Differences Between the Xiaomi Mi5, Mi5S, and Mi5S Plus

Xiaomi has recently announced that it has two new smartphones being released: the Mi5S and Mi5S Plus. Both of these phones will include the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor while running on both MIUI 8 and Android 6.0.

Who is Xiaomi?

For those who want a little more background information: Xiaomi is a Chinese electronics company with a headquarters in Beijing. It produces items such as mice, rice cookers, air purifiers, and tablets, just to list off a few products.

Not only does it produce all of those items, it is the world’s 4th largest smartphone producer. Any Mi or Redmi phone is produced by Xiaomi.

The MIUI (which is pronounced as “Me-you-I”) mentioned in the first paragraph stands for Mi User Interface. It is the interface used by Xiaomi in Mi devices.

Display, Resolution, Processor, and RAM

There’s a lot to compare when talking about phone features. Some of the primary features consumers will often wonder about will be how large the product’s display is or how fast it runs.

Well, here is all of that information within the same place!

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  • Mi5: 5.15 inch display; 1080×1920 pixels; Snapdragon 820 dual-core processor with 2.15GHz speed; 3GB/4GBxiaomi-mi-5-s
  • Mi5S: 5.15 inch display; 1080×1920 pixels; Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor with 2.15GHz speed; 3GB/4GBmi5-s-plus
  • Mi5S Plus: 5.7 inch display; 1080×1920 pixels; Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor with 2.35GHz speed; 4GB/6GB

OS, Internal Storage, Memory Card Support, and SIM Type

After wondering about how fast or large a product is, many will begin to wonder about how much space is available on the phone or what OS it runs on. After all, both of these can have a large impact on what apps a user can download or use.

Plus, almost everyone has had an issue with how much storage is left on their devices at one point or another.

So let’s take a look at each phone and see what it has.

  • Mi5: Android 6.0 with MIUI 7; 32GB/64GB/128GB; No Memory Card Support; Dual SIM
  • Mi5S: Android 6.0 with MIUI 8; 64GB/128GB; No Memory Card Support; Dual SIM (nano and nano)
  • Mi5S Plus: Android 6.0 with MIUI 8; 64GB/128GB; No Memory Card Support; Dual SIM (nano and nano)

Primary and Secondary Camera

For some people, especially those of the younger generation, this may be a make-or-break deal when looking for a phone.

The primary camera is the camera on the back of the phone. It’s pretty common that this will have a higher quality than the secondary camera.

The secondary camera is what people typically use for selfies or a group picture because it’s the camera on the front of the phone. This isn’t as high quality as the camera on the back.

  • Mi5: 16 megapixels; 4 megapixels
  • Mi5S: 12 megapixels; 4 megapixels
  • Mi5S Plus: 13 megapixels; 4 megapixels

Fingerprint Sensor

This is a feature all 3 of the phones have! So for anyone who is very concerned about the security of their phone, these phones are very secure!

For those who might be wondering why would I want a fingerprint scanner? Let me explain!

It’s much easier to use than a password, pattern, or pin number that you enter into your phone to unlock it. And while it is possible to hack through a fingerprint locked phone, that’s true of any security lock. But more often than not, it will be harder to hack into a fingerprint scanner.

With an optical scanner, it’s much easier to get into as it simply scans over the object placed on its surface. This is very uncommon to find in smartphones.

The most common type of scanner is a capacitive scanner. This tracks and stores data of the object placed upon its surface through a small charge that flashes through the object. This would make it much harder for someone to use a prosthetic or fake skin to hack into your phone because the charge would register differently than normal skin would.

The Mi5S comes with an ultrasonic sensor, which allows the user to just touch their finger to the sensor and ultrasonic sound will be used to map out the details of their fingerprint.

Dimensions, Weight, And Battery

Honestly, this section only matters if you want to see how large the phone is and if it will be too big or feel too heavy in your pocket.

  • Mi5: 144.6 x 69.2 x 7.3 mm; 129 grams; 3000 mAh
  • Mi5S: 145.6 x 70.3 x 8.25 mm; 145 grams; 3200 mAh
  • Mi5S Plus: 154.6 x 77.7 x 7.95 mm; 168 grams; 3800 mAh

Wi-Fi and Other Connectivity

  • Mi5: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac; Bluetooth, GPS, 4G
  • Mi5S: 802.11b/g/n; Bluetooth, GPS, 4G
  • Mi5S Plus: 802.11b/g/n; Bluetooth, GPS, 4G

So you’re likely to understand what Bluetooth, GPS, and 4G are. But you may be wondering: what did you write for the Wi-Fi connectivity?

There’s a lot that could be said about this type of Wi-Fi, which is why I placed this section near the end of the article. It is different generations of Wi-Fi, with ac being the newest and fastest type of Wi-Fi.

Each type has its own pros and cons. For example, 802.11a is the cheapest but it also has the shortest range and there can easily be interference.

802.11ac suffers from some interference, but it is also the fastest Wi-Fi available.

If you would like to read more about Wi-Fi connections and which one you should get in the future, check out this website: http://www.semiconductorstore.com/blog/2014/WiFi-standards-802-11a-b-g-n-vs-802-11ac-Which-is-Best/806

Pricing and Color Availability

Just a quick note to all those who want to know about the colors available: The Mi5 is available in white, black, and gold while the Mi5S and Mi5S Plus are available in gold, rose gold, silver, and white.

For those of you who simply want a good phone for a low price, let’s compare the pricing of each of these phones.

Now the price will be different for each amount of RAM and storage available.

The most expensive version of the Mi5, which includes 4GB RAM and 128GB of storage, it will cost about 2700 yuan, or about USD$413. This price may no longer be accurate as there was a cut on the price of the Mi5 as the Mi5S and Mi5S Plus were released.

For the Mi5S with 3GB RAM and 64 GB storage, it will cost about 1999 yuan, or USD$300.

The Mi5S Plus will cost about 2299 yuan, or USD$350, for 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.

Final Thoughts On the Phones

The MI5S Plus sounds really great for speed, larger displays, and a very good price for how much storage it can hold. But the Mi5 would be better for a high resolution camera and for a smaller phone.

But they each come very close to one another in terms of what would be good to buy.

These are very good products released by Xiaomi in 2016 with some very good attributes to both.

Good luck picking a model to buy and enjoy whatever new phone you get!