (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Mar 2016)


May the standard edition have better battery life? The single core in SD 820 2.1 ghz version uses 1.275 W, while the little core at 1.6 ghz uses 0.588 W .. Suppose the SD 820 in 1.8 ghz / 1.3 ghz version is more energy efficient

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 08:30

20. wargreymon (Posts: 671; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)


They can probably undervolt it slightly and give some extra minutes.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 08:22

17. Mercedes-Benz (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 Jan 2015)


Snapdragon 820 benchmarks around the same as the iPhone 6S's A9 chip

So all those comments about the iPhone being underpowered , only a dual core can go to hell

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 08:52 1

25. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1112; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


The iPhone is definitely NOT underpowered, but sometimes it's the iFans themselves who are downgrading it, saying "iOS is so optimized it runs very smooth even on weaker dual core CPU blah blah blah"

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 09:29

28. Mercedes-Benz (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 Jan 2015)


my iPhone 6 feels like it needs more ram though

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 13:33

37. Manyci (Posts: 112; Member since: 03 Aug 2015)


Yes, but if you buy a 6S, then this will be the problem there as well. The only place where you can benefit the more RAM in iOS is the browser (if you open multiple tabs), because iOS is programmed to close any background activities (so there isn't anything like multitasking). So even if the iPhones would have 6GB RAM, the apps would reload every time you go back to them, like now.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 20:47

41. Mercedes-Benz (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 Jan 2015)


i tried a 6S it feels much much faster

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 10:50

34. marorun (Posts: 3127; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Iphone always had very fast SOC but everything is far from the best.

the ram used is slower.
they put less ram in the phone.
New IoS version has a tendency to slow down phones ect...

Thats why they need to future proof device with more ram ect but they wont they want you to switch every year so they can make more money.

And worst is they are overpriced as well..

Sad but true.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 08:27

19. Trakker (Posts: 283; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


A clean UI and good ram management is more important than benchmark scores.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 09:09

27. jauling (Posts: 43; Member since: 13 Feb 2015)


Woodeedoo. What would be interesting to see if the underclocking makes the battery of the standard version last longer than the other models, which could sway buyers in one direction or another.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 09:31

29. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8344; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


They should have used a heat pipe.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 10:53

36. marorun (Posts: 3127; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Heat pipe is needed for any SOC with big little tech as they tend to overheat because of the CPU different need in voltages.

I highly doubt the SD820 need it.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 13:55

38. CreeDiddy (Posts: 607; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


Can't wait for the A10. If the Snapdragon 820 can only provide A9 results, the A10 is going to do at least 3500/7500. It won't even be a contest.

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