Xiaomi Mi 5s review

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NETWORK Technology GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE
LAUNCH Announced 2016, September
Status Available. Released 2016, October
BODY Dimensions 145.6 x 70.3 x 8.3 mm (5.73 x 2.77 x 0.33 in)
Weight 145 g (5.11 oz)
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAY Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.15 inches (~71.4% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels (~428 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection To be confirmed
– MIUI 8.0
– 3D Touch display (128 GB, 4 GB RAM model)
PLATFORM OS Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821
CPU Quad-core (2×2.15 GHz Kryo & 2×1.6 GHz Kryo)
GPU Adreno 530
MEMORY Card slot No
Internal 64 GB, 3 GB RAM or 128 GB, 4 GB RAM
CAMERA Primary 12 MP, f/2.0, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, check quality
Features 1/2.3″ sensor size, 1.55µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, panorama, auto-HDR
Video 2160p@30fps, 1080p@120fps, check quality
Secondary 4 MP, f/2.0, 1/3″ sensor size, 2µm pixel size, 1080p
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, LE
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
NFC Yes
Radio No
USB Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
Browser HTML5
Java No
– Fast battery charging: 83% in 30 min (Quick Charge 3.0)
– MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.265 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
– Photo/video editor
– Document viewer
BATTERY Non-removable 3200 mAh battery
MISC Colors Silver, Gray, Gold, Rose Gold
Price group 7/10
TESTS Performance Basemark OS II: 2507 / Basemark OS II 2.0: 2378
Basemark X: 36240
Display Contrast ratio: 1294:1 (nominal), 3.276 (sunlight)
Camera Photo / Video
Loudspeaker Voice 64dB / Noise 70dB / Ring 84dB
Audio quality Noise -89.6dB / Crosstalk -85.5dB
Battery life
Endurance rating 84h

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Introduction

The Mi 5 went on sale in April and the market has changed quite a bit since then. While Xiaomi is having a very successful year so far, especially with the mid-range Redmi series, the competition in the higher-end is unprecedented. In the wake of the Galaxy Note7 demise, the iPhone 7 release, and the V20 stepping up LG’s game, Xiaomi is shifting the spotlight back to the Mi flagships with its new Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus updates.

Xiaomi Mi 5s review

The Xiaomi Mi 5s takes after where the Mi 5 left off and makes a few notable steps to improve its flagship status – it switches to the latest Snapdragon 821 chip, ups the base storage, and the most obvious change – it retires the glass panels in favor of a metal unibody.

The main camera is one of the highlights of the series, and while the Mi 5s wasn’t treated with the dual-camera upgrade, it’s sensor is as premium as it can get. Instead of the small 16MP 1/2.8″ sensor, the Mi 5s offers a bigger 12MP 1/2.3″ one. The sensor’s pixels grew 40% bigger thanks to the bigger estate and smaller resolution, which will help the Mi 5s resolve more detail and capture more light in the long run.

Finally, there is more battery juice available to the new MIUI 8 and, in combination with the power-efficient Snapdragon 821 chip, our expectations are quite high.

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