There’s been a lot of chatter lately about every imaginable ultra-high-end feature possibly gracing Xiaomi’s not-so-iterative Mi 5 upgrade, and except for a big one, the Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus indeed incorporate them all, albeit not at once.
Sorry, dual-edged smartphone fans, you’ll have to make do with a couple of conventional flat-screened gadgets here, each available in two different configurations.
Both are the textbook definition of premium elegance, don’t get us wrong, with all-metal constructions, curvy corners, as well as your choice of four snazzy colors: dark gray, silver, gold and rose gold. No “jet black” options, which feels a little odd, since otherwise, Xiaomi takes a bunch of cues from Apple in terms of model separation.
The Mi 5s is not just smaller than the Plus, at 5.15 vs. 5.7 inches, also settling for a single 12MP rear-facing camera with Sony’s IMX 378 sensor in tow, compared to a pair of 13-megapixel shooters slapped to the gargantuan version’s back, which includes a circular fingerprint reader too.
Meanwhile, the biometric authenticator of the “standard” Xiaomi Mi 5s is built under the front glass, promising superior speed and durability, thanks to Qualcomm’s groundbreaking ultrasonic technology.
Bizarrely enough, the Mi 5s, not the Plus, is also gifted with 3D Touch capabilities, at least in a 128GB ROM/4GB RAM config priced at the equivalent of $345 in China. That’s exactly how much you’re going to spend on a 4/64 gig Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus, whereas a lofty 6GB memory and 128GB storage derivation of the larger phone will set you back 2,600 Yuan, or $390. Finally, the “entry-level” 3/64GB Mi 5s costs $300 starting in a couple of days.
Oh, and did we mention you’re looking at Snapdragon 821 processing power across the board?