Xiaomi Mi5s and Mi5s Plus unveiled at a launch event in Beijing

Xiaomi Mi5s and Mi5s Plus unveiled at a launch event in Beijing

Chinese Smartphone maker Xiaomi has unveiled its next flagship smartphones Mi5s and Mi5s Plus at Beijing, China.

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Lei Jun, founder and CEO of Xiaomi said the new handsets are at par with the handsets made by the rival companies Apple and Samsung and probably superior than them in the matter of camera. Both the handsets are successors to Mi5 unveiled earlier this year and will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 and runs on MIUI 8 on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. New to both variants is an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor that is reported to allow quicker and more accurate scans even when your finger is covered in moisture which is something current fingerprint sensors have issues with. It will be different thanks to Snapdragon Sense ID tech that uses ultrasonic waves to read the user’s fingerprint in a 3D mapping resulting in more accurate results.



The Mi5s sports a 5.15 inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon 821, 3GB or 4GB of DDR4 RAM, and 64GB or 128GB of UFS 2.0 internal storage. This makes it one of the most powerful phones out there, and fast storage is nice to see. There’s also a new 12MP Sony IMX378 camera, which has great potential and a 4MP front-facing camera that appears to have been carried over from the Mi5. A 3200mAh battery keeps the lights on. Like in the Mi5 handset, the Mi5s has USB Type-C, dual SIM capabilities, and Quick Charge 3.0 on board.

Mi5s Plus

It shares specifications with both its sibling handsets- Mi5 and Mi5s. It includes the Snapdragon 821, 64GB or 128GB of UFS 2.0 storage, 4MP selfie cam, USB-C, dual SIM, and QC3.0. Everything else is different; the Plus has a 5.7 inch 1080p display, 4GB or a whopping 6GB of DDR4 RAM, dual 13MP cameras, and a massive 3800mAh cell (seriously impressive for a 7.95mm-thick phone). Like the Mi5s, it has a metal construction, but it doesn’t have the new ultrasonic fingerprint sensor or pressure-sensitive display.

The prices have at presently been only announced for the consumers in China. The 3GB/64GB Mi5s will retail for just 1999 yuan ($300) and the 4GB/128GB Mi5s will go for 2299 yuan ($345). The 4GB/64GB Mi5s Plus will also sell for 2299 yuan ($345), and the 6GB/128GB Plus will cost the users 2599 yuan ($390). All models will be available in gray, gold, silver, and pink. The first flash is reported to begin today.