AnTuTu is widely recognized as one of the most fickle, least trustworthy mobile device performance testing tools, and yet, everyone keeps paying attention to its reports, especially prior to and shortly after various flagship model releases.
Even OEMs will sometimes flaunt unusually high benchmarking scores as ultimate evidence of their products’ imposing raw speed, as seems to be the case for the Xiaomi Mi 5s. This bad boy has practically been confirmed for a September 27 announcement a couple of days back, and its makers now also practically corroborate persistent Snapdragon 821 gossip.
Yes, it looks like the souped-up Mi 5 is the world’s third smartphone to pack Qualcomm’s marginal SD820 upgrade, after the Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe and LeEco Le Pro 3, all these sharing AnTuTu results around the 165,000 points mark.
Xiaomi claims 164,119 (well, that’s specific), which comfortably beats the processing muscle of Snapdragon 820 flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S7 or HTC 10, nonetheless falling short of iPhone 7’s recently broken records.
Rumor has it the Xiaomi Mi 5s features 6GB RAM as standard, not a high-end alternative to a 4 gig base, starting at the rough equivalent of $300 in China with 128GB internal storage, possibly an ultrasonic fingerprint reader, and maybe even 3D Touch technology. Pretty exciting stuff.