Xiaomi Mi5s has the exact same sensor as Google Pixel – but it is still really bad at low light

And it all comes down to software. Xiaomi has all the best hardware in their phones at this point but for some odd reason they seem unable to figure out image and video processing especially when it comes to low light. See review below by Tech Tablets and you will understand what we are talking about.

It is rather disappointing because Xiaomi is one of the only brands in China that actually takes care of their software so here’s to hope that they will continue to improve image processing in further updates.

Xiaomi Mi5s has the exact same sensor as Google Pixel – but it is still really bad at low light

Xiaomi Mi5s is doing great in China in terms of availability

The day that Xiaomi introduced Mi5s, we received the news with a bit of skepticism in terms of its actual availability online. However, unlike Mi5 Pro, Mi5s is not going out of stock nearly as fast, and that’s a good thing.

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As you can see, even right now, at this very moment, you can purchase Mi5s, 128GB version, white/gold/pink. The black model however, is less common in terms of its availability, but if you want it real bad, you can try refresh a few times during the day and you may just get lucky with that one as well.

In addition to that, Mi5s Plus is also available at all times in all sizes, and we expect a healthy increase of sales within China just because they are now able to keep up with the demand (which admittedly may be just lower compared to the Mi5, but still).

So there you have it, Mi5s is not suffering the same faith that Mi5 did at its launch in China. Who knows, maybe Xiaomi just gave up on fancy ceramic options now and is rolling with a bit less exciting designs that can actually be manufactured at a steady pace. Either way, let’s see how rumored Mi Note 2 launch goes in November!

Xiaomi Mi5s is doing great in China in terms of availability

Xiaomi Mi5s Plus FAQ: Specs, Colors, Price, Variants, etc.

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Q. What is the dimensions and weight of the Mi 5s Plus?
A. It is 154.6mm (Length) by 77.7mm (Width) by 7.98mm (Thickness), and weighs 168g. The touchscreen display is 5.7 inch (diagonally).

Q. What is the processor of the Mi 5s Plus?
A. It is equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC, operating at a max speed of 2.35Ghz, powered with Adreno 530 GPU operating at a max speed of 635Mhz.

Q. What is the memory capacity of the Mi 5s Plus?
A. There are 2 variants:
4GB LPDDR4 RAM + 64GB UFS2.0 Internal Memory
6GB LPDDR4 RAM + 128GB UFS2.0 Internal Memory

Q. Does the Mi 5s Plus support external SD card?
A. No, it does not.

Q. What colours are available for the Mi 5s Plus?
A. There are 4 fantastic colours seperately for you to choose from, Grey, Gold, Silver, Rose Pink.

Q. Does the Mi 5s Plus have a fingerprint scanner?
A. Yes, It is located in rear of the device.

Q. What is the Mi 5s Plus battery capacity? Is it removable?
A. No, the battery is non-removable, and it is a 3800mA (typ) / 3700mAh (min) all day battery. It support QC 3.0 QuickCharge.

Q. What is the Mi 5s Plus camera specifications?
A. It is equipped with a dual rear-facing cameras and a single front-facing camera. It support shooting in RAW format.
Rear-facing cameras: It is equipped with a 13MP colour and a 13MP black/white cameras.
Front-facing camera: It is equipped with a 13MP (with a maximum aperture of F/2.0), and a wide angle of view of 80degree.

Q. Does the Mi 5s Plus has NFC? IR Blaster? Bluetooth? WiFi? GPS?
A. Yes, It is equipped with Fully Functional NFC, IR Blaster, Bluetooth (V4.2 & HID), and WiFi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, WiFi Display, WiFi Direct). Yes, there is GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS & BeiDou GPS.

Q. Does the Mi 5s Plus have a 3.5mm Jack out and which type of USB is available?
A. Yes, it retain that 3.5mm jack-out, and it is using Type-C micro-USB.

Q. Does the Mi 5s Plus support 4G LTE? What are the frequency bands?
A. Yes, It is full NetCom 3.0 and 4G+/4G LTE is supported (ONLY in SIM1 slot). The frequency bands are:

Q. Does Mi 5s Plus have hybrid SIM-tray slot?
A. No, Mi 5s is equipped with a dual NANO-SIM tray slot.

Q. What is the RRP of the Mi 5s Plus?
A. The following prices are:
4GB/64GB :RMB2,299 (~USD345)
6G/128GB: RMB 2,599 (~USD390)

Q. Will there be any Global ROM for Mi 5s Plus and hence, when will it be available? When will it b sold globally?
A. There is no details about this at this time of point. Further details will be released soon.

Q. What is the Glass Protection use in Mi 5s Plus?
A. There is no details about this at this time of point. Further details will be released soon.

Thanks, MIUI Forums.

Xiaomi Mi5s Plus FAQ: Specs, Colors, Price, Variants, etc.

Xiaomi Mi5s and Mi5s Plus announced: Snapdragon 821, 6GB RAM, Ultrasonic Fingerprint Reader, 3800mAh, and more

Xiaomi just announced their new flagships – the Mi5s/Mi5s Plus in China. Specs:

  • Snapdragon 821 processor
  • LPDDR4, 4GB of RAM on Mi5s and 6GB of RAM on Mi5s Plus (with 128GB)
  • 12MP IMX 378 f2.0 Sony Camera (sample images) on Mi5s
  • 13MP + 13MP Sony Dual-Camera setup (not IMX 378, has dedicated monochrome sensor) on Mi5s Plus (RAW capable too)
  • World first phone with Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor (video explanation)
  • Up to 128GB of Storage (starting from 64GB on both, UFS 2.0)
  • 5.15″/5.7″ 1080p LED (600 nit) Screen
  • Dual-Sim
  • 3800 mAh Battery on Mi5s Plus
  • 3200 mAh Battery on Mi5s
  • USB C with Quick Charging 3.0
  • NFC (reading, writing, virtualization)
  • 4MP Front-facing camera on both
  • Supported LTE bands: FDD-LTE B1, B3, B5, B7 and B8, TDD-LTE B38, B39, B40 and B41
  • MIUI 8 (built on top of Android 6.0)
  • 3.5mm headphone jack on both
  • Available on September 29 in China on Jd.com and Mi.com
  • Available in other countries soon as well (no timeframe given yet, India most likely to get it first)

Mi5s: $300 (RMB 1999) for 3GB + 64GB and $345 (RMB 2299) for 4GB + 128GB
Mi5s Plus: $345 (RMB 2299) for 4GB + 64GB and $390 (RMB 2599) for 6GB + 128GB

Xiaomi upped their game once again with their flagships. Now they need to bring it outside of China and India if they want to make a bigger splash in the west. Let’s hope Hugo is still working on that.

There is also a case sold separately, working almost exactly like the HTC M8 Dot View case.

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On top of Mi5s, Xiaomi also announced today their new Mi TV 3S 65″ (again, only in China for now). Xiaomi worked on a massive partnership with all major video streaming companies in China. The TV also features AI built into the TV that has computer vision, evolving speech recognition and deep learning. We are however yet to test this in China and see how it really behaves in day-to-day use.

Price of the Mi TV 3S in China will be 4999/5999 RMB ($750/$900) for the TV or TV+Home Theater combo respectively. There is also a smaller 55″ version for 3,499 RMB. Specs/details below:

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Oh, and a wireless microphone $90 for all your KTV needs.

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Xiaomi Mi5s and Mi5s Plus announced: Snapdragon 821, 6GB RAM, Ultrasonic Fingerprint Reader, 3800mAh, and more

Xiaomi Mi5s camera samples revealed, to come with ceramic body and unique fingerprint tech

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Teasers continue, and this time it also includes some dual-camera samples. See below for those. Other than that, the leaks have shown circular home button/fingerprint scanner (ultrasonic), however here we try to stay away from the leaks because often (especially in China) they are not really 100% legit. But these official teasers are.

Just a word of caution to not get your hopes up regarding ceramic: Mi5 Pro, Black, is still extremely hard to get within China, and that one is ceramic. So expect to wait a few months after release of that one if you want to get your hands on it. Either that or Xiaomi figured out how to manufacture more black ceramic now and they can actually ship them into our hands sooner…

Camera samples here:

Xiaomi Mi5s camera samples revealed, to come with ceramic body and unique fingerprint tech