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Xiaomi Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus offer high-end camera specs and ultrasonic fingerprint reader

Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi has launched two new high-end devices today, which in terms of specification and product naming, are squarely aimed at Apple's recently launched iPhone 7 models. 

The Mi 5s is the smaller of the two new devices, featuring a 5.15" force-sensitive 1080p display and a 3,200 mAh battery in a fully metallic body. The camera specification can compete with some of the current best Android smartphones. Sony's 1/2.3-inch IMX378 CMOS sensor offers the same large 1.55um pixel pitch as the predecessor IMX 377 that is used in the Google Nexus 6P or HTC 10. It comes with on-sensor phase-detection and is combined with an F2.0 aperture, a dual-tone LED flash, auto HDR and 4K video recording at 30 fps. The front camera is less exciting, offering a 4-megapixel sensor with F2.0 aperture and an 80-degree wide-angle lens. Xiaomi has published a sample gallery on its website.

The Android OS is powered by Qualcomm's latest top-end Snapdragon 821 chipset, up to 4GB of RAM and 128G internal storage. Another highlight is the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor that is located underneath the front glass. The ultrasonic technology eliminates the need for cutting a hole into the glass and, according to Xiaomi, works better with dirty fingers than capacitive versions. In China the Mi 5s can pre-ordered on September 29th for approximately $300 for the base model with 64GB storage and 3GB RAM. The high-end version with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage will set you back $345.

The larger Mi 5s Plus comes with a 5.7" display but no force-sensitivity and a conventional fingerprint reader on the back. On the plus side it has a bigger 3,800 mAh battery and a 13-megapixel dual-camera. The latter works in a similar way to the version in the Huawei P9, combining images from a color and BW sensor for improved detail and dynamic range. Both cameras use Sony's 1/3.06 IMX258 sensor. The Mi 5s Plus will cost you approximately $345 for the model with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. A premium model with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage will be available for about $390. 
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Mike FL

Xiaomi is the #3 phone maker behind iPHONE and Samsung. So Will Xiaomi the next after Samsung and iPhone "bursts into flames"?

"Another iPhone bursts into flames, sending the owner to the ER"

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/another-iphone-bursts-flames-sending-owner-er-114530764.html

Oct 4, 2016
Sep 29, 2016
ultimitsu
ultimitsu

Do you really need SD card? Inclusion of SD card comes with its own price - related circuit, card slot, etc. SD cards are always slower compared to internal storage, especially that M5/5s uses UFS 2.0, at 1600MPS, it is about 160 times faster than low end class 10 SD card.

http://technotif.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Speed-comparison-eMMC-vs-UFS.jpg

Xiaomi does make a phone with SD slot, the Mi Max, same size as 5s Plus, It did not turn out to be a huge success.

The way I see it, there are vry very few people in the market who would think 128 GB is not enough, if xiaomi included SD card slot for these people, it would increase price, size, weight, and warranty costs for everyone else. even if such increase is only marginal, this market is so competitive these margins matter.

Sep 29, 2016
halc
halc

SD card does not increase size/weight/price.

Almost all Xiaomi have dual SIM trays / slots / readers. A dual circuitry for SIM2 slot can be used for SDCARD.

As several (not one) Xiaomi phone use.

And UFS memory cards would be at the speed of internal UFS flash...

Oct 3, 2016
Peter Hayward

Because Microsoft is supporting Xiaomi with Windows 10 Mobile, a while ago I upgraded from a Nokia 925 to a Xiaomi Mi4. Just $195 landed in Oz. It's a great phone with an excellent camera. So I look forward to the Mi5s for sure. Sure beats paying over $1,400 for an iPhone 7s🙂

Sep 29, 2016
KrudlerUK

So, where can I buy one in the UK?

Sep 28, 2016
E A S Y

From eBay.

Oct 1, 2016
BBnose

I still feel weird everytime when I see phones report appear at the dpreview.

Sep 28, 2016
thorkilry
thorkilry

Those test i have seen..The FingerprintCard sensors is still the best, most reliable and fastest out there..

Sep 28, 2016
cosinaphile

without an sd card slot , its as pointless as an iphone. .yuck to both

D O A

Sep 28, 2016*
guest2015

too bad. i really wanted to upgrade my phones. no sd slot no deal.

Sep 28, 2016
tkbslc

It's not much of an issue when 64GB and 128GB internal are standard.

Sep 28, 2016
ultimitsu
ultimitsu

I used to hold this view but after owning several phones without SD expansion I now dont see it as an issue at all. the top lines models has 128GB storage, I did OK with phones with 8GB storage. SO I honestly do not see storage as being an issue, surely you back up you stuff to a external hard drive regularly and empty some space that way.

Sep 29, 2016
cosinaphile

a 45 dollar 200 gb sd card allows swappling films shows or music instantly without erasing and replacing huge amounts of data tethered to a computer .......im done with that

i've got full seasons of shows and full discographies with bootlegs i keep multiple cards with me .... 128 gb internal memory is certainly nice but ultimately limiting when swapping data can be done in seconds

Sep 29, 2016
tkbslc

It's 2016, stream all that stuff, man! :)

Sep 29, 2016
cosinaphile

i like owning also streaming is the new fascism...ive got amazon hulu and netflix streaming on the subway is a limited option if at all

Sep 30, 2016
sh10453
sh10453

In many ways, it looks similar to the Huawie Honor 8 which went on sale earlier this month.
I got the Honor 8, and I'm pleased with it so far. It comes with 4GB RAM, which is good enough for a phone, and the dual lens camera (also 12 MP, large pixels) is very good.

If I needed a phone, I would grab the premium version of this phone (6GB / 128GB) in a heartbeat.

Sep 28, 2016
noirdesir

That fingerprint sensor behind the (display?) glass sounds a lot of what is rumoured for the next iPhone.

Sep 28, 2016
0MitchAG

There's iPhone 8 rumours already?

Sep 28, 2016
noirdesir

There have been iPhone 8 rumours for many months already. One of the first ones came in March this year about a curved OLED display. If Apple wants to start mass production of the next iPhone in July or August using a different display technology, production capacities have to be planned at the suppliers a year in advance. That is how the earliest rumours get out (http://www.macrumors.com/2016/03/02/apple-planning-to-debut-oled-iphone-in-2017/).

The fingerprint sensor being hidden under the display in the 2017 iPhone 8 was (first?) rumoured in May this year (http://www.macrumors.com/2016/05/11/2017-iphone-edge-to-edge-display/).

Sep 28, 2016
tkbslc

Too bad import Chinese phones always seem to have borked LTE frequencies for the U.S.

Sep 28, 2016
fuego6
fuego6

Really? My 1+1 has NEVER had a problem with LTE or the like... runs like a champ and I've been using it for 2+ years.. for a $199 phone - I'd buy one again in a heartbeat!

Sep 28, 2016
Sactojim

Import Chinese phones? You mean: Apple, some Samsung, ZTE, Motorola, some LG, HTC, Blu, others?

Sep 28, 2016
tkbslc

No, I mean phones designed specifically for Chinese and/or Asian markets. If you order a Xioami Mi5 from China, you will not get anything better than 3g here in the US. That's not a dig on the phones, because obviously they didn't design with North America in mind. But it is a fact that the phones don't work fully over here for that reason.

Sep 28, 2016
AlexeiD

Xiaomi 5 as well as 5s do not have LTE band 20, which is widely used in Western Europe. Without it you'll get EDGE coverage in 90-95% of Czech Republic, Germany and Poland (I think this applies to France and other countries).
For example 98% of all Czech Republic is covered with 20 Band LTE - (see coverage map here - https://www.vodafone.cz/mapa-pokryti/)
If Xiaomi is targeting Asian market, and doesn't care about Europeans and Americans, why is it advertised on global sites like dpreview?
Again, YOU WILL NOT HAVE LTE in most of Europe and USA. Think twice before purchasing it,

Sep 29, 2016*
Cw7585

Vodafone in CZ can also use Band 1 and 3. This phone has 1, 3 and 7 which are ubiquitous throughout Europe. LTE will not be a problem there.

The US is a different story. Some carriers have LTE bands the unit works with but it's iffy. Canada on the other hand would not be a problem. Check the LTE network page on Wikipedia to be sure.

Oct 2, 2016
chile7236

so many inexpensive options for nice phones these days...

Sep 28, 2016
xlabsmedan
xlabsmedan

Xiaomi knows what people want.... :D

Sep 28, 2016
guest2015

sd card slot.

Sep 28, 2016
garyknrd

I have the Mi 5. Extremely cheap, and very good phone IMO. I would not hesitate to buy another one.

Sep 27, 2016
zzzxtreme
zzzxtreme

Wished they'd make compact versions, cause sony flagship compacts are so pricey

Sep 27, 2016
Tariag
Tariag

Same here. Love my Mi5 more than S7, for half the price. Only waterproofing is missing...
I have no LTE frequency issues (I live in France and use Orange).
I may buy one of those Mi5s for my wife.
Sony compact versions are nice but overpriced indeed, if Xiaomi would offer a 4,5" or 4,7" version with same specs (only smaller battery of course) I would love it even more.

Sep 28, 2016