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Xiaomi Mi 5S & Mi 5S Plus Hands On & Unboxing Images

by Jed John 13

Finally, the Xiaomi Mi 5S and Mi 5S Plus have both been unveiled and indeed the unveiling was packed with lots of surprises. Most surprising is the fact that the Mi 5S Plus is only a Plus version in size and not ready a higher variant of the Mi 5S . Another surprise package is the actual render of the devices, especially the Mi 5S which looked nothing like the leaked renders we had been holding on to. Yet another surprise, perhaps the most epic of the lot, is the price tag which the Xiaomi Mi 5S amd 5S Plus carries, which even comes cheaper than the cheap price tag they had been rumored to carry. You’ll get to see this early hands on and unboxing images which comes courtesy of Sina Technology.

Xiaomi Mi 5S

The Xiaomi Mi 5S and Mi 5S Plus are real beauties in all ramifications; beautiful design, awesome specs, innovative features and lots. However, they both cannot be at par, the Mi 5S comes in as the most innovative, and beautiful of the duo. The Mi 5S alone features the acclaimed under glass ultrasonic fingerprint scanner situated as a virtual button at the home screen region right under the display.

mi 5s Plus

The Xiaomi Mi 5S Plus on the other hand, comes as a 5.7 incher and sports a dual camera at its rear which is said to include a black and white sensor and a color sensor. They both can work independently or together to give crisp clear images devoid of image noise. Its own fingerprint scanner is at the back under the dual cameras and there are no virtual buttons but capacitive keys on the device.


If you don’t look carefully, merely staring at the Xiaomi Mi 5S and Mi 5S Plus box casing would give the impression that you are staring at the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus boxes. And quite frankly, opening up the boxes reveal devices as beautiful, if not more beautiful, as the latest iPhones. The devices comes inside the boxes with their charger and data cables.

mi 5s

We must not fail however to point out that the shape of the virtual button looks nothing like the iPhone’s round home key as rumored but rather maintains Xiaomi’s custom oblong shape. The only different should be the fact that the button this time around is a virtual one and you won’t get to hear the click sound when pressed.

Read More: Why The Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner on The Xiaomi Mi 5s is Visible

mi 5S unboxing

In all, these are real beauties and it is just apt to say that the China phone giants seem to be on a mission to redefine what a flagship actually is. First OnePlus 3, then Le Pro 3 and now the Mi 5S has taken the old impression that a flagship has to be pricey to the cleaners and we are indeed impressed! Delight yourselves in lot more images from down below.

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  • goodwill

    Looks better than the Mi5.. 🙁 I just bought the Mi5

    • BTN

      I just canceled my MI5 order to buy this new baby 😉

      • goodwill

        Lucky. haha. I’ll probably sell my Mi5 to my friend and get replace it with this.

        • DN

          Me too

    • Fábio

      Hey Will, the small screen on Mi5 don’t bother you?

      For me is totally deal breaker :-/

      • goodwill

        I thought it was small too before I got the Mi5. But it’s actually not. It’s narrow instead. It has a tall screen. haha. Depends on your usage tho. If you prefer something big cause you watch movies on it and etc then bigger would be better like LeEco 3 Pro or Xiaomi Mi5S Plus, maybe? I don’t have much faith on dual cam set ups now (Picture quality). So, I’m staying clear from Mi5S Plus.

        • Fábio

          I understand! After your comments I watched some reviews videos (Mi5 vs oneplus 3 and others 5.5 inch) and the size is just a little different.

          I am using RMN 3 (5.5″) and I liked this screen size. Sometimes I wish a little more bigger, but the main point is after this phone I stopped to use my iPad in home.

          By the way, after all this new phones, I’m still think about Le max 2 + CM 🙂

    • Nico

      Some users says that MI5S looks cheap with its back in metal. What do you think?

      • goodwill

        Well, it’s very subjective. Some people might like or dislike the design and material. Personally, for me, from the picture it doesn’t look cheap to me. I have the gold Mi5 right now, feels premium but very slippery. I prefer metal over a glass back honestly.

        • Nico

          Thank you for your message. I never had a smartphone except my old blackberry 8900 which isn’t working anymore. I am hesitating between the MI5S, MI5 and Redmi Note 3 Pro Special Edition. The last one is a 5.5″ phone which is sold at 165€ without shipping costs. I believe that 5.2″ phones are better for one hand usage and much easy to carry. MI5S is more expensive compared to the RN3 Pro but it brings a faster cpu, very nice design, amazing build quality, better screen, better camera. I will wait reviews before to make my decision.

      • balcobomber25

        I have used a lot of Xiaomi phones, probably more than most here, built from plastic, metal and glass. I can’t think of a single one that ever felt or looked cheap, they all had a premium feel to them. Even the budget ones that sold for $100.

  • loller

    I am happy with my black MI5 64GB, after discovering Amplify+ xposed I am getting SOT of 6-7h across 36+h of usage.
    This new 5s got heavier, bulkier, practically same batt life… BUT you will get it in 2 months with white color only for 380$ and black someday for 450$.. better get mi5 64gb for 320$ or 128gb for 370$ if you need something now or wait 3-4 months.

    • Jesse Afolabi

      Do you really think there will be a black variant of the MI 5s plus in a few months ? Cause that’s actually what I’m interested in..