Xiaomi Mi 5 may cost just $320 at launch

Xiaomi Mi 5 may cost just $320 at launch
The Xiaomi Mi 4 packed a nice surprise when it launched last summer - its full retail price was about $320 for the 16 GB model, and $400 for the 64GB version. This, of course, was the MSRP for China, while in the rest of the world it went for a bit more, but the handset was still one of the most affordable with these specs at the time, and coming from a reputable brand at that.

Now, a new rumor has emerged, stating that its Mi 5 successor will launch with the same pricing scheme as the Mi 4, meaning that the base model with the least amount of internal storage should go for a tad above $300. Given the speculation that Xiaomi is contemplating either a Snapdragon 820, or a Helio X20 chipset, depending on availability by the time the phone is supposed to be unveiled, we might be looking at one of the most affordable phones with such specs on the market. 

As for the rest of the specs, the only things that have trickled down the rumor creek are a metal chassis, 4 GB RAM, 16 MP rear camera, and Qualcomm's 3D Ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. None of these is confirmed by anything more than speculation at this point, though, so, Xiaomi, don't leave us stewing here for too long, okay? As for the actual announcement, given Xiaomi's penchant for an 18 months upgrade schedule, we wouldn't hold our breath for anything before December, or early next year, when Snapdragon 820 should be available, too.

source: Leaksfly (Weibo) via Mobipicker

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  • 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

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21 Comments

1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Nice.

3. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

It's going to be a great bang for a buck...

20. MSi_GS70 unregistered

I hardly believe it gonna cost only £210

2. UncleSamWantsYou

Posts: 36; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Stay away from chinese phone period

5. Arthurhkt

Posts: 727; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Does that include iPhone and majority of other western phone that made in China?

7. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Says someone who never owned one.

18. Arthurhkt

Posts: 727; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Well, just in case if you talking about me, well I own both Xiaomi and Apple products ;)

19. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Good for you. I replied to UncleSam by the way.

21. TechNeck

Posts: 657; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Awkward...

4. Arthurhkt

Posts: 727; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Does that include iPhone and majority of other western phone that made in China?

6. lallolu

Posts: 733; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Chinese designed phones are not the same as phones manufactured in China. It is annoying when people like you can't tell the difference. Iphone is only manufactured in China not designed there.

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

So design by Jony Ive, made by the homeless children of China.

10. Arthurhkt

Posts: 727; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I am sorry if you misunderstand me, but I do understand very well the differences between them, but "some" people tend to generalized that the quality of phone that produce at China will be always bad, but they never realized that most of their product is made in China.

11. MSi_GS70 unregistered

It is pointles to explain dumb usa ppl or uk They even think that the clothes what they wearing are different brands and in reality all of them are from Bangladesh same factory :D

8. Elfmonster unregistered

I love this company. I like their earbuds so much, I bought a *spare* of both the original generation last year and the third gen this year, even though none has ever failed me.

12. Guaire

Posts: 892; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Mi4's price wasn't a surprise, its launch price was the same with its predecessors. Actually we were waiting it with the SD805 at the time. On the other hand Mi Note Pro's price was a bad surprise and not hard to guess its sales not going well like Mi3 or Mi4.

13. btbotimtim

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

please make it compatible with US lte bands.

15. jckc92

Posts: 29; Member since: Nov 28, 2012

Why even talk about these phones if they don't work on our radio bands in the USA? Would have loved to get the Mi4 c but it wasn't compatible with AT&T bands...Would love to see this come to our country. As for "Don't buy Chinese phones" I think most of us know that probably 70% of phones if not more are not from this country. Might have been designed from here but they send them over to other countries for the cheap labor!

17. Chuck007

Posts: 1412; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

^This. Though I'd got to say I am getting rather tired of the racist "everything made in China are cheap and fragile little trinkets" rant I see way too often on social media. If you demand them to sell their products for unrealistically low prices in exchange for extremely high volumes, guess what? Quality is going to suffer.

16. Chuck007

Posts: 1412; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

For those who are in disbelief how relatively cheap China phones cost, they are made with developing countries in mind. Xiaomi largely depends on volume to make a barely decent net profit. Last time I checked, it was 1/4 of Samsung's mobile operating margin, never mind Apple's. Once Xiaomi gets more well-known around the world and they spend more on R&D and marketing, expect prices to skyrocket to at least Nexus levels.

22. vijaynfriends

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 07, 2015

Software experience is not great....

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