Xiaomi is well-known for delivering powerful and feature-rich smartphones at really affordable prices. This Tuesday, Xiaomi unveiled the Xiaomi Mi5s and Xiaomi Mi5s Plus in China. Both the smartphones and especially the Xiaomi Mi5s can be considered as an upgraded version of the last flagship Xiaomi Mi5.
But the big question which looms here is whether the Xiaomi Mi5s is a worthy successor of the Xiaomi Mi5 or not. Well, you need not worry as we’re here with a detailed comparison between the Xiaomi Mi5 and Xiaomi Mi5s which will help in deciding whether you should opt for the new flagship or not.
Display and Dimension
The Mi5 measures 144.5×69.2×7.2mm and weighs 129 gms whereas, the Mi5s measures 145.6×70.3×8.2mm and is a little heavy with 145 grams but that can be attributed to a slightly larger battery. Both these phones sport a 5.15-inch FHD display and have a pixel density of 428ppi. However, Mi5s comes with a pressure sensitive display. Although, much is not yet known about this display of Mi5s.
Processor and Memory
When Xiaomi launched Mi5 in China, it was powered by a Snapdragon 820 processor clocked at 1.8GHz, whereas the new Mi5s is powered by a Snapdragon 821 processor which is clocked at 2.15 GHz. Mi5s, when unveiled, was presented in two variants, one with 3GB RAM and 64GB internal storage and the other variant comes with 4 GB RAM and 128GB storage. Whereas, Mi5 comes only in a single 3 GB RAM and 32GB storage variant.
Xiaomi Mi5 comes with a regular fingerprint scanner which is embedded in the home button. Mi5s, on the other hand, features an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor embedded in its home button. Xiaomi has placed it under the glass so that it won’t get damaged but it is also claimed that the scanning accuracy won’t be affected.
Mi5 sports a 16-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture, optical image stabilization and two-tone flash for more vivid pictures. Mi5 had a 4-megapixel camera on the front with 2-micron pixels. On the other hand, Mi5s sports a 12-megapixel primary camera with IMX378 CMOS sensor lens provided by Sony with f/2.0 aperture and PDAF. The best thing about Mi5s is that it can record 4K videos. Like the Mi5 it also has a 4-MP front camera with 2-micron pixels.
Xiaomi Mi5 was launched with a 3000mAh battery, the new Mi5s comes with a slightly larger 3,200mAh battery. Both the smartphones feature Quick Charge 3.0 for super fast charging. Xiaomi has adopted USB type-C for both these smartphones.
As far as the performance is concerned, both the Mi5 and Mi5s are very capable devices and can easily take care of extremely heavy tasks. The rear camera and the fingerprint sensor is indeed a good upgrade. As not much is known yet about the new pressure sensitive display of the Mi5s, so we’re unable to comment on that right now. The pricing for the Xiaomi Mi5s starts from 1999 yuan ($300), so even it is indeed quite good. In my opinion, Xiaomi Mi5s is a worthy upgrade over the Mi5 and you should go for it.