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Xiaomi Mi 5s 64GB/3GB 5.15" Snapdragon 821 Phone $242.23 US (~$306.61 AU) Shipped @ Banggood

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Cheaper than last time it was posted.

This Xiaomi phone has the powerful Snapdragon 821 SoC with a large amount of storage (64GB), really good camera and supports Quick Charge 3.0. As with nearly all Chinese phones, no B28.

  • Apply the coupon 75s64 to get it for $242.23 US with free shipping

Specifications

  • 5.15" 1920x1080 FHD Display
  • MIUI 8 (Android 6.0)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Quad-Core CPU
  • Adreno 530 GPU
  • 64GB UFS 2.0 Storage
  • 3GB LPDDR4 RAM
  • Sony IMX378 Sensor / 12MP Rear Camera / 4MP Front Camera
  • 3200mAh Battery / Quick Charge 3.0
  • Dual Nano SIM Standby
  • WiFi (2.4GHz/5Ghz a/b/g/n/ac) / Bluetooth 4.2 / GPS
  • USB Type-C / NFC / Fingerprint Reader
  • 3G: WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100MHz TD-SCDMA B34/39
  • 4G: FDD-LTE B1/3/5/7/8 TDD-LTE B38/39/40/41
  • 145g

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    I'll be the first to ask. This VS the Mi 5? I've heard mixed things about the MI 5 actually being better, especially with its optical image stability

    • +12 votes

      The Mi5s gives up a bunch of other things, like Gorilla Glass protection.

      GSM Arena says:

      While the design and some of the hardware bits are now better compared to the Mi 5, some of the good stuff was axed, too, such as the camera's Optical Image Stabilizatoon (OIS), the Gorilla Glass 4 on the screen, as well as the IR port. The force press support on the other hand is exclusive to the 128GB model only so few people would get to enjoy the feature.

      the Camera is good enough to rival a $899 dollar Pixel phone. So it is no slouch when it comes to taking photos:

      The Xiaomi Mi 5s, just like the Google's Pixel flagships, comes with the new 12MP Sony IMX378 sensor. It is not very high resolution - 12.2MP - but it has 1.55┬Ám pixels. Physically, it is a large sensor, too, 1/2.3", matching the Xperia Z series, which pumps out a lot more megapixels than the Mi 5s.

      The new IMX378 sensor is an upgrade over the IMX377 used on the Nexus 5X, 6P and HTC 10. It now supports phase-detection autofocus, faster and better HDR processing, higher frame rate support for videos. The highlight of the new optimizations is the handling a big chunk of the image processing on-chip thus reducing the workload on the image signal processor (ISP). The latter helps for shooting and processing HDR photos much faster.

      The 12MP sensor has a relatively wide aperture of f/2.0 and a two-tone dual-LED flash. The optical image stabilization from the Mi 5 is gone, though.

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        Great answer. Thanks heaps for that!

      • +1 vote

        I just want to point out that the sensor may be the same as the Pixel, but everything else isn't.

        Xiaomi phones have always been crippled by their camera's software. The EIS in this situation is the same; it's no where near the capability of the pixel's stability and night shots.

    • +1 vote

      As the mi5s owner I suggest not buying this. Camera hardware is good but software is still cant compare to pixel. Issue with finger print scanner. No update regular. Only one update since its launch compare to other xiaomi phone.

      Should not buy this phone

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        For those who use LineageOS with this phone, are these still issues? Thanks.

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      I've just bought a 5s, while the Mi5 has the OIS, the Mi5s does at least have digital, and just the pure camera quality looked a whole lot better from the Mi5s from what I've seen in comparisons. Guess I'll find out when I get mine

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      I have the MI5 & a friend has the Mi5s. The 5 had some 'bugs' which seemed to sort themselves out with the regular updates but otherwise it's been fantastic. My friend experienced Bluetooth connectivity issues with his 5s and the speaker is not nearly as loud as the 5. I was able to flash the ROM to International on the 5 but not the 5s. I can recommend the 5, particularly if it comes with the International ROM.

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        I bought my Mi5s from Banggood in jan 17. It came with their stock ROM with some bloatware. I was able to flash to International ROM without any issues. Only problem was took long time and 2 go to get the code.
        Yes, the Bluetooth is marginal, best range is about 5m. Internal speaker is not so loud but I use headphone most the times so it didn't bother me that much.

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    Is this an international version? I've never bought a Xiaomi phone before and I've read some reviews about Chinese and International versions of the Mi 5s. Can anyone shed some light on whether this is an international version, and if it makes a difference aside from pre-installed software?

    • +4 votes

      I believe these reviews are referring to the software. The Chinese version does not come with Google services pre-installed. The global version does but to the best of my knowledge, the global ROM gets pre-installed by the vendor and oftentimes gets riddled with adware/bloatware/malware (depending on the source). You can always grab the appropriate ROM from Xiaomi's website and flash a stock ROM yourself. HTH

    • -2 votes

      as above…rom is hardware independent

    • -3 votes

      No B28. It's not a good phone for Australia. Especially regional areas.

      • +6 votes

        My old Redmi Note 3 Pro without B28 has been excellent, with no noticeable loss of speed for 99% of my use. I've since moved onto a Pixel, but my brother has the Xiaomi now and came from a Nexus 5 and loves it as well. We are both in suburban Melbourne for what it's worth. No band 28 wouldn't stop me from buying it.

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          I live in Sydney using Vodafone on my Nexus 5.

          Coverage is excellent.

          Vodafone without band 28 built a nice network on band 5 (850mhz) so it's not so important to them.

          Interesting to see how their new band 28 license works out though.

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    Good price. This is cheaper than the cheapest you can find it for in Hong Kong (price.com.hk)

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      Kimovil is where its at!

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    No band 28…. no deal for me.

    • +3 votes

      Country folk?

      • +9 votes

        I live in a regional centre and paid quite a bit more for Redmi Note 3 Pro 'Kate' just to get B28 vs the regular version. Absolutely SFA improvement over my previous phones that didn't have B28 imo.

        • +2 votes

          Fair enough. I own a Kate also. I found the price to be on par with the Kenzo version

        • +1 vote

          Depends on what network you are on and what frequencies the towers near you provide. You can check.

          https://oztowers.com.au/

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          What Telco are you with?

          78% of Optus towers, 51% of Telstra towers and 0% of Vodafone towers in AUSTRALIA have Band 28 support.

          Sometimes its not about coverage (but some areas it is), but increased speeds by moving over to a band that has less traffic

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          @wheresthebeef:
          There was a premium of about 30% in the first shipments.

          ie when it was just lucky if you actually got a B28 version for your extra dollars and no one knew if it was really 1.5mm longer.

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          @JimmyF:
          Virgin / Optus.

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          @BartholemewH: So you should see something as 78% of optus towers are enabled for band 28. Most likely you'll be seeing less congestion, aka faster speeds.

        • -1 vote

          @JimmyF:

          Not for long when they go offering 100GB p/mth plans.

      • +1 vote

        Not just country folk… Its seems to be what everything 'thinks' is the only use for band 28

        https://oztowers.com.au/Bands

        78% of Optus towers in AUSTRALIA have Band 28

        51% of Telstra towers in AUSTRALIA have Band 28

        0% of Vodafone towers in AUSTRALIA have Band 28

    • +4 votes

      I own Redmi Note 3 pro (no band 28) and Redmi Note 3 pro SE (band 28), can't tell the difference in terms of signal strength. Telstra SIM.

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        What area are you in? Metro/regional/rural/remote?

    • +1 vote

      B28 is a myth in the real world. My Redmi phone/s have always had the same speeds and often better coverage than most Au retail phones in both Metro areas and rural. Including very remote areas that barely had 2G signal, my phone was still pulling at least some signal when LG and iPhone were getting nothing. Speeds almost always the same as the iPhone in the house on the same network.

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        Myth? 78% of Optus towers, 51% of Telstra towers and 0% of Vodafone towers in AUSTRALIA have Band 28 support.

        2G haha nothing to do with band 28. Telstra doesn't even have 2G anymore! Optus is about to follow and Voda too!

        Speeds almost always the same as the iPhone in the house on the same network

        how old was the iphone? Older ones didn't have band 28. So maybe thats why ;)

        • +1 vote

          Band 28 is not a myth, the idea that you need band 28 for good reception is a myth and it's funny to watch people miss out on amazing phones because they're scared off by it when it has 0 real world impact.

          I have an Amaysim (Optus) and Boost (Telstra) sim, both of which always get good reception and speeds.

          And the iPhone is an iPhone 7 Plus, and it was exactly the same with the 6 she had before that. Just yesterday my phone was getting reception where hers wasn't, in the middle of a built up area.

          And I said HAD regarding 2G. Past tense. It also found 4G sooner than the iPhone did when we got back into a built up area.

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    Great deal! I can only select Gold? Any other colours?

    • +2 votes

      No other colours. Xiaomi phones are always cheapest in Gold.

  • +1 vote

    This is the phone I was looking at getting, but I used the deal from today for the LG G6 for $428. Anyone know how they compare? From the reviews I've read from the Mi5s, the audio quality when taking video is not very good, and the low light images we pretty bad.

    • +1 vote

      Also it has an issue with the sound via headphone apparently. Bit of a killer for me.

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      Im very happy with it, especially since the last update.

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      You got it at 428?! I hate myself right now. Paid 100 extra.

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        Sorry, I made a typo , it was $468 I got it for. Another reason I went for the LG was that it took extendable memory up to 2Tb. So when they eventually release 2Tb cards, I know it can fit. The mi5s doesn't have expandable memory. I was looking for some mi5s on eBay and I thought it was quite misleading when some places were selling them saying that they give you a free 128gb expandable memory…. but you can't use it with the phone.

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    It says "card not extendable", but it has dual SIM slot. Can you use a microSD in the 2nd slot?

    • +3 votes

      Nope. None of the premium "mi" line has msd support. Apparently, that's a 'poor people' thing

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    Sorry if it is a noob question. Any advantages of this phone over Redmi Note 4 global edition, 64 GB + 4 GB for around AUD$245 ??

    • +2 votes

      Yep the Mi5s has a far superior processor, comparable to flagship smartphones. Big difference in performance regardless of the extra gig ram in the Note 4.

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        Thanks

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      Camera

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        Good. Oh how I miss the camera on my ex LG Pro G2

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    Should mention, too, 4.5% CashRewards on BangGood Electronics brings this down to about $292

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    Very good price, I bought Aud400+ global version in March from Vicki Mall.

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    Does this have a notification led?

    • +1 vote

      yes, you can config colour too

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    Damn it, just bought one from Ali for just under under $400 after shipping and remote area fee paid :( cursed timing!

    • +1 vote

      Cancel and order here?

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    i know this is ozbargain but it is worth it to pay for express delivery, 4-6 weeks wait isn't worth $20

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      regular post is 7-25 days, express is 7-15

    • +3 votes

      I paid for express and got mine within 7 business days. Only cost about $15.

  • +1 vote

    I thought most Ozbargainers would still have their [Official International Version]Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 that was sold last year :) I love mine and it has B28 and it was only $160USD.
    These newer Xiaomi phones hardly seem like an improvement.

    • -1 vote

      SD625 is the shit! (some Redmi 4 & 5 versions), also Redmi Note 5 SD 660 usb type c ;), not worth spending over $250 on xiaomi phones, theyre not durable from personal experience

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      I have RN3P SE and just dropped it, smashing the screen…. But regardless the camera is shite so I was looking for a reason to get something else.

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        Another +1 for the RN3P. I've had it kicked in my pocket and landed on it after falling off my bike. Bent in two spots but no broken screen and still runs well.

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          Yeah I dropped mine a stack of times without a scratch but this time it shattered the screen. Amazingly the touch screen still works in its entirety but shards are coming loose so time for a new phone.

    • -1 vote

      I doubt that any Xiaomi phone has offered Band 28 LTE, I've personally to see one and on checking the Redmi Note 3 specs, that hasn't got it.

      http://www.devicespecifications.com/en/model/48983844

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    Can anyone post a reputable review of this device?

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      Try typing the model into Google, then put "reviews" and see what you find.

      • -2 votes

        Yes but the people that have read 20 reviews already and know of a definitive review could save me some time. Telling people to "google it" is a waste of a comment.

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          lol unless it is a sensible thing to do in the first place.

        • -1 vote

          @sky blu:

          But in this case it isn't.

  • +1 vote

    To be warned I bought my Xiaomi Mi5s awhile ago and it came with a Vendor ROM from Banggood.

    I asked on the Xiaomi Subreddit for confirmation

    Proof of Purchase

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      Thanks for sharing that!

  • +1 vote

    EXPIRED - only good for 500 uses apparently

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    EXPIRED - only good for 500 uses apparently

    New deal please rep.

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    Any chance of repeating this deal?