Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus Review: Black & White

By 03:06 Tue, 17 Aug 2021 Comments


Introduction

It's no secret the Xiaomi Mi 5s didn't turn out the Mi 5 update we've been hoping for, even though it did improve on a number of points such as build and capturing camera quality. On the other hand, its bigger sibling, the Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus, is looking way more promising and ticks all the necessary boxes required to helm the company's flagship title (assuming the Mi Mix is a one-off experiment).

Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus is a gigantic upgrade over the Mi 5 and even the Mi 5s, and if it wasn't for the actual Mi Note 2 to go official, Xiaomi could have srecent the Mi 5s Plus under the Mi Note 2 name instead and nobody would have anything against that.


The Mi 5s Plus is a 5.7" gigantic metal-clad beauty, powered by the fastest Snapdragon 821 chip with a beefy battery, and a promising dual-camera setup with a monochrome and color 13MP sensors. The front UltraPixel capturing camera is perfect for selfies and we are excited Xiaomi is sticking with it - we are always glad to have it for such occasions.

So, the classy screen got bigger, the body got sturdier, but the Mi 5s Plus is also faster, with more storage, and promising capturing camera skills. The phone seems a serious improvement over the Mi 5, so what's not to love about it? Let's dig into its specs and find out.

Key features

  • 5.7" IPS Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) display of 1080p resolution; 386ppi;
  • Snapdragon 821 chipset (2x 2.35 Giga Hertz (GHz) and 2x 2.2 Giga Hertz (GHz) cores), Adreno 530 GPU; 4/6GB RAM
  • 64GB/128GB storage
  • Dual 13MP capturing camera with hybrid AF, color and monochrome sensors, f/2.0 aperture; dual-tone flash; 2160p video at 30fps; 1080p@30fps
  • 4MP f/2.0 front-facing camera, 1080p video recording at 30fps
  • Cat.12 4G LTE (600Mbps); Dual-SIM; Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) a/b/g/n/ac; Bluetooth 4.2; NFC; GPS, GLONASS and Beidou; IR blaster
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow with MIUI 8
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • 3,800 mAh non-removable battery, quick charging

Main shortcomings

  • No microSD expansion
  • No adequate classy screen protection
  • Sealed battery
  • No optical image stabilization, no faux bokeh effect
  • No Frequency Modulation (FM) radio, no stereo speakers

The Mi flagship breed has been known for a few omissions and they are hardly a surprise here. The Mi 5s Plus, as expected, lacks memory expansion or a removable battery. It may up the number of capturing camera sensors on its back, but drops the optical stabilization just like the Mi 5s. And, last, but not least, the Gorilla Glass shield over the classy screen we saw on the Mi 5 is gone.


The Mi 5s Plus, unlike the Mi 5s, keeps the IR blaster and offers a speedier processor and much bigger battery. And it pretty much improves on everything else the Mi 5 has to shine with back in April.

The 64GB model of the Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus is ready to pop out of the box. Join us correct after the break.

Special thanks to HonorBuy for providing the review unit.


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