Xiaomi Mi 5 features 18 LTE bands, supports 4G LTE for all major US carriers (AT&T and T-Mobile included)

If you are reading about the latest phone by Chinese company Xiaomi, its Mi 5 flagship that it officially unveiled at MWC 2016, you might be a bit jealous.

A stylish phone with a 5.15" display and powered by the Snapdragon 820, the same chip that's inside the Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5, the Mi costs half the price of the S7 and G5. Unfortunately, it's not officially available in the United States and Xiaomi says that while it is working on expanding to more markets, it is in the very early stages and the company itself does not know when that expansion will happen.

In other words, don't hold your breaths for the Xiaomi Mi 5 in the United States (or in Europe for that matter), as it's not officially coming anytime soon.

However, this has never stopped enthusiasts: the Xiaomi Mi 5 can be imported via various third-party resellers and while it might be a bit of a longer wait (and we should warn that the imports often come a slight price premium and sometimes even with dangerous bloatware), some people will want to do it.

If you are one of them, good news is that the Xiaomi Mi 5 comes with a wide selection of 4G LTE bands and its supports the bands for all major US carriers including AT&T (bands 2, 4, 5, and the essential band 17) and T-Mobile (band 2 and the essential 4 and 12). With support for 4G LTE bands 3 and 7, the Xiaomi Mi 5 will also work on most European 4G LTE networks. Here is the full list of supported bands for the Xiaomi Mi 5:

  • LTE bands: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 12 / 13 / 17 / 18 / 19 / 20 / 25 / 26 / 27 / 28 / 29
Are you willing to go through the process of importing the Xiaomi Mi 5 (admittedly, much easier in Europe as Chinese resellers have local warehouses)?

source: MIUI forums via GSM Arena

Related phones

Mi 5
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 4 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3000 mAh



1. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Well, thats great news!

2. shiftt

Posts: 333; Member since: May 03, 2015

Damn Daniel. I actually like the Mi5, I might consider this.

3. AkoSiKuting

Posts: 88; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

No matter how much PA showing every pros and advantages for this device, it doesnt change the fact that this is Chinese phone!!! So no thanks!!

4. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014


5. MrHate

Posts: 318; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

That's the way to go bud! Just like how the people used to think about black people and the nazi's way of thinking. Woooooo

16. gigicoaste

Posts: 466; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

like 95% of the market most probably.. :))

26. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Racism, a clear sign of stupidity

41. Junito

Posts: 145; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

Yes it is my friend. Don't know why do we always have to go there, when we actually talking about a "phone"?

34. TequilaMockingbird

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 26, 2016

Pro's of Chinese phones: 1. Cheap because of factory workers working for cigarettes. Con's of Chinese phones: 1. Cheap because of factory workers working for cigarettes. 2. Probably, most likely, contains lead. 3. Probably contains something similar to Superfish that was on Lenovo (another China-based computer company).

35. steviehn

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 26, 2016

You don't the chinese label or that it's being made by chinese workers? Almost of everything are being made in China now a day.

38. KONICHIWA-ANNYONG unregistered

I think he's talking about the brand... He doesn't like the Xiaomi brand, because it's Chinese. I get that. I wouldn't want to be seen with a 'Xiaomi'; rather a Samsung, Sony, or Apple...

37. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Bro come on, would you say that about a Huawei phone? The Nexus 6P is a chinese phone and its amazing.

6. Rocket

Posts: 730; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

goods news im gonna order the pro :)

7. NoReseth

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

The documents listed on multiple websites listed those bands as "UNCERTAIN" . But someone removed the word "UNCERTAIN" and lots and lots of other news sites just stated these bands as confirmed. How sure is PhoneArena these bands are really confirmed ?? I live in the Netherlands and hoping to see Band20 confirmed :)

10. jauling

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

none of this is confirmed. PA doesnt even cite its sources, good job! I'm also in NL, and the official mi.com site doesnt show bands, but it does tell you what telecom providers are supported, which sheds SOME light on SOME of the bands. http://www.mi.com/mi5/specs/

12. Victor.H

Posts: 1104; Member since: May 27, 2011

This is an omission on my part, the source is now included right below the article.

15. tatail

Posts: 261; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

I just clicked the above link and in that page I found a little tab for Network Bands. Once I clicked on it, it revealed all available bands for the phone which shows 7 LTE bands not 20

44. DBLawes

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 28, 2016

Victor, the source you included from Xiami have this: Q:What are the networks supported by Mi 5? A: According to the Chinese Official Site of Xiaomi, Mi 5 support these bands listed below: FDD-LTE (band B1, B3, B7) TD-LTE (band B38, B39, B40, B41) TD-SCDMA (band B34, B39) WCDMA (bands B1, B2, B5, B8) GSM (band B2, B3 , B5, B8) CDMA1X / EVDO (band BC0) So, Band 4 is not supported has this article said. There is any way to unlocked this band? Thanks

18. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

If you look up these band numbers, you won't have to guess which ones are supported FDD-LTE (band B1, B3, B7) TD-LTE (band B38, B39, B40, B41) TD-SCDMA (band B34, B39) WCDMA (bands B1, B2, B5, B8) GSM (band B2, B3 , B5, B8) CDMA1X / EVDO? (band BC0)

19. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

AT&T use Band 2, 4 and 5 T-Mobile Band 2, 4 and 12 Verizon uses 4 and 13 Sprint uses 25, 26 and 41 So technically yes, it has been confirm by the OEM if you just research the band codes. So many lazy people here. Why ask a question you can easily answer with a quick web search. All you guys here are sooooooo smart!

21. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I don't know of very many Chinese branded phones that will ever support Sprint and Verizon's version of CDMA. They just don't. They will always work with limited capability on T-Mobile and AT&T. In this case usually the 3G bands, not ATT and T's 4G LTE.

22. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

29. emcdonald75

Posts: 169; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

Don't forget AT&T will also use Band 30 for their 2.3GHz WCS spectrum.

33. Rocket

Posts: 730; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Att use 2,4,5 and 17 is its main band.

20. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It is confirmed. You're just blind and to lazy to do some simple research.

11. Victor.H

Posts: 1104; Member since: May 27, 2011

The info comes from the MIUI forums where moderators have confirmed all these bands and band 20.

8. OlfakD

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 26, 2016

I already pre ordered a gold 64gb one.

9. ldenningjr

Posts: 15; Member since: Apr 20, 2014

what about verizon? does it support that? I see " ALL 4 Major US Carriers"

17. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Samsung must have struck a cord with design, because everyone is copying them now. This is like the 6th phone that is copying Samsung's design language. Haha! Apple is no longer the OEM to copy anymore. Samsung with it's raise your eye-lid front/rear edge design is a award winning creation. OEM's...fire up your photocopiers.

31. judik971

Posts: 84; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

You're right about the front but the back no. The Mi Note has a curved back and have been launched way before the Note 5

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