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    September 27, 2016

    Xiaomi unveils the Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus with an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor

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    Xiaomi has unveiled an update to its flagship in the form of the Mi 5s and the Mi 5s Plus, both of which make use of a new ultrasonic fingerprint scanner.

    The wait is over – Xiaomi has officially unveiled two new flagship smartphones as an update to the Mi 5; enter the Xiaomi Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus – two new all-metal contenders which come equipped with new, ultrasonic fingerprint scanning technology.

    The Mi 5s eschews the glass back found on the Mi 5 to become fully metallic and adds in Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 821 SoC. Featuring up to 128GB of internal storage with 4GB of RAM, both Xiaomi’s new smartphone and its Plus-size sibling feature a new improvement that comes – quite literally – under the hood: an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner.

    Read: Xiaomi’s Mi 5s is reportedly pictured in an early leak

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    Lei Jun on stage with the Mi 5s.

    Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun cited that Xiaomi had actually begun developing an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner for inclusion aboard the Mi 5, but decided to follow through with a capacitive button instead – a subject of distaste in our Mi 5 review.

    An ultrasonic fingerprint scanner is actually a cheaper endeavour for manufacturers to produce, as it does away with the necessity for a costly cut-out on a smartphone’s front panel. The end result – featured aboard the Mi 5s – is a subtle dent which guides a user’s finger over the sensor and eliminates the need for a button.

    For the photographer, the Mi 5s launches with a 12-megapixel camera with large 1.55um pixel sites and a fast f/2.0 aperture. The device is capable of recording 4K video at 30fps, while its front camera captures your selfies with a 4-megapixel sensor, f/2.0 aperture, 80-degree lens, and video capture up to 1080p.

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    The ultrasonic fingerprint scanner.

    The device packs in a 3,200mAh battery and a 1080 display, and its base model supports 64GB of non-expandable internal storage and 3GB of RAM. Force touch sensitivity joins the specs roster as well.

    The larger Mi 5s Plus sports a 5.7″ screen, a larger 3,800mAh battery, a rear fingerprint scanner, and a 13-megapixel dual-lens camera set up as the Huawei P9 is – with one colour lens while the other is monochrome.

    The Mi 5s will begin selling in China for about $300 USD, while the higher end version will cost around $345 USD, while its larger brother will begin at $345 and end at $390 USD.

    Read: Xiaomi Redmi 3 Review: Bringing Sexy Back

    What are your thoughts? Would you buy Xiaomi’s new flagship, or settle for a Mi 5? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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