Xiaomi MI5S Plus VS Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe Design, Antutu, Battery, Camera Review


Large screen has become more popular, a lot of users would like to choose a large screen smartphone to watch videos, playing games, reading e-books, etc. Xiaomi and Asus both as international famous brands have released its own flagship smartphone this year, the examples are Xiaomi MI5S Plus and Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe. They both have obvious common feature with 5.7inch FHD Screen. So we will compare them to let you know which is your better choice.

Compare Xiaomi MI5S Plus vs Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe Specs below:




Xiaomi MI5S Plus is different from Xiaomi MI5S to use the three virtual buttons under the glass. It also uses 2.5D curved screen to improve the holding feeling and the front design. Xiaomi MI5S Plus doesn’t place MI Logo under the front top which is the big tendency for Xiaomi smartphone. It has three colors, dark grey, golden, silver and rose golden. The first three colors uses metal drawing grinding craftsmanship to show high gross quality which is similar to Redmi Pro, but  the rose golden uses matte material. We have to know that Xiaomi MI5S Plus didn’t use CNC processing but three step design. Due to different material, two sides up and down and mid metal part will have color difference to some degree. Xiaomi MI5S Plus placed the fingerprint scanner on its back, which is more convenient for users. On the top, there is earphone jack, de-noising MIC and IR sensor. At the bottom, it uses USB Type C port, But the overall design of MI5S Plus has made use of MI Note and Redmi Pro.


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Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe is outstanding for the hidden antenna design to improve the beauty of the phone. Zenfone 3 supports automatically switching technology according to holding motion. It is better than Zenfone 2 in overall design. Due to Zenfone 3 Deluxe back uses curved design, the middle thickness only has 7.5mm, and the edge only has 4.2mm, it has made curved design on the side frame which looks very sleek and thin. There are three touch capacitive buttons under the screen with white backlight.It continues the design of Zenfone series in concentric circles, especially the front panel, it will show different glittering effect and good visual effect. And it has screen to body ratio up to 79%, on the left side of the phone is SIM card slot and on the SIM card slot is a Mic. Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe has USB Type C 3.0 port at the bottom, right side is main MIC, the left side is speaker.

Therefore, according to brief introduction of Xiaomi MI5S Plus and Asus Zenfone 3, they both have 5.7inch FHD screen, but in terms of craftsmanship, Asus Zenfone 3 is thinner and better quality than MI5S Plus to some degree.


According to hardware, Xiaomi MI5S Plus and Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe both are powered by Snapdragon 821 processor, RAM 4GB/6GB versions. Snapdragon 821 two high performance Kyro core frequency improved from Snapdragon 820 2.15Ghz to 2.34Ghz, low power consumption Kyro core improved from 1.56Ghz to 2.18Ghz, Adreno 530 GPU main frequency has improved from 624MHz to 653MHz. Due to the improvement of main frequency, Snapdragon 821 CPU and GPU have improved 10% and 5% separately, which bring faster app launching and gesture. In addition, Snapdragon 821 processor has 5% power saving with many features such as Snapdrragon VR SDK support, dual PDAF, Laser focus,etc, and has optimized for Android7.0 OS. Therefore, let’s compare their antutu score to prove its performance.


Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe antutu test



   Xiaomi MI5S Plus Antutu Test

According to the antutu test score, they both can reach 142K points, but in fact, Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe has better performance and higher scores. So in hardware, Asus wins.


This year, dual rear camera have become more and more popular, Xiaomi MI5S Plus uses dual 13MP rear camera, 4MP front camera, the dual rear camera has colorful and black/white two lens, one is for taking pictures about the target’s color, the other one for recording the black and white information in order to improve the picture quality. This kind of action can improve the image quality and reduce noise. When taking pictures, two photos can be combined into one, which can keep the details, but also not affect the color, so it will be very helpful for taking photos in the dark night.


Xiaomi MI5S plus night sample


Xiaomi MI5S plus sample


Xiaomi MI5S plus indoor sample


Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe has used 23MP Sony IMX318 main camera, supporting 4 axis OIS, and 3 axis EIS, it adopts 6P lens, F2.0 aperture and 8MP front camera, although it doesn’t have dual rear camera, its camera ability is not worse than mi5s plus, especially photographing in the evening.


Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe


Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe


Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe

Therefore, in camera, Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe and Xiaomi MI5S Plus both have good color saturation, accurate white balance, nice exposure control, and nice picture quality. They are even in taking photos.


This time Xiaomi has not put the focus on MI 5s plus battery, because it just has 3800mAh battery, lower than other Redmi smartphones. But Asus Zenfone 3 is built in 3,000mAh battery, supporting QC3.0, only taking 90 minutes to charge full according to test. Xiaomi MI5S Plus also support quick charge, due to larger battery, Xiaomi MI5S Plus should charge full in 2 hours. As for battery life, Zenfone 3 Deluxe can support over 12 hours for playing video continuously. It should support one day for light use. So does Xiaomi MI5S Plus.




ZenUI3.0 OS

Other Functions

Xiaomi MI5S Plus runs its own MIUI 8 OS, and Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe operates ZenUI 3.0, both are the most popular and mature OS based on Android6.0. And they have their own special features. They also support fingerprint scanner, 4G LTE, Quick charge, metal body, dual SIM card, dual standby, but MI5S Plus can support NFC.


According to comparison between Xiaomi MI5S Plus and Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe., we know Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe has some advantages in design, craftsmanship, performance and camera, but Xiaomi MI5S Plus also has its own merits such as battery and price. If you are looking for a cheaper RAM 6GB Snapdragon 821 smartphone, Xiaomi MI5S Plus is a good choice, if you don’t mind the price, of course, you can try Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe first.

Compare the price from the following stores:

Gearbest:  Xiaomi MI5S Plus RAM 4GB ROM 64GB Golden  at $479.99
                  RAM 6GB ROM 128GB Golden at $478.99
 Xiaomi Mi5S Plus 4G Phablet 64GB ROM – DEEP GRAY $110 coupon code: XM5PLOL  at $368.21

Xiaomi MI5S  3GB RAM 64GB ROM Silver at $318.99 (flash sale)     Xiaomi MI5S RAM 4GB ROM 128GB at $389.99  (flash sale)  

Efox:    Xiaomi MI5S Plus RAM 4GB at €389.99  XIAOMI MI 5S PLUS 6GB RAM at  €469.99
Xiaomi MI5S RAM 3GB at  €324.99  Xiaomi MI5S RAM 4GB at €389.99

Banggood:  Xiaomi MI5S  3GB RAM 64GB ROM at 292.99usd    Xiaomi MI5S 4GB 128GB at 449.89usd
Xiaomi MI5S Plus RAM 4GB ROM 64GB at 419.99usd     
MI5S Plus RAM 6GB ROM 128GB at $489.99

Geekbuying:   Xiaomi MI5S RAM 3GB ROM 64GB at 292.99usd    Xiaomi MI5S RAM 4GB ROM 128GB at $467  (flash sale)     

Xiaomi MI5S Plus RAM 4GB ROM 64GB Golden  at 339.99usd   MI5S Plus RAM 6GB ROM 128GB at $537


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