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Xiaomi Mi 5 may cost just $320 at launch

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Xiaomi Mi 5 may cost just $320 at launch
The Xiaomi Mi 4 packed a nice surprise when it launched last summer - its full retail price was about $320 for the 16 GB model, and $400 for the 64GB version. This, of course, was the MSRP for China, while in the rest of the world it went for a bit more, but the handset was still one of the most affordable with these specs at the time, and coming from a reputable brand at that.

Now, a new rumor has emerged, stating that its Mi 5 successor will launch with the same pricing scheme as the Mi 4, meaning that the base model with the least amount of internal storage should go for a tad above $300. Given the speculation that Xiaomi is contemplating either a Snapdragon 820, or a Helio X20 chipset, depending on availability by the time the phone is supposed to be unveiled, we might be looking at one of the most affordable phones with such specs on the market. 

As for the rest of the specs, the only things that have trickled down the rumor creek are a metal chassis, 4 GB RAM, 16 MP rear camera, and Qualcomm's 3D Ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. None of these is confirmed by anything more than speculation at this point, though, so, Xiaomi, don't leave us stewing here for too long, okay? As for the actual announcement, given Xiaomi's penchant for an 18 months upgrade schedule, we wouldn't hold our breath for anything before December, or early next year, when Snapdragon 820 should be available, too.

source: Leaksfly (Weibo) via Mobipicker

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posted on 08 Oct 2015, 03:01 1

1. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3714; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Nice.

posted on 08 Oct 2015, 03:21 3

3. neela_akaash (Posts: 1112; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


It's going to be a great bang for a buck...

posted on 08 Oct 2015, 13:09

20. MSi_GS70 (unregistered)


I hardly believe it gonna cost only £210

posted on 08 Oct 2015, 03:02 2

2. UncleSamWantsYou (banned) (Posts: 36; Member since: 10 Jun 2015)


Stay away from chinese phone period

posted on 08 Oct 2015, 03:33 10

5. Arthurhkt (Posts: 441; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


Does that include iPhone and majority of other western phone that made in China?

posted on 08 Oct 2015, 03:47 5

7. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1123; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Says someone who never owned one.

posted on 08 Oct 2015, 08:07 2

18. Arthurhkt (Posts: 441; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


Well, just in case if you talking about me, well I own both Xiaomi and Apple products ;)

posted on 08 Oct 2015, 10:02

19. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1123; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Good for you.
I replied to UncleSam by the way.

posted on 08 Oct 2015, 21:23

21. TechNeck (Posts: 237; Member since: 29 Aug 2014)


Awkward...

posted on 08 Oct 2015, 03:30 3

4. Arthurhkt (Posts: 441; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


Does that include iPhone and majority of other western phone that made in China?

posted on 08 Oct 2015, 03:38 2

6. lallolu (Posts: 453; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


Chinese designed phones are not the same as phones manufactured in China. It is annoying when people like you can't tell the difference. Iphone is only manufactured in China not designed there.

posted on 08 Oct 2015, 04:00 2

9. joey_sfb (Posts: 5339; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


So design by Jony Ive, made by the homeless children of China.

posted on 08 Oct 2015, 04:08 4

10. Arthurhkt (Posts: 441; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


I am sorry if you misunderstand me, but I do understand very well the differences between them, but "some" people tend to generalized that the quality of phone that produce at China will be always bad, but they never realized that most of their product is made in China.

posted on 08 Oct 2015, 04:15 4

11. MSi_GS70 (unregistered)


It is pointles to explain dumb usa ppl or uk
They even think that the clothes what they wearing are different brands and in reality all of them are from Bangladesh same factory :D

posted on 08 Oct 2015, 03:54

8. Elfmonster (Posts: 406; Member since: 23 Dec 2013)


I love this company. I like their earbuds so much, I bought a *spare* of both the original generation last year and the third gen this year, even though none has ever failed me.

posted on 08 Oct 2015, 05:15

12. Guaire (Posts: 500; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)


Mi4's price wasn't a surprise, its launch price was the same with its predecessors. Actually we were waiting it with the SD805 at the time.

On the other hand Mi Note Pro's price was a bad surprise and not hard to guess its sales not going well like Mi3 or Mi4.

posted on 08 Oct 2015, 05:16 1

13. btbotimtim (Posts: 179; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


please make it compatible with US lte bands.

posted on 08 Oct 2015, 06:03 1

15. jckc92 (Posts: 28; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)


Why even talk about these phones if they don't work on our radio bands in the USA? Would have loved to get the Mi4 c but it wasn't compatible with AT&T bands...Would love to see this come to our country. As for "Don't buy Chinese phones" I think most of us know that probably 70% of phones if not more are not from this country. Might have been designed from here but they send them over to other countries for the cheap labor!

posted on 08 Oct 2015, 07:45

17. Chuck007 (Posts: 1040; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)


^This.

Though I'd got to say I am getting rather tired of the racist "everything made in China are cheap and fragile little trinkets" rant I see way too often on social media. If you demand them to sell their products for unrealistically low prices in exchange for extremely high volumes, guess what? Quality is going to suffer.

posted on 08 Oct 2015, 07:22

16. Chuck007 (Posts: 1040; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)


For those who are in disbelief how relatively cheap China phones cost, they are made with developing countries in mind. Xiaomi largely depends on volume to make a barely decent net profit. Last time I checked, it was 1/4 of Samsung's mobile operating margin, never mind Apple's.

Once Xiaomi gets more well-known around the world and they spend more on R&D and marketing, expect prices to skyrocket to at least Nexus levels.

posted on 09 Oct 2015, 00:15

22. vijaynfriends (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 Apr 2015)


Software experience is not great....

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