Currently, Apple’s iPhone SE and Xiaomi’s Mi 5 are one of the latest and greatest phones in the market. It offers the finest hardware inside and has the design prowess as well. Unlike other phablet devices, both devices sit in hand and easy to operate. So we have produced run down of both devices.

Design and build quality

The iPhone SE retains the iPhone 5S design. The device has all-metal build – with top and bottom ends being made of glass — with chamfered edges. Rounded volume buttons and power button are placed on the top, while headphone jack, speaker, and microphone are placed on the bottom of the device.

On the other hand, the Xiaomi Mi 5 follows the same design of the Mi Note. Xiaomi notes that the Mi 5 has the original design scheme of the Mi Note.


The iPhone SE sports a 4-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD (Retina) display that offers a resolution of 640 x 1136 pixels. With the latest iOS 9.3 update, a Night Shift mode is introduced in the phone which automatically changes the colours in your display to the warmer at night.

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The Mi 5 has a 5.15-inch FullHD IPS display having a 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution, offers standout features like Sunlight Display. The new feature works in tandem with the screen’s low reflectivity and that gives better screen clarity in harsh light situations.


The iPhone SE runs on iOS 9.3- Apple’s latest OS update. While the Mi 5 runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and MIUI 7 on top of it, notes GSM Arena.

Hardware and connectivity

The iPhone SE is powered by a 64-bit A9 chipset, which is also seen iPhone 6S. The device is sold in 16GB and 64GB memory variants, without expandable storage support, as per Apple’s official website.

A 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor is included in the Mi 5 and its is paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory and lacks expandable storage support.

The iPhone SE supports singleSIM and the Mi 5 is a dualSIM phone, however, both devices comes with 4G LTE connectivity option.


The iPhone SE bears a 12MP iSight snapper on the rear end of the device. It supports feature like dualLED (dual tone) flash, Live Photos, and 4K videos. A 1.2MP FaceTime camera is also placed on the front.

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The Mi 5 has a 16MP shooter at the rear side of the device and offers features like 4-axis optical image stabilisation, phase detection autofocus, and LED flash. It also shoots 4K videos. On the front panel lies a 4MP camera with 36 smart beauty profiles.


Both devices have a non-removable battery but the Mi 5 has a massive 3,000mAh battery while the iPhone SE 1,642 mAh battery.