Xiaomi’s two latest premium smartphones are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processors, feature full HD displays, and run Android 6.0 software with Xiaomi’s MIUI 8 user interface.

The Xiaomi Mi 5s is a 5.2 smartphone with a starting price of 1,999 yuan ($300) , and the Xiami Mi 5s Plus is a 5.7 inch model with prices that start at 2,299 yuan ($345).

The smaller model is also one of the first phones to feature an under-glass fingerprint sensor, which means there’s no indentation in the spot where you place your finger: the front of the phone is basically one solid piece of glass.


If the names sound a bit familiar, it may be because Xiaomi seems to be borrowing a page from Apple’s playbook, and indeed the company’s press materials for the phones compare the Mi 5s to the iPhone 7 and the Mi 5s Plus to the iPhone 7 Plus.

While the Mi 5s is a bit larger than the 4.7 inch iPhone 7, Xiaomi points out that the Mi 5s has a larger screen than the 5.5 inch iPhone 7 Plus, but the phone is physically smaller and lighter.

And like the iPhone 7 Plus, the larger Xiaomi phone has a dual camera setup on the back of the phone.

There are a few other differences between the phones, so here’s a brief overview of the specs for each:

Xiaomi Mi 5s

  • 5.15 inch 1080p IPS display
  • 2.15 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
  • 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storage ($300) or 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage ($345)
  • 12MP Sony IMX 378 rear camera with optical image stabilization and phase detection autofocus
  • 4MP front camera
  • 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, and NFC
  • 3,200 mAh battery
  • USB Type-C
  • Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
  • Under glass fingerprint sensor (below home button area)

Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus


  • 5.7 inch 1080p display
  • 2.35 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor
  • 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage ($345) of 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage ($390)
  • Dual 13MP rear cameras with PDAF and OIS
  • 4MP front camera
  • 3,800 mAh battery
  • Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
  • Rear fingerprint sensor

Like most Xiaomi smartphones, the Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus will be available exclusively in China at launch, but they’ll probably make their way to some other markets in the coming months.

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