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Xiaomi racked up near 17 million registrations for tomorrow's Mi 5 flash sale

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Xiaomi racked up near 17 million registrations for tomorrow's Mi 5 flash sale

Chinese upstart Xiaomi announced its long-in-the-making flagship smartphone, the Mi 5, last Wednesday. Since then, the company had been keeping registrations for the device's flash sale tomorrow open in China until 6PM today. By the time the registration period expired, Xiaomi racked up over 16.8 million registrations in just 5 days. With its saliva-generating price tag, bustling spec sheet and elegant design, the interest stirred by the smartphone is hardly surprising. Xiaomi has a cult following in China, and fans of the brand had been waiting more than 18 months for a successor to the Xiaomi Mi 4. It looks like the Mi 5 lived up to expectations.

Over 16.8 million users registered for tomorrow’s flash sale.

Xiaomi's first Mi 5 flash sale will commence at 10 AM tomorrow, March 1. The company will make two variants available for sale – the standard 3GB RAM + 32GB storage and 3GB RAM + 64GB storage versions. It appears that only the white version will be sold tomorrow, as there's no word on the black edition or even the exclusive top-end ceramic version for now. The first batch of handsets will probably go out of stock in mere seconds, so if you want to pursue the opportunity, you better have lots of patience and nimble fingers!

Despite its premium design and impressive spec sheet spearheaded by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, a 5-inch 1080p display, and a pair of competent cameras, the Xiaomi Mi 5 is priced very affordably in China. The base model with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage starts from ~$306 (2000 yuan), the 3GB RAM / 64GB storage goes from $352 (2300 yuan), and the Ceramic Exclusive version with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage is sold for $413 (2700 yuan). At these prices, the Mi 5 is an extremely competitive handset. It will be interesting to see how many units Xiaomi will manage to move tomorrow!


via GizChina

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posted on 29 Feb 2016, 10:21 2

1. lyndon420 (Posts: 3707; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Nice looking phone.

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 12:27

22. neela_akaash (Posts: 1093; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


Here comes the Dragon Warrior....

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 12:30

23. neela_akaash (Posts: 1093; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


And i heard that Samsung was planning to Manufacture around 17 millions S7s by the end of April...

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 15:33 3

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


Well, 17 Million registrations are not like 17 million pre-orders. It's like a wish list.. You don't have to buy it. And many people really don't buy the phone. At the same time, the Chinese companies use that stunt to raise attention about their products. You throw a big number, that doesn't mean anything and everybody is like: "Oh WOW"

However, I think the phone will sell well.

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 21:08 3

42. neela_akaash (Posts: 1093; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


Those 17 million figures from samsung are meant for the global market.

Mi5's 17 million registrations are only from China.

Let's see what happens when they launch the Mi 5 globally.

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 04:35

47. shuaibhere (Posts: 1983; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


And you think Mi 5 will outsell S7...keep dreaming.....even I have registered for all mi phones which have been released in india but never bought one....if go to e commerce site and then I see some phone out for registration I do it...people do that normally...

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 05:23

48. neela_akaash (Posts: 1093; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


If Mi5 is officially available in each and every country where S7 is, then it will definitely outsell the S7.

But i know Mi 5 is going to be officially available only in handful of markets.

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 16:39

33. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3208; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


at some point samsungs got to get pissed and sue them for the curved back panel or apple for the older copies someone needs to teach these knock makers a lesson

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 19:28 2

36. alchemyduelist (Posts: 21; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


Everyone copies from somebody, and the curved back panel was from the Mi Note, which is announced 8 to 9 months before the Note5 lol.

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 20:53 5

39. neela_akaash (Posts: 1093; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


Samsung fanboys could not digest the fact that Note 5's Back was a straight copy from Mi Note/pro...

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 21:55

43. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 502; Member since: 07 May 2012)


precisely

posted on 01 Mar 2016, 07:18

49. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


Sexy looking phone. With great specs and price.

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 10:22

2. zeeBomb (Posts: 1725; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


Phone will be sold in a minute

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 12:08 3

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


Cuz they stocked up just 100,000 devices :p

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 10:31

3. Piyath_ale (Posts: 79; Member since: 02 Nov 2015)


Great device for a less problem price.. Nice job

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 10:34 3

4. Mrinal (Posts: 36; Member since: 28 Feb 2016)


It will take only 10 to 15 second to clear there stock!

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 12:21

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


No rush, tho.. It will be on AliExpress soon

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 21:02

40. Mrinal (Posts: 36; Member since: 28 Feb 2016)


May be.
Caz in India even 100,000 units are sold within 1or 2 seconds via Amazon.in or Flipkart.com

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 10:59 1

5. Adsr14 (Posts: 57; Member since: 08 Aug 2015)


"Saliva generating price" lol I like that

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 11:17 1

10. senseiJ (Posts: 121; Member since: 02 May 2015)


Wouldn't it be better if he wrote "mouthwatering" instead?

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 12:07 1

16. BlackhawkFlys (Posts: 139; Member since: 07 May 2014)


He had to write something new

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 16:41

34. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3208; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


or salivating

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 11:02 2

6. aho13 (Posts: 96; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


it is not all about Hardware . Samsung , Apple ,LG , Sony refinements in hardware and software over the last years worth the higher price .

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 11:11 6

9. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1368; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


LOL WHAT? Samsung? The company that made flagship phones that cant open more than 6 apps before the apps having to restart? The company that sells flagship phones with beasty specs and 4gb ram that still lag more than its competition?

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 11:22 8

12. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 7807; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


What phone is this? The S4 you're talking about?

First off, as far as apps restarting, only certain ones do. The ones built into the phones firmware/stock apps, typically don't restart.

But the 3rd party ones are hit or miss. But so what if they do?! Not a deal breaker for me.

Also, I can open 100 apps on my Note and the only ones that will restart will eb the same ones that will even with no apps open, which means you are wrong in your 6 app claim.

After all, your device already likely has at least 10 apps already running in the background.

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 12:41 1

24. neela_akaash (Posts: 1093; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


MIUI is something which you can never understand until or unless you try once.

After you use MIUI, you will realize how many bloatwares were lying on your phone uselessly..

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 21:56

44. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 502; Member since: 07 May 2012)


miui is awesome,lots of useful features and software, haven't seen and android skin that comes close to miui, interms of inbuilt functionality and features

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 21:04

41. Mrinal (Posts: 36; Member since: 28 Feb 2016)


Nice ans techie!

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 13:28

25. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


Good point. Samsung needs to shift the S7 with 6gb Ram.

That touchwiz takes over 2 gb Ram.

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 13:47 3

26. aho13 (Posts: 96; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


I didn't mean only samsung btw. but if you mention it , Samsung galaxy series started before a company called Xiaomi was founded , I don't mean anything but to reach the level of an iphone or S7 of G5 , it takes years of work and development and mistakes to learn from .
at least for me , Samsung laggy touchwiz at its worst cases , not talking about the new touchwiz in note 4 or 5 , was like window 7 for me ,yes there were crashes from time to time but I was happy using it .
I don't think much people pay attention to details , but there is so much little things in software that is very useful ,you need to use a samsung as your daily phone for a while and know what it can and what you need before judging .
and talking about hardware and the super amoled display and the color accuracy on s6 or note 4 or 5 or s7 , the cooling system ,the design ,it takes generations to reach this level.
what I want to say you can make a beautiful phone but you may find it not comfortable so the next generation you fix and refine and in case of galaxy S it took 7 generations now .
I didn't tried Mi series before and don't know if they were good , but if a new car is just released from a china , I won't believe it is better than a bmw , even if it shares the same motor .
Besides , I think all the new phone manufacturers still suffers from the basic bugs in hardware and software that were fixed in maybe samsung galaxy s3 , just open official Xiaomi forum and read the bugs of their latest devices .

you can be happy reading a review or testing the phone in store but you will not be happy using it everyday .

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 22:20

45. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 502; Member since: 07 May 2012)


you need to try one for yourself, xiaomi devices are awesome

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 12:11 1

18. BlackhawkFlys (Posts: 139; Member since: 07 May 2014)


My brother has LG Optimus G with MIUI installed on it. I had LG G3 with MIUI installed on it. I don't know what software improvements are you talking about.

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 11:03

7. imran86 (Posts: 159; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


That black one just looks awesome.

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 15:36

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


That's what she said

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 11:08

8. Unordinary (Posts: 996; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


I want it T___T

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 11:18 4

11. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 7807; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Wow! $400 for 128GB of storage. You see guys, how much Apple and Samsung and any OEM who has 128GB phones is priced so much higher?

In Apple's case, they buy storage 3rd party, so they would be cheaper than a first party solutions like Samsung uses in their phones. So that means the iPhone's bearing 128GB should be even cheaper than the above, and Samsung's solution would be slightly higher than Apple being first party parts. Both should be as cheap as the OEM above.

Now we have an idea how much we are getting ripped. Though UFS 2.0 or 3.0 I expect havign more recent tech and being faster than what the above OEM is offering, I expect some slight increases in costs. But still we are gettign robbed.

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 11:22 1

13. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 7807; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Amazing how it looks like the back of the Note 5 and S7.

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 12:25 3

21. neela_akaash (Posts: 1093; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


And those two's back looks amazingly similar to Mi Note Pro....

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 17:36 1

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


And the name, mi "NOTE" is a ripoff of the galaxy Note series itself.

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 20:04 1

37. nodes (Posts: 681; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


yeah because having a similar name is such a big deal compared to having similar design. *facepalm

just accept it, Samsung copies from everybody, Note 5 has 2010's iPhone body, with addition of Mi Note backs, and man couldn't be any cheaper with that slightly rectangular home button from iPhone, really pathetic copycat.

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 13:52 1

28. Roshnishama (Posts: 33; Member since: 10 Aug 2015)


I agree with you it looks very similar!

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 11:43 2

14. Navi_m (Posts: 781; Member since: 09 Jan 2016)


They will sell 50 millions of mi5 this year

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 16:09

32. wargreymon (Posts: 669; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)


Unless they make it available internationally, I think sadly enough that most people don't care.

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 11:51 2

15. Kumar123 (Posts: 435; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


Xiaomi will kill pretty much every other android manufacturer this year in China. Huawei, Samsung, Meizu eveyone will suffer and their market share will fall even further in China.

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 12:15

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


Maybe.. Tho, Huawei will keep gaining strength outside of China

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 13:51

27. Roshnishama (Posts: 33; Member since: 10 Aug 2015)


I'm too looking to purchase this handset!

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 15:54

31. jellmoo (Posts: 1456; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


Until they ship worldwide in an organized and appreciable way, they remain more or less irrelevant in the grand scheme of things.

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 20:41

38. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 1867; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


"Xiaomi has a cult following in China"

Lol, something iPhonearena would never mention about apple users in an apple sales article...

posted on 29 Feb 2016, 23:16

46. Navi_m (Posts: 781; Member since: 09 Jan 2016)


Love or hate!! This year is a xiomi tear and they are brand now!! No chinese ok!!

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