Xiaomi Mi 5S : Specs aside, SenseID is what makes this phone exciting to us

Xiaomi seems to be gearing to launch a beefed-up version of the Mi 5 flagship smartphone. Dubbed Mi 5s, the handset has been leaked tipping the complete innards. The biggest improvement touted in the new alleged Xiaomi Mi 5s specs wise is that it packs a Snapdragon 821 processor clocked at 2.4GHz. To recall, the Mi 5 was powered by the Snapdragon 820 processor but SenseID is what makes the Xiaomi Mi5s something to look forward to.

Talking about Xiaomi Mi 5S, there are many leaks about the upcoming Mi 5S smartphone; it might come with the similar glossy finish design as on Mi 5. The Xiaomi Mi 5S, which has already cleared the Chinese 3C regulatory body, has been spotted on AnTuTu. The benchmark listing confirms some of the device’s key specs, but let’s talk about SenseID first.

SenseID, the technology – that was unveiled by Qualcomm in March last year – essentially allows manufacturers to embed the fingerprint sensor within frames or panels, instead of relying on dedicated areas, like the home button.

Instead of direct contact with the finger, with this new technology, the sensor uses the ultrasonic waves to scan the 3D images of the finger. It can be placed under the glass or metal, and Qualcomm mentioned that this new technology will bring greater accuracy, privacy and stronger authentication. This means the entire screen can be used as a fingerprint scanner and it should also work when you wear gloves. Bye Bye fingerprint scanner placement debates.

This essentially gives Xiaomi an excellent reason to get rid of the home button, slap on a larger display and opt for onscreen buttons but apparently, Xiaomi is still not only keeping the home button, it’s going from a  Samsung Galaxy style button to a circular button Apple iPhone like button.

So although, SenseID allows all those amazing things, we’re not sure if Xiaomi will let it.


Xiaomi is also reported to borrow one more technology from Apple for the Mi 5s. The company is said to be working on a technology similar to Apple’s 3D Touch for quite some time now. The Mi 5s will reportedly come with a 3D Touch-like feature.


Other improvements include 6GB of RAM and 3490mAh battery. The handset is also said to pack massive 256GB of inbuilt storage. The alleged Mi 5s is seen packing a USB Type-C.

On the camera front, the handset is seen packing a 16-megapixel rear camera and a 4-megapixel front camera. The Xiaomi Mi 5s is also expected to support 4K video recording. Xiaomi Mi 5s to sport a 5.15-inch full-HD pressure sensitive display.

The dual-SIM device will support GPRS/ EDGE, 3G, 4G, and VoLTE apart from NFC connectivity option. The handset is said to measure 144.5×69.2×7.2mm and weigh 147 grams which means it will be heavier than the original Mi 5 that weighed just 129 grams. It will be running on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow based latest MIUI 8.


A latest teaser from Xiaomi has confirmed the launch date to be 27th September. We’ll have more details then. This will be the first smartphone to use SenseID and it sounds about the only feature that that sets this phone apart.

What do you think of the SenseID? Are you interested in getting the Xiaomi Mi5s if Xiaomi implements it right? Let us know in the comments below!


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