Xiaomi Mi 5S

Xiaomi today announced its latest flagship smartphone, the Mi 5S. Succeeding the Mi 5 that was launched earlier this year, the Xiaomi Mi 5S comes with a 5.15 inch Full HD display, 4 GB RAM, 128 GB UFS 2.0 storage and Snapdragon 821 processor. Xiaomi launched it alongside the Mi 5S Plus and the Mi TV. The phone runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and comes with the latest MIUI 8 update out of the box.

Xiaomi Mi 5S Pros

  • 5.15 inch Full HD display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, Adreno 530 GPU
  • Ultrasonic Fingerprint sensor
  • 12 MP main camera, Sony IMX378 sensor, dual LED flash
  • 4 MP front camera, 2um pixel size
  • 4K video recording, slow-mo 720p @ 30 FPS
  • 3 GB / 4 GB LPDDR4 RAM
  • 64 GB / 128 GB UFS 2.0 storage

Xiaomi Mi 5S Cons

  • 3200 mAh battery

Xiaomi Mi 5S Specifications

Key SpecsXiaomi Mi 5S
Display5.15 inch IPS LCD LED Backlit
Screen ResolutionFull HD 1920x1080 pixels, ~428 PPI
Operating SystemAndroid 6.0.1 Marshmallow with MIUI 8
Processor 2.15 GHz quad-core
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 821
Memory3 GB / 4 GB LPDDR4 RAM
Inbuilt Storage 64 GB / 128 GB UFS 2.0
Storage UpgradeNo
Primary Camera12 MP, dual LED flash, PDAF
Video recording2160p @ 30 FPS, slow-mo 720p @ 120 FPS
Secondary Camera4 MP with 2 microns size pixel
Battery 3200 mAh , USB Type C, Quick Charge 3.0
Fingerprint SensorYes, Ultrasonic FP
4G readyYes
SIM card typeDual SIM, nano+nano
Weight145 GMs
Price 3 GB - CNY 1,999
4 GB - CNY 2,299

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Question: Does the Xiaomi Mi 5S have dual SIM Slots?

Answer: Yes, it has dual SIM slots, both support nano SIM cards.

Question: Does the Xiaomi Mi 5S have microSD expansion option?

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Answer: No, the device does not support microSD expansion.

Question: What are the color options?

Answer: The device will be available in Silver, Dark Gray, Gold and Rose Gold color options.

Question: Does the Xiaomi Mi 5S have the 3.5 mm headphone jack?

Answer: Yes, the device comes with a 3.5 mm audio jack.

Question: What all sensor does it have?

Answer: The Xiaomi Mi 5S comes with fingerprint sensor, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass and a barometer.

Question: What are the dimensions?

Answer: 145.6 x 70.3 x 8.3 mm.

Question: What is the SoC used in the Xiaomi Mi 5S?

Answer: The Xiaomi Mi 5S comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 821.

Question: How is the display of the Xiaomi Mi 5S?

Xiaomi Mi 5S

Answer: The Xiaomi Mi 5S comes with a 5.1 inch full HD IPS LCD display. It has a pixel density of ~428 ppi.

Question: Does the Xiaomi Mi 5S support Adaptive Brightness?

Answer: Yes, it supports adaptive brightness.

Question: Which OS version, OS type runs on the phone?

Answer: The device runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Question: Does it have capacitive buttons or on-screen buttons?

Answer: The device comes with capacitive touch buttons.

Question: Does it come with a fingerprint sensor?

Answer: Yes, it comes with a fingerprint sensor.

Question: Can we Play 4K Videos on Xiaomi Mi 5S?

Answer: No, the device can only play videos up to full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution.

Question: Is Fast Charging supported on the Xiaomi Mi 5S?

Answer: Yes, the device supports fast charging.

Question: Does it support USB OTG?

Answer: Yes, it supports USB OTG.

Question: Does it come with a Gyroscope sensor?

Answer: Yes, it comes with a gyroscope sensor.

Question: Is it waterproof?

Answer: No, the device is not waterproof.

Question: Does it have NFC?

Answer: Yes, the device comes with NFC.

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Question: How good is the camera quality of the Xiaomi Mi 5S?

Answer: The Xiaomi Mi 5S comes with a 12 MP primary camera with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus and dual-LED flash. On the front, the device features a 4 MP secondary camera with f/2.0 aperture.

We haven’t tested the Xiaomi Mi 5S yet. Once we have done our testing, we will post more details in the review.

Question: Does it have Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)?

Answer: No, the device does not come with OIS.

Question: Is there any dedicated camera shutter button on the Xiaomi Mi 5S?

Answer: No, it does not have any dedicated camera shutter button.

Question: What is the weight of the Xiaomi Mi 5S?

Answer: The device weighs 145 grams.

Question: How loud is the loudspeaker?

Answer: We are yet to test the loudspeaker quality. We will confirm this after testing the device.

Question: Can the Xiaomi Mi 5S be connected to a Bluetooth headset?

Answer: Yes, the can be connected to a Bluetooth headset.

Question: Is Mobile Hotspot Internet Sharing supported?

Answer: Yes, you can create hotspot to share internet from this device.


Xiaomi continues to impress us with its high-on-value, low-on-cost devices across price segments. The Mi 5S takes over from the Mi 5 that was launched 6 months ago, and it does very well to be called a flagship. The phone comes with almost all high end specs, save for the display. Again, considering the price, the value versus cost ratio is exceedingly in favour of value, so there is nothing that you can complain about. On paper, the Mi 5 looks like a very good smartphone. We will test the phone thoroughly once it’s available and let you know how it fares in real world.