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Xiaomi Mi5 vs Elephone S3: A first comparison

by Dimitris Economou 5

As the end of Q1 of the year approaches and since almost all the big players of the mobile industry have made their first announcements of devices for 2016, let’s have a look of two much anticipated devices of the year: The Xiaomi Mi5 against the -yet to be start selling- Elephone S3. Since the Xiaomi Mi5 will not be sold outside China for the time being, a comparison with other chinese models is more realistic than other flagships sold globally.

Xiaomi Mi5 vs Elephone S3

So, how does the upcoming Elephone S3 stand against Xiaomi’s best flagship in terms of specs and build quality? Let’s find out.


Beginning with the specs, bellow is a chart of the basic specs found in the two devices:

Elephone S3

Display TypeIPS LCD Capacitve Touch Screen
Screen Protection
OSAndroid, Lollipop 5.1
ChipsetMediaTek MT6755
GPUMali T860 GPU
Processor and SpeedOcta core 2.0 GHz Cortex A53
Weight155g (Unofficial)
Internal Memory16GB
Expandable Memory32GB via Micro SD Card
CameraPrimary – 13 MP


Xiaomi Mi5

Display Size5.2 inch (2560×1440 pixels) or (1920×1080 pixels)
Display TypeIPS LCD Capacitive TouchScreen
Screen Protection
OSAndroid OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop)
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 820
GPUAdreno 530
Processor and SpeedQuad-core 2.2 GHz & quad-core 1.8 GHz
Internal Memory32/64 GB
Expandable Memory
RAM3GB (32GB), 4GB (64GB)
CameraPrimary – 16MP , 5312 x 2988 pixels, (dual-tone LED flash)


The Xiaomi Mi5 clearly has an advantage, with SD820 vs Helio P10 and the 4GB RAM on the 64GB version of Mi5 instead of the 3GB RAM found in the S3 in all of the storage capacity variations, but the S3 supports external SD for extra space. The other big advantage of the Mi5 is 4-axis OIS found in the camera module of the device, something the Elephone S3 lacks. Both devices have LED flash with the Mi5 adding dual-tone to the recipe. Both have fingerprint sensor, although the design philosophy being different among them, as Elephone has gone with what HTC first introduced, placing the sensor on the back of the device instead of the front home button that Xiaomi went for. One other, small difference, is the IR blaster the Xiaomi Mi5 implemented, a useful feature for many, that Elephone S3 lacks of.

Xiaomi Mi5


On the quality side, both devices look very well crafted. Elephone chose to enhance its quality by building the body of the device with an all-aluminum body, whereas Xiaomi went with a more Samsung-like approach, with a metal frame being accompanied by GorillaGlass4 on the front and back. Speaking of the front glass, Elephone’s design relies on 2.5 Glass that gives the impression of an almost bezeless display, admittedly a sight for soar eyes. On the other hand, even though Xiaomi Mi5 has really narrow bezels, a black frame surrounding the display gives a “meh” impression.

Elephone S3


Lastly, what gives some extra points to a device, is the battery life. And in this case we have 3000mAh in the Mi5 against 2500mAh in the S3. But be fooled not by the capacity. Even though Mi5 has bigger capacity battery, the Elephone S3 has a lower consumption SoC that, in the end, may give the device a greater battery life.

What do you think?

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  • Jiraya Ziane

    Elephone s3 look stuning and awesome in term of design,has expandable storage,bezeless, 5.2 full hd compact than 5.15 inch in mi5, the soc is not bad at all ,3 gb of ram is enough for multi-tasking. And cheaper . But just waiting for a review from Andi to see how does the battery and both cameras perform.

  • I stopped reading at 2500 mAh.

  • Kamui

    Rly? Is there a reason to make an comparison article between Xiaomi and Elephone? Is there any reason to compare only the hardware? Build quality, software features?

    Btw to all people out there this sentence “Elephone S3 has a lower consumption SoC that, in the end, may give the device a greater battery life” is just a lie. Bad software is the cause of battery drain. You can see phones even with 2000mah to hold for 2 days in normal use. Do you expect from elephone any software updates? And I suppose Elephone doesnt even say the truth capacity.

    Better go even for a Redmi series Xiaomi device than an Elephone.

  • JeffreyHF

    Comparing the flagship Mi5 with essentially a glorified mid-range Elephone is simply silly.

  • Mani

    i like this phone but price high for me so i decide to buy Maya, this is amazing phone that comes with decent specs and according to Bluboo, brings high-quality Sony IMX sensor camera and price only at $69.99