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Xiaomi Mi 5 pre-orders begin: Snapdragon 820 smartphone with mid-range pricing

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Xiaomi Mi 5 pre-orders begin: Snapdragon 820 smartphone with mid-range pricing
The Xiaomi Mi 5 offers another glaring example of how a number of Chinese OEMs are shaking up the smartphone industry. Packing features such as the Snapdragon 820 SoC, 3 or 4 gigs of RAM and a full-HD, 1920 x 1080 display, the firm is selling its latest powerhouse for the equivalent of just over $300 in China. Though it isn't slated for release in the United States any time soon, you can now pre-order the handset online, though you'll be paying considerably more than the Chinese market.

Announced at Mobile World Congress, the Xiaomi Mi 5 appears well crafted on the outside and in. Along with the aforementioned processing power, the Mi 5 includes 32 / 64 / 128 GB of storage, a fingerprint scanner, 16-megapixel main camera and 4-megapixel snapper on the front. The device, clad in a metal and glass combination that should appeal to fans of slick design, also runs the latest Android 6 Marshmallow out of the box. Even at a starting price of $440, which is the pre-sale price over at GearBest, the Xiaomi Mi 5 looks a sweet deal.

After the well-documented controversies of last year's Snapdragon 810, Qualcomm's premier mobile chipset line appears now to be back on track. Most of the recent big guns are powered by the Snapdragon 820, with plenty more upcoming devices set to do likewise. You'd be hard pressed, however, to find a $300 smartphone from a recognized vendor packing such raw power, and even though the chip of the lower-priced Mi 5 variant is apparently underclocked, it's hard to discredit Xiaomi's latest flagship given the cost.

There are actually three different versions of the Mi 5. The Standard version offers 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage for the equivalent of $306 in China, while the High version ($352) packs 64 gigs of on-board real estate. The Ceramic Exclusive version is at the top of the tree, inclusive of 4 GB RAM and 128 GB for around $413. As you might have guessed, the higher-end version is also furnished with a ceramic body. Additionally, the clock speed of this model (and the High version) can reach 2.15 GHz, which goes some way to explaining how the Exclusive version recently mustered a whopping 179,566 score on AnTuTu.

Because of import fees, shipping, taxes and whatnot, you're looking at an outlay of $440 just for the Standard model, with prices creeping up to $470 and $535 for the High and Exclusive models respectively. Still, you get a helluva lot of bang for your buck, and if you're interested in snapping up the Xiaomi Mi 5 from GearBest, you can do so by hitting the source link.


source: GearBest via AndroidGuys

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posted on 26 Mar 2016, 05:16 3

1. Tondern (Posts: 96; Member since: 23 Feb 2015)


I was happily reading this article until you brought up that 179k score from antutu again. You can't add 4 numbers together and tell it's fake? Windows (or) your smart phone has a built in calculator.

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 08:28 4

11. keithtae (Posts: 336; Member since: 25 Mar 2015)


Lol. 179k on antutu but still tremendously slower than the s7. Jusy proves xiao mi is cheating on benchmark and how useless these benchmark tests really are.

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 08:57 6

14. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1006; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Tremendously slower than the S7? Looks like someone hasn't used or seen a xiaomi phone in real life LOL

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 15:56

18. Frank_Underwood (Posts: 30; Member since: 22 Mar 2016)


Just YouTubed and found plenty if videos showing Mi5 being a lot slower than the S7.

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 05:20 4

2. kabiluddin (Posts: 171; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


Price is insanely good for such a great phone. You have to ask, are they making any money from the phone business?

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 07:44 2

6. lallolu (Posts: 448; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


They definitely are making money from selling these phones. Furthermore, this phone will give xiaomi a good foothold and reconginition in the global smartphone business.

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 08:22 1

8. justrt (Posts: 327; Member since: 10 Jul 2014)


Oh yeah, they are. They spend very little on advertising, keep small inventory and avoid retailers (middlemen).

http://www.investopedia.com/articles/investing/081815/how-xiaomi-profits-100-phones.asp

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 05:34 1

3. Navi_m (Posts: 764; Member since: 09 Jan 2016)


Waiting in my country!! 8-)

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 06:25 4

4. KONICHIWA-ANNYONG (Posts: 149; Member since: 24 Feb 2016)


Don't really care right now.

Just like the xiaomi 4 (and other xiaomi phones), the price of this will rocket down in a few months.. Will be 20% cheaper in maybe 3 months...

Call me in a few months - It's a mistake to pay full release price for a CHinese phone anytime soon. Especially one with gimmicks like a '4-axis' gimmick of a camera...

https://youtu.be/OkQ1UB9Up5g?t=6m2s

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 06:43 4

5. WAusJackBauer (Posts: 185; Member since: 22 Mar 2015)


Maybe I watched a bad review, but I watched a review of a Xiaomi phone from 2015 and the software was absolutely horrible.

Specs and price are good but personally for me if the software is no good it's a deal breaker.

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 08:00

7. jellmoo (Posts: 1455; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


I mean, it's nice and well, but until they start to pull together a worldwide launch strategy, they remain largely irrelevant in the grand scheme of things.

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 08:24

9. justrt (Posts: 327; Member since: 10 Jul 2014)


Why do you write such articles? You could just buy the phone from AliExpress

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 08:24

10. sonisoe (Posts: 405; Member since: 06 May 2009)


you can have 820 snapdragon, but the execution eg.software/hardware integration or development on any chinese phone isnt great and thats putting it mildly... btw, huawei 6p isnt the oem's build, it's google's therefore controlled by google...

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 08:37

12. mixedfish (Posts: 1144; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


The pictures and specs look good, but in reality the build quality is quite shoddy with really unpolished aluminium, not to mention the software. You get what you pay for.

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 10:44 1

15. adrianzka (Posts: 50; Member since: 25 Apr 2013)


Having read the review of this from gsmarena, I'd say that this phone definitely caught my eye, being a budget basically no-compromise phone. Plus the white version looks crazy sexy. Maybe would be more awesome if it had a nicely calibrated AMOLED display, but most people can live without that (Not me :P)

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 11:11

16. shahinur102 (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Mar 2016)


you will get 820 snapdragon, but your execution eg. software/hardware integration as well as development on any china phone isnt great along with thats putting it a little... btw, huawei 6p isnt your oem's build, it's google's for that reason controlled by google...

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 14:24 2

17. shahrooz (Posts: 700; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)


Too many haters here.

posted on 26 Mar 2016, 15:59

19. Frank_Underwood (Posts: 30; Member since: 22 Mar 2016)


Stating an opinion or fact does not make someone a hater. Bashing someone or something pointlessly does.

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