Xiaomi has announced a high-end version of its popular Mi 5 smartphone, the Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus. The new models are very much geared to going head-to-head with Apple’s new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, with very similar specs and form-factor. We first heard it was on the way back in June.
The Mi 5s offers a 12MP camera using a Sony 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor for the same large pixels we’ve already seen on the Nexus 6P and HTC 10. There’s a wide aperture f/2 lens, and a dual-tone flash for more accurate colors for both outdoor and indoor shots. Video is 4K at 60fps. The Mi5s Plus goes one better with a dual-camera setup similar to that used by Huawei and Apple, though Xiaomi has opted for a combination of color and black-and-white sensors rather than a wide-angle and telephoto lens.
The most advanced new feature is an ultrasonic fingerprint reader embedded into the display …
Engadget reports that although the reader is under the glass, there is a small indent in the screen to help your finger locate the scanner. Ultrasonic fingerprint readers are the most accurate available, even beating out Apple’s own Touch ID sensor.
The processor is the latest Snapdragon 821, paired to up to 4GB RAM and 128GB storage in the standard model and a maximum 6GB RAM in the Plus model. The screen is 1080p, and is force-sensitive.
Both models go on pre-order in China on September 29, the Mi 5s priced at an impressive 2,299 yuan ($345), the Plus at 2,599 yuan ($390). There’s no word yet on when the new handsets will go on sale in the U.S. or elsewhere.