Xiaomi Mi5s: Sensational Technology at an Affordable Price

The much hyped Xiaomi Mi5s has been officially announced & released and fuses together elegant design and powerful internals.  The world knows Xiaomi for producing devices that offer best value for the money and gives competitors a hard run for their money. It manages to do so without comprising on features and the Mi5s is no exception.

Mi5s’s ceramic body and brushed metal makes the phone really stand out from the crowd, while the ultra-high brightness display outperforms other displays in the same price range. Mi5s is equipped with QUALCOMM Sense ID ultrasonic fingerprint sensor for ultimate security and convenience. Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor and equipped with 3/4 GB RAM, Mi5s is ready to meet any performance challenge and future proofs your investment. The SONY camera sensor makes sure you capture all your memories in detail, while the responsive fingerprint sensor is there to further enhance the user experience. Xiaomi checked most of the boxes that customers expect in a feature rich phone. Considering its price, the device is a real bargain and offers excellent value. Let’s have a look at the key specifications.


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Parts Specs
Supported Networks GSM/HSPA/LTE and CDMA/EVDO (Market Dependent)
SIM Card Dual Nano-SIM, Dual Standby
Dimensions and weight 145.6 x 70.3 x 8.3 mm, 145 grams
Display 5.5 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen,

1080 x 1920 pixels @ 428ppi

Operating System Android Marshmallow further sweetened with MIUI 8.0
Chipset/CPU/GPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Quadcore processor, Adreno 530
RAM/Storage 3GB/64GB and 5GB/128GB
Camera 12MP SONY Sensor, f/2.0, dual LED,

dual tone flash, 2160p video recording @30fps, 1080p @ 120fps

Front camera 4MP supporting 1080p recording
 Connectivity Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac dual-band, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS,

BDS, NFC, Infrared, Usb Type C 1.0 port

Sensors Fingerprint, proximity, accelerometer, compass, gyro, barometer
Battery 3200mAh non-removable battery, Quick Charge 3.0 (83% in 30 minutes)



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  • Unibody design
  • Snappy processor
  • Generous internal storage
  • Ultrafast fingerprint reader
  • Very bright display



Pros and Cons

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  • Excellent performance
  • Decent battery life
  • Feature-rich MIUI 8.0
  • Excellent sunlight readability
  • Decent camera
  • Faster data transfers
  • Charges quickly

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  • No Optical Image Stabilization
  • Metal body as slippery as the Mi5
  • Limited availability



Mi5s features a relatively better build quality compared to its predecessor Mi5 and feels solid in hand. The ceramic body and brushed metal makes the phone an elegant-looking device. The alloy unibody is also a welcome change compared to the glass rear of Mi5. It’s also easy to use with one hand, thanks to narrower screen bezels and streamlined profile. Considering the 5.5 inch display and respectable 3200 mAh battery, the weight is also acceptable at 145 grams.


Powered by Snapdragon 821 processor and 3/4GB of RAM, Mi5S is ready to meet any performance challenge and performs exceptionally well in all kind of tasks. You shouldn’t experience any hiccups while multitasking or loading heavy apps in parallel. The internals pack enough raw power to satisfy needs of even the most demanding of users.


The 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display offers vivid and accurate colors, great viewing angles and most importantly superb sunlight readability, thanks to brightness topping out at 650 lux. However, the black border around the screen is still there, which may not please many users. However, Xiaomi tried to cleverly hide that using wallpapers with blackish backgrounds so you may not notice them if you avoid using whitish wallpapers.

Battery life

You should be able to get pretty decent battery life from the phone as Mi5s is an improvement over its predecessor in the battery department. Combine that with Quick Charge 3.0, which allows you to charge up to 83% in just 30 minutes, you are unlikely to frequently run out of juice.


The 12MP SONY sensor lacks Optical Image Stabilization, which may be disappointing for many as Mi5’s camera supports the feature. The low-light performance also isn’t so good, but the phone still manages to capture some good and detailed images under the right lighting conditions. However, the 1080p recording mode supports Digital Image Stabilization, which rectifies the complaints to some extent. The front facing cam is also OK for video calling, Skype and taking selfies, but doesn’t offer anything special.


Mi5s strikes the right balance between affordability, design performance and functionality. Although the camera is not among the best and lacks Optical Image Stabilization, it still manages to take some decent photos. The lack of memory expandability may be a problem for many, but the phone comes with at least 64GB of storage so it should not be a real real-breaker. It also improves in the battery department, while there is nothing to complain about performance. If you already own Mi5, you may not have enough reasons to upgrade other than getting higher benchmark scores, somewhat better battery timing and the all-metal design. For others, it’s a real bargain and offers excellent value for the money.

How to buy

Available in Silver, Gold, Deep Gray and Rose Gold, Mi5s is on sale at a discounted price for a limited time period. The following link takes you to the product page where you can get more information about shipping.

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