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Xiaomi announces the new Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus with ultrasonic fingerprint scanner and more…

Christian Jay Magowan  —  12 months ago ( Sep 28, 2016 )    |    Featured, Mobile

The iPhone is obviously an inspiration for most of the smartphone designs nowadays, it’s a fact and I believe there’s nothing wrong with it. The design itself is so practical that almost everyone is taking it as the basis of everything smartphone. But where Apple stops, other manufacturers pushes further is refine what’s left to be improved. Why am I saying this you might ask, We all known that it isn’t just the design of the smartphone that has something to do with Cupertino’s product, you might as well take into consideration the naming of devices itself.

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Just take a look as the newest addition to Xiaomi’s Mi 5 family, the company came to improved the one year old handset with updated features and it’s not just that because Xiaomi also introduced us to the new Mi 5s Plus which you might have guessed it, a larger version of the Mi 5s with obviously a plus-sized screen.

Mi 5s

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The Mi 5s comes with a 5.15-inch display with 1080p Full-HD resolution, 600 nits of brightness and 95% NTSC color gamut at its disposal. The handset is powered by no other than the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Chipset running at 2.15 GHz. The handset will be available in two configurations, one with 3 GB of RAM and 64 GB storage combos and the other with 4 GB with 128 GB storage. The new handset features LPDDR 4 RAM modules and UFS 2.0 tech for its storage which both are the new standards for faster memory I/O on mobile devices.

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Similar to the iPhone 6s and later, Xiaomi also features a pressure-sensitive display for the top Mi 5s variant that currently known as 3D Touch for the Cupertino product. The feature employs a synaptics-touch engine so it could detect the level of pressure that the user would make on the screen and allow Xiaomi to extend the UI functionality of the device, example would be an extended pop-up controls when the users exert pressure on the screen.

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With next generation Chipset from Qualcomm, Xiaomi was also able to employ the new Qualcomm’s Sense ID, a lightning fast fingerprint sensing technology that enables the handset to detect fingerprints in a fraction of a second with minimal errors. This new technology in biometric readers users ultrasonic wave which read and maps even the pores and ridges of the fingers instead of the traditional planar taps.

With increasing battery requirements on ever Android device today, Xiaomi stuffed the Mi 5s with 3200 mAh embedded battery and supports the latest Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 standard. This will allow the Mi 5s to juice-up from zero to almost full in half an hour.

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For camera lovers, the Mi 5s should be able to cater all your needs with its built-in 12 Megapixel Sony IMX378 sensor on the back with ultra-light sensitivity features and is supported by Dual-LED flash. On the front, it might not be something to brag about as it only comes with a 4 Megapixel sensor still it comes with impressive results nevertheless.

Mi 5s Plus

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So this is what premium is all about. The Mi 5s Plus takes the best tech that Xiaomi could give and packed them in this thin and metallic block of pure engineering. The handset sets the display to 5.7-inch with 2.5D curved glass lamination. It has the same 600 nits of brightness with 94 per cent NTSC color gamut. The handset is powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset like its small brother but up the speed to 2.35 GHz.

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There are also two configurations available for the Mi 5s Plus which starts at 4 GB of RAM coupled to 64 GB of internal storage and the second which is the Mi 5s’s true top of the line premium device comes with 6 GB of RAM and an internal storage of 128 GB.All feature highlights available on the Mi 5s are available on Mi 5s Plus including the pressure-sensitive display, ultrasonic fingerprint scanner and among others.

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Aside from the noticeably large display, the Mi 5s Plus includes a treat for mobile photography enthusiasts with its own version of the dual-camera module on the back which houses two 13 Megapixel Sony sensors for the extra depth of field effects which recently becomes the craze for everyone’s imagination. Xiaomi’s dual-camera modules uses one standard RGB sensor and the other sensor is a dedicated monochrome camera for true to life imaging and effects. The front camera is left untouched as it is with Mi 5s’s 4 Megapixel sensor.

With the “Plus”, battery comes also in a plus package with its large 3800 mAh non-removable battery and supports Quick Charge 3.0 so you could juice it up in no time.

That about the new features of both devices so what else is missing? Well, the lines below will be a brief description on what features that both devices shares in common and the pricing of every variants and options:

For connectivity, both devices supports a full range of 4G/LTE networks as well as 3G/HGPA+ and legacy GSM/GPRS support with two SIM slots. Besides the wireless connectivity support, both devices also includes W-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, GPS with GLONASS/BDS/A-GPS support and the latest Type-C USB interface which not only allows the devices to optimize quick charging but alsoallow the handsets for a faster transfer data to your PC or Mac.

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As for the price, Xiaomi maintains to a practical pricing across the range. The Mi 5s starts at CNY 1999 ($299)for the 3GB/64GB option and CNY2299 ($345) for the 4GB/128GB variant. For the Mi 5s Plus, prices will be higher at CNY2299 ($344) for the 4G/64GB variant and CNY2599 ($389) for the top-spec’d variant with 6GB/128GB configuration. The handset will be available in China tomorrow, so users living in China will get the handsets first while the rest of the world should be able to get one by next month or so. However for customers who doesn’t find topography as hindrance and limitation may order the handset online but keep in mind that customs will add more to that pricing when you order your device from abroad.

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Christian Jay Magowan A Medtech by Profession and a big fan of gadgets and whatever technology has for the world. I scour for anything technology and science to provide you with what's hot in this side of space.