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Samsung is a South Korean mobile manufacturer which released the first Android phone in 2009, while Xiaomi made its debut in 2011. Samsung had more time to perfect its technology and the company tried various designs and internal configurations, reinventing itself from time to time, to keep fans’ interest high. The latest Note 5 is a masterpiece, it looks gorgeous and it’s very powerful. Let’s see if the Mi Note Pro 4G can beat it.

Designs and Displays

Both phones have their backs made of glass and have metal sides, but Xiaomi managed to make its phablet 0.6mm thinner, measuring 7mm, and it’s also shorter (155.1mm compared to 153.2mm). The Mi Note Pro is 10grams lighter, weighting 161grams, but this was possible because it lacks a stylus, as this accessory was firstly introduced by Samsung. Also, the Note 5 has in addition a fingerprint scanner, which is PayPal certified. The Xiaomi device is available in three colors: Black, White and Gold, while the Note 5 comes in Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Silver Titan and White Pearl. The biggest disadvantage when it comes to glass backs, is that they are fingerprint magnets, they’re slippery and can be easily cracked if they’re dropped from a high distance.

The screens have the same size and resolution, measuring 5.7-inch and supporting a QHD resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels, but the Note 5 has a slightly higher pixel density of 518ppi. The Mi Note Pro supports 515ppi pixel density and the screen technology is IPS LCD, which offers colder colors, more realistic, while the Note 5 uses Samsung’s Super AMOLED display, which makes the colors vibrant, punchy.

Also, Xiaomi covered the back with Gorilla Glass 3D and the display is protected with Gorilla Glass 2.5D, while Samsung used Corning Gorilla Glass 4 on both sides.


The 64bit Qualcomm octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor is weaker than the 64bit Exynos 7420 octa-core processor (built with a 14nm technology). Besides having four cores running at a lower speed – 2GHz instead of 2.1GHz, the Mi Note Pro houses 3GB of RAM, with 1GB less than the Note 5 supports. In addition to this, the Note 5 uses UFS 2.0 flash memory with two variants of capacities: 32GB and 64GB, but none can be expanded. The Mi Note Pro offers only 64GB of internal storage, which isn’t expandable either.

Cameras and Batteries

Both of Mi Note Pro’s cameras are weaker, or at least their resolutions are lower. The primary camera supports 13MP (Sony sensor) and offers OIS, dual-LED flash and an aperture of f/2.0, while its secondary camera is 4MP Ultrapixel.

The Note 5 sports a more advanced 16MP back shooter with OIS and a larger f/1.9 aperture, but it has a single LED flash. The front camera is 5MP and it supports HDR and the same aperture.

The batteries are identical, supporting a capacity of 3000mAh and come with quick charge modes, but the quick wireless charging feature is available only on the Note 5.