Xiaomi has finally lifted the veil on the Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus after months of leaks and teasers. The two handsets look similar to the original model with a number of upgrades both inside and out.
The Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus continue Xiaomi’s legacy of high-end products sold at affordable rates. The former is available in a 3GB/64GB variant at CNY 1999 (approx Rs 20000) and 4GB/128GB model at CNY 2299 (roughly Rs 22900). The latter pushes higher with a 4GB/64GB version priced at CNY 2299 (about Rs 22900) and a 6GB/128GB combo at CNY 2599 (around Rs 26000).
The Mi 5s Plus is distinguished from its sibling by virtue of having a bigger screen and dual cameras. The latter is composed of two 13MP Sony lenses. One captures photos in color, while the other shoots them in black and white. The system is similar to the one Huawei employs in the P9, with the Xiaomi phone also having the ability to combine both for enhanced images or outputting pure monochrome shots.
Xiaomi has blessed the Mi 5s with an all-new ultrasonic fingerprint sensor which takes advantage of Qualcomm Snapdragon Sense ID. The scanner has been placed under the phone’s glass screen to reduce damage and can apparently unlock the handset in a split second even if the user’s fingerprints are sweaty or dirty.
A quick look at the top specs of the Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus:
– Display: 5.7-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixels
– OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based MIUI 8
– Storage: 64GB/128GB
– RAM: 4GB/6GB
– Battery: 3800mAh
– CPU: 2.35GHz quad-core Snapdragon 821
– Camera: 13MP+13MP rear, 4MP front
– Weight: 168g
– Connectivity: dual-SIM, 4G, USB Type-C, NFC, Wi-Fiac, GPS
The Mi 5s’ features are similar to its larger sibling expect for its 5.15-inch full HD screen, 3200mAh battery and solitary 12MP primary camera. Xiaomi claims the shooter is superior to the ones used by the iPhone 6S and Samsung Galaxy S7 thanks to its Sony-sourced 1/2.3-inch IMX378 CMOS sensor which allows for brighter photos.
Xiaomi also launched a brand new Mi TV 3S at the event. The device is set to be sold in 55-inch and 65-inch models and will set buyers back by CNY 3499 (roughly Rs 35000) and CNY 4999 (approx Rs 50000), respectively.