Xiaomi Mi 5S Specs & Price

Xiaomi Mi 5S Review, Specifications and Price in Nigeria: Designed by the Chinese tech company Xiaomi, are the Xiaomi Mi 5S and Mi 5S Plus as the latest members of the Mi series and successors to the Mi 5 which was released earlier this year. These upgraded variants of the Mi 5 are premuim devices that come with specs that meet the requirements of different levels of smartphone users. Like other high end Xiaomi smartphones that still have a budget friendly price, so do these two. Their specifications and price is a continuation of the trend by Xiaomi to design and release smartphones that cost almost half the price of ones released by their competitors, thereby fast gaining popularity in the smartphone market of many countries.

Xiaomi Mi 5S Specs & Price

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As the least of the duo, the Xiaomi Mi 5S comes with improvements in hardware when it is compared to its predecessor. It has a more powerful processor, an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, high-brightness pressure sensitive screen and a humongous battery capacity. If you're willing to pay more to get a high end device from Xiaomi, then the Mi 5S will be definitely worth it. Its specs are almost on par with Apple's latest flagship, the Iphone 7 and Samsung's explosive Galaxy S7😎. Having combined great tech to build devices like this, Xiaomi devices are among the few Chinese phones that are not limited to the African smartphone market, but the world at large. Given below, is a review of the specifications and price of the Xiaomi Mi 5S.

Overview Features

Display and Build

The Xiaomi Mi 5S features a 5.15 inch Full HD display screen with 600 nits of brightness that uses a 16 high-light color rendering technology to brighten the display by 30%, making it clear to be viewed from even under the sun. The display has a 94% NTSC gamut saturation, resolution of 1080 by 1920 pixels, and pixel density of 428PPI. The Mi 5S has a fingerprint sensor that is located at the device's rear. This sensor which is based on Qualcomm's ultrasonic technology can detect the fingertip within a fraction of a second. Other than being fast, it is less prone to damage and accurate to the point of even recognizing a wet or dirty fingertip.

This smartphone has a high-light wire drawing or a matte process of full-metal uni-body with a curved back. Its available colors of dark gray and gold have a high-light wire drawing process, while the silver and rose gold colors have a matte process. With these two textured designs, users can make a choice between them based on their preference, as each still gives this device a sleek design, premuim look and feel. It also has a dimension of 145.60 x 70.30 x 8.25mm (height x width x thickness) and weight of 145g, making it slightly thicker and heavier than the Iphone 7.

Hardware and Software

The Xiaomi Mi 5S is powered by a 64-bit quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor with processing speeds of 2.15GHz for one dual core and 1.6 GHz for the other dual core. Based of RAM and storage options, there are two variants of the Mi 5S. One of the variants comes with 3GB of RAM and 64GB inbuilt memory, while the other has 4GB of RAM and 128GB inbuilt memory. The inbuilt storage of both variants cannot be expanded via microSD card. On either variants, the RAM is large enough to support multitasking of several apps with unnoticeable or no lags. The processor is also fast, and can result in an amazing and impressive performance of the device.

The smartphone also runs on Xiaomi's customized user Interface, MIUI 8 OS, based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. This OS comes with several features which include: disabling of applications running in the background, application updates and synchronization when the battery is low;  photo editing options such as adding inscriptions, stickers and drawings on a photo; more wallpapers displayed on the lock screen; and a dual apps feature that enables the use of two instances of an app (example, the use of two WhatsApp accounts on one smartphone).


Xiaomi Mi 5S features a 12MP Sony IMX378 rear camera with 1.55-micron pixels, dual-tone LED flash, Phase Detection Auto Focus and 4K video recording. Its large pixel can store more details, and its sensor size of 1 / 2.3 inch can attract more light and give out quality images that have more color information.The Mi 5S also has a 4MP front camera with an f/2.0 aperture and 2-micron pixels for taking selfies. Due to the sensitive camera, wide 80 ° viewing angle and a large aperture, detailed close-up photos retain their natural texture.

Battery and Connectivity

The Xiaomi Mi 5s battery capacity is 3200mAh, and it is a slight improvement over the Mi 5's 3000mAh battery capacity. This battery is non removable and is based of Li-Ion technology. Its large capacity can keep the phone powered on for 2 days when subjected to medium usage. The battery can support upto 15 hours of talktime on 3G, 12 hours of web browsing and 13 hours of video playback time. There is also support for fast charge with its Quick Charge 3.0 technology.

The Xiaomi Mi 5S has dual SIM functionality (GSM and GSM) and allows the use of a Nano-SIM and a Nano-SIM. Connectivity options of this smartphone include USB Type-C, NFC , Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, 3G and 4G. Its sensors Include proximity, accelerometer, ambient light, gyroscope and barometer sensors.

Xiaomi Mi 5S Specs



Dimensions145.60 x 70.30 x 8.25 mm
Form factorTouchscreen
ColorsGold, Dark Grey, Silver, Rose Gold



TypeIPS LCD capacitive touchscreen,
16M color
Size5.15-inch Display
Resolution1080x1920 pixels
Pixel Density428 PPI


Memory And OS

Card slotNo
OSAndroid 6.0 (Marshmallow), MIUI Skin
Processors(2x2.15 GHz Kryo & 2x1.6 GHz Kryo)quad-core
Qualcomm Snapdragon 821



Primary12 MP, 1/2.3" sensor size, 1.55µm pixel size
FeaturesTouch to focus, Face detection,
Self-timer, Digital zoom, Geo tagging
Video2160p@30fps, 1080p@120fps 
Secondary4MP, f/2.0, 1/3" sensor size,
2µm pixel size, 1080p



Capacity3200mAh Li-Ion battery



3.5mm Jack:Yes
BluetoothYes, v4.2
USBYes, microUSB 2.0
Wireless ChargingNo
SIMDual Nano-SIM


Other Features

SensorsAccelerometer, fingerprint, gyroscope,
proximity, compass/ magnetometer,
ambient light sensor, barometer

Price and Availability

Currently, the Xiaomi Mi 5S can be preordered from Xiaomi's official website and it is being offered at a price of $355.99. In Nigeria, the smartphone is not yet available but can be purchased from reputable online stores in the country when it is available. Depending on your location in the country, the current exchange rate and the variant you want to purchase, the Xiaomi Mi 5S price in Nigeria is expected to range from ₦94,000 to ₦120,000.

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Tech Lass's Verdict:

The Xiaomi Mi 5S as one of the latest smartphones from Xiaomi, is a well built device with specs that can compete with that of the Iphone 7. It is offered at a reasonable price, has a great display screen, a powerful processor, large RAM, a fast and accurate fingerprint sensor, and a good battery backup whose capacity is even larger than that of the Iphone 7 Plus.

The excellent capabilities of the Xiaomi Mi 5S hardware and software has made this smartphone noteworthy. If you want a device that is just as good as the Iphone 7, but is almost half the price of the Iphone 7, then the Xiaomi Mi 5S would definitely be a good choice.


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