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Xiaomi unable to meet demand for the Mi 5, asks Foxconn to increase production

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Xiaomi unable to meet demand for the Mi 5, asks Foxconn to increase production

Little over a week after its announcement, Xiaomi's Mi 5 flagship smartphone is an undisputed success in its Chinese homeland. It received nearly 17 million registrations prior to its first flash sale (a favorite marketing tactic of Xiaomi and other Asian manufacturers), which happened on March 1 at 10AM Beijing time. The smartphone sold out in minutes, and despite the company’s efforts to secure enough units prior to the announcement, it looks like some will have to wait for months before they get a Mi 5.

Xiaomi made the Standard (3GB RAM + 32GB storage) and High (3GB RAM + 64GB storage) Mi 5 editions available for purchase. The Mi 5 Special Edition model with ceramic back, 128GB storage, and 4GB of RAM wasn't on the line, and the company is yet to reveal when this variant will go on sale. Both have 5-inch, 1080p resolution screens and are powered by Qualcomm's premium-tier Snapdragon 820 chipset.

it could take around April or May until all pre-ordered units are shipped.

According to a report by Taiwan’s Economic Daily, Xiaomi had prepared around 4 million Xiaomi Mi 5 units for its first batch of stock. Obviously, this was at least four times less than demand required, so the company asked its manufacturing partners Foxconn and Inventec to increase production. Still, it could take around April or May until all pre-ordered units are shipped.


The next Mi 5 flash sale will start March 8, at 10 AM Beijing time. It is said that this could be an open sale without registrations, but this isn't confirmed as of yet. Stock probably won't last for long, as there are millions of users still on the hunt for a Mi 5. Currently, Xiaomi's hero phone is sold only in China, but the company is planning to extend its presence to the U.S. next year. At present, it only sells its mobile accessories and gadgets in America through an online shop.


source: GizmoChina 1 , 2

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posted on 03 Mar 2016, 05:25 2

1. tech2 (Posts: 3475; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


I was thinking of getting this phone in UK but its pointless. Its more expensive here (almost £380), most likely I won't get any service should anything go wrong and not all of the LTE bands are supported.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 05:35 6

2. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


One of the most beautiful smartphones around.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 08:45 1

17. Loveneesh (Posts: 201; Member since: 14 Jul 2015)


agreed

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 05:39 1

3. Mercedes-Benz (banned) (Posts: 403; Member since: 18 Jan 2015)


Something about the price seems too good to be true , you think they might skimp on quality ?
My one plus microphone Broke in less than a year and the touchscreen sensitivity isn't very good

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 06:35 2

9. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 3290; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Broken microphone? What symptoms are you noticing that makes you think that? Maybe I'm experiencing it too and just don't consider it broken.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 08:13

15. Mercedes-Benz (banned) (Posts: 403; Member since: 18 Jan 2015)


Its very obvious , when i make a phone call , people cant hear me on the other end .
the one plus one has 3 microphone , my main one is broken so if i on the speaker phone they can still hear me but its not very clear .
You can try opening the voice recorder , try to record some sound and see if its working normally . For my case the sound recorded is very low volume .

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 13:29

22. srk_s_rao (unregistered)


Try to clear the microphone holes with a needle or pin, may be some particles were stuck in there.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 20:53

25. Mercedes-Benz (banned) (Posts: 403; Member since: 18 Jan 2015)


I think I tried . Didn't work .

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 15:12

23. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 3290; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Are you using the Wave file format to record in the voice recording app? I too noticed that the other file formats were pretty crap quality.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 20:52

24. Mercedes-Benz (banned) (Posts: 403; Member since: 18 Jan 2015)


I don't know what format . The default one I guess ?
I sent it back to repair before in comparison with my dad's one plus one it's definitely broken . So currently I am using an iPhone 6 gold 64gb .

FYI , my dad's one plus is his second unit . The first unit's call speaker at the top of the phone broke within two weeks so they gave him and brand new unit . One plus one is his work phone ,He has an iPhone 6S plus as his personal phone .

posted on 05 Mar 2016, 00:48

29. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 3290; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


The default is crap for for sure, if you open the overflow menu, you'll see the options there for different formats.

FYI, I'm still using my first OnePlus One since I got it in Oct 2014, and it's my first ever Android SmartPhone.

posted on 05 Mar 2016, 02:11

30. Mercedes-Benz (banned) (Posts: 403; Member since: 18 Jan 2015)


I been using android from the start only recently i switched to iOS and to be honest i am enjoying iOS more

posted on 05 Mar 2016, 03:51

31. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 3290; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Opposite is true for me...

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 07:08 3

12. Jairus24 (Posts: 49; Member since: 20 Jan 2012)


According to Xiaomi's Wikipedia article under Business Model:
"In selling the Xiaomi smartphone, Xiaomi employs a strategy very unlike other smartphone makers such as Samsung and Apple. Lei Jun, Xiaomi CEO, said that the company prices the phone almost at bill-of-material prices, without compromising the component quality and performance compared to other premium smartphones. It also profits by selling phone-related peripheral devices, smart home products, apps, online videos and themes..... To further reduce overhead costs, Xiaomi does not own any physical stores, selling exclusively from its online store. It also did away with traditional advertising and relies on social networking services and word-of-mouth to publicise its products."

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 10:55 2

19. marorun (Posts: 3911; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Yeah easily half the cost to make smartphone are marketing , physical store and lots of ppl putting money in there pocket ( look at apple )

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 05:53

4. Podrick (Posts: 801; Member since: 19 Aug 2015)


Not surprised. The price is too good.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 06:02

5. hanabi (Posts: 177; Member since: 08 Oct 2015)


Numbers or market share dont matter in chinese phone makers coz we know almost all of them will be sold in one country

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 06:11

6. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4002; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Don't know what you're talking about but just got news that it's launching here in April so I'm pretty stoked.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 07:57

14. neela_akaash (Posts: 1216; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


Hugo barra has officially announced the Mi 5 is coming to India in a month.. but i think it will be on sale in India on 05/05/2016...

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 08:50

18. Loveneesh (Posts: 201; Member since: 14 Jul 2015)


mi 5 come in 28 april for sale.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 06:19 3

7. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 3290; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Off topic, anyone know what happened to TyrionLannister? Why is such a knowledgeable and informative individual unregistered? Or did he give up on iPhonearena himself?

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 06:32 1

8. johanbiff (Posts: 405; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)


He prob had enough of PA or they banned him.. He showed no mercy the last cupple of comments about PA writers haha :)

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 06:55 1

10. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1507; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


He is unregistered. If you want to contact him, His real name is Subham Yadav (Got to know this through his blog). I sent a message to him in G+ asking him why he left but he hasn't replied yet. He has also deleted his blog now. Idk why

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 23:53 1

26. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


Maybe, just maybe you messaged the wrong person.

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 02:28

27. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1507; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


Yeah, I'm sure I replied to a comment in which I asked him why he left PA. Subham Yadav on Google+ right?

Edit:- I just saw your username. Makes me wonder, are you the real guy?

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 08:15

16. Mercedes-Benz (banned) (Posts: 403; Member since: 18 Jan 2015)


iPhonearena ? lol grow up

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 10:57

20. marorun (Posts: 3911; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


He changed identity most probably.
Many ppl do this here and start anew with new name every few months so they can troll ppl easier...

posted on 04 Mar 2016, 02:57 1

28. tyrionTheWise (unregistered)


The reason was exams. And I don't think this account name is a better camouflage. I also got rid of the warnings as an added bonus.

posted on 03 Mar 2016, 11:43 1

21. Norris (Posts: 121; Member since: 26 Jun 2015)


His exams were about to start so I guess he unregistered for the time being.

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