Towards the end of 2014, Xiaomi stunned us all with their flagship device, the Mi 4, which sported amazing specs and a great design and the smartphone stood out as Xiaomi’s flagship for both the year 2014 and 2015.
Though the Mi 5 is by right termed the successor the the Mi 4, a recent release from Xiaomi kind of suggests otherwise — as the Xiaomi Mi 4s is now being presented as the supposed upgrade to the original Mi4 — although the spec sheet totally undermines the title.
With an impressive and classy glassed front and back panel — which envelops its metal frame at a diameter of 7.8mm,– this smartphone is fitted with a 5 inch FHD display of 1920 x 1080P resolution and weighs in at 133g.
Unlike the Snapdragon 801 chipset that powers the Xiaomi Mi 4, the Chinese OEM went for the Snapdragon 808 SoC that has an Adreno 418 on the graphics side of things alongside 3GB RAM and a single storage configuration of 64GB — while still graced with memory expandability of up to 128GB via an SD card.
There’s a 13 MP camera on the rear for clear imaging and videos (with the help of dual LED flashlights and phase detection autofocus) and a 5MP selfie shooter upfront for your selfie needs and video calls. A 3260 mAh non-removable battery is there to keep you up and running and in addition there’s Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 onboard to help speed up charging.
Right below the back camera is a fingerprint scanner and the sensors included upfront are an accelerometer, proximity, compass and gyroscope.
The smartphone will run on Marshmallow 6.0 with MIUI 7 atop. Other supported wireless connectivity include – GPS, Bluetooth 4.1, FM Radio, Infrared and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac.
With these specs, it is safe to conclude that it does surpass the Mi4 in performance but is not deem fit as an upgrade — for the asking price of $260, you are most likely better off with the base Mi5 with 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM that you will only need add an extra $50 to get.