Two exciting announcements come from Xiaomi this year. The company had hardly unveiled Xiaomi Mi 5 in February, when it decided to refresh its high-end smartphone offering and introduced Xiaomi Mi 5s during their press event in China.
Xiaomi Mi 5 is a direct successor to the Xiaomi Mi 4 that was brought to the market in 2014. It is made out of either metal and glass or metal and ceramic, fueled by the Snapdragon 820, packs in 3GB / 4GB of RAM, and has tons of other things going for it.
The new Xiaomi Mi 5s comes in two variants, the Xiaomi Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus. They do not only have different design, but some additional characteristics as well. The Plus variant has two camera sensors on the back, unlike the regular model. Let’s compare and see what other differences Xiaomi Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus have.
The Xiaomi Mi 5s has four color options – dark gray, silver, gold and pink gold. It resembles the Xiaomi Mi 5, however it’s not made out of metal and glass, this handset sports an all-metal build. The model has the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner located below the phone’s display, while the Mi 5 was only equipped with the regular fingerprint scanner inbuilt to home button. The Xiaomi Mi 5s features an improved 5.15-inch fullHD (1920 x 1080) display. The phone can boast of 3GB / 4GB of RAM and 64GB / 128GB of internal storage (UFS 2.0), while it is fueled by the Snapdragon 821 64-bit quad-core SoC and the Adreno 530 GPU. This handset sports a 12-megapixel snapper on its back.
Meanwhile, the characteristics of the Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus include a 5.7-inch 1080p (1920 x 1080) display, 4GB / 6GB of RAM and 64GB / 128GB of internal storage, and a rear-facing fingerprint scanner. This handset is fueled by the Snapdragon 821 64-bit quad-core processor as well, and the Adreno 530 is here for graphics processing. The phone has two cameras on the back and two 13-megapixel snappers. Just like Mi 5s, the Plus variant is an all-metal device, but has three color options – pink, gold and silver.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow comes pre-installed on both of these phones, and the company’s MIUI 8 OS is placed on top of Google’s OS.
As for the prices, Xiaomi Mi 5s starts at 1,999 Yuan ($300) for the 3GB RAM variant, which is quite affordable considering this handset’s internals. The 4GB RAM model of the Xiaomi Mi 5s will cost 2,299 Yuan ($345) for the Chinese.
The price for the 4GB RAM model of Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus makes up 2,299 Yuan ($345), while the 6GB RAM variant comes in at 2,599 Yuan ($390).