Chinese tech giant Xiaomi threatens big names in the smartphone race as the company unveiled Xiaomi Mi 5s. The original Mi 5 is hardly an aging device, having been unveiled in February, but Xiaomi clearly wants to make use of a very new, and very special component — the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor.
The new chip is the star of the Mi 5S, which Qualcomm says is 10 % faster than the Snapdragon 820.
The Mi 5S looks very similar to the Mi 5, with a curved body making it very comfortable to hold, but it now comes in new colors, ranging from grey and silver, to brushed metallic gold and pink. On the rear, the flash unit has been shifted to the other side of the camera lens, and there are pronounced antenna lines running across the body.
The phone comes with a 5.70-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels at a PPI of 386 pixels per inch. It’s now pressure sensitive, like Apple’s 3D Touch system on the iPhone, but it is not clear which apps or tools take advantage of the technology. The Snapdragon 821 processor is joined by 4 gigabyte of RAM in the range-topping model, which also has 128 gigabyte of RAM. Xiaomi has used an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor in the home button for the speedy, reliable, and secure unlocking.
The Mi 5S has a USB Type-C charging port, and a 3,200mAh battery with fast charging. Xiaomi will charge around $300 for the 64 gigabyte Mi 5S, and $350 for the 128 gigabyte model.