Xiaomi Mi5s Plus, Ladies and Gentlemen
Xiaomi has had a bit of a scare with exploding batteries too. There have been three reported cases, one being of a Xiaomi Mi4S blowing up in China, another case causing severe third degree burns on a man’s lower back, as his device blew up in his hind pocket. Now, what better to soothe things over for a company on the verge of ‘Samsungification’ than a new device?
Well, granted, Xiaomi (and Meizu) launch devices every other week. The press already knows the Xiaomi song all too well. But here’s why this device launch is important: It is the sequel to the immensely popular uniquely-sized 5.15 inch Xiaomi Mi5 that was launched in most of the world. Do note, however, that there is a Mi5S in the works as well that will be launched holding hands with this bigger Plus.
The Mi5S Plus is a matured version of the Mi Note rumour. It apparently sports a 5.7 inch display (AMOLED most likely), a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 (2×2.4 GHz Kryo & 2×2.0 GHz Kryo) like its rumoured smaller brother and the usual pack of goodies in a mid-range flagship fighter from Xiaomi.
Obviously, rumours on their own aren’t worth anything so thankfully, this one comes bundled with the mandatory leaked images, showing a device with (seemingly) centred dual-flash and camera on a glossy black back.
The camera is said to be similar to its expected Mi5S sibling, a 16MP f/1.8 unit.
The Mi5S Plus (quite a mouthful of a name) will likely run on 6GB RAM, 128GB internal storage (most likely expandable, of course) with an option of up to 256GB and four-axis Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) for the camera and a 2K display. 4G connectivity capability is, needless to say, going to be present and a USB Type-C.
It is speculated to go for about $400 (roughtly Ksh 40,000) which fits it squarely on the mid-range.
Obviously, as is the case with rumours, only an official launch will truly confirm these features.