Meizu Pro 6 vs Xiaomi Mi 5: the battle of the Chinese giants
Meizu and Xiaomi represent China in it’s brightest light in the mobile world. They have both become giants in their own world, and we believe that there is not a single person that haven’t heard of these two companies, at least in the recent years. And their newest and most powerful flagships for this year are: The Pro 6 from Meizu, and the Mi 5 from Xiaomi. Let’s find out which one is the true Chinese king.
While they both measure approximately the same (144.5×69.2×7.25mm for the Xiaomi and 147.7×70.8×7.25mm for the Meizu), the first one is around 30 grams lighter. As far as the design goes, we prefer the Xiaomi because it’s lighter, and even though they are both made out of premium materials, like the double glass from Xiaomi (the back glass feels really good to hold, and the curved edges remind us of the Galaxy S series), and the Meizu employs the good old all-aluminum body, which is also excellent, we still prefer the looks and feel of the Xiaomi Mi 5 and we think that it is one of the (if not the best) looking phones to date. So, the victory goes to Xiaomi in the design department.
When it comes to the displays, both of the phones have a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. And even though we got used to higher resolutions in the flagship department, we still think that the 1080p is good enough for this screen sizes. The Meizu Pro 6 comes with 5.2 inch Super AMOLED display, covered with Gorilla Glass 3 and 3D touch, while the Xiaomi Mi 5 comes with 5.15 inch IPS LCD display. We can’t find any complaint about either of the displays, but some people might find the 3D touch feature on the Meizu more attractive.
The processors on both of the phones are really fast and smooth, but when a person talks about smartphone processor and chipset, we all know who the king here is. The Meizu Pro 6 comes with the latest Mediatek processor, the Helio X25, and if we take it single handedly, it does the job really well. But the Snapdragon 820 processor in the Xiaomi Mi 5 is the best processor in the world to date, and there can be no doubt about that.
What surprised us is that neither of these phones offers expendable storage, so the Meizu Pro 6 comes in either 32GB of 64GB ROM variant, paired with 4GB of RAM, while the Xiaomi Mi 5 offers 32/64GB ROM with 3GB of RAM, and the most powerful and pricey 128GB variant of ROM, paired with 4GB of RAM.
On paper, the camera on the Meizu Pro 6 looks better, because it comes with 21.6 megapixel shooter with the aperture of f/2.2, and 6-element lens. The Xiaomi Mi 5 offers “just” 16 megapixel camera, with the aperture of f/2.0, but with Qualcomm’s 2nd gen Spectra ISP.
Even though these phones match in many aspects, still, there is on that edges slightly. And that is the Xiaomi Mi 5. It comes with the better processor, better design (in our opinion), and if you get the 128GB version (which is similarly priced to the 64GB version of the Meizu Pro 6), you get really premium phone with no exceptions. So, our winner today is the Xiaomi Mi 5.