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Xiaomi Mi 5S: Why You Should Be Excited For This Flagship (Top Expected Features)

by Joe 14

Xiaomi is all set to announce the brand new Xiaomi Mi 5S flagship at an event tomorrow. While there could be a number of other products announced, including the recently leaked Xiaomi ‘Mi Brain’, the highlight of the event should be the Xiaomi Mi 5S and the Mi 5S Plus.

We all know Xiaomi is a company focused on providing top value for the price you pay. That’s why we have seen so many smartphone launches, especially in the low-end and mid-range segment featuring pretty good hardware at half the cost of what competitors like Samsung price their devices. However, as Xiaomi has been busy in the pricing war with competitors like Meizu and LeEco, innovation is one area where the company seems to be a bit behind giants like Huawei and Samsung.

But that’s going to change with the Xiaomi Mi 5S and if rumors are to be believed, pricing will still be the selling point of the device. Hence, the Xiaomi Mi 5S which will be launched tomorrow is definitely a phone that we all should be excited about.

So, here are the top reasons why you should be excited for Xiaomi Mi 5S’ launch tomorrow!


1. Under Glass Fingerprint Sensor


Yes, the Xiaomi Mi 5S is said to come with a revolutionary fingerprint technology, most likely Qualcomm’s Ultrasonic sensor. This is revolutionary in the sense that the fingerprint sensor works even when under materials like glass. Plus, it’s reportedly unaffected by contaminants like sweat and other factors which usually hampers the working of a traditional capacitive fingerprint sensor. You can read more about Qualcomm’s Ultrasonic Sense ID from here.


2. Dual Camera Setup

Xiaomi Mi 5S Dual cameras

Xiaomi Mi 5S is confirmed to feature a dual camera setup at the back. While we are not yet sure whether it would be a similar 13MP Dual camera setup as the Xiaomi Redmi Pro, what we do know is that the camera is going to be awesome. Xiaomi’s CEO himself revealed a few set of Mi 5S camera samples taken all around the world and the bokeh effect as well as the color reproduction in the images taken from the sensor look pretty good.

Since the Mi 5S is the company’s top-end flagship, the sensor at the back should be much better than the Redmi Pro (review here).


3. Dual Curved Screen Display


Yes, I know that we haven’t seen much rumors or leaks about a curved display Mi 5S variant lately, but we have been hearing about the Xiaomi working on curved display phones in the past. Recently, an analyst revealed that the Mi 5S may not feature curved display since Samsung is not supplying the company with its curved OLED panels. However, another analyst commented that LG is also a known supplier of curved displays, so we can’t entirely rule it out. Only tomorrow will we know for sure.


4. 3D Touch Pressure sensitive Display

xiaomi 3D Touch
3D Touch hidden feature on MIUI

Apart from being the first phone to feature under glass sensor, the Mi 5S could be the company’s first pressure sensitive display enabled smartphone. According to the latest leak, the flagship could come with 3D Touch like features on the device, further enhancing its functions. However, I personally think Xiaomi could restrict the pressure sensitive panel on the top-end versions, like Huawei did with its Mate S.


5. Premium Ceramic Body


Now, I know that Mi 5 Pro also came with a Ceramic body, but since the company has confirmed this material on the new Mi 5S as well, it’s safe to assume that Xiaomi solved the mass production issues associated with this material. Company’s 3D Ceramic body does have its set of advantages including being super scratch resistant. Plus, it looks premium as well.


6. Snapdragon 821 & 6GB RAM


The Xiaomi Mi 5S will be the company’s first Snapdragon 821 powered smartphone, which will also make it the most powerful Xiaomi phone till date. Further, one of the top versions should feature 6GB of RAM, further enhancing its power. With these specs on board, you won’t have to worry about running heavy apps or games on the device as it should handle everything thrown at it with ease.


7. Cheap Xiaomi Mi 5S Price

Xiaomi Mi 5S Price

Yes, this seems to be a common highlight of all Xiaomi products. The Mi 5S is rumored to start at an amazing 1999 Yuan! If true, this would be an amazing price tag for the phone! However, to be honest, a pricing of 2499 Yuan – 2999 Yuan ($375-$450) sounds realistic. But then, Chinese manufacturers have surprised us in the past and we could see one such surprise tomorrow as well.


Do remember that there should be two phones announced tomorrow, the Mi 5S and the Mi 5S Plus!  We will be covering the Mi 5S launch tomorrow, so stay tuned to gizmochina for all updates about Xiaomi’s conference.




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  • Tommi

    No AMOLED screen, if we believe those leak pictures.

    • NextHype

      Dunno ’bout LCD vs AMOLED but it’s pretty sure it won’t have curved screen

    • balcobomber25

      Personally I hope it is LCD, I like the more natural look of the colors on LCD.

  • NextHype

    WTF with the big-ass home button ?
    Some pics with it, some pics without.
    I hope this is fake because it’s ugly af.

    They couldn’t fail one time on a silly little rectangular home button on Mi5 and then fail again with a big-ass round halo home button on Mi5S… can’t be.

  • Frank Wu

    Really hope they use Qualcomm’s Clear Sight camera system on the dual lens phone!!

  • balcobomber25

    Really wish they would include US LTE bands but we all know it’s going to be 1,3 and 7 like usual.

    • Nico

      Hi Balco, hope you are well. If Xiaomi release only two variants (6GB Ram) with 64GB en 256GB storage, in your opinion what will be the price after resellers? I believe that the 64GB storage version will be sold around $450+.

      • balcobomber25

        Depends on the initial prices in China. The problem with Xiaomi is they don’t work with many resellers directly, meaning most resellers are paying full retail. If Xiaomi sticks to its 1999 yuan price point for the base model, as it has done with nearly every other Mi(#) release I would expect it anywhere from a low of $400 to a high of $475 on resellers. But it all comes down to that Chinese price.

        • Nico

          I agree with you Balco, it might be more interesting to buy the Xiaomi MI5 with 64GB storage which is getting much more attention because of its current price nowadays. I could get it below 300€ without shipping, I also like a lot the Honor 8 which is sold around 400€ in France. I am willing to save some money so I might consider the Redmi Note 3 Pro Special Edition with full FDD LTE frequencies used in France. I am wondering if the Redmi 4 equipped with SD625 will be released tomorrow. What do you think? I was also tempted to get the Redmi Note 4 but after watching some reviews most of the testers said that the Redmi Note 3 Pro with its SD650 is still a better phone. Of course they mentioned that the RN4 has a better design and built quality. It is difficult to make the right decision.

          • balcobomber25

            I am a little biased because I own a Honor 8 but it is an amazing phone. The Mi5 was actually the first Mi(#) phone I didn’t buy because of the lack of US LTE bands. But the 5 is a very good phone in it’s own right.

          • Nico

            At the end what is your preference in terms of size? Do you miss 5.5″ size or you prefer 5.2″ size?

          • balcobomber25

            I have no preference really as long as it is above 5 and below 6 I can use it. 5.2-5.5 would be my sweet spot though.

          • Nico

            Thank you for your feedback!

  • vamprittdeGamma

    no mSD slot no deal.. what a waste.. NEXT!!!!