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Farewell To Mi5s in 2017–and To A Whole Era Of Budget-Friendly Flagships

Xiaomi Mi 5S featured

Xiaomi launched the Mi Note 2 immediately after the failure of the Xiaomi Mi 5S, a long anticipated smartphone. Many say the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 closed all the gaps left after the Mi 5S. But actual Mi fans know gaps left by an original Mi line handset can be closed only by another Mi phone. This is conditioned by the fact the Xiaomi Mi line handset have always been priced affordably though they sports high-end features. That’s why the leaks and rumors referring to the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 6 make a huge stir every time someone posts news. The latest info spotted on the Mi 6 concerns the three versions and the launch date pushed back to April. But seems we won’t see any original Mi line handset at a low price tag anymore. According to some assumptions, the Xiaomi Mi 5S will be the last one in this sense.

Xiaomi Mi 5S featured

The Xiaomi Mi 5S is the most unappreciated smartphone I have ever seen. Probably, the main reason of its failure is related with the mismatch of the expectations and reality, as I always say. But the Xiaomi Mi 5S is a great phone, undoubtedly. There are so many high-end features, that I can’t mention its selling point. Well, let’s say the first key feature of the Xiaomi Mi 5S is its camera.

Read the Xiaomi Mi 5S camera review to find more.

Its camera comes with a Sony IMX378 lens (1 / 2.3 inch large sensor). The trump of this camera is the special hack technology called the Eye of Dark Night. It’s a super light sensor capable of taking great photos regardless the light condition. Thanks to this technology every single pixel has more color information. Shortly, this camera provides 77% better photos than lens used in the past years. The photos captured by the Xiaomi Mi 5S are the way better than those taken by the iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. Judge yourself!

Xiaomi Mi 5S camera

Get acquainted with the Xiaomi Mi 5S photos here.

Second, the Xiaomi Mi 5S is the first smartphone of the company sporting under-glass fingerprint scanner. To refresh your mind, this means the sensor is hidden under the glass, below the screen cover.

Xiaomi Mi 5S

The Xiaomi Mi 5S sports a 5.15-inch Full HD display and a Snapdragon 821 SoC. It has been the latest chipset before the launch of the Snapdragon 835 that is going to appear in the Xiaomi Mi 6. Finally, there are few great features such as a built-in 3200mAh battery and NFC support.

This phone corresponds the requirements of a high-end smartphone even when it comes to appearance. The Mi 5S comes in a metal body and different color options – dark gray, silver, gold, and rose gold.

Look at the live pictures of the Xiaomi Mi 5S Gold and Rose Gold.

As you see, the Xiaomi Mi 5S sports incredible features. That’s why it was considered as the Top Chinese Smartphone by foreigners. But there won’t be too many prizes and praises if the Mi 5S wasn’t price low. The lower version was priced at 2299 yuan ($345). I am not talking about different campaigns allowing you to get it for less. The latest Xiaomi Mi 5S deal offered it for only $269.

Xiaomi Mi 5S

However, it’s thought the Mi 5S can be considered as a strategic direction to adjust the ‘watershed’. The Xiaomi Mi MIX and Mi Note 2 sport better features and look more attractive in comparison to the Xiaomi Mi 5S. But they are priced higher as well. So it’s supposed the manufacturer won’t design 2000-yuan flagships anymore not to bury the sales of the aforementioned handsets. Moreover, the technologies used in the upcoming Mi 6 and the Mi MIX / Mi Note 2 are more expensive that means the prices will be higher. Alas, but seems the Xiaomi Mi 5S is the last 2000-yuan flagship we can buy.

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