The event had been expected for weeks, and today – as promised – in a China National Convention Center chock full of journalists and media, Xiaomi unveiled its new top-of-range. We speak of course of the new Mi5s and Xiaomi Xiaomi Mi5s Plus, two very similar smartphone but only in the name and design, as the differences in the technical specifications are really consistent. It is wrong, therefore, to consider the two terminals such as variants of the same model, because Xiaomi Mi5s and Mi5s Plus are two different flagship among their children in spite of the same family.
Xiaomi Mi5s is equipped with a screen of 5.15 inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels, 600 nits), with 94.4% NTSC and contrast of 1500: 1. The processor chosen for this model is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC with Adreno 530 GPU, 3GB or 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 64GB or 128GB ROM UFS 2.0, depending on the SKU. On the back we see a 12-megapixel webcam (Sony IMX378) with focal opening 2.0, dual-tone LED flash and PDAF, while at the front overlooking a 4 megapixel camera with focal opening 2.0 and shoot up to 80 °. The first will be able to record video in 4K (and slow-motion to 720p), while the other will be content to Full HD (1080p). Connectivity is provided by a module WiFi 802.11ac dual-band, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS / GLONASS, LTE (dual-SIM), NFC and a Type-C USB, through which you can recharge the battery 3200 mAh integrated also by exploiting the Quick Charge 3.0 technology.
This model includes a fingerprint reader ultrasound: in essence, Xiaomi Mi5s will not have any physical fingerprint (or the back or integrated into the Home key) because the technology required for the recognition of fingerprints has been inserted below the display. You then simply place your finger in the bottom of the screen to unlock the smartphone or access to certain applications. The Xiaomi solution, in addition to improving the design of the terminal which is now more clean and simple, also provides a degree of durability because the sensor is not exposed to bumps and scratches like those found in the most common smartphone. Furthermore, the SKU top-of-range (4 / 128GB) is also equipped with a screen with Synaptics technology, which then will allow to distinguish the different pressures of the fingers, with associated interactions.
Xiaomi Mi5s Plus is bigger: it measures 154.6 x 77.7 x 7.95 mm and weighs 168 grams compared to Mi5s that weighs 20 grams less (145 grams) and has dimensions of 145.6 x 70.3 x 8.25 mm. The reason lies mainly in the display, a panel 5.7-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels, 550 nits), with 94% NTSC and contrast of 1,300: 1. The platform is rather the same as in the standard model, but in this case the SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 will be accompanied by 4GB or 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of LPDDR4 ROM UFS 2.0, depending on the SKU. The connectivity is the same, but in order to balance the energy expended by the wider screen, Xiaomi has forecast a 3800 mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0 technology. As regards the cameras instead, in addition to the 4 megapixel front camera, Xiaomi Mi5s Plus integrates two sensors 13 megapixel on the back, the one for color shots and the other for those in black and white. Also in this case there is a fingerprint reader, but the standard, on the back of the shell.
Xiaomi Mi5s Plus
Both smartphones run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with MIUI 8, but do not exclude that the Chinese company has already provided an update to Android 7.1 Nougat. And now we move to the prices and availability: Xiaomi Mi5s and Xiaomi Mi5s Plus will be available in China from September 29 in various colors and finishes (gold, dark gray, silver and rose gold), but you can already find them in pre-order in some Chinese shops that It offers expeditions in Italy.
Xiaomi Mi5s 3 / 64GB will be priced at 1999 yuan (about 270 €), while the 4GB / 128GB version will be offered in China to 2,299 yuan (305 €). According to allegations made during the press conference, Xiaomi Mi5s Plus will be priced at 2,299 yuan (€ 305) for the model with 4/64 GB and 2,599 yuan (€ 345) for the one to 6/128 GB.
From Geekbuying you can already book your Xiaomi Mi5s 3GB / 64GB in one of four colors for the price of EUR 358.36 with free shipping. Link to the promotion page. The shop does not have to list the other versions, but we do not exclude that in the coming days will be added.