Yesterday, the folks at Xiaomi introduced us to their latest and greatest flagships, the Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus. While the Xiaomi Mi 5s is the obvious successor of the Mi 5, the new Mi 5s Plus is basically what its name suggests: a larger and a bit more powerful Mi 5s. Both handsets arrive with quite interesting features such as an ultrasonic fingerprint reader and a pressure sensitive display, while being underpinned by an interesting hardware platform based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821 SoC.
We've talked Xiaomi Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus specifications a few hours ago and given the price of the handsets and their hardware platform we presumed they could become pretty popular, especially on the Chinese market. After Xiaomi has opened the registrations for these two new smartphones, minutes after the launch, not less than 3 million people have already showed interest in buying the Xiaomi Mi 5s and Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus. Once again, there are less than 24 hours since the phones have been made released.
In China, the Xiaomi Mi 5s costs 1,999 Yuan ($300) or 2,299 Yuan ($345) with 3 GB or 4 GB of RAM, while the Mi 5s Plus comes in 4 GB of RAM and 6 of RAM variants priced at 2,299 Yuan ($345) and 2,599 Yuan ($390), respectively. With the handsets priced so competitively it's no surprise that so many people have already registered to purchase the handsets.
In case you've missed the Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus unveiling, you might want to know that smaller one features a 5.15-inch IPS LCD screen with Full HD resolution Snapdragon 821 processor, and a 3,200 mAh battery. It comes in two variants: one with 3 GB of RAM and 64 GB of on-board storage and the other with 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. Unfortunately, there's no support for microSD expansion. The main camera is a 12 MP unit with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED flash and 4K UHD video recording, while the selfie shooter has 4 MP resolution and f/2.0 aperture.
As for the bigger, more powerful Mi 5s Plus, it arrives with a 5.7-inch 1080p screen, while being based on the same Snapdragon 821 SoC. It also comes in two variants, with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage or a whooping 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB storage.
Unlike the standard Mi 5s, Mi 5s Plus intros a Dual 12 MP main, but the same 4 MP selfie snapper. The battery is of course larger, with a capacity of 3,800 mAh.
Despite coming in different sizes and storage versions, Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus share very similar features. They both run Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based MIUI, both come with 3D Touch screens (though only the 64 GB Mi 5s doesn't have one), ultrasonic fingerprint readers, and a similar design which involves a metal body and very thin bezels.
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