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Xiaomi Mi 5 features 18 LTE bands, supports 4G LTE for all major US carriers (AT&T and T-Mobile included)

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Xiaomi Mi 5 features 18 LTE bands, supports 4G LTE for all major US carriers (AT&T and T-Mobile included)

If you are reading about the latest phone by Chinese company Xiaomi, its Mi 5 flagship that it officially unveiled at MWC 2016, you might be a bit jealous.

A stylish phone with a 5.15" display and powered by the Snapdragon 820, the same chip that's inside the Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5, the Mi costs half the price of the S7 and G5. Unfortunately, it's not officially available in the United States and Xiaomi says that while it is working on expanding to more markets, it is in the very early stages and the company itself does not know when that expansion will happen.

In other words, don't hold your breaths for the Xiaomi Mi 5 in the United States (or in Europe for that matter), as it's not officially coming anytime soon.

However, this has never stopped enthusiasts: the Xiaomi Mi 5 can be imported via various third-party resellers and while it might be a bit of a longer wait (and we should warn that the imports often come a slight price premium and sometimes even with dangerous bloatware), some people will want to do it.

If you are one of them, good news is that the Xiaomi Mi 5 comes with a wide selection of 4G LTE bands and its supports the bands for all major US carriers including AT&T (bands 2, 4, 5, and the essential band 17) and T-Mobile (band 2 and the essential 4 and 12). With support for 4G LTE bands 3 and 7, the Xiaomi Mi 5 will also work on most European 4G LTE networks. Here is the full list of supported bands for the Xiaomi Mi 5:

  • LTE bands: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 12 / 13 / 17 / 18 / 19 / 20 / 25 / 26 / 27 / 28 / 29
Are you willing to go through the process of importing the Xiaomi Mi 5 (admittedly, much easier in Europe as Chinese resellers have local warehouses)?

source: MIUI forums via GSM Arena

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posted on 26 Feb 2016, 07:01

1. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1498; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


Well, thats great news!

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 07:02 5

2. shiftt (Posts: 333; Member since: 03 May 2015)


Damn Daniel. I actually like the Mi5, I might consider this.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 07:02 2

3. AkoSiKuting (banned) (Posts: 88; Member since: 09 Dec 2015)


No matter how much PA showing every pros and advantages for this device, it doesnt change the fact that this is Chinese phone!!! So no thanks!!

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 07:09 2

4. bur60 (Posts: 838; Member since: 07 Jul 2014)


*sigh*

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 07:13 2

5. MrHate (Posts: 220; Member since: 09 Feb 2015)


That's the way to go bud! Just like how the people used to think about black people and the nazi's way of thinking. Woooooo

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 08:23 1

16. gigicoaste (Posts: 33; Member since: 21 Feb 2016)


like 95% of the market most probably.. :))

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 09:02 11

26. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1206; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Racism, a clear sign of stupidity

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 09:05

41. Junito (Posts: 28; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


Yes it is my friend. Don't know why do we always have to go there, when we actually talking about a "phone"?

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 11:00 1

34. TequilaMockingbird (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Feb 2016)


Pro's of Chinese phones:
1. Cheap because of factory workers working for cigarettes.

Con's of Chinese phones:
1. Cheap because of factory workers working for cigarettes.
2. Probably, most likely, contains lead.
3. Probably contains something similar to Superfish that was on Lenovo (another China-based computer company).

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 11:06

35. steviehn (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Feb 2016)


You don't the chinese label or that it's being made by chinese workers? Almost of everything are being made in China now a day.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 16:15

38. KONICHIWA-ANNYONG (Posts: 210; Member since: 24 Feb 2016)


I think he's talking about the brand... He doesn't like the Xiaomi brand, because it's Chinese.

I get that. I wouldn't want to be seen with a 'Xiaomi'; rather a Samsung, Sony, or Apple...

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 15:21

37. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2240; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Bro come on, would you say that about a Huawei phone? The Nexus 6P is a chinese phone and its amazing.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 07:18 1

6. Rocket (Posts: 186; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


goods news im gonna order the pro :)

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 07:19

7. NoReseth (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Feb 2016)


The documents listed on multiple websites listed those bands as "UNCERTAIN" . But someone removed the word "UNCERTAIN" and lots and lots of other news sites just stated these bands as confirmed.

How sure is PhoneArena these bands are really confirmed ??
I live in the Netherlands and hoping to see Band20 confirmed :)

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 07:28 1

10. jauling (Posts: 46; Member since: 13 Feb 2015)


none of this is confirmed. PA doesnt even cite its sources, good job! I'm also in NL, and the official mi.com site doesnt show bands, but it does tell you what telecom providers are supported, which sheds SOME light on SOME of the bands.

http://www.mi.com/mi5/specs/

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 07:34 1

12. Victor.H (Posts: 653; Member since: 27 May 2011)


This is an omission on my part, the source is now included right below the article.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 07:42

15. tatail (Posts: 248; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)


I just clicked the above link and in that page I found a little tab for Network Bands.

Once I clicked on it, it revealed all available bands for the phone which shows 7 LTE bands not 20

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 08:30

18. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8939; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


If you look up these band numbers, you won't have to guess which ones are supported

FDD-LTE (band B1, B3, B7)
TD-LTE (band B38, B39, B40, B41)
TD-SCDMA (band B34, B39)
WCDMA (bands B1, B2, B5, B8)
GSM (band B2, B3 , B5, B8)
CDMA1X / EVDO? (band BC0)

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 08:33

19. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8939; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


AT&T use Band 2, 4 and 5
T-Mobile Band 2, 4 and 12
Verizon uses 4 and 13
Sprint uses 25, 26 and 41

So technically yes, it has been confirm by the OEM if you just research the band codes.

So many lazy people here. Why ask a question you can easily answer with a quick web search.

All you guys here are sooooooo smart!

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 08:36

21. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8939; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


I don't know of very many Chinese branded phones that will ever support Sprint and Verizon's version of CDMA. They just don't. They will always work with limited capability on T-Mobile and AT&T.

In this case usually the 3G bands, not ATT and T's 4G LTE.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 08:38 1

22. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8939; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


http://www.prepaidphonenews.com/2014/09/what-phone-works-with-which-operator.html

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 09:13

29. emcdonald75 (Posts: 75; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)


Don't forget AT&T will also use Band 30 for their 2.3GHz WCS spectrum.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 10:48

33. Rocket (Posts: 186; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Att use 2,4,5 and 17 is its main band.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 08:34

20. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8939; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


It is confirmed. You're just blind and to lazy to do some simple research.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 07:33

11. Victor.H (Posts: 653; Member since: 27 May 2011)


The info comes from the MIUI forums where moderators have confirmed all these bands and band 20.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 07:19

8. OlfakD (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Feb 2016)


I already pre ordered a gold 64gb one.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 07:27

9. ldenningjr (Posts: 15; Member since: 20 Apr 2014)


what about verizon? does it support that? I see " ALL 4 Major US Carriers"

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 08:27

17. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8939; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Samsung must have struck a cord with design, because everyone is copying them now. This is like the 6th phone that is copying Samsung's design language. Haha! Apple is no longer the OEM to copy anymore.

Samsung with it's raise your eye-lid front/rear edge design is a award winning creation.

OEM's...fire up your photocopiers.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 09:29

31. judik971 (Posts: 73; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)


You're right about the front but the back no. The Mi Note has a curved back and have been launched way before the Note 5

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 08:46

23. gersont1000 (Posts: 299; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


My question is, will VOLTE work with T-Mobile? I had the first Z5 (pre-US version) which had all the T-Mobile bands but it was a nightmare because it didn't have VOLTE certification (even though there was a clickable option for calls over VOLTE in the settings, which apparently did nothing). When a call was coming in, it would have to jump down to another band, and many times the call notification popup would freeze and I wouldn't be able to click on it. That was the reason I had to sell such a great phone. I'm set on buying the S7 Edge, but if this would work completely on T-Mobile (I don't care so much about WiFi calling) it would make it a 50/50 chance to get it instead of the S7.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 09:00

25. NexusX (Posts: 483; Member since: 16 May 2013)


what is the difference between VOLTE and placing call using hangout dialer?

chances the mi5 would will be compatiable with lte bands, but not the hspa (1700). if you are in an area with no LTE, you'd probably just get Edge with tmobile.

same with the older bands on other carriers.

if it does support all new and old bands for every carrier in US (CDMA & GSM) this will be the best phone this year

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 09:48

32. gersont1000 (Posts: 299; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


Yeah, looking into it it seems that there is no T-Mobile HSPA, forcing me to go on slow bands where there is no LTE. S7 Edge it is! (Plus I also realized that there is no expandable storage on Mi 5 which is a dealbreaker for ME). Oh well, when taking into account the free year of Netflix and the Gear VR, this might actually be cheaper than the Mi 5.
Also, I might as well have bought the $460 GS6 edge 128GB on eBay.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 08:59

24. sssm23 (unregistered)


copy of Samsung galaxy s6 edge

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 09:03

27. NexusX (Posts: 483; Member since: 16 May 2013)


except samsung is in bed with american carriers to screw their customers over by making specific model for CDMA & GSM carrier, so even if you pay full price for the phone you can't switch carrier.

posted on 27 Feb 2016, 06:40

40. EcoCare (Posts: 415; Member since: 30 Jul 2014)


You're just jealous because you bought a Samsung for $1000 where this one costs half of it for similar performance.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 09:11

28. NexusX (Posts: 483; Member since: 16 May 2013)


if the MI 5 is fully compatible with all American carriers (CDMA & GSM) this may well be the best phone to get this year.

with dual sim tray, not only will you get coverage wherever you go and you can shop around for competitive rates and switch mobile carrier as you please.

imagine using cheap sprint MVNO while you are in the city, then switch to verizon or ATT prepaid while you are in the middle of nowhere.

all you need is a single google voice number

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 23:35

39. Furbal (Posts: 944; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


If it supports our LTE bands, it is going to be sold out for quite awhile.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 09:16

30. ibend (Posts: 3858; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


great.. Apple already wait them to come to US and sue them right away

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 11:30

36. Dubs816 (Posts: 24; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


GSMArena updated their article. The Mi 5 does NOT support all major U.S. carriers. Phone Arena needs to update their article also.

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 09:07

42. Junito (Posts: 28; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


Does anyone know an reputable merchant, where you can purchase these devices? I'm willing to give them a shot, as long as they don't cost $500.

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