Xiaomi Mi 5s: All we know so far!

Xiaomi Mi 5S

While we wait for Xiaomi to announce their umpteenth device this year, let’s do a round up of what we think the Xiaomi Mi 5S will be like.

Xiaomi Mi 5s: All we know so far!

1. Most powerful Android smartphone on the market?

Xiaomi Mi 5S

The Xiaomi Mi 5S will most likely sport the finest Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 paired up with 6GB of RAM. Xiaomi proudly posted the Antutu score of the device (164,119), although that score doesn’t take into account different factors, manufacturers always seem to push that out as much as possible (when it’s good, of course).

2. Same display as on the Xiaomi Mi 5

Xiaomi Mi 5S

The Xiaomi Mi 5S is expected to feature a 5.15-inch Full HD display, just like on the Xiaomi Mi 5. It’ll be IPS LCD and protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4.

3. Dual camera setup

Xiaomi Mi 5S

It’s pretty much confirmed that the Xiaomi Mi 5S will feature a dual camera setup on the back, much like the Xiaomi Redmi Pro. The cameras could have an aperture of F/2.0 and a resolution of 12MP or 13MP, that is yet to be confirmed.

4. Camera samples

These are some photos that have been taken with the Xiaomi Mi 5S, or at least that’s what Lei Jun — Xiaomi’s CEO — says!

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5. Shiny black ceramic body

Xiaomi Mi 5S

There’s going to be a glossy black color option, similar to the one present on the iPhone 7 (and the Vivo X7), but this one will be made in ceramic and thus it’ll be more scratch resistant.

6. Ultrasonic fingerprint scanner

Xiaomi Mi 5S Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor

The Xiaomi Mi 5S will boast an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner beneath the front glass. It’s the first time this kind of technology gets implemented on mobile phones.

7. 3D Touch screen

Xiaomi Mi 5S

Xiaomi decided to also add a pressure-sensitive screen a.k.a. 3D Touch. This feature hasn’t had a huge success over the past years and it’s more of a gimmick, hopefully Xiaomi created some new functionalities that take advantage of it.

8. Leaked photos & renders

The actual design of the Xiaomi Mi 5S is the least certain thing, but it’s most likely going to sport no physical home button, determined from the fact that the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner doesn’t need a specific confined area / button to work.

9. Prices

xiaomi mi5s pricing

The Xiaomi Mi 5S will be priced 1999 Yuan ($299) for the cheapest version, which include a Snapdragon 821, 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. While another variant with 256GB of built-in memory will cost 2999 Yuan ($449).

What do you guys think about the Xiaomi Mi 5S? Does it look promising to you?

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  1. Guaire
    September 26, 2016

    Boring if that’s all.

    Ceramic body is more resistant to scratches but more fragile and more prone to fingerprint smudges than glass.

    3D touch isn’t even a gimmick.

    Ultrasonic fingerprint scanner is more secure but hardly is an improvement for everday usage.

    Snapdragon 821 is just an update of the 820.

    I doubt that 1999 yuan model will came with 64GB storage and 6GB RAM. Right now 64GB/3GB Mi5 have a 2099 yuan price tag after relatively recent 200 yuan discount.

    • Nico
      September 26, 2016

      I agree with you, 1999 Yuan for the base model with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage is a financial suicide. I would prefer that Xiaomi release a device with 3GB RAM for the base model with 64GB storage. I would buy it instantly if it came with a 3500 mah battery. I am hesitating between Redmi Note 3 Pro Special Edition and Xiaomi MI5 with 64GB storage.

      • balcobomber25
        September 26, 2016

        “Financial suicide”. The difference in costs (for Xiaomi) between a 3GB base model and a 6GB base model is about $10. Consumers often think it is much greater because companies will charge hundreds more for that increase. The total cost to build that phone with the above specs is about $250. Xiaomi has made a living of selling high end specs at 1999 yuan.

        Having said all that I think the base model has 4GB and the top model has 6GB.

  2. balcobomber25
    September 26, 2016

    It all comes down to the LTE support, if Xiaomi finally catches up to 2016 and offers universal LTE like most of it’s competitors it will be a day 1 purchase for me.

    • sere83
      September 26, 2016

      I’d be very surprised to see anything more than the usual B1/B3/B7. Wonder if the camera will actually be any good and if it will still crumble to dust when you bend it. At least they are losing that horror show home button from the mi5, what an eye sore that was.

      • balcobomber25
        September 26, 2016

        I don’t expect it to have anything more than 1/3/7. I have never bent anyphone I have ever had except to do a bend test, so that really isn’t a concern to me. And the only thing wrong with the Mi5 home button was the awkward size/shape of it. All phones should have home buttons.

  3. Henrique Mota
    September 26, 2016

    If this device will receive 3G/UMTS to operate in all word with HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 and 4G LTE with 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 6(900), 7(2600),
    8(900), 9(1800), 12(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 26(850), 28(700),
    38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)
    Finally Xiaomi can play with Apple.

    • Karly Johnston
      September 27, 2016

      It won’t so they will continue to be boxed in.

  4. Ionut Johnny
    September 26, 2016

    I will go for it if they don’t release the Mi Note 2 but I will wait for the prices to settle first.

  5. xi7
    September 26, 2016

    awaiting special features secundary camera , 5s and mi2.

    i want slow motion 480fps 1080p 🙂 mi note 2

  6. anon
    September 26, 2016

    Check the EXIF on the first sample pic.

    Taken in JUNE with a Xiaomi “Capricorn”, F/2.2.