With the not-so-phenomenal launch of the Mi5 earlier this year, Xiaomi has decided to released an enhanced version of their Mi5, the Mi5s. Similar to Apple’s conventional naming scheme, Xiaomi has decided to name their new devices, the Mi5s and the Mi5s Plus. Familiar huh?
Xiaomi Mi5s – A Subtle Upgrade
While the Mi5 didn’t come with a bucket of ice at its launch, the Mi5s seems to be very appealing due its new features and appealing flashy new colors.
Packing yet again, the top-end hardware, Xiaomi’s Mi5s comes with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 821 chip paired with 3GB of RAM and comes in two storage options, 64GB and 128GB. While many users may not mind, but the Mi5s comes with 3GB of RAM rather than 4GB of RAM available on the original Mi5.
Some other specs include, a 5.15-inch display with a maximum brightness of 600 nits (which is good for operation under harsh sunlight), 12MP Sony IMX378 sensor, 3200mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 3.0, Fingerprint Sensor, USB type-C port and NFC.
When it comes to photography, Xiaomi’s new Mi5s comes with an all-new Sony IMX378 sensor sized at 1/2.3″ inches. Finally bumping up the camera sensor size should be able to take better pictures thanks to the larger surface area.
As of the pricing and availability, the Mi5s is being priced at $299 (RM1230/RMB 1999) for the 64GB model and $349 (RM1420/RMB 2299) for the 128GB variant in China. Other regions haven’t had any word or pricing confirmation yet.
Xiaomi Mi5s Plus – The Dual-Cam Trend
Camer manufacturers have just started to implement dual cameras on their smartphones. HTC’s One M8 was definitely a great use of the dual cameras, but Huawei was soon to play catch-up with their P9 and Honor 8. Soon after Apple embraced the dual cameras on the iPhone 7 Plus, it’s about time for Xiaomi to add dual cameras to their smartphone lineup after the Redmi Pro.
With the Mi5s Plus, Xiaomi is taking the same route as Huawei, focusing more on image quality rather than optical zoom. With the Mi5s Plus’s Dual camera setup, one camera will be held responsible for picking up color information, meanwhile the second is dedicated to monochrome. Both sensors work in tandum to produce brighter and crispier images.
Just as Xiaomi Mi5s, the Mi5s Plus bumps up the internals even further with a Snapdragon 821 and 6GB of RAM. As of storage options, yet again, you have the option to choose between the 64GB and 128GB variant but the twist comes in the RAM configuration. The 64GB variant comes with 4GB of RAM, meanwhile the upper 128GB model comes with 6GB of RAM.
Taking that into account, both camera sensors are sourced from Sony, Xiaomi reveals. But what they didn’t reveal is the chip model of the Sony sensors, except, they revealed that both cameras shoot at 13MP. Interesting.
Some other specifications the Xiaomi Mi5s Plus comes with, includes a 5.7-inch display rated at 600 nits, 3800mAh Quick-Charge 3.0 supported battery, NFC and a metal brushed body.
As of the pricing and availability of the Xiaomi Mi5s Plus, the 4GB/64GB variant will retail for $349 (RM1420/RMB 2299), meanwhile the upper 128GB/6GB model will retail for $390 (RM1610/RMB2599). Xiaomi is yet to reveal the official pricing for other regions.