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

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.

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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Mi 5
  • Display 5.2 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera)
    4 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB,
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo
    Xiaomi MI UI



20. sssm23 unregistered

Exact copy of Samsung galaxy s6 edge

24. AlikMalix unregistered

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.

26. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 932; Member since: May 07, 2014

Have you seen Mi Note?

9. Macready

Posts: 1832; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

3 issues noted by - 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

8. bigcat

Posts: 17; Member since: Feb 22, 2016

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

10. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

this is the reason I dont buy apple's products

13. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

RoTfLmFaO +1

14. pp007

Posts: 39; Member since: Nov 21, 2015

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

25. pixelated

Posts: 108; Member since: May 03, 2015

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

15. Rocket

Posts: 744; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

good one, lol

21. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

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

23. SameerNazir

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 04, 2015

nice 1

16. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 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.

6. Modest_Moze

Posts: 184; Member since: Mar 23, 2015

No Sprinkler System?

18. markpowervr

Posts: 31; Member since: Dec 22, 2015

no aircon also!

3. jauling

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

no heatpipes? =D

7. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

No radiators too...

11. ananthu07 unregistered

no fans either

12. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

No heat_sinks either.

19. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

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

27. andrewkb

Posts: 24; Member since: Jan 04, 2016

lg would do that

22. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

No nitrogen cooling either.

1. TyrionLannister unregistered

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

2. Inotamira

Posts: 173; Member since: Feb 06, 2016

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

4. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Take off your pants first!

5. xocomaox

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 14, 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.

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