The next big phone from Xiaomi, the Mi 5s Plus has amazing specifications and challenges some top end models with a better pricing.
The new model named the Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus sports a much larger screen measured at 5.7-inches. The IPS display has a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels with 386 pixels per inch. With such a large screen, it could easily go with a QHD display with 2K resolution. However, it is assumed that the company that always prices their phones at a budget price wanted to offer the best value and an excellent battery life.
The choice of SoC is another surprising announcement. The Mi 5s Plus is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 chipset. It is the top end flagship processor from 2016 and the new one is the Snapdragon 835 which is already in demand due to huge orders from Samsung. When top players like LG couldn’t get the new chipset for their G6 smartphone, it’s no wonder Xiaomi has to make do with last year’s best processor. And, it is again a favorable choice for the battery conscious buyers as the lower screen resolution and chipset will lead to much better battery life with the right optimization.
The phone will have choices of 4GB and 6GB RAM with 64GB storage space and an optional 128GB space for the latter variant. It houses a 13 megapixel camera in the rear and a 4 megapixel camera in the front for selfie. There’s an ample 3,800 mAh battery combined with fingerprint sensor, IR sensor and safety glass. The only setback could be the operating system as the phone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and it might take a long time or probably it might never get the Nougat update unless Xiaomi takes some steps. It has shell MIUI user interface wrapped on top of the default Android skin.
At the moment, Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus is available for purchase for a price of $345 for 4+64GB version and $390 for 6+128 GB version. The specifications look really promising and matches several higher end phones from top companies. Having said that, with the right pricing, this phone could take on many of its competitors as it already did last year and Xiaomi is already exceeding profit expectations that made the executives refuse to reveal the annual revenue.