Along with the Xiaomi Mi 5S, the company announced the Mi 5S Plus at the event held today in Beijing, China. While the Mi 5S is a flagship aimed at users who want a balanced compact smartphone, the Mi 5S Plus takes things to a whole new level, in almost every aspect.
The Xiaomi Mi 5S Plus comes with the same all metal design as its smaller brother, however, it features a much larger display, to cater the needs of those who want something for entertainment and gaming. So, it’s kind of a bulked up version of the Mi 5S, featuring a large 5.7-inch display. However, you won’t feel its too big considering that it’s narrower than the iPhone 7 Plus. The company has actually done a good job of limiting its dimensions. Its light weight as well, 20 grams lighter than the iPhone 7 Plus.
Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus Dimensions: 154.6mm x 77.9mm | Weight: 168 grams
The curved design should ensure better grip and the brushed metal body gives it a premium look. Like its sibling, you get 2.5D glass on the front. There are four color options, silver, dark gray, rose gold and gold.
What’s really interesting about the Mi 5S Plus’ design is the fingerprint sensor located at the back! The Mi 5S came with an ultrasonic under glass sensor on the front, but for some reason, the Plus variant features the sensor at the back. The company has not yet confirmed whether this rear placed sensor is an ultrasonic sensor as the Mi 5S.
The Xiaomi Mi 5S Plus comes with the powerful Snapdragon 821 chipset with two memory options 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM and 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM. The RAM is LPDDR4 and the storages are UFS 2.0 standard. With these high-end specs, the Mi 5S Plus manages to score a good 164,119 on AnTuTu v6.1.9.
The screen is of 5.7-inches with 1080p resolution (386ppi), 94% NTSC color gamut with high color saturation.
Once again, the camera is the highlight of the Mi 5S Plus. But unlike the Mi 5S, the phone features a dual camera setup on the device. The module consists of dual 13MP Sony sensor, one a standard RGB sensor which captures color information, and the other is a black and white sensor. The camera is said to be pretty good, especially because it uses ClearSight technology, thereby enhancing the rich details and limiting the noise in the images.
The camera module supports HDR, PDAF, RAW format, real time image filters and comes with dual tone LED flash. The Mi 5S Plus supports 4K video at 30 fps, 1080p / 720p video shooting at 30 fps and 720p slo-mo video shooting at 120 fps. Up front, you get a 4MP Ultrapixel sensor with 2um pixels, f/2.0 and 80-degree wide angle lens.
Here are some official camera samples:
Other features of the Mi 5S Plus include NFC (so support for Mi Pay), 4G+, and 3800mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0.
As for connectivity, the phone comes with 802.11 ac dual band Wi-Fi with MU MIMO tech, Wi-Fi display, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.2, Bluetooth HID, 4G+ and dual SIM dual standby with 3 x CA support. In addition, you also get an infrared port which is missing on the Mi 5S.
Supported LTE Bands:
FDD-LTE Band 1, 3, 5, 7
TDD-LTE Band 38, 39, 40, 31
The Xiaomi Mi 5S Plus is priced pretty aggressively, with the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage version retailing for 2299 Yuan ($345) and 6GB RAM + 128GB storage variant retailing for 2599 Yuan ($390).
These are amazing prices for the specs that you get.
Both the Mi 5S and the Mi 5S Plus will go on sale on September 29 via JD.com and Xiaomi’s official store in China.