Xiaomi beats Apple to one of the most speculated features to come in next year’s iPhone 8 with the launch of the Chinese smartphone maker’s new flagship device: the Mi 5s.
Xiaomi just stole Apple’s thunder with a feature that has long been rumored to be the best addition to the Cupertino-based company’s upcoming new model slated for 2017, further proving the accuracy of the Chinese tech firm’s moniker, “Apple of China.”
In fact, the company’s official website is proud to call itself the “Chinese Apple,” with a rapidly expanding market that earned it the top spot in smartphone sales, overtaking both Apple and Samsung.
“A while ago only a limited quantity of Chinese technology fans were familiar with Xiaomi Company. The situation is drastically different now. The company has incredibly upscaled.”
Tech Times noted as much and recalled that while the brand may be relatively unheard of in the United States, the rest of the world is beginning to see how Xiaomi competes with Apple.
According to the outlet, Xiaomi beats Apple in more cases than one but has significantly made a point of copying ideas from the California firm which earned it a reputation of being an “Apple copycat.”
Aside from being at par with Apple in terms of the quality of their devices, Xiaomi smartphones appear to be taking on an appearance that is similar to the iPhone — too similar for the California firm’s comfort, that is.
On September 27, the Chinese firm unveiled the latest addition to its line of smartphones under the name Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus.
— Mi (@xiaomi) September 27, 2016
Aside from copying the “Plus” which has become Apple’s way of naming its devices, Xiaomi beats Apple with its rumored fingerprint feature called the “ultrasonic” home button which allows more accurate fingerprint reading.
According to Android Pit, the ultrasonic fingerprint technology makes for an optimal waterproofing and dust-proofing for the unit’s body since it scans fingerprints through glass.
There is still an uncertainty to whether or not this really is Apple’s goal for iPhone 8, but Tech Times revealed that the Cupertino company still has two pending patents for its Touch ID fingerprint sensor that can be moved under the display.
Furthermore, the outlet emphasized that Xiaomi’s fingerprint sensor is merely put under the glass and not on the actual display of the device which can bring doubt that the phone really is a copy of the iPhone 8.
And then there’s the fact that the Chinese tech firm released Mi5 before Apple could even conjure a render of how the iPhone 8 would look like.
With all that said, the Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus are quite different compared to the Mi5 which already packs a punch with a 64-bit 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and a graphics sub-system Adreno 530 with 650 MHz processor.
Both devices are built with a metallic body matched with a 2.5D glass front and are both powered by a Snapdragon 821 processor.
— Mi (@xiaomi) September 27, 2016
The difference between the two new devices include the RAM and storage with Mi 5s having an option of either a 3 GB RAM with 64 GB storage or 4 GB RAM with 128 GB storage while the Mi 5s Plus boasts 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage or 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage.
Like the Mi5, Mi 5s boasts a 5.15-inch IPS LCD screen with 1920×1080 resolution that supports 16 billion colors, a 13-megapixel rear camera, and a 4-megapixel front-facing snapper while the Mi 5s Plus is a phablet with a whoping screen size of 5.7 inches.
In terms of battery life, Mi 5s is equipped with a Li-Pol (Lithium-Polymer) battery that packs 3,200 mAh of power while the Mi 5s Plus has 3,800 mAh.
Xiaomi revealed that both devices start with a price tag of $300 and $345 for the Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus, respectively and would be available for pre-order in China on September 29.
[Featured Image by Xiaomi/Twitter]