Xiaomi, one of the mainstream Chinese smartphone manufacturer has upped its game today with the release of two its new flagship devices called the Xiaomi Mi 5s and Xiaomi Mi 5s. Xiaomi is known for launching phones packed with high-end specifications and providing them to the users in a very cheap price tag. A phone which costs a hefty price tag of $600 – $800 from a company like Samsung, Sony or LG, Xiaomi offers a phone with same specifications under a price tag of $250 – $400. With that said, we will know have a look on what these two new phones have to offer.
Xiaomi Mi 5s
Both the new Xiaomi Mi 5s smartphones are packed inside a Unibody aluminium body. A brushed metal finish has been applied to the phone’s casing and the edges are slightly curved. Xiaomi has managed to pull out beautiful smartphones once again.
The Mi 5s can be measured at 145.6 x 70.3 x 8.3 mm and weighs at 145 g. Xiaomi MI 5s has a 5.1-inch full HD IPS LCD display to offer at a ppi of 428. The screen to body ratio is 71.4%. Xiaomi has equipped the Mi 5s with Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 CPU accompanied by Adreno 530 GPU. A 3GB RAM is being offered with an internal storage of 64GB while the 4GB RAM variant has 128GB storage offering. Mi 5s also has a new ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. The scanner makes the use of Qualcomm Snapdragon’s sense ID to and works efficiently. The fingerprint scanner on these new phones is immune to surface containment (Sweat and Dust). Both the variants can get a storage boost by means of an external SD.
Xiaomi has worked hard on the camera department as well. The 5s offers a 12 MP camera with f/2.0 aperture. The camera comes loaded with features like PDAF, dual-LED. The sensor size of the rear camera is 1/2.3″ and the pizel size is 1.55µm. The front camera on the Xiaomi Mi 5s offers 4MP with an aperture of f/2.0 and 1/3″ sensor size. The front camera offers a pixel size of 2µm.
Mi 5s has a whopping 3200 mAh battery which should be enough to last for a day or two at a moderate use. If you’re a gaming geek, you will definitely need some battery juice while playing the games. Mi 5s runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box. It’s questionable here why Xiaomi didn’t release the devices running on Android 7.0 Nougat when the firmware is officially out and LG has even rolled it out with the LG V20.
As far as the price of the Mi 5s is concerned, the 3GB RAM and 64GB storage variant will cost around $300 and the 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage variant will cost around $350. Color options are Gray, Pink and Gold.
Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus
Xiaomi is known as the Apple of China. We expect it to follow the footsteps of the original Apple and that’s what Xiaomi did here as well. Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus has some offerings similar to the Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus with a different OS running on-board and a different hardware architecture.
The Mi 5s Plus has the same design and build quality as the Mi 5s. The phone measures at 154.6 x 77.7 x 8 mm and weighs at 168 g. It has a 5.7-inch Full HD Display at a ppi of 386. The screen to body ratio on this variant is 74.6%.
Mi 5s Plus is equipped with the same Snapdragon 821 CPU accompanied by Adreno 530 GPU. This variant has a boost in the RAM department. Mi 5s Plus offers a 4GB variant with 64GB internal storage and a 6GB RAM variant with a storage of 128GB. Mi 5s Plus has a fingerprint scanner as well which is the same as that of the Mi 5s.
As we talked about the Xiaomi’s likings towards Apple, Xiaomi’s use of dual rear camera setup on the Mi 5s Plus is what gave us those hints. There is a 12 MP dual camera with f/2.0 aperture on this phone which has a sensor size of 1/2.3″ and pixel size of 1.55µm. The front camera is 4 MP with f/2.0 aperture, 1/3″ sensor size and 2µm pixel size.
This bigger variant has a massive battery of 3800 mAh. Mi 5s Plus also runs on Android Marshmallow out of the box.
The price of Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus is also something that should lie inside your budget. The 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage variant costs $350 and the 6GB RAM, 128GB internal storage variant costs $390. Color options are same as the Mi 5s.