Xiaomi today unveiled two new flagship phones — the Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus — at an event in China. Both the devices offer high-end configuration in an all-metal outfit, with the Plus variant sporting two 13-megapixel cameras on the back, among which one has a dedicated monochrome sensor, for stunning photography. While the standard variant comes with an ultra-large, 12-megapixel 1/2.3-inch Sony IMX378 rear camera sensor. The front unit for both remains 4-megapixel.
The 5.15-inch (FHD, 600-nit vibrant and crisp display) Mi 5s houses a 2.15GHz Snapdragon 821 chipset coupled with either 3GB or 4GB of RAM. The variant with 3GB of RAM comes along 64GB of storage, while the one with 4BG of RAM expands up to 128GB on board.
Equipped with a 3,000mAh battery, the Mi 5s offers an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor on the faceplate that recognizes a 3D map of your fingerprint using ultrasonic waves. Well, that simply means you don’t require a physical home button for biometric authentication now.
Meanwhile, the high-end Mi 5s Plus features a 5.7-inch FHD display, 2.33GHz Snapdragon 821, 4GB RAM/64GB storage or 6GB RAM/128GB storage, and a 3,800mAh battery. The fingerprint sensor sits on the rear end.
The handsets come in Gold, Rose Gold, Silver and White color variations, with a price point starting at 1,999 RMB ($300) and 2,299 RMB ($350) for the Mi 5s with 3GB of RAM and 4GB of RAM respectively; the Mi 5s Plus with 4GB of RAM starts at 2,299 RMB ($350), while the same with 6GB of RAM at 2,599 RMB ($390).
Both the variants go on sale on Thursday in China. It isn’t yet clear when Xiaomi will launch the Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus in the international market.