Mobile device vendors seem compelled to throw copious amounts of RAM into their smartphones, even if it cannot be properly utilized. Like the megapixel race, a device with 6 gigs of RAM just sounds better than one with 4 GB or less, even though it’s just one factor in all-round performance. Xiaomi is among those renowned for packing devices to the gills with power and in this spirit, is apparently prepping a version of the Mi 5s with 6 GB RAM.
As a refresher, the Xiaomi Mi 5s includes a Snapdragon 821 with 3 or 4 GB RAM, up to 128 GB storage and a 5.2-inch, 1080p display. There’s also a 12-megapixel main camera that employs Sony’s IMX378 sensor and from what we’ve seen of the official samples, is capable of capturing some nice shots. Elsewhere, the Mi 5s also gets a 3200 mAh battery and Android 6 Marshmallow with MIUI 8 UI running on top.
Currently, the 3 GB RAM / 64 GB ROM Mi 5s costs the equivalent of $300 while the 4 GB / 128 GB model is $345. Curiously, this leak shows 6 GB of RAM but only 64 GB of storage. One might have hoped for more storage along with the RAM bump, particularly since the Mi 5s doesn’t include a microSD slot.