The Xiaomi Mi 5 is "worth waiting for" says CEO Lei Jun

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Yesterday, Xiaomi unveiled the Redmi Note 3 and the Mi Pad 2 at a special event in China. The absence of the Xiaomi Mi 5 among the company's newly-unveiled products did not go unnoticed by the Chinese media. When questioned regarding the company's next flagship smartphone, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun said that the Mi 5 "is worth the waiting", and that the phone is "very very good".

Unfortunately, Jun did not provide any other details about the upcoming Xiaomi flagship, although he did note that Xiaomi is speeding up its development cycle, meaning that we should expect less time between the company's product launches.

The first time we've heard that Xiaomi is working on a successor to the Mi 4 was back in late 2014 when the Xiaomi Mi 5 was rumored to be unveiled at CES 2015 in January. As months passed and Xiaomi never actually unveiled the handset, other sources claimed - back in the summer - that the Xiaomi Mi 5 was delayed. Allegedly, the company was having problems integrating the Snapdragon 810 in the Mi 5 without bypassing the chip's known overheating issues. As such, Xiaomi officials are said to have postponed the Xiaomi Mi 5 release date until Qualcomm is ready to ship the upcoming Snapdragon 820, an event slated for the first months of 2016.

If you're hoping to get your hands on the Xiaomi Mi 5 in the US, then we hate to break it to you, but an US variant of the phone is unlikely. The Xiaomi CEO said yesterday that China remains the company's primary focus, followed by secondary markets such as India, Indonesia, and Brazil. According to Lei Jun, "it will take some time" before the company expands to other regions such as Japan or the US, a claim that other Xiaomi officials have repeatedly made in the past year.

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16 Comments

1. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

I want to see this in CES. Also, if it comes international, let it have both the x20 and oR the 820

2. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I hope next year will be more interesting as 2015 was disaster IMO, there was no phone that would have no big flaws, every flagship was just copy of previous one with bigger resolution display and the biggest loser of this year award goes to Qualcomm

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

S6/Edge/Note 5?

8. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

As I don't need latest CPU or this super duper fast memory I find S5 and Note 4 much better. They may not be as pretty and premium built but especially S5 is more sturdy and waterproof. They both have SD slots that are a must for me. I don't play games on phone and S5 camera is still excellent so I personally don't find anything appealing in S6 that would make me not buy S5

11. vijay.alapati

Posts: 181; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

but what abt edge? unless u say its a gimmick

14. Airylnovatech

Posts: 11; Member since: Apr 30, 2014

I don't know, I personally found the Huawei Mate S wonderful, and the LG G4 was great as well.

3. Deca-core

Posts: 75; Member since: Nov 20, 2015

Hope 820 doesn't heat up and throttle like 810.

5. combatmedic870

Posts: 982; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

I will have to say that any over heating and throttling issues will not be seen in the 820. Qualcomm just wasn't ready to go to 64bit. They used arms design and failed. Wish the 820 was a hexa core with 4 A72 and 2 A35 cores Btw, good going PA making the post reply button an ad, not allowing me to post! Awesome! Your ads are ridiculous!! It's takes 10 seconds for my phone to load any dam page!!

6. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

64-bit wasn't Qualcomm's issue, it was big.LITTLE... Sd410 devices performed just as they should've, as an upgrade and evolution of the 400. I believe SD610 devices would've been the same, except everyone kept using the 615 instead. 820 will bring back the performance reputation. Qualcomm was used to. Mark my words.

16. tralalalalalala40

Posts: 22; Member since: Nov 03, 2014

Apple forced their hand because android folk demand specs and 64>32. It doesn't matter if the next phone is worse than the previous which has happened more than we would like to admit. N6 is slower than the N5 for example.

4. jove39

Posts: 2137; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Hope S820 live upto expectation.

9. Plume-Veil

Posts: 174; Member since: Nov 19, 2015

It won't because Exynos always defeats them.

10. Tziggy14

Posts: 622; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

Really? What's gonna stop me from choosing the Huawei Mate 8 over the Xiaomi Mi5 if i had to choose betwen the two phones? What is the advantage?

12. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Even if they don't directly market it to the US (or anywhere international, for that matter), why not include the LTE bands? Is it cost-prohibitive? If these Chinese companies did so, they'd sell more units even if they're purchased by Amazon/eBay resellers, plus more exposure for their brand.

13. TuKangngeWe

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 27, 2015

I want SD820 device.... badly!!!

15. tralalalalalala40

Posts: 22; Member since: Nov 03, 2014

It is very very good. We will be sure of it when we actually have the new processor to test that it is very very good. Thank you china man!

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