Choosing a smartphone in today’s world is a lot harder than just trusting a renowned brand. The biggest example of that is the current fiasco Samsung is facing with their Galaxy Note7. Users are now looking for more, and manufacturers are ever ready to give them just that. But with “more” comes a bigger price tag, and that is something everyone isn’t too comfortable with. It is, for this very reason, Chinese manufacturers have made such a huge impact on the market over these past few years. One of them – Xiaomi – has in particular, given the mid-range buyers a chance to experience flagship-esque devices for a very (and I stress, VERY) affordable cost. Their latest addition comes bearing the name of Mi 5s Plus and here is a basic review of it.
A Unique Design
Xiaomi products have a knack for beating the odds and looking absolutely stunning while being aggressively affordable and that trait carries forward to the Mi 5s Plus as well. The device is made entirely of metal and comes in two variants. The first one has a shiny, brushed metal look that will definitely stand out in any room. The other is a more subtle frosted matte variant that looks just as spectacular. Available in Gold, Dark Gray, Silver, and Rose Gold color options, customers have very appealing, not to mention, very difficult choice in picking their favorite.
The overall design is subtly stylish with the display taking up most of the front panel along with the secondary camera, earpiece, and sensors on the top. The capacitive buttons for Recent, Home, and Back are placed on the bottom. The left side houses the SIM tray while the right side has the power and volume buttons. On the top, there is a 3.5mm headphone jack beside an IR blaster while the bottom houses the speaker grilles and a USB Type-C port. The back panel is where the excitement is, however. The primary camera module along with the flash takes up center stage with the fingerprint sensor placed below that. The Mi logo is found towards the bottom, as usual.
Xiaomi decided to take their latest flagship to the next level with the top-of-the-line hardware and software alike. On the front, the device sports a 5.7-inch Full HD display that has a 1920x1080p resolution and a 386ppi pixel density. In the memory department, the Mi 5s Plus comes with a 4GB RAM backed up with 64GB of internal storage. For those seeking more power, there is also a 6GB RAM variant that also has 128GB of storage. Powering the device is the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor that clocks in at a very impressive 2.35GHz. For superior graphics, there is an Adreno 530 GPU as well. Battery life has become a very important feature for smartphones these days and Xiaomi understands that. That is why they have included a 3800mAh battery in the Mi 5s Plus which can easily last for 2 days without requiring a charge.
The primary camera module houses dual 13-megapixel sensors. One for capturing black and white images and videos, while the other captures colored images and videos. It has features like PDAF, HDR, Facial Recognition, 4K video recording, and a number of filters to enhance every photograph. On the front, the secondary shooter has a 4-megapixel sensor for amazing selfies. Below the primary camera is a very responsive fingerprint sensor that adds security to the device and brings wireless payments through NFC.
All in all, the Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus is a device that can stand out from the rest in terms of build quality, specifications, and performance. With its remarkable asking price, the device is surely out to grab more than the attention of buyers around the world.