Xiaomi unveils Mi5s and Mi5s Plus

Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi has unveiled its two new smartphones–the Mi5s and the Mi5s Plus. Each device will sport different internal and external specifications with the Mi5s being the cheaper and smaller of the two. Xiaomi is set to begin pre-sales for the two devices on Thursday, September 29th, in China.

Xiaomi's Mi 5s Plus
Xiaomi’s Mi 5s Plus

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–something current fingerprint sensors have issues with. This is thanks to Qualcomm’s “Snapdragon Sense ID” tech that uses ultrasonic waves to read your fingerprint in a 3D mapping, which should be much more accurate.

The Mi5s and Mi5s Plus also feature a camera upgrade with UltraPixel technology that we saw in the most recent HTC One. This feature should allow for more vibrant images and better shots in low light.  The larger Mi5s Plus has two 12MP sensors while the Mi5s has just one 12MP sensor, yet they both include dual-LED flash.

A look at the two-sensor tech in the Mi 5s Plus
A look at the two-sensor tech in the Mi5s Plus

As you can see in the specs listed below, the Mi5s and Mi5s Plus don’t share the same internals, like an iPhone or Galaxy would, but instead offer more with varied colors, sizes, and memory options.

Xiaomi Mi5s Plus

  • 5.7 inch 1920×1080 display (386 ppi)
  • Android OS version 6.0 (Marshmallow)
  • 64GB (4GB RAM) or 128GB (6GB RAM) internal storage (non-expandable)
  • Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821
  • Adreno 530 GPU
  • Dual 12MP f/2.0, with dual LED flash, camera sensor
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
  • USB Type-C
  • Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro sensors
  • Quick Charge 3.0, 3800 mAh battery (non-removable)
  • Colors: Gray, Gold, Silver, or Rose Gold

Xiaomi Mi5s

  • 5.15 inch 1920×1080 display (428 ppi) *
  • Android OS version 6.0 (Marshmallow)
  • 64GB (3GB RAM) or 128GB (4GB RAM) internal storage (non-expandable)
  • Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821
  • Adreno 530 GPU
  • Single 12MP f/2.0 camera with dual LED flash
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
  • USB Type-C
  • Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro sensors
  • Quick Charge 3.0, 3200 mAh battery (non-removable)
  • Colors: Gray, Gold, Silver, or Rose Gold
    *3D touch only available on 128GB/4GB device
Color options available for the Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus
Color options available for the Mi5s and Mi5s Plus

Xiaomi has stated previously that it would like to sell smartphones in the U.S. in the future, but as of now, there is no indication these will be sold outside of Asian territories. US Mobile has imported Xiaomi devices in the past and they do fully support the GSM and CDMA networks, but until Xiaomi officially announces anything, we will be left only with the option to import.

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