Xiaomi has on many occasions been criticized for its poor handling of software updates, but the company has been making amends to this over the recent past.
Last year, the Chinese OEM was able to open a beta program for a number of its phones that included the Xiaomi Mi 5, but there was no room for the newer Xiaomi Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus. The latter duo was released months after the former came to life and normally, many thought that it would be among the first devices to be updated to Android 7.0 Nougat.
After months of waiting, the company recently opened up the Nougat beta program for Xiaomi Mi 5s, the larger Mi 5s Plus as well as the phablet Mi Note 2. Owners of these three phones have until tomorrow to join the beta program, after which it will be closed for new registrations. As you are still thinking about whether to jump into the beta program or not, someone else already did and even posted the performance details of the Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus on benchmarking platform Geekbench.
From the listing, the standard Xiaomi Mi 5s seems to be unusually close to the high-end Mi 5s Plus when it comes to performance scores. In terms of single-core tests, the former has a score of 1639 and the latter has a score of 1841. As for the multi-core tests, you get a score of 4223 on the former and 4404 on the latter.
Looking at the two phones’ specs, the scores of the Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus are not justified in any case. The duo has the same Android 7.0 Nougat running the show and a Snapdragon 821 SoC, but the Mi 5s Plus has a massive 6GB RAM compared to the 3GB RAM on the variant of the Mi 5s listed in the benchmarks.
One reasoning behind these unjustified performance scores is the fact that the OS is still in beta. But with time and more refinements, we expect improved performance from the Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus compared to the standard Mi 5s.
The beta testing phase should be around for several weeks after which both the Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus will be updated to the stable version of Android 7.0 Nougat via OTA updates. This is when everyone else will be able to join the party.
Of course, we’ll be here to let you know when this happens. Meanwhile, getting into this beta program requires you to download and install the MIUI Forum app, which is available via the Google Play Store.