Nexus 6P vs Xiaomi Mi 5: Vote best smartphone – Mobile Madness 2016

Today we have two of our finals four devices ready to go head to head. The Nexus 6P vs the Xiaomi Mi5. A battle of two budget-friendly flagships. Most US phone users may not even be familiar with Huawei or Xiaomi — after all, it is still pretty difficult to get your hands on phones from these makers without jumping through some hoops. With the exception of the Nexus 6P, carriers just don’t make it easy to purchase these devices. Nonetheless, they’re incredibly popular among our readers.

Based on specs alone, consumers should be floored by the offerings these phones hold. Pair that with extremely competitive pricing and you really can’t lose. The Nexus 6P, of course, features a great pure Android experience and quick updates to the OS. The Mi5 comes with its own suite of Xioami apps that make up for a lack of full Google support in the Chinese market.

Which would you choose? The Huawei Nexus 6P or the Xiaomi Mi5?

Vote below today!

Nexus 6P

Finding the right balance is a near-impossible task. In cooking, neglecting to use spices can leave a dish bland and without personality; add too much and you ruin the meal entirely. The same thing can happen in mobile.

I’ve used and tested a lot of really great phones this year, but none have struck that perfect balance between design, speed, battery life and software. Some come close, but there’s always that one thing that keeps a phone from being The One.

The Nexus 6P is different—or comes about as close to perfection as I’ve seen. What I find most impressive is how the Nexus 6P’s excellence feels so natural, like it isn’t trying too hard to be the best. It just is. Everything works in perfect harmony to create one of the most exciting devices in a long, long time… read more

Xiaomi Mi5

For the most part, the Mi5 is in lockstep with the latest Android flagships from Samsung and LG. It boasts a Snapdragon 820 processor, a 3000mAh battery, a 16-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, 4GB of RAM, up to 128GB of storage, Android 6.0, and a fingerprint reader built into the new home button. The display falls short of the competition with a 5.15-inch 1080p LCD panel, but Xiaomi had to cut corners somewhere to keep costs down.

As usual, Xiaomi is selling the new phone with barely any profit margin. The Mi5 starts at 1,999RMB (roughly $305) and goes as high as 2,999 RMB ($458) with 128GB of storage… read more.

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*Winners from previous rounds are marked bold.


March 17 BlackBerry Classic vs OnePlus X
March 18 Nexus 6P vs Sony Xperia Z5
March 19 Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs OnePlus 2
March 20 Samsung Galaxy Note 5 vs HTC One A9
March 21 Nexus 5X vs Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
March 22 iPhone 6S vs Microsoft Lumia 950
March 23 LG G5 vs Samsung Galaxy S7
March 24 iPhone 6S Plus vs Nextbit Robin
March 25 HTC One M9 vs Microsoft Lumia 950 XL

Round 1

March 26 Motorola Droid Turbo 2 vs Winner of March 17 (BlackBerry Classic)
March 27 Winner of March 18 (Nexus 6P) vs Winner of March 19 (Galaxy S7 Edge)
March 28 Xiaomi Mi 5 vs Winner of March 20 (Galaxy Note 5)
March 29 Winner of March 21 (Xperia Z5 Premium) vs BlackBerry Priv
March 30 Huawei Mate 8 vs Winner of March 22 (iPhone 6S)
March 31 Winner of March 23 (Galaxy S7) vs LG V10
April 1 Moto X Pure Edition vs Winner of March 24 (iPhone 6S Plus)
April 2 Winner of March 25 (Lumia 950 XL) vs Motorola Droid Maxx 2

Round 2 – Quarterfinals

April 3 Winner of March 26 (BlackBerry Classic) vs Winner of March 27 (Nexus 6P)
April 4 Winner of March 28 (Xiaomi Mi5) vs Winner of March 29 (BlackBerry Priv)
April 5 Winner of March 30 (iPhone 6S) vs Winner of March 31 (Galaxy S7)
April 6 Winner of April 1 (iPhone 6S Plus) vs Winner of April 2 (Lumia 950 XL)

Semi-final Round

April 7 Winner of April 3 (Nexus 6P) vs Winner of April 4 (Xiaomi Mi5)
April 8 Winner of April 5 (iPhone 6S) vs Winner of April 6 (iPhone 6S Plus)
Final Round
April 9 Winner of April 7 vs Winner of April 8
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