A reported 1.82 million people in China have placed reservations for the Xiaomi Mi 5S, with users flocking to the company’s website in order to declare their intention to purchase the device. What is perhaps even more astonishing than the size of the demand is the fact that the Xiaomi Mi 5S has not even been unveiled yet.
Xiaomi have offered up a few little pieces of information, in order to fire the interest of potential buyers. We know that the forthcoming Android smartphone will be shown off on 27 September, before being made available to purchase just two days later through Chinese retailer JD.com.
Although the Xiaomi Mi 5S will not be the cheapest Chinese smartphone available, it will follow the company’s well-established strategy of offering high-level flagship specs at competitive prices. Current speculation suggests that the handset will go on sale for 1999 Chinese Yuan, which is equivalent to around €265, £230 or $300.
At that price point, the Xiaomi Mi 5S is expected to offer a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 system-on-chip, 6 GB RAM and 64 GB storage.
The Xiaomi Mi 5S will also see the introduction of a new piece of technology, with strong indications coming from Chinese social media that the device will be the first to feature Qualcomm’s ultrasonic fingerprint technology.
The technology, which Qualcomm is calling Sense ID, uses sound waves in order to carry out the fingerprint scanning process, and therefore does not require direct physical contact. One of the main advantages of this methodology over current generation sensors is that devices should still be able to read fingerprints, even if a user’s hand is covered in sweat and dirt.