With the Xiaomi Mi 6 already available for purchase, major retailers are hurriedly clearing the current Xiaomi Mi 5S, Mi 5S Plus and Mi 5 stock in readiness for more units of the Mi 6.
The Chinese OEM has made its name in many markets across the globe for its approach to the smartphone market, coming in with high-end phones that are feature-packed. The Xiaomi Mi 6 is one monster of a phone, shipping with a 5.15-inch display screen with a 1080p resolution, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, a massive 6GB RAM and at least 64GB of non-expandable storage. The Mi 6 also comes with a dual 12MP+12MP camera on the back, a 3350mAh battery unit that is charged via a USB-C port, a front-mounted fingerprint scanner and Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box.
In short, the Xiaomi Mi 6 is a flagship phone, but the price tag says otherwise. So far, you only need about $363 to get your hands on the base model of the Mi 6 and a mere $420 to grab the high-end 128GB variant. If this is too much for you, well, there are some deals on the 2016 Xiaomi Mi 5S Plus and the original Xiaomi Mi 5, which was unveiled at the MWC 2016 event.
As you may have guessed, the Xiaomi Mi 5S Plus is a follow-up to the original Mi 5. Unlike the latter, the follow-up variant has two models, where the Mi 5S Plus is the high-end offering and the standard model is simply the Xiaomi Mi 5S. In this deal, you can get your hands on the high-end model or the original Mi 5 at prices that are usually associated with budget phones.
At GearBest, the Xiaomi Mi 5 has been discounted to an impressive $225. This is a 40% discount and in fact, there are no shipping charges involved. For this amount, the Mi 5 gives you a decent 5.15-inch Full HD display screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor paired with a RAM of 3GB and onboard storage of 64GB.
The back of the Xiaomi Mi 5 has a 16MP camera that boasts top-notch features such as 4-axis OIS, PDAF as well as DTI technology whereas the front has a 4MP lens for selfies. To keep the Mi 5 alive is a decent 3000mAh battery unit that supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology via a USB-C port. The phone also comes with a front-mounted fingerprint scanner, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC and dual-SIM support.
Being an unlocked model, this Xiaomi Mi 5 will be compatible with all GSM and CDMA carriers across the globe, but it’s important that you confirm with your carrier before committing to this deal. The story is the same for the Xiaomi Mi 5S Plus, which comes as an unlocked model with support for both GSM and CDMA carriers. However, the Mi 5S Plus has much more improved specs and features, hence the slightly higher price tag of $326.
The deal on the Xiaomi Mi 5S Plus is available on Geek Buying. Where the Xiaomi Mi 5 deal is limited to time, it appears that the Mi 5S Plus deal is limited to newsletter subscribers. The phone has a bigger display screen of 5.7 inches, but it keeps the same Full HD resolution as its smaller counterpart. Under the hood, the enhanced Snapdragon 821 SoC runs the show alongside an even better 4GB RAM, but the storage remains unchanged.
On the imaging front, the Xiaomi Mi 5S Plus gets even better, coming in with a dual lens camera on the back featuring a 13MP multicolor sensor and another 13MP monochrome sensor, much more like the two 12MP lenses on the Xiaomi Mi 6. The front sensor remains the same at 4MP, similar to the Mi 5. To keep the Mi 5S Plus alive is a huge 3800mAh battery unit that supports Quick Charge 3.0 technology via a USB-C port.
Unlike the Mi 5 that has a front-mounted fingerprint scanner, the Xiaomi Mi 5S Plus has this feature mounted on the back, just below the camera. The rest of the features remain unchanged, among them Bluetooth 4.2, 4G LTE support, as well as dual-SIM connectivity. You also get Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box on both handsets, but they can be upgraded to Android Nougat via OTA updates.
Remember, these deals are subject to change and as such, the sooner you check them out, the better.