Xiaomi took the lid off of the Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus this morning, and they’re easily the nicest phones we’ve ever seen from the company. They’ll also be some of the first phones to use Qualcomm’s improved Snapdragon 821 CPU.
The Mi 5s is the base model for the new flagships, sporting a Snapdragon 821, either 3 or 4GB of RAM, a fingerprint scanner, and a 12-megapixel rear camera. It’s the more compact model of the two with a 5.15-inch full HD IPS display.
You’ll also get a 3,000mAh battery plus USB-C with Quick Charge 3.0, and Android 6.0 with MIUI 8 overlaid on top.
The Mi 5s Plus is a slightly upgraded version of the phone with a bigger screen (obviously) but also an improved camera setup, processor, and more RAM.
Instead of a 5.1-inch screen, you’ll find a 5.7-inch full HD display, and the Plus is Xiaomi’s first dual-camera phone, offering two 13-megapixel cameras on the back that are capable of shooting 4K video. The Snapdragon 821 CPU in the Plus is clocked slightly higher (2.35GHz as opposed to 2.15GHz) and the base model comes standard with 4GB of RAM, although you’ll have an option to swing for the 6GB version that also has 128GB of internal storage.
Like the smaller Mi 5s, you’ll get Android 6.0 with an MIUI skin and a USB-C charging port, but the battery is significantly bigger at 3,800mAh.
In typical Xiaomi fashion, these devices are priced aggressively. The Mi 5s will cost $300 and $345 for the 3GB/64GB and 4GB/128GB versions, respectively, while the Mi 5s Plus will cost $345 and $390 for the 4GB/64GB and 6GB/128GB, respectively.
The devices are available in gold, rose gold, silver, and white (no black option, curiously enough) and will be available in China later this week.