Xiaomi Mi5S specs revealed in new leaks


The Xiaomi Mi5

Xiaomi made some bold hardware choices with the Xiaomi Mi5, but it doesnโ€™t appear to have been enough to attract buyers in the number they needed, so an update is on the way. (UPDATE! Full Xiaomi Mi 5S specifications revealed.)

Xiaomi really did make some interesting choices for the Xiaomi Mi5. They made a phone with a new screen size (5.15-inch) just so they could offer more LEDโ€™s to give a brighter panel, but retained the much loathed black border design.

The original Mi5, which we saw first hand at MWC, came with a Snapdragon 820 chip, and very fast f1.8 rear camera, but of those of you wanting even better performance you might want to take a look and the purported specs of the Xiaomi Mi5S.

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According to these screenshots the new updated version of the Xiaomi flagship will get a chipset upgrade to a Snapdragon 821 running at 2.4Ghz and get up to 6GB of LPDDR4 1866Mhz RAM.

Storage options will reach 256GB meaning that the new phone will be able to handle even more media than the previous.

The rest of the hardware appears unchanged which means the Mi5S will get a 3490mAh battery, USB Type C, 16 mega-pixel F1.8 rear camera and 4 axis OIS.

Xiaomi are expected to release the Xiaomi Mi5S in the coming weeks, so watch out for that and also keep an eye on pricing of the current Mi5 which is set to drop in anticipation for the launch.

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110 Comments

  1. vijay sud
    September 11, 2016

    What Mi5s must incorporate is a better imaging solution, than it’s predecessor Mi5.
    If Mi5s is to be more succesful, perhaps Xiaomi will look at a new class of Image sensors.

    • Simon
      September 11, 2016

      Flagship worthy camera similar to Samsung Galaxy S7 and excellent build quality. Then it will be awesome ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. MattD
    September 11, 2016

    Wasn’t mi5’s camera a 2.0 aperture? I kind of remember so because many here (myself included) said that it was a step back from the 1.8 on mi4…
    However mi5s’ specs are not that difficult to imagine: sd821, up to 6gb of ram, dual camera and a 3000mah battery (or, since xiaomi likes to make it look bigger by being accurate, 3021.18243684 mah). Probably the black bezels will stay there, keeping a better design for mi6.

    • MaxPower
      September 11, 2016

      I remember 2.0 too

    • AdM
      September 11, 2016

      According to GSM Arena the camera on Xiaomi Mi5 is:
      16 MP, f/2.0, phase detection autofocus, OIS (4-axis)

      http://www.gsmarena.com/xiaomi_mi_5-6948.php

  3. Jeppe Rishede Thomsen
    September 11, 2016

    “retained the much loathed black border design.”…. I’m reading this on an Mi5 and I had to both move it closer to my face and hold it awkwardly to see this border!
    So it’s not really that bad -_-;

    • MattD
      September 11, 2016

      What color is your mi5?

      • SnowyCat
        September 11, 2016

        ia ctually find the white version doesnt look that bad, like this border is so narrow compared to all the current flagship phones…

        i still went for a black version tho ^^

        i find the gold one looks the worst with it

        • MattD
          September 11, 2016

          Gold versions look awful in general ?

          However, on reviews and pics the black bezels look chunky as crap, don’t know if, seeing it in flesh, it’s a different thing

      • Jeppe Rishede Thomsen
        September 12, 2016

        I have the black version. There is a border, but it is mostly covered by my hand when holding the phone, so you do not notice it under normal use.

        I do not deny the border is there if you look, but under normal use you just won’t ever notice… so my issue was with the phrasing. It has a border, and it is perfectly fine ๐Ÿ™‚

    • balcobomber25
      September 12, 2016

      You must have the black version because in the white version it’s impossible not to see it. I have it on my Nextbit Robin too, it always annoys me.

  4. Assefa Hanson
    September 11, 2016

    lets hope that 4axis ois isnt as horrible like in the mi 5

    • SnowyCat
      September 11, 2016

      you should check the p9/honor 8..sure they dont have ois but those videos are horrible ๐Ÿ™

      • Assefa Hanson
        September 11, 2016

        yeah they dont have ois so they can be forgiven but to have 4axis ois and still be shaky is a disgrace

        • SnowyCat
          September 11, 2016

          its not that bad o.o

          • Assefa Hanson
            September 11, 2016

            it is that bad in my books, you employ all that hardware technology and its still shaky if it was just regular ois id give it a pass plus its a flagship device, it should have been like the zenfone 3 @ 0:47
            imagine when the phone just came out you pay around 400 dollars with mark up for that type of OIS
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3QoPtE3Lmc

            • Nam Dang
              September 12, 2016

              OIS is mostly useful when it comes to normal photography.
              Video recording requires a good EIS.

            • Assefa Hanson
              September 12, 2016

              perhaps

  5. SnowyCat
    September 11, 2016

    to be fair i’ve seen “5s rumours with “launch soon” since like 3 months

    • Lucas Rodrigues
      September 11, 2016

      And I still waiting! I really want the Pro Version but Im waiting for Mi5s

      • SnowyCat
        September 12, 2016

        to be fair around that time alst year there was a mi5 rumour all the time while the min 5 launched early this year….

        i wouldnt be surprised if they jsut launch a mi note 2 this year and a mi6 or mi5s maybe even at mwc or whereever it was again

  6. vijay sud
    September 11, 2016

    What Mi5s must incorporate is a better imaging solution, than it’s predecessor Mi5.
    If Mi5s is to be more succesful, perhaps Xiaomi will look at a new class of Image sensors.

    • Guest
      September 11, 2016

      Flagship worthy camera similar to Samsung Galaxy S7 and excellent build quality. Then it will be awesome ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. balcobomber25
    September 11, 2016

    I got tired of waiting for Xiaomi to offer flagship phones with US LTE. Thankfully Huawei is filling that void and the Honor 8 is excellent so far.

    • Assefa Hanson
      September 11, 2016

      ahh so you finally got it hope your enjoying man ๐Ÿ˜€

      • balcobomber25
        September 11, 2016

        Yea so far I don’t mind it.

        • VMortens
          September 12, 2016

          Bought Honor 7 some time ago and I’m surprised how much this device impresses me. I bet Honor 8 makes even better impression, so I can believe you like it.

          • balcobomber25
            September 12, 2016

            This is my first Honor phone but I did own a few P phones from Huawei. So far it is one of the best phones I have used in a long time.

            • Nam Dang
              September 12, 2016

              Balco you’re ahead, still can’t decide between a couple phones hahaha

            • balcobomber25
              September 13, 2016

              I am already planning my next purchase, which is most likely going to be the Blu Energy XL.

            • Nam Dang
              September 19, 2016

              Lol

    • Nico
      September 11, 2016

      Hi, do you like the Honor 8? Would you recommend it over the Note 3 Pro?

      • balcobomber25
        September 12, 2016

        I never used a Note 3 Pro so I can’t say. But the Honor 8 is an amazing phone for the money and IMO the best looking phone on the market. It’s everything that the P9 was except for a glass body vs the metal of the P9 and a slightly lower clocked CPU. The glass has proved to be very durable, i dropped it twice already and it has no signs of damage.

        • Nico
          September 12, 2016

          Thanks Balco, I am hesitating between Note 3 Pro Special Edition (FDD LTE 800MHz), Xiaomi MI5 64GB and Honor 8. The Honor 8 is sold at 400โ‚ฌ in France so it is above my budget. I will decide between Note 3 Pro and MI5. Honor 8 in blue color is just outstanding, I am sure you bought that color ๐Ÿ˜€ .

          • balcobomber25
            September 13, 2016

            I did and it is even better in person. It changes color and effects everytime the sunlight hits it.

    • Muhammad Yasir
      September 11, 2016

      both are too expensive for me…

      HENCE , your argument is invalid :p

    • Bailey
      September 12, 2016

      Why would they care about offering US LTE when they are not officially selling there phones in the US.

      • balcobomber25
        September 12, 2016

        Because I live in the US that’s why I care. Zuk doesn’t officially sell in the US they have US LTE bands. Huawei doesn’t officially sell the P9 or Mate 8 in the US, they have US LTE bands.

        Xiaomi needs to keep up with it’s competitors because their “China first” policy is losing them market share and customers.

        • Bailey
          September 12, 2016

          yes but Zuk dont even make a dent in the US market. Xiaomi needs to become offical in the US and Europe but until it does that having US LTE is really not going to make a difference for them

          • balcobomber25
            September 13, 2016

            Except it is making a difference. The Chinese market is as close to matured as you can get. There is very little room for future growth in China for a company like Xiaomi. The next two biggest markets are the US and India. Xiaomi has had a rough time in India between failed product launches like Mi4i, reports of poor customer service or not being able to sell all it’s phones (MTK). Xiaomi needs the US if it wan’t any sort of future growth, with each new phone they don’t release there they are losing market share. Meanwhile Huawei, OnePlus, ZTE, TCL/Alcatel, Blu/Gionee and several other Chinese competitors are gaining market share in the US. Market share is the most important factor for any of these companies future.

            Xiaomi is being hurt by it’s own success. It is too large of a company to be focused almost entirely on China, that works for a company like Meizu who is much smaller.

            • Bailey
              September 14, 2016

              Really how many phones do you believe that Xiaomi sell unofficially in the US & Europe I doubt its hardly enough to make a major dent for them. I agree that they need to be come and official brand in the countries I mentioned. Because at the moment there is no service centre and no guarantee your buying this phone if you a fan or think that the price is great. But America loves phones on a contract

            • balcobomber25
              September 14, 2016

              Xiaomi doesn’t sell many phones unofficially in either because they don’t offer the correct LTE bands. If they did it would make it a huge dent for them. Phones on a contract are all but dead in America. Most companies don’t offer subsidization anymore which means you either have to buy the phone outright or qualify for payment plans (credit). This is what has allowed brands like OnePlus, Axon, Blu, Alcatel and Honor to become so popular in the US.

  8. Guaire
    September 11, 2016

    Xiaomi met stiff competition in China from brands like ZUK, LeEco, 360 Mobile and OnePlus in China spec by spec and price wise.

    Potential buyers expecting its flagships to be toe to toe with best flagships in every area. So like underwhelming camera performance isn’t tolerable for everyone.

    Western bloggers take a closer look to the brand like infamous bend test of Mi5.

    Most likely we will see other phones from those Chinese brands at same price range with more or less same spec sheet.

    People gonna be expecting Mi5s’ camera is comparable to Samsung, LG and Apple’s latest and best camera phones.

  9. Yeti hand
    September 11, 2016

    Meh in my humble opinion xiaomi has lost its edge

  10. MattD
    September 11, 2016

    Wasn’t mi5’s camera a 2.0 aperture? I kind of remember so because many here (myself included) said that it was a step back from the 1.8 on mi4…
    However mi5s’ specs are not that difficult to imagine: sd821, up to 6gb of ram, dual camera and a 3000mah battery (or, since xiaomi likes to make it look bigger by being accurate, 3021.18243684 mah). Probably the black bezels will stay there, keeping a better design for mi6.

    • MaxPower
      September 11, 2016

      I remember 2.0 too

    • AdM
      September 11, 2016

      According to GSM Arena the camera on Xiaomi Mi5 is:
      16 MP, f/2.0, phase detection autofocus, OIS (4-axis)

      http://www.gsmarena.com/xiaomi_mi_5-6948.php

  11. Jeppe Rishede Thomsen
    September 11, 2016

    “retained the much loathed black border design.”…. I’m reading this on an Mi5 and I had to both move it closer to my face and hold it awkwardly to see this border!
    So it’s not really that bad -_-;

    • MattD
      September 11, 2016

      What color is your mi5?

    • SnowyCat
      September 11, 2016

      ia ctually find the white version doesnt look that bad, like this border is so narrow compared to all the current flagship phones…

      i still went for a black version tho ^^

      i find the gold one looks the worst with it

    • MattD
      September 11, 2016

      Gold versions look awful in general ๐Ÿ˜

      However, on reviews and pics the black bezels look chunky as crap, don’t know if, seeing it in flesh, it’s a different thing

    • Jeppe Rishede Thomsen
      September 12, 2016

      I have the black version. There is a border, but it is mostly covered by my hand when holding the phone, so you do not notice it under normal use.

      I do not deny the border is there if you look, but under normal use you just won’t ever notice… so my issue was with the phrasing. It has a border, and it is perfectly fine ๐Ÿ™‚

    • balcobomber25
      September 12, 2016

      You must have the black version because in the white version it’s impossible not to see it. I have it on my Nextbit Robin too, it always annoys me.

  12. Assefa Hanson
    September 11, 2016

    lets hope that 4axis ois isnt as horrible like in the mi 5

    • SnowyCat
      September 11, 2016

      you should check the p9/honor 8..sure they dont have ois but those videos are horrible ๐Ÿ™

    • Assefa Hanson
      September 11, 2016

      yeah they dont have ois so they can be forgiven but to have 4axis ois and still be shaky is a disgrace

    • SnowyCat
      September 11, 2016

      its not that bad o.o

    • Assefa Hanson
      September 11, 2016

      it is that bad in my books, you employ all that hardware technology and its still shaky if it was just regular ois id give it a pass plus its a flagship device, it should have been like the zenfone 3 @ 0:10
      imagine when the phone just came out you pay around 400 dollars with mark up for that type of OIS

      look at it this way of all 4axis ois the mi 5 is the worst

    • Nam Dang
      September 12, 2016

      OIS is mostly useful when it comes to normal photography.
      Video recording requires a good EIS.

    • Assefa Hanson
      September 13, 2016

      perhaps

  13. Nico
    September 11, 2016

    Come on Xiaomi, most of the users don’t need 6GB Ram for god’s sake! Nobody cares about having a CPU with 4 to 10 cores clocked at 3GHz. Most of the people want something pretty solid that will last for 2/3 years without any issues. We want a camera which will do the job in everyday usage and a great battery life.

    • Lucas Rodrigues
      September 11, 2016

      Yeah, a better camera and a better battery *(And I’m prayin that they don’t change the size of the screen)

      • Karly Johnston
        September 12, 2016

        Literally a better battery, like one that doesn’t swell or explode.

        • balcobomber25
          September 12, 2016

          My Honor 8 has excellent battery life and hasn’t exploded yet.

  14. Lucas Rodrigues
    September 11, 2016

    Mi 5 has a 3000mAh and F2.0 aperture

    BTW, I was expecting Dual Camera setup and a better battery, or, at least, a better camera. Its a good phone but OP3 is far ahead from the competition

    • VMortens
      September 12, 2016

      And that’s exactly what you get. Camera gets better optics and battery gets bigger. OP3 is really ok, but I don’t see a reason to use ‘far ahead’ expression here.

      • Lucas Rodrigues
        September 12, 2016

        My bad, But it is Better than the others (mi5, Axon, LeEco).. It’s not far ahead, But its Better (at least in my opinion)

    • balcobomber25
      September 12, 2016

      OP3 is a good phone, it’s not “far ahead” of anything though. It is equal to the Mi5, Axon 7, Honor 8, Idol 4s and a few other of the $3-400 budget flagships. Each has their strengths and weakness.

      • Lucas Rodrigues
        September 12, 2016

        I feel like its Better, But not far ahead. My bad.

  15. SnowyCat
    September 11, 2016

    to be fair i’ve seen “5s rumours with “launch soon” since like 3 months

    • Lucas Rodrigues
      September 11, 2016

      And I still waiting! I really want the Pro Version but Im waiting for Mi5s

    • SnowyCat
      September 12, 2016

      to be fair around that time alst year there was a mi5 rumour all the time while the min 5 launched early this year….

      i wouldnt be surprised if they jsut launch a mi note 2 this year and a mi6 or mi5s maybe even at mwc or whereever it was again

  16. balcobomber25
    September 11, 2016

    I got tired of waiting for Xiaomi to offer flagship phones with US LTE. Thankfully Huawei is filling that void and the Honor 8 is excellent so far.

    • Assefa Hanson
      September 11, 2016

      ahh so you finally got it hope your enjoying man ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Guest
      September 11, 2016

      Hi, do you like the Honor 8? Would you recommend it over the Note 3 Pro?

    • Guest
      September 11, 2016

      both are too expensive for me…

      HENCE , your argument is invalid :p

    • balcobomber25
      September 11, 2016

      Yea so far I don’t mind it.

    • VMortens
      September 12, 2016

      Bought Honor 7 some time ago and I’m surprised how much this device impresses me. I bet Honor 8 makes even better impression, so I can believe you like it.

    • Bailey
      September 12, 2016

      Why would they care about offering US LTE when they are not officially selling there phones in the US.

    • balcobomber25
      September 12, 2016

      Because I live in the US that’s why I care. Zuk doesn’t officially sell in the US they have US LTE bands. Huawei doesn’t officially sell the P9 or Mate 8 in the US, they have US LTE bands.

      Xiaomi needs to keep up with it’s competitors because their “China first” policy is losing them market share and customers.

    • balcobomber25
      September 12, 2016

      I never used a Note 3 Pro so I can’t say. But the Honor 8 is an amazing phone for the money and IMO the best looking phone on the market. It’s everything that the P9 was except for a glass body vs the metal of the P9 and a slightly lower clocked CPU. The glass has proved to be very durable, i dropped it twice already and it has no signs of damage.

    • balcobomber25
      September 12, 2016

      This is my first Honor phone but I did own a few P phones from Huawei. So far it is one of the best phones I have used in a long time.

    • Guest
      September 12, 2016

      Thanks Balco, I am hesitating between Note 3 Pro Special Edition (FDD LTE 800MHz), Xiaomi MI5 64GB and Honor 8. The Honor 8 is sold at 400โ‚ฌ in France so it is above my budget. I will decide between Note 3 Pro and MI5. Honor 8 in blue color is just outstanding, I am sure you bought that color ๐Ÿ˜€ .

    • Bailey
      September 12, 2016

      yes but Zuk dont even make a dent in the US market. Xiaomi needs to become offical in the US and Europe but until it does that having US LTE is really not going to make a difference for them

    • Nam Dang
      September 12, 2016

      Balco you’re ahead, still can’t decide between a couple phones hahaha

    • balcobomber25
      September 13, 2016

      I am already planning my next purchase, which is most likely going to be the Blu Energy XL.

    • balcobomber25
      September 13, 2016

      Except it is making a difference. The Chinese market is as close to matured as you can get. There is very little room for future growth in China for a company like Xiaomi. The next two biggest markets are the US and India. Xiaomi has had a rough time in India between failed product launches like Mi4i, reports of poor customer service or not being able to sell all it’s phones (MTK). Xiaomi needs the US if it wan’t any sort of future growth, with each new phone they don’t release there they are losing market share. Meanwhile Huawei, OnePlus, ZTE, TCL/Alcatel, Blu/Gionee and several other Chinese competitors are gaining market share in the US. Market share is the most important factor for any of these companies future.

      Xiaomi is being hurt by it’s own success. It is too large of a company to be focused almost entirely on China, that works for a company like Meizu who is much smaller.

    • balcobomber25
      September 13, 2016

      I did and it is even better in person. It changes color and effects everytime the sunlight hits it.

    • Bailey
      September 14, 2016

      Really how many phones do you believe that Xiaomi sell unofficially in the US & Europe I doubt its hardly enough to make a major dent for them. I agree that they need to be come and official brand in the countries I mentioned. Because at the moment there is no service centre and no guarantee your buying this phone if you a fan or think that the price is great. But America loves phones on a contract

    • balcobomber25
      September 14, 2016

      Xiaomi doesn’t sell many phones unofficially in either because they don’t offer the correct LTE bands. If they did it would make it a huge dent for them. Phones on a contract are all but dead in America. Most companies don’t offer subsidization anymore which means you either have to buy the phone outright or qualify for payment plans (credit). This is what has allowed brands like OnePlus, Axon, Blu, Alcatel and Honor to become so popular in the US.

    • Nam Dang
      September 19, 2016

      Lol

  17. Guaire
    September 11, 2016

    Xiaomi met stiff competition in China from brands like ZUK, LeEco, 360 Mobile and OnePlus in China spec by spec and price wise.

    Potential buyers expecting its flagships to be toe to toe with best flagships in every area. So like underwhelming camera performance isn’t tolerable for everyone.

    Western bloggers take a closer look to the brand like infamous bend test of Mi5.

    Most likely we will see other phones from those Chinese brands at same price range with more or less same spec sheet.

    People gonna be expecting Mi5s’ camera is comparable to Samsung, LG and Apple’s latest and best camera phones.

  18. Yeti hand
    September 11, 2016

    Meh in my humble opinion xiaomi has lost its edge

  19. Guest
    September 11, 2016

    Come on Xiaomi, most of the users don’t need 6GB Ram for god’s sake! Nobody cares about having a CPU with 4 to 10 cores clocked at 3GHz. Most of the people want something pretty solid that will last for 2/3 years without any issues. We want a camera which will do the job in everyday usage and a great battery life.

    • Lucas Rodrigues
      September 11, 2016

      Yeah, a better camera and a better battery *(And I’m prayin that they don’t change the size of the screen)

    • Karly Johnston
      September 12, 2016

      Literally a better battery, like one that doesn’t swell or explode.

    • balcobomber25
      September 12, 2016

      My Honor 8 has excellent battery life and hasn’t exploded yet.

  20. Lucas Rodrigues
    September 11, 2016

    Mi 5 has a 3000mAh and F2.0 aperture

    BTW, I was expecting Dual Camera setup and a better battery, or, at least, a better camera. Its a good phone but OP3 is far ahead from the competition

    • VMortens
      September 12, 2016

      And that’s exactly what you get. Camera gets better optics and battery gets bigger. OP3 is really ok, but I don’t see a reason to use ‘far ahead’ expression here.

    • balcobomber25
      September 12, 2016

      OP3 is a good phone, it’s not “far ahead” of anything though. It is equal to the Mi5, Axon 7, Honor 8, Idol 4s and a few other of the $3-400 budget flagships. Each has their strengths and weakness.

    • Lucas Rodrigues
      September 12, 2016

      My bad, But it is Better than the others (mi5, Axon, LeEco).. It’s not far ahead, But its Better (at least in my opinion)

    • Lucas Rodrigues
      September 12, 2016

      I feel like its Better, But not far ahead. My bad.

  21. delorane cuesta
    September 12, 2016

    it has no mSD card.. so when your phone fail u lose everything.. or if they got wet u lose everything too…. too bad.. NEXT

    • justjc
      September 17, 2016

      Not really, as Xiaomi MI Cloud can carry a backup of everything you have on your phone.
      You can access the Mi Cloud contents from a PC, or another smartphone, in case the Xiaomi phone you own fails. If you buy a new Xiaomi phone you can download all your settings from the Mi Cloud and go on almost as nothing happend.

  22. delorane cuesta
    September 12, 2016

    it has no mSD card.. so when your phone fail u lose everything.. or if they got wet u lose everything too…. too bad.. NEXT

    • justjc
      September 17, 2016

      Not really, as Xiaomi MI Cloud can carry a backup of everything you have on your phone.
      You can access the Mi Cloud contents from a PC, or another smartphone, in case the Xiaomi phone you own fails. If you buy a new Xiaomi phone you can download all your settings from the Mi Cloud and go on almost as nothing happend.

  23. Eric PK
    September 12, 2016

    The screenshots also say Quick Charge 3.0

    • justjc
      September 17, 2016

      The current Mi5 already have Qualcomms Quick Charge 3.0, so that would not be news

  24. Eric PK
    September 12, 2016

    The screenshots also say Quick Charge 3.0

    • justjc
      September 17, 2016

      The current Mi5 already have Qualcomms Quick Charge 3.0, so that would not be news