Chinese phone manufacturer Xiaomi has unveiled its new Mi 5s and Mi 5s plus handsets, the brand’s direct competitors to the Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.
The devices aren’t going to set the tech world alight, offering mostly expected updates like faster processing speeds and an improved display but there are a couple of eyebrow-raising new features. Chiefly, its new ultrasonic fingerprint reader which sits underneath the glass screen.
This ultrasonic sensor should, according to Xiaomi, enable more accurate and consistent results, even when your fingers are wet or dirty — something with which the iPhone has always struggled. But as yet nobody has had their hands on the device, so it’s hard to say for sure whether Xiaomi has the tech to back up its claims.
Another big feature pushed by the cheeky Chinese company was the new dual-camera system on the Mi 5s Plus. It sounds familiar because it’s exactly the same system Apple adopted for its iPhone 7 Plus. Xiaomi says both devices feature a Sony CMOS image sensor powering a 12-megapixel camera (the same as the iPhone 7), with dual-tone LED flash (the iPhone 7 boasts quad-tone) and 4K video recording (again, just like the iPhone 7).
Other specifications revealed include that both Xiaomi models offer up to 128GB of storage, and the 5s has up to 4GB of RAM and the Plus up to 6GB of RAM. The Mi 5s has a 5.1-inch, 1080p display with pressure sensitivity, while the 5s Plus has a 5.7-inch display.
As is often the case with new Xiaomi products, we’re yet to receive details of a U.S. or European release, but prices have been unveiled for the Chinese drop. For 1,999 yuan ($300) you can cop the base model Mi 5s with 64GB storage with 3GB of RAM, and the high-end version (128GB storage / 4GB RAM) will go for 2,299 yuan ($344). The base model of the 5s Plus (64GB storage / 4GB of RAM) will be priced at 2,299 yuan ($344), and the high-end model (128GB storage / 6GB RAM) will sell for 2,599 yuan ($390). The cheapest iPhone retails at $649.
Stay tuned for more details.
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- Source: Gadgets360