Three Key Facts About The Xiaomi Mi 5S You May Not Know

The Xiaomi Mi 5S which has just recently been released, has been the subject of discussions in several forums and often times opinions expressed about the device are usually based on mis-conceptions. This sort of occurrence has even prompted Xiaomi’s CEO Lei Jun to sometimes come out to clarify things. Here are three misconceptions about the Mi 5S as gathered from Lei Jun’s clarification.


Snapdragon 821 Processor

The Xiaomi Mi 5S was launched with a Snapdragon 821 chipset clocked at 2.15GHz firing up the device as against the 2.35GHz clock frequency of the same Snapdragon 821 processor on the Mi 5S Plus. This has created some sort of confusion with some saying the Mi 5S actually comes with a Snapdragon 820 chip or a downgraded version of the SD 821. The thing is, the Snapdragon 820 SoC has a maximum clock speed of 2.15GHz as well.

Xiaomi Mi 5s Camera comparison

However, it has been clarified that the Mi 5S indeed features a Snapdragon 821 processor with a reduced clock speed. That doesn’t in any way affect the performance of the flagship’s CPU and it also fires up stronger than the Snapdragon 820 powered Mi 5 even at the same clock frequency. Xiaomi is yet to officially give a technical reason for the reduction in the device’s clock speed, though.

Sony IMX378 Camera Sensor

The internet have been flooded with sample images said to have been shot by the Mi 5S’ camera and these photos are just awesome. Some still doubt the ability of the Mi 5S’ camera to capture such stunning shots. The camera samples were compared with those shot using Apple’s latest iPhone 7 camera and indeed the Mi 5S held its ground as having a powerful camera, perhaps more powerful than iPhone 7’s.

xiaomi-mi-5s-camera-samples For the avoidance of doubt,  the Xiaomi Mi 5S sports a 12MP 1/2.3-inch Sony IMX378 sensor at 1.55µm individual pixel size. The camera also features PDAF, OIS and dual-LED flash. Sony is known to make the most powerful sensor known thus far with the IMX378 coming in as one of its latest. The OPPO R9S has been revealed to come with a new Sony IMX398 sensor but that doesn’t give it a higher imaging performance than the Mi 5S’. The IMX398 is just an upgrade of the IMX298 so the Mi 5S still packs a better sensor.Xiaomi Mi 5s Camera comparison

Brushed Metal Body


When Xiaomi revealed the Mi 5S would feature a brushed metal body as opposed to the Mi 5’s ceramic or glass body, some scorned at it. The device was branded it as cheap metal treatment process. But the brushed metal technology is a new one first featured on the Xiaomi Redmi Pro released earlier this year and it wasn’t looking bad.

xiaomi-mi5s-5s-plus-unboxing-and-comparison-1The brushed metal body might not be felt and well appreciated when viewed on pictures but in reality it looks great. So, the brushed metal body doesn’t affect the looks of the device as it looks great and it would also make production of the Mi 5S faster than either the glass or ceramic sporting Mi 5.


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