How Xiaomi's new phones crush the iPhone 7 - Kyle Venktess

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Johannesburg - Chinese electronics manufacturer Xiaomi – with the launch of its new smartphones - has gone almost the same route as Apple’s new iPhones. The company on Tuesday, much like Apple, announced the launch of its new flagship device the Mi 5S along with the new dual camera device the Mi 5S Plus.

Similar to the Huawei P9’s dual camera, Xiaomi’s Mi 5S Plus features two cameras, one of which is a monochrome for capturing black and white photos and enhancing detail in colour images. The two new devices from Xiaomi trump almost all specifications of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, expect the selfie camera. 

While the processor in the Android devices - Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 821 - is the best chipset available for Android, it is still debatable when compared to Apple’s new A10 Fusion. In terms of screen size, both the Mi 5S and Mi 5S Plus are larger than the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

Battery sizes are also larger in the Xiaomi devices, while still dependable on optimisation of how the device is manufactured – the devices’ batteries are significantly larger than Apple’s. This is likely to work in favour of the Mi 5S and Mi 5S Plus in terms of usage. 


As of recent, Xiaomi have introduced a range of cheaper devices to South Africa – set to create a new benchmark of cheaper devices with high-end features. Xiaomi devices, which are currently available, already feature specifications comparable to pricier devices at lower costs.

While there is no word of availability or pricing of the Mi 5S and Mi 5S Plus in South Africa yet, it is likely the Mobile in Africa (MIA) Group will bring the devices to the country - with a headphone jack.