Xiaomi has unveiled the Mi 4S, an upgrade to the Mi 4 and its much anticipated flagship smartphone, the Xiaomi Mi 5 in Beijing, China.
The Xiaomi Mi 5 will be available in three versions – there’s a standard edition featuring 3GB LPDD4 RAM and 32GB inbuilt storage priced at CNY 1,999 (approximately 63,000 Naira) and a higher version featuring 3GB LPDD4 RAM and 64GB storage priced at CNY 2,299 (approximately 72,000 Naira).
Xiaomi Mi 5 also has an exclusive edition featuring 4GB LPDD4 RAM and 128GB storage priced at CNY 2,699 (approximately 84,000 Naira). It comes in Black, White, Gold and Rose colour variants.
The Xiaomi Mi 4S on the other hand is priced at CNY 1699 (that’s about 52,000 Naira) and will be available in Black, Gold, Purple, and White colour options. Both phones are scheduled to go on sale starting from the 1st of March 2016.
The Xiaomi Mi 4S comes with a 5.00-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels at a PPI of 441 pixels per inch. Powering it is an hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM.
The smartphone packs 64GB of internal storage that can be expanded via a microSD card. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Xiaomi Mi 4S packs a 13-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel front shooter for selfies.
The Xiaomi Mi 4S runs Android 6 and is powered by a 3260mAh non removable battery. It sports 4G, other connectivity options and sensors found on contemporary smartphones.
The dual-SIM (Nano + Nano) Xiaomi Mi 5 features a 5.15-inch full-HD (1080 x 1920 pixels) with curved 3D Ceramic glass, and a pixel density of 428ppi. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor coupled with Adreno 530 GPU.
It sports a 16-megapixel rear camera with PDAF (phase detection autofocus) and LED flash. The rear camera also sports 4-axis OIS (optical image stabilisation) and sapphire glass protection lens.
The smartphone supports 4K video recording. It also sports a 4-Ultrapixel front camera, with 2-micron pixels.
The Mi 5 packs a 3000mAh battery and supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, which Xiaomi said is 20% faster than its predecessor, the Quick Charge 2.0. Connectivity options on the phone include VoLTE support, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/ac, 4G, Bluetooth 4.2, Glonass, and NFC.
The Xiaomi Mi 5 is made to compete directly with other flagship devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S7 and iPhone 6s.
A big addition to the Mi 5 is its fingerprint scanner. The smartphone also sports a physical home button right below the screen as rumoured.