Xiaomi is hosting an event in China later today, where it will be taking the wraps off the much-rumored Mi 5s. If all the reports are to be believed, then the company could also be unveiling a larger variant of the smartphone as well called the Mi 5s Plus. With just a couple of hours to the launch event, here’s a roundup of everything we know about the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus so far. Also Read - MIUI 13 to add 3GB of RAM to any Xiaomi phone with its memory expansion featureAlso Read - Amazon Prime Day sale deals revealed: Discount on OnePlus Nord CE, Mi 11X, Samsung Galaxy M42
As the name suggests, the upcoming Mi 5s is in essence an upgraded variant of Xiaomi’s flagship Mi 5 smartphone. Based on the leaked photos we have come across so far, the overall design of the upcoming smartphone is in line with the Mi 5. But there will be enough new changes like a fingerprint scanner powered by Qualcomm s Snapdragon Sense ID technology. Leaked photos hint at an iPhone-like circular home button placed below the display, and it could be non-clickable one just like the new Apple iPhone 7. The advantage of being powered by Qualcomm’s technology will allow the sensor to recognize fingerprints even if the user’s fingers are sweaty or oily. Leaks also hint at a dual-camera setup that may be powered by Qualcomm s Clear Sight technology. This setup uses one color sensor and one monochrome sensor for better low-light photography, while improving the dynamic range and overall sharpness. Also Read - Xiaomi might have a new Snapdragon 888 phone up its sleeve, to be Mi 11T
Xiaomi Mi 5s specifications
The smartphone is expected to feature a 5.15-inch full HD (1080p) display with 2.5D curved glass and Apple’s 3D Touch-like force touch feature. It is expected to be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 quad-core chipset paired with Adreno 530GPU and 6GB of RAM. Leaks suggest that the Mi 5s could be the first Xiaomi device to feature 256GB onboard memory along with lower storage capacities as well.
On the photography front, the Xiaomi Mi 5s is expected to feature a 16-megapixel dual camera with f/1.9 aperture, PDAF support, 4-axis optical image stabilization (OIS) and 4K video recording capabilities. Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun recently shared a few camera samples of the upcoming smartphone on his Weibo account, and we must admit the photos looked impressive.
Other features expected include a 3,490mAh battery, and connectivity options like USB Type-C port, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC and Wi-Fi 802.11ac. On the software front, it is expected to ship with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow-based MIUI 8 out of the box.
Xiaomi is also widely expected to be launching another variant of the Mi 5s, called the Mi 5s Plus. Though details are scarce at the moment, we expect the Plus variant could only come with a larger display, and slightly different set of specifications and features.
Both Xiaomi smartphones are expected to go on sale in China as early as this week. Based on reports, prices for the Mi 5s are expected to start from 1,999 Yuan (approximately Rs 20,500), while prices for the Mi 5s Plus are expected to start from 2,999 Yuan (approximately Rs 30,500).