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Xiaomi Mi 5s vs Mi 5: Here’s what’s new

From metal unibody design and ultrasonic fingerprint scanner to pressure-sensitive display and Snapdragon 821 processor, here’s everything that is new in Xiaomi Mi 5s compared to the Mi 5.

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Xiaomi s Mi 5 is one of the affordable flagship smartphones that was launched in March. Earlier today, Xiaomi launched the upgraded version of the smartphone called the Mi 5s with better specifications and features. The Chinese smartphone maker also announced the Mi 5s Plus, which comes with a slightly larger display and dual camera setup at the back. The prices for the smartphones start at RMB 1,999 (approximately Rs 20,000) and goes all the way up to RMB 2,599 (approximately Rs 26,100). We compared the Xiaomi Mi 5s with the Mi 5, and here s everything that s new. Also Read - MIUI 12.5 update heading to Redmi Note 10 and some older entry-level models

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Design: For the Mi 5, Xiaomi went with metal frame and a front-and-back glass design. However, for the new Mi 5s, Xiaomi has gone with a full metal unibody design with brushed aluminum finish. Up front, you have the earpiece and camera module, followed by the display and an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner embedded inside the glass. It is slightly different compared to the one on the Mi 5, more on that below. The volume rocker and power / sleep button are placed on the right edge, whereas the SIM card tray is placed on the left edge. The back is slight curved with rounded edges, and the antenna lines can be seen along the top and bottom portion. Also Read - Top camera smartphones under Rs 20,000 in August 2021: Redmi Note 10 Pro Max, Moto G60 and more

xiaomi mi 5s fingerprint scanner

Ultrasonic fingerprint scanner: Xiaomi has implemented an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner on the Mi 5s, and it makes use of Qualcomm s Sense ID sensing technology. Placed below the front glass, Xiaomi claims that it is extremely fast at recognizing fingerprints. The technology uses ultrasonic waves to map the ridges and pores on users finger, and the scanning works even when the finger is wet, dirty or oily. Xiaomi also says that this technology is more accurate and secure than standard fingerprint sensing technology. ALSO READ: Xiaomi Mi 5s, Mi 5s Plus with ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, dual-camera setup launched: Price, specifications, features

Display: Both Mi 5s and Mi 5 flaunt a 5.15-inch full HD display with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. However, the display on the Mi 5s is brighter and can notch maximum brightness of 600-nits. The top end variant of the Mi 5s with 128GB storage is equipped with a pressure-sensitive display. Powered by Synaptics technology, it can distinguish between light tap, touch and hard press offering quick access to certain features right from pressing the app icons on home screen. Overall, the functionality is pretty similar to what you get on Apple s iPhone 6s and iPhone 7.

Chipset, RAM and Storage: The Xiaomi Mi 5s is powered by Qualcomm s Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor, with custom Kryo chips two clocked at 2.35GHz and two clocked at 1.6Ghz. The smartphone will be offered in two storage variants 3GB of RAM + 64GB storage and 4GB of RAM + 128GB storage. In comparison, the Mi 5 is powered by Qualcomm s Snapdragon 820 quad-core chipset, 3GB of RAM + 32GB/64GB storage, and 4GB of RAM + 128GB storage. Neither of the smartphones come with expandable storage option.

xiaomi mi 5s camera

Camera: Xiaomi has equipped the Mi 5s with a 12-megaixel rear camera (Sony IMX378 sensor) of aperture f/2.0 with dual tone LED flash, 4-axis optical image stabilization (OIS) and 4K video recording support. Xiaomi claims that the sensor on the Mi 5s offers better performance than the iPhone 6s Plus. Up front is a 4-megapixel (UltraPixel) camera for selfies and video calling. In comparison, the Mi 5 comes with slightly larger resolution of 16-megapixel, aperture f/2.0, and 4-megapixel (UltraPixel) selfie camera. Support for 4-axis OIS and 4K video recording is also present.

Battery and connectivity: The Mi 5s comes with a slightly larger 3,200mAh battery with Qualcomm s Quick Charge 3.0 support, compared to 3,000mAh battery on the Mi 5. On the connectivity front, you get USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer, Bluetooth, 4G LTE with VoLTE voice calling support, NFC and Wi-Fi 802.11ac.

Comparison Table:

Features

Xiaomi Mi 5s

Xiaomi Mi 5

Display

5.15-inch full HD (1920×1080 pixels)

5.15-inch full HD (1920×1080 pixels)

Processor

Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core

Storage

64GB /128GB

32GB, 64GB, 128GB

RAM

3GB/4GB

3GB/4GB

Camera

12-megapixel aperture f/2.0, dual LED flash, 4K video recording

16-megapixel aperture f/2.0, dual LED flash, 4K video recording

Front-facing camera

4-megapixel (UltraPixel)

4-megapixel (UltraPixel)

Connectivity

4G LTE, VoLTE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, NFC, USB Type-C

4G LTE, VoLTE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, NFC, USB Type-C

OS

Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow based on MIUI 8

Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow based on MIUI 8

 

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  • Published Date: September 27, 2016 8:12 PM IST
  • Updated Date: September 27, 2016 11:41 PM IST


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