After a successful launch of the Xiaomi Mi5 at MWC earlier this year, the Lei Jun-led Chinese firm is all set to launch two new flagships in the form of the Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus on September 27th. Among the two, the Xiaomi Mi5s Plus is allegedly a bigger and more powerful version of Xiaomi Mi5 (review) that is quite similar to the Mi Note phablet launched by the company last year.
As expected, Xiaomi Mi5s has been the centre of a number of leaks and rumours, with a majority of them originating from the company’s homeland of China. Incidentally, the brand itself is leaking a number of details on social networking site Weibo to keep the hype going. Well, this isn’t new though, as Xiaomi’s counterpart OnePlus also follows a similar strategy prior to launch.
At the back of the smartphone lies the much touted rear camera setup with dual LED flash and a Mi logo to the bottom. It’s also worth noting that both the Xiaomi Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus will come with a similar design with the only major difference being in the dimensions of the phones.
The most interesting feature of the Xiaomi Mi5s Plus’ display however, will be the support for 3D touch. Just in case you are unaware, this is the same technology that was first adopted by the iPhone 6S and the Huawei Mate S. This basically makes use of an embedded Taptic engine that produces haptic feedback for generating the 3D touch feel. A leaked screenshot circulating on Weibo, clearly shows that Xiaomi has tweaked around their software to make of this 3D touch feature.
Apart from that, the Xiaomi Mi 5s will come with 64GB of onboard storage and 4GB of RAM. The Mi 5s Plus on the other hand, will come with 128GB of internal storage space and 6GB of RAM on board. Going by previous Mi range of devices from the company, we can expect Xiaomi to skip the microSD card slot in both its new devices.
A notable improvement on the software of the Xiaomi Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus would be the support for a 3D touch. A screenshot that’s currently making rounds on Weibo reveal that on pressing hard on an icon on the home screen, a pop up showing various options related to the app will crop up. This is pretty similar to the implementation seen on the iPhones. Considering, Xiaomi’s experience in developing clean yet useful MIUI ROMs, the 3D touch feature may indeed be brought to good use by the company.
The Chinese firm has also teased a number of images that are claimed to be shot using the Xiaomi Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus. Well, they are really wonderful and clearly depicts what the cameras are capable off. However, do note that these images are always shot by professionals and probably heavily edited to make them look pleasing to the eye.
There you go, here’s all that’s known about the Xiaomi Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus for now. Do stay tuned for our coverage tomorrow, where we will be bringing you details of all the proceeding that’s taking place in China. Till then, let us know if you are excited about this new smartphone from Xiaomi?
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