It’s finally out of the bag — Xiaomi has unveiled its much-anticipated Mi 5s and its more advanced sibling — the Mi 5s Plus. The specs for both models have surprised many since, prior to the launch, rumors were circulating that the Mi 5s will feature dual rear cameras. Instead, what we have now are two variants of the Mi 5s with only the Plus version featuring dual rear cameras while the Mi 5s appears to be an all-metal version of its predecessor — the Mi 5, with one rear camera.
The Mi 5s features a new unibody aluminum design with a brushed metal finish and curved edges. It also retains the same antenna lines that can be found on its predecessor along the top and bottom of its body. The rear camera sports a 12MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture and PDAF while the front camera features a 4MP camera with f/2.0 aperture.
The display on the Mi 5s is a 5.15 inch 1920 x 1080p IPS LCD with 600 nits brightness and a contrast ratio of 1500:1. It also has a color gamut of 94.4%. The Plus version features a slightly larger pressure-sensitive 5.7 inch display with the same resolution.
At the heart of the Mi 5s is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset, 3GB or 4GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of storage. It is Bluetooth 4.2 compatible and has support for 3xCA network connectivity, dual-band MU-MIMO 802.11ac Wi-Fi and NFC. The battery has a decent capacity of 3200mAh and is QuickCharge 3.0 compatible.
The Mi 5s is priced at $299 (RMB 1999) for the 3GB/64GB variant while the 4GB/128GB variant will sell for $344 (RMB 2299). It will be available in various colors — gray, silver, rose gold and gold.
The Mi 5s Plus shares the same Snapdragon 821 chipset and 4MP front camera as its sibling but comes with larger memory and storage options — 4GB/64GB and 6GB/128GB. It also features a slightly larger battery which has a capacity of 3800mAh. It is priced at $344 (RMB 2299) for the 4GB/64GB variant and $389 (RMB 2599) for the 6GB/128GB variant. It also shares the same color options as the Mi 5s.
Click here to view some sample images taken with the Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus.