Huawei Mate 9 vs. Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus: Bargain bin

19 December 2016
Huawei unveiled the Mate 9 as the best phone in the world - and indeed it has many superior qualities. Including the price! We started wondering if we can match most features at half the price. This lead us to the Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus, which has a lot in common with the Huawei.

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  • Alphanull

Huawei is excellent.
But it don't means Xiaomi is awful.
Mate 9 may have better speed in multitasking but mi 5s+ have sd821 with adreno 530 .
Mail G71 MP8 in the face of Adreno 530
Can't do anything.......

Camera .. designe .. display : mate 9
Performance .. Ui system .. gaming : 5s+

  • Anonymous

Lead2XL, 24 Dec 2016Not really the fairest comparison. Would have been better t... moreWas going to say the same thing. They forgot to examine connectivity as well, which the mate kills the 5 on

  • Toto

J o m s, 23 Dec 2016"As a sneak peek, here are some of the other duets we will ... moreAre you sure about battery performance? xiaomi is good on that. lol

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 24 Dec 2016It isn't about affordable prices if you are paying premium ... moreLOL hahaha

Not really the fairest comparison. Would have been better to compare the Mate 9 to the Xiaomi Note 2.

  • Anonymous

AnonD-191884, 20 Dec 2016Huawei is a premium brand and they deserve this price tag. ... moreIt isn't about affordable prices if you are paying premium for a phone it better have a service as good as Apple or Samsung or even Sony and HTC but being to their service centre (they don't have many in India) their services are appalling. Picked a p9 ahead of s7 was the worst mistake of my life. The service guys really gave me headaches

  • Anonymous

Someone Else, 22 Dec 2016To be honest, when I see the two phones side by side, the X... moreAnd mate 9 of HTC one m8 so what's your point. Every manufacturer copies at one time or other. The truth is mate 9 is way too overpriced for what it is. Might as well get a s7 edge instead if not for rip note 7 mate 9 wouldn't be even having a chance at flagship tier

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 22 Dec 2016Best chipset. Snapdragon 821?!!... As i know the Kirin 960 ... moreThat performance is per core so 8 cores would be having increase of 40 pc compared to 8 of t860 it can't compensate for brute power the extra 4 have. You can see the graphics benchmarks yourself. It's weaker than adreno 530 and Mali inspite of driving only a fhd. Op3t smokes it too so do both pixels and s7

  • Jhong

I'm preferring Huawei Mate9 because of its Chipset super power saving.... and its co-engineered lens "LEICA", with its 20mp+12megapixel rear can. Thumbs UP!!!!

"As a sneak peek, here are some of the other duets we will be visiting:

Huawei Mate 8 vs. Xiaomi Mi Mix
Samsung Galaxy S7 vs. Galaxy A5
OnePlus 3T vs. Google Pixel XL"

Toss them all against Le Pro 3. My best bet this year in speed/performance and battery longevity.

mike, 22 Dec 2016I'm European and this should be on all Xiaomi phones, but u... moreIt's illegal to resell phones in Europe without a proper Euro charger and CE mark (and the proper tests for it) so having band 20 on Chinese phones makes no business sense at all for Xiaomi.

  • Anonymous

Best chipset. Snapdragon 821?!!... As i know the Kirin 960 is a better chipset than the Snapdragon 821, as in processor as in graphics. Yes. even the Kirin 960 being a standard Cortez A73 and the Snapdragon 821 a costumized Cortex A72, the Kirin 960 has a better processor as in performance as in efficience. And in the graphics departemant has also better performance because the Mali-G71 MP8 has 40% better performance than the Mali T880 MP12 in the Galaxy S7 with the Exynos 8890.

To be honest, when I see the two phones side by side, the Xiomi Mi 5s Plus looks like a terrible Huawei Mate 9 clone.

  • Zin myo

Be careful your review.
Xiaomi lost 40billions in 18months.
So I am seriously doubt about Xiaomi.Huawei is premium brand.Thus Huawei is asking more than Xiaomi does.
Different price mèans different qiality.
Xiami is able to produce only cheap phone.They can't make premium phone like Huawei.So please don't compare them..

  • mike

heyorovka, 22 Dec 2016In my homeland, a lot of people interested in the Redmi 3S ... moreI'm European and this should be on all Xiaomi phones, but unfortunately only 3s and Note 3 have B20 and Euro charger. But it is true that Xiaomi doesn't officially sell any phones in Europe - so we have to rely on reselllers.

  • AnonD-454153

same as looking at iphone prices ,just fast cpu and gpu all other things are for laughing ,im not using phone for games ,thats why i never gonna buy iphone ,just samsung or huawei ,now rocking p9

In my homeland, a lot of people interested in the Redmi 3S and the RedMi Note 3 "special edition", because of their amazing "bang For the buck" ratio and they finally have lte B20! If Xiaomi will keep up adding this lte Band to more and more devices, europeans will definitely buy it. Keep up the good work Xiaomi.

  • mike

Hardly a comparison. A lot of people will not pay so much for a phone. And yes, buying Mate locally and officially gives you a proper LTE coverage, proper warranty and localized phone out of the box. But.....Xiaomi is still the best deal,
And if it comes even half in every department to a phone priced twice - it is worth it. And i think it comes to about 85-90% of the overall performance - which should be shameful to every other manufacturer charging twice for basicly the same phone.
Aestetics is really a personal thing and not a merit by ots own. Would buy 5s Plus any day and i know it has shortcomings, but nothing and i mean nothing in the world justifies a 700 euro price tag for a smartphone. Not to mention Pixels, Iphones and S7's.

  • Hamed Shirandami

Huawei mate 9 better mobile.

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 21 Dec 2016The thing is, if I go for a "non-stock" phone as my next on... moreSo, maybe Mi Mix? Huge screen, small bezels, Snapdragon 821.