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.
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.
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.
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