Xiaomi releases Mi 5S and Mi 5S Plus smartphones

27 Sep 2016

The Xiaomi Mi 5S range

Xiaomi’s latest smartphone Mi 5S has been released in China, with an all-metal body, curved back and several recognisable features.

Xiaomi has had a fine few weeks, with its India sales in particular stronger than ever. The Redmi Note 3 was recently named the country’s biggest seller online, with one sold every seven seconds.

Xiaomi Mi 5S

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But its flagship Mi range is Xiaomi’s real success story, with the China release of 5S today sure to attract huge numbers of sales in the short term.

Nearly 2m people registered their interest in purchasing the device even before today’s launch, with a suite of images and specs finally revealing all.

Xiaomi Mi 5S

The Xiaomi Mi 5S promotional imagery includes this dotted rear display, similar to a HTC feature on the M range

Available in four colours (including rose gold of course), the device is powered by the Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor, an upgrade on the Mi 5’s 820 option.

The visible home button is a fingerprint sensor, too, with a 5.2in screen. There is a 12MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture and 80-degree wide angle lens. On the front, the Mi 5S has a 4MP camera, also featuring f/2.0 aperture.

The Mi 5S Plus is essentially a souped-up variant, with a 5.7in screen and dual camera lenses. Each of these are 13MP Sony sensors; one for colour, the other black and white. Using the same Snapdragon processor as the Mi 5S, the Plus has 4g+, NFC and USB 2.0 connectivity tools.

Mi 5S Plus

The Xiaomi Mi 5S Plus

Gordon Hunt was a journalist with Silicon Republic