Xiaomi Mi 5s full specifications, photos, camera samples


Xiaomi announced the awaited Xiaomi Mi 5s today, i.e., on the 27th of September. It’s their first phone with the new Snapdragon 821 SoC, and an upgrade over the Mi 5 that came early in 2016. It came alongside the dual-rear camera enabled Mi 5s Plus. So let’s take a look at the full Xiaomi Mi 5s specifications.

Xiaomi Mi 5s Specifications

Brand Xiaomi
Model Mi 5s
Display 5.15-inch, 1920 x 1080p
Rear Camera 12 mega-pixel Sony IMX378 with PDAF
Front Camera 4 mega-pixel
Dimensions 145.6 x 70.3 x 8.3 mm
Operating system MIUI based on Android 6.0
CPU Snapdragon 821
GPU Adreno 530
RAM 3GB/4GB LP DDR3
ROM 64GB/128GB
Battery 3200mAh
Other Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor

Xiaomi Mi 5S specifications

You get a choice between four colours, as you can see from the picture above.

Xiaomi Mi 5s Camera Samples

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Xiaomi Mi 5s Photos

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Xiaomi Mi 5s Pricing

The starting 64GB ROM/3GB RAM version is 1,999 yuan or $300, while the 128GB ROM/4GB RAM version of the Mi 5s will sell for 2,299 yuan or $345 in China. It’ll come in four colours: Silver, Gray, Gold and Rose Gold.

SEE NEXT: Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus specifications

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98 Comments

  1. mf1gt3r
    September 27, 2016

    Good price, great camera samples. Hope its really that good. However, minimum ram should have been 4gb.

    • princetom
      September 27, 2016

      Wen le eco is offering 6g+64 gig. Fuck

  2. quodvadis
    September 27, 2016

    when are they gonna fire this barra guy and his stupid no-card slot policy? when everyone stopped buying their crippled “flagships”?

    • Guaire
      September 27, 2016

      He might be deserved firing with dissappointing global expansion but he isn’t responsible for this.

      It isn’t purely a technical choice either as Xiaomi explained once upon a time IMO. Their profit margins are thin, and they make more money with larger storage models. Lack of SD slot for forcing people to buy more expensive models.

      You can’t blame them for trying this. Their main flagship competitors at same price range like LeEco, ZUK, OnePlus and 360 Mobile also doesn’t provide expandable storage as well I know.

      Now internal storage came to a satisfactory level, but they did a similar thing with RAM.

      • November 18, 2016

        I guess the problem with card slots is because people would insist in putting cheap Class 4 cards in their phones and would start to complain why their high-end phones were lagging to take pictures or record video in the card, since it’s hitting a bandwidth cap.

    • Manish Kumar
      September 27, 2016

      It doesn’t has to do anything with Hugo barra… Card slot is never available in any Mi series phones since Mi1……(don’t get confused with redmi series)

    • balcobomber25
      September 27, 2016

      There not going to fire him because an SD card isn’t big deal to the millions of people who buy Xiaomi phones. And Xiaomi has been heavily pushing it’s cloud services the past few years. They might fire him because of his failed bid to enter his home country of Brazil, which cost Xiaomi millions, though.

      • quodvadis
        September 27, 2016

        it’s big deal enough that every mi iteration they saw drop. mi5 was especially hit with the cracker gate lol.

        oh well, i’ve had enough with miui bloat anyway lol.

        • balcobomber25
          September 27, 2016

          It’s big enough deal to you because it is something you deeply care about, but to many people, an SD card is simply an add-on that is nice to have but not a necessity.

          • quodvadis
            September 27, 2016

            lol yes, only I care about it. keep living in that world.

            • balcobomber25
              September 27, 2016

              Most of your comments about a phone have to do with SD card, It’s fair to say that is a top concern to you.

            • quodvadis
              September 27, 2016

              Well yes, thanks for observing? Not sure where you’re going to but okay lol.

            • balcobomber25
              September 28, 2016

              It doesn’t hit my nerve at all. The opposite actually I find it quite hilarious how you seem to think SD card is the most important thing in a phone. When a new phone releases without one you usually make a hilarious statement such as “X company is going to fail because they refuse to use SD cards”. Quite comical that you think SD card is a reason a phone will fail.

            • quodvadis
              September 28, 2016

              You find it hilarious enough to comment on it every single time lol. It’s quite comical that you think it’s not affecting sales when the data says otherwise at least in the sales part lol.

              Neither you or I know for absolute that it doesn’t affecting sales. It can go both way. I personally think that your idea is the comical one lol.

            • balcobomber25
              September 29, 2016

              So you have data that specifically shows sales being linked to SD cards? Why don’t you share this for all of us.

            • quodvadis
              September 29, 2016

              Do you? Or rather, do you even read what I said? The only data YOU AND I have are where Xiaomi is losing sales and getting beaten by Huawei and the likes.

              Incidentally, those companies also have what Xiaomi don’t. Is it a coincidence? Who knows. NEITHER you nor I can absolutely be certain of the causality but the data is there.

      • Fábio
        September 27, 2016

        OMG, I didn’t know he is Brazilian! I was thinking he was Spanish.

        I will try find him and tell about improving the global LTE bands! 😀

        • balcobomber25
          September 27, 2016

          He is from Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Brazil as I am sure you know has one of the largest emerging smartphone markets in the world, so it was a good idea in theory to enter that country. The problem is the complicated tax codes for imported goods.

          • Marco Lancaster
            September 27, 2016

            Its a funny thing here, if they had push a Redmi Note 3 Pro for $400~$450 here people would buy it, and say that was a big deal. Because other OEMs pushes midrangers at $500~600 (Lenovo Moto G4 Plus)

          • Fábio
            October 1, 2016

            Yes Balco, you are absolutely right!
            I live in Brazil and I pay something around 50% more in tax in all my imported devices, specially phones.

      • Bailey
        September 28, 2016

        I don’t think they will fire him because of Brazil. I was listening to a podcast a while back and Brazil and they were saying that Brazil is a very tough but to crack

        • balcobomber25
          September 28, 2016

          It’s incredibly tough to crack because Brazil has some of the most confusing tax law in the world for international companies. This is something Xiaomi should have known going in.

          I don’t think they would fire him either though because he has become the face of the company. He is Xiaomi’s version of Steve Jobbs. But I could see him being on a much shorter leash after Brazil.

      • November 18, 2016

        I’m from Brazil and was one of the first to buy the PowerBank from Mi over here (sold out REALLY quick), and they probably left because our country is basically a tax hell where you can’t simply have a competitive price while having a quality product.

        Our government doesn’t even try to help small or large companies entering or starting either, but rather put even more complications in their ways..

        That’s probably why Xiaomi couldn’t enter our market that well… :/

        • balcobomber25
          November 21, 2016

          Yea that taxes were too high for Xiaomi, the Brazilian tax code is the most complicated in the world.

  3. September 27, 2016

    I want a Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus fusion! Bigger screen, dual cameras, ultrasonic fingerprint scanner and 3D touch!

    • 1
      September 27, 2016

      No one cares about what you want

      • September 27, 2016

        Hmm.. OK.

        • Andrew
          September 27, 2016

          I care… but sadly I do not manufacture smartphones 🙂

    • Nico
      September 27, 2016

      Hi Pierre, I never had a smartphone in my life (well a Blackberry 8900). I am deeply interested by the following phones:
      Xiaomi MI5S 3gb/64gb
      Xiaomi MI5 3gb/64gb
      Redmi Note 3 Pro Special Edition with full 4G lte support for France

      I have read some comments around where people critisize the design of the MI5S pointing that it looks cheap. SD821 is just an incremental upgrade to the SD820. What would you suggest to me?
      Thanks.

      • September 27, 2016

        I think you should wait for reviews, I’m sure somebody at GizChina will cover both devices. You shouldn’t take such an important decision before that!

        • Nico
          September 27, 2016

          Thanks I will wait for some reviews of the MI5S before to make my decision.

  4. balcobomber25
    September 27, 2016

    Xiaomi still lags behind it’s competitors with regards to global expansion by refusing to offer global LTE bands. I used to be a diehard Xiaomi supporter but recently one of their biggest rivals, Huawei, has been winning me over. The P9 and Mate 8 weren’t launched in the US, both of those included full US GSM LTE support. I am glad I bought an Honor 8 instead of waiting for this announcement.

    • Nico
      September 27, 2016

      Hi Balco, I guess that with full US LTE support the MI5S would have been yours instantly. Damn I don’t know what to buy now, the MI5S is so amazing and it brings the base configuration I am looking for 3GB RAM and 64GB storage. Even if the MI5 is a great phone, the MI5S’s design is just woooooooow. Maybe I am going to give up on the RN3P Special Edition.

    • Nico
      September 27, 2016

      Especially the black model is wonderful! I never had a flagship phone or a smartphone until now so it is hard to make the right decision here.

      • balcobomber25
        September 27, 2016

        You are spoiled for choice now more than ever with cheap flagships. I can remember back in the day when Xiaomi was really the only one offering a cheap flagship that could compete with those from the major brands.

        • Nico
          September 27, 2016

          True Balco, I am wondering why there are so many haters around criticizing all the time the flagships especially from Xiaomi. Have you seen the comment of realjjj above? Do you think the MI5S looks cheap with its metal back?

          • balcobomber25
            September 27, 2016

            realjjj hasn’t posted something positive about Xiaomi in at least 3 years, in fact about 90% of his comments are something negative.

            • Nico
              September 27, 2016

              Hahaha ok I do understand now. I wanted to save some money but we have only one life so I am going to buy the MI5S or MI5. I will wait for MI5S reviews before to make my decision. All the best Balco!

    • Nam Dang
      September 27, 2016

      I nearly purchased an Honor 8, but then I just ordered the LG G5 yesterday, because I prefer the 2nd wide-angle camera + better video camera.
      Otherwise it would have been Honor 8 lol

    • Marco Lancaster
      September 27, 2016

      Xiaomi, launch after launch is turning into a big Meh for me, they keep repeating those mistakes, while Huawei makes a global name day after day.

  5. Kostadin Kanchev
    September 27, 2016

    no OIS ???

  6. realjjj
    September 27, 2016

    Rather tragic.

    Rebranded SD820 (2.15GHz CPU and 624MHz GPU) , 3GB RAM , no microSD,no OIS, no IR blaster, 18W max fast charge, no pressure touch on the 3GB version, they went back to metal to save $ and now it looks cheap.

    • Nico
      September 27, 2016

      So you are saying the MI5 is a better choice?

    • yalok
      September 27, 2016

      I you sure about OIS?

  7. mf1gt3r
    September 27, 2016

    Good price, great camera samples. Hope its really that good. However, minimum ram should have been 4gb.

    • princetom
      September 27, 2016

      Wen le eco is offering 6g+64 gig. Fuck

  8. quodvadis
    September 27, 2016

    when are they gonna fire this barra guy and his stupid no-card slot policy? when everyone stopped buying their crippled “flagships”?

    • Guaire
      September 27, 2016

      He might be deserved firing with dissappointing global expansion but he isn’t responsible for this.

      It isn’t purely a technical choice either as Xiaomi explained once upon a time IMO. Their profit margins are thin, and they make more money with larger storage models. Lack of SD slot for forcing people to buy more expensive models.

      You can’t blame them for trying this. Their main flagship competitors at same price range like LeEco, ZUK, OnePlus and 360 Mobile also doesn’t provide expandable storage as well I know.

      Now internal storage came to a satisfactory level, but they did a similar thing with RAM.

    • Guest
      September 27, 2016

      It doesn’t has to do anything with Hugo barra… Card slot is never available in any Mi series phones since Mi1……(don’t get confused with redmi series)

    • balcobomber25
      September 27, 2016

      There not going to fire him because an SD card isn’t big deal to the millions of people who buy Xiaomi phones. And Xiaomi has been heavily pushing it’s cloud services the past few years. They might fire him because of his failed bid to enter his home country of Brazil, which cost Xiaomi millions, though.

    • quodvadis
      September 27, 2016

      it’s big deal enough that every mi iteration they saw drop. mi5 was especially hit with the cracker gate lol.

      oh well, i’ve had enough with miui bloat anyway lol.

    • Fábio
      September 27, 2016

      OMG, I didn’t know he is Brazilian! I was thinking he was Spanish.

      I will try find him and tell about improving the global LTE bands! 😀

    • balcobomber25
      September 27, 2016

      He is from Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Brazil as I am sure you know has one of the largest emerging smartphone markets in the world, so it was a good idea in theory to enter that country. The problem is the complicated tax codes for imported goods.

    • balcobomber25
      September 27, 2016

      It’s big enough deal to you because it is something you deeply care about, but to many people, an SD card is simply an add-on that is nice to have but not a necessity.

    • quodvadis
      September 27, 2016

      lol yes, only I care about it. keep living in that world.

    • balcobomber25
      September 27, 2016

      Most of your comments about a phone have to do with SD card, It’s fair to say that is a top concern to you.

    • Marco Lancaster
      September 27, 2016

      Its a funny thing here, if they had push a Redmi Note 3 Pro for $400~$450 here people would buy it, and say that was a big deal. Because other OEMs pushes midrangers at $500~600 (Lenovo Moto G4 Plus)

    • quodvadis
      September 28, 2016

      Well yes, thanks for observing? Not sure where you’re going to but okay lol.

      I understand that it always hit your nerve for some reason lol

    • Bailey
      September 28, 2016

      I don’t think they will fire him because of Brazil. I was listening to a podcast a while back and Brazil and they were saying that Brazil is a very tough but to crack

    • balcobomber25
      September 28, 2016

      It’s incredibly tough to crack because Brazil has some of the most confusing tax law in the world for international companies. This is something Xiaomi should have known going in.

      I don’t think they would fire him either though because he has become the face of the company. He is Xiaomi’s version of Steve Jobbs. But I could see him being on a much shorter leash after Brazil.

    • balcobomber25
      September 28, 2016

      It doesn’t hit my nerve at all. The opposite actually I find it quite hilarious how you seem to think SD card is the most important thing in a phone. When a new phone releases without one you usually make a hilarious statement such as “X company is going to fail because they refuse to use SD cards”. Quite comical that you think SD card is a reason a phone will fail.

    • quodvadis
      September 28, 2016

      You find it ‘hilarious’ enough to comment on it every single time, like some sort of estranged spouse lol. It’s quite comical that you think it’s not affecting sales when the data says otherwise at least in the sales part lol.

      Neither you or I know for absolute that it doesn’t affect sales. It can go both way.

      By the way, I personally think that your idea is the comical one and I might be not alone in this but whatever make you happy lol.

    • balcobomber25
      September 29, 2016

      So you have data that specifically shows sales being linked to SD cards? Why don’t you share this for all of us.

    • quodvadis
      September 29, 2016

      Do you? Or rather, do you even read what I said? The only data YOU AND I have are where Xiaomi is losing sales and getting beaten by Huawei and the likes.

      Incidentally, those companies also have what Xiaomi don’t. Is it a coincidence? Who knows. NEITHER you nor I can absolutely be certain of the causality but the data is there.

    • Fábio
      October 1, 2016

      Yes Balco, you are absolutely right!
      I live in Brazil and I pay something around 50% more in tax in all my imported devices, specially phones.

    • Matheus Pratta
      November 19, 2016

      I’m from Brazil and was one of the first to buy the PowerBank from Mi over here (sold out REALLY quick), and they probably left because our country is basically a tax hell where you can’t simply have a competitive price while having a quality product.

      Our government doesn’t even try to help small or large companies entering or starting either, but rather put even more complications in their ways..

      That’s probably why Xiaomi couldn’t enter our market that well… :/

    • Matheus Pratta
      November 19, 2016

      I guess the problem with card slots is because people would insist in putting cheap Class 4 cards in their phones and would start to complain why their high-end phones were lagging to take pictures or record video in the card, since it’s hitting a bandwidth cap.

    • balcobomber25
      November 21, 2016

      Yea that taxes were too high for Xiaomi, the Brazilian tax code is the most complicated in the world.

  9. Pierre
    September 27, 2016

    I want a Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus fusion! Bigger screen, dual cameras, ultrasonic fingerprint scanner and 3D touch!

    • Guest
      September 27, 2016

      No one cares about what you want

    • Pierre
      September 27, 2016

      Hmm.. OK.

    • Guest
      September 27, 2016

      I care… but sadly I do not manufacture smartphones 🙂

    • Guest
      September 27, 2016

      Hi Pierre, I never had a smartphone in my life (well a Blackberry 8900). I am deeply interested by the following phones:
      Xiaomi MI5S 3gb/64gb
      Xiaomi MI5 3gb/64gb
      Redmi Note 3 Pro Special Edition with full 4G lte support for France

      I have read some comments around where people critisize the design of the MI5S pointing that it looks cheap. SD821 is just an incremental upgrade to the SD820. What would you suggest to me?
      Thanks.

    • Pierre
      September 27, 2016

      I think you should wait for reviews, I’m sure somebody at GizChina will cover both devices. You shouldn’t take such an important decision before that!

    • Guest
      September 27, 2016

      Thanks I will wait for some reviews of the MI5S before to make my decision.

  10. balcobomber25
    September 27, 2016

    Xiaomi still lags behind it’s competitors with regards to global expansion by refusing to offer global LTE bands. I used to be a diehard Xiaomi supporter but recently one of their biggest rivals, Huawei, has been winning me over. The P9 and Mate 8 weren’t launched in the US, both of those included full US GSM LTE support. I am glad I bought an Honor 8 instead of waiting for this announcement.

    • Guest
      September 27, 2016

      Hi Balco, I guess that with full US LTE support the MI5S would have been yours instantly. Damn I don’t know what to buy now, the MI5S is so amazing and it brings the base configuration I am looking for 3GB RAM and 64GB storage. Even if the MI5 is a great phone, the MI5S’s design is just woooooooow. Maybe I am going to give up on the RN3P Special Edition.

    • Guest
      September 27, 2016

      Especially the black model is wonderful! I never had a flagship phone or a smartphone until now so it is hard to make the right decision here.

    • balcobomber25
      September 27, 2016

      You are spoiled for choice now more than ever with cheap flagships. I can remember back in the day when Xiaomi was really the only one offering a cheap flagship that could compete with those from the major brands.

    • Guest
      September 27, 2016

      True Balco, I am wondering why there are so many haters around criticizing all the time the flagships especially from Xiaomi. Have you seen the comment of realjjj above? Do you think the MI5S looks cheap with its metal back?

    • balcobomber25
      September 27, 2016

      realjjj hasn’t posted something positive about Xiaomi in at least 3 years, in fact about 90% of his comments are something negative.

    • Guest
      September 27, 2016

      Hahaha ok I do understand now. I wanted to save some money but we have only one life so I am going to buy the MI5S or MI5. I will wait for MI5S reviews before to make my decision. All the best Balco!

    • Nam Dang
      September 27, 2016

      I nearly purchased an Honor 8, but then I just ordered the LG G5 yesterday, because I prefer the 2nd wide-angle camera + better video camera.
      Otherwise it would have been Honor 8 lol

    • Marco Lancaster
      September 27, 2016

      Xiaomi, launch after launch is turning into a big Meh for me, they keep repeating those mistakes, while Huawei makes a global name day after day.

  11. Kostadin Kanchev
    September 27, 2016

    no OIS ???

  12. realjjj
    September 27, 2016

    Rather tragic.

    Rebranded SD820 (2.15GHz CPU and 624MHz GPU) , 3GB RAM , no microSD,no OIS, no IR blaster, 18W max fast charge, no pressure touch on the 3GB version, they went back to metal to save $ and now it looks cheap.

    • Guest
      September 27, 2016

      So you are saying the MI5 is a better choice?

    • yalok
      September 27, 2016

      I you sure about OIS?

  13. Quentin25
    September 27, 2016

    Your infos are false : is not LPDDR3, it’s LPDDR4…

  14. Rich Hafley
    September 27, 2016

    Off topic: Now that the 5S is here; anyone have additional news on the Redmi 4?

    BLU in the US is releasing the Life One X2 next week, which is comparable to the current Redmi 3S, but with 1080P screen and US LTE bands. The last Redmi 4 article on this site was Sept 4.

  15. Quentin25
    September 27, 2016

    Your infos are false : is not LPDDR3, it’s LPDDR4…

  16. Rich Hafley
    September 27, 2016

    Off topic: Now that the 5S is here; anyone have additional news on the Redmi 4?

    BLU in the US is releasing the Life One X2 next week, which is comparable to the current Redmi 3S, but with 1080P screen and US LTE bands. The last Redmi 4 article on this site was Sept 4.

  17. Crake
    September 28, 2016

    Unfortunately another Dual-sim without DSFA from Xiaomi.
    I guess they are simply pushing the people to Huawei…

  18. Guest
    September 28, 2016

    Unfortunately another Dual-sim without DSFA from Xiaomi.
    I guess they are simply pushing the people to Huawei…

  19. Manjurul Islam
    September 30, 2016

    can anyone tell me from the attached image below, what is attached on the back of the mi5s and name/model of that? it is not lens but looks like slider kind of… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e71b5cc6a004f43b47a697c73b88de10768cddcfe0356876cabe9f1d7bae9ba2.jpg

  20. Manjurul Islam
    September 30, 2016

    can anyone tell me from the attached image below, what is attached on the back of the mi5s and name/model of that? it is not lens but looks like slider kind of…

    • Matheus Pratta
      November 19, 2016

      *ward*