Xiaomi Mi 5s laughs at your flagship’s specs

The Xiaomi Mi5 was only released a couple of months ago, but the Chinese company is already refreshing it with some improved specifications. Xiaomi has also announced a larger version of the Mi5s, the aptly-named Mi5s Plus and with a dual lens camera. (Why does this sound like something we heard on September 7th before?)

It should be no surprise that this dual-SIM device — which has ditched the glass body to become fully metallic on the back — packs Qualcomm’s latest and greatest Snapdragon 821 chipset, meaning it offers not only improved computational performance but also super speedy tri-band 4G carrier aggregation.

Starting with the Xiaomi Mi 5s, the new device has a unibody aluminum design, with a brushed metal finish and curved edges, and antenna lines along the top and bottom that look far too familiar. Along the back is also the new large 1/2.3-inch 12 megapixel Sony IMX 378 sensor with F/2.0 aperture and PDAF that bests even the iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7 edge, if Xiaomi’s slides are to be believed.

You also get a 4 megapixel camera on the front with 2μm large pixel and F/2.0 aperture. On the front is a 5.15-inch 1920×1080 pixel IPS LCD with 600nits maximum brightness, 1500:1 contrast ratio, and a 94.4% NTSC color gamut. Also on the front is a new ultrasonic fingerprint sensor that uses Qualcomm Snapdragon Sense ID. The new sensor, which is the first production implementation of Qualcomm’s Sense ID, is notable in that it is located underneath the front glass panel; this gives the front of the phone a more seamless and cohesive appearance.


An ultrasonic fingerprint sensor captures a more accurate map of the finger that is harder to spoon, works through multiple materials, and is immune to surface contaminants such as sweat and condensation. It is powered by a 3200mAh battery, that charges via Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0. The 3GB LPDDR4 RAM/ 64GB storage variant is priced at CNY 1,999 (~$299/₹20,000), while the 4GB LPDDR4 RAM/ 128GB storage variant is priced CNY 2,299 (~$344/₹22,900). The higher end model i.e. the 4G variant,  also has support for pressure sensitivity. The internal storages on both the Mi 5s and Plus are UFS 2.0.


The Mi5s Plus, like the Mi5s, has a metal construction, but it doesn’t have the new ultrasonic fingerprint sensor or pressure-sensitive display. However, it does nab a pair of 13MP cameras on the back. Like the Huawei P9 and Honor 8’s setups, one is a normal sensor and one is monochromatic. It’s unclear who makes these, but they can shoot RAW images. The Plus has a 5.7″ 1080p display, 4GB or a whopping 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM, and a massive 3800mAh cell (seriously impressive for a 7.95mm-thick phone).

The Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant has been priced at CNY 2,299 (~$345/₹22,900), while the 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage variant has been priced at CNY 2,599 (~$390/₹26,000). Both smartphones will be available in four colour variants – Gold, Rose Gold, Silver, and White. Both the Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus will go on sale from Thursday, September 29th via flash sales on JD.com and Mi.com.


Xiaomi Mi 5s

Xiaomi Mi 5


5.15-inch full HD (1920×1080 pixels)

5.15-inch full HD (1920×1080 pixels)


Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core


64GB /128GB

32GB, 64GB, 128GB





12-megapixel aperture f/2.0, dual LED flash, 4K video recording

16-megapixel aperture f/2.0, dual LED flash, 4K video recording

Front-facing camera

4-megapixel (UltraPixel)

4-megapixel (UltraPixel)


4G LTE, VoLTE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, NFC, USB Type-C

4G LTE, VoLTE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, NFC, USB Type-C


Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow based on MIUI 8

Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow based on MIUI 8


Update : The Xiaomi Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus were introduced less than 24 hours ago, and given the bang for buck pricing, it was expected that the Chinese customers will be more than interested. Turns out, they really are. Over 3 million people have already registered for the first sale in China. Needless to say, these are great numbers.

Source : Xiaomi


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