The Xiaomi Mi5 was launched in February and is definitely one of the best budget flagships you can have right now. It is a great smartphone with high-end quality specs and latest features, and it won’t even burn a hole in your pocket.

However, Xiaomi has been facing tiff competition from LeEco in the budget segment. And to make things even more exciting, LeEco has launched its new flagship LeEco Le Max 2 with mind-blowing internals and a competitive price.

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So which one should you buy if you have a budget of around $300-$400? Find your answers below.

Xiaomi Mi5 vs. LeEco Le Max 2: Which One is Better?

Looks and Display: At the first look, the Xiaomi Mi5 gives out a different vibe. Yes, it looks premium with that ceramic back and perfectly curved edges, and it is definitely the most premium phone Xiaomi has ever made.

The LeEco Le Max 2 falls under a different league altogether. It gets a full metal unibody and the edge-to-edge glass that imitates a bezel-less look. It belongs to a category between the HTC M9 and the Galaxy S7, hinted towards by those antenna bands and the large camera sensor at the back.

The Mi5 gets a 5.15-inch FullHD screen, but the Le Max 2 gets a 5.7-inch QuadHD display, which is much brighter than the Mi5’s screen.

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Processor and Memory: Under the hood, the Xiaomi Mi5 and the Le Max 2 both get the latest Snapdragon 820 processor. However, the Mi5 gets 3GB and 4GB RAM variants, while the Le Max 2 gets 4GB and a 6GB RAM version. Both the phones get 32 GB and 64 GB storage variants, but the 4 GB RAM variant of the Mi5 gets 128 GB internal storage. There’s no card slot on either of the two phones.

Camera and Battery: The Xiaomi Mi5 gets a 16MP rear camera with PDAF, 4-axis OIS (Optical Image Stabilization), f/2.0 aperture, dual-tone dual LED flash, and a sensor size of 1/2.8″. It also get s a 4MP UltraPixel camera on the front with a 1/3″ size sensor for wider selfies.

The Le Max 2 flaunts a 21MP rear camera with PDAF, OIS, and f/2.0 aperture. It gets an 8MP selfie camera. The rear camera sensor is 1/2.4″ in size, so low-light photography should be good.

As for the battery, the Le Max 2 gets a 3100mAh battery, while the Mi5 gets a similar 3000mAh battery. On normal usage, the phones should get you back home at the end of the day with a little charge left.

Other Features and Price: Both phones run Android Marshmallow out of the box and get fingerprint sensor. The 4GB/32GB variant of the Le Max 2 costs $325, while the 6GB/64GB model costs $385. The Mi5 starts at $400 and goes as high as around $500.


Weighing all the specs and features against the price, the LeEco Le Max 2 is the better choice as it lets you play with more RAM at a lesser price. But if you are a Xiaomi fan and like the Mi5’s appearance better than the Le Max 2, then you should get the Mi5.


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