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.