This is what the Mi 5 should've been.

At a media event in China, Xiaomi unveiled the Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus. Both phones offer high-end internals in the form of a Snapdragon 821, with the Plus variant getting 6GB of RAM, and dual 13MP cameras at the back. The phones will be available in Gold, Rose Gold, Silver, and White color options, and will go up on sale in China starting this Thursday.

Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus

The Mi 5s Plus is the more interesting option among the two handsets, as it offers a dual 13MP camera setup at the back. The implementation is similar to what we've seen with the Huawei P9, with one sensor shooting in full color and the other being a dedicated monochrome sensor. The design itself looks similar to the Mi 5, although Xiaomi went with an all-metallic chassis this time around.

Category Xiaomi Mi 5s Mi 5s Plus
Operating System Android 6.0 Marshmallow with MIUI 8 Android 6.0 Marshmallow with MIUI 8
Display 5.15-inch IPS Full HD display
600 nits, 95% NTSC coverage
5.7-inch Full HD display
600 nits, 95% NTSC coverage
SoC 2.15GHz Snapdragon 821 2.35GHz Snapdragon 821
RAM and storage 3GB RAM/64GB storage
4GB RAM/128GB storage
4GB RAM/64GB storage
6GB RAM/128GB storage
Rear camera 12MP 1/2.3-inch Sony IMX 378 sensor
4K video, PDAF, OIS, dual-LED flash
1.55µm pixel size
Dual 13MP cameras
4K video, PDAF, OIS, dual-tone LED flash
ClearSight technology
Front shooter 4MP camera with 1080p video recording 4MP camera with 2.0µm pixels
Connectivity 4G+ with 3x carrier aggregation, Wi-Fi ac
Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi Direct, NFC, GPS
4G+ with 3x carrier aggregation, Wi-Fi ac
Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi Direct, NFC, GPS
Charging USB-C with Quick Charge 3.0 USB-C with Quick Charge 3.0
Battery 3000mAh 3800mAh


Both phones also offer an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor that's placed underneath the home button. The Mi 5s with 3GB of RAM and 64GB storage will retail for ¥1,999 ($300). The variant with 4GB of RAM and 128GB storage will be available for ¥2,299 ($345). Meanwhile, the Mi 5s Plus with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage will launch for ¥2,299 ($345), and the high-end model with 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage will set customers back ¥2,599 ($390).