Xiaomi is a company, along with OnePlus, that is making its mark upon the global phone market. While its major market is still in China and Hong Kong, the appeal of the iPhone like design and the incredible specs for much less money is getting around. And yes, I know that the company’s sales have slumped this year by 38.8% but so have Apple’s and Samsung’s. There’s only so many phones people can buy. Any way, the company has hit it out of the park again with the Mi 5s. But don’t take my word for it, let the specs speak for themselves.
The Xiaomi Mi 5s has ditched the old glass back for a shiny new metal one, keeping in line with the safe trend in smartphone design. One article on CNET noted that the glass back did help the phone stand out in a sea of all metal bodies but since the glass has been notorious for shattering on the first drop, the metal doesn’t really count as a bad choice.
Let’s talk hardware and internals. The Mi 5s comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Quad-core processor and up to 4 GB of LPDDR4 RAM. It houses up to 128 GB of UFS 2.0 storage and a 3,200 mAh battery that will easily last you the whole day, in fact a reviewer on TechRadar found the battery life to be better than the Samsung Galaxy S7. There’s also a USB type-C port for charging and connecting to your computer.
On the front is a 4-megapixel camera for selfies and video calling and a 5.5-inch 1080p full HD display which is great since you don’t really need any more pixels to sharpen images. There’s also a 12-megapixel rear facing camera with an f/2.0 aperture and uses larger 1.55 µm pixels for a better picture. Check out the picture quality yourself on Xiaomi’s own website. While there are grains here and there and the picture quality is noticeably not at par with the global smartphone flagships, it’s by no definition sub par.
Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor
The Mi 5s has an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor which is basically a capacitive touch ID sensor. This is Qualcomm’s own ultrasonic technology and it basically doesn’t require a physical button and even detects your finger if its wet or dirty.
The phone comes in two versions, the Mi 5s and the Mi 5s Plus. The former has 3 GB of RAM with 64 GB of storage, a 3,200 mAh battery and a 5.1-inch screen while the latter has 4 GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage, a 3,800 mAh battery and a 5.7-inch screen. The 5s Plus’ Snapdragon processor has been overclocked to 2.35 GHz compared to the 2.15 GHz processor of the 5s. The Plus also has a 13-megapixel camera. The 5s is priced at $345 and the 5s Plus at $390.
The phones are available for pre-order on September 29th.