Xiaomi Mi 5 pre-orders begin: Snapdragon 820 smartphone with mid-range pricing
posted by Ben R. / Mar 26, 2016, 5:01 AM
Announced at Mobile World Congress, the Xiaomi Mi 5 appears well crafted on the outside and in. Along with the aforementioned processing power, the Mi 5 includes 32 / 64 / 128 GB of storage, a fingerprint scanner, 16-megapixel main camera and 4-megapixel snapper on the front. The device, clad in a metal and glass combination that should appeal to fans of slick design, also runs the latest Android 6 Marshmallow out of the box. Even at a starting price of $440, which is the pre-sale price over at GearBest, the Xiaomi Mi 5 looks a sweet deal.
After the well-documented controversies of last year's Snapdragon 810, Qualcomm's premier mobile chipset line appears now to be back on track. Most of the recent big guns are powered by the Snapdragon 820, with plenty more upcoming devices set to do likewise. You'd be hard pressed, however, to find a $300 smartphone from a recognized vendor packing such raw power, and even though the chip of the lower-priced Mi 5 variant is apparently underclocked, it's hard to discredit Xiaomi's latest flagship given the cost.
There are actually three different versions of the Mi 5. The Standard version offers 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage for the equivalent of $306 in China, while the High version ($352) packs 64 gigs of on-board real estate. The Ceramic Exclusive version is at the top of the tree, inclusive of 4 GB RAM and 128 GB for around $413. As you might have guessed, the higher-end version is also furnished with a ceramic body. Additionally, the clock speed of this model (and the High version) can reach 2.15 GHz, which goes some way to explaining how the Exclusive version recently mustered a whopping 179,566 score on AnTuTu.
Because of import fees, shipping, taxes and whatnot, you're looking at an outlay of $440 just for the Standard model, with prices creeping up to $470 and $535 for the High and Exclusive models respectively. Still, you get a helluva lot of bang for your buck, and if you're interested in snapping up the Xiaomi Mi 5 from GearBest, you can do so by hitting the source link.
source: GearBest via AndroidGuys
Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 23, 2015
I was happily reading this article until you brought up that 179k score from antutu again. You can't add 4 numbers together and tell it's fake? Windows (or) your smart phone has a built in calculator.
posted on Mar 26, 2016, 5:16 AM 3
Posts: 564; Member since: Mar 25, 2015
Lol. 179k on antutu but still tremendously slower than the s7. Jusy proves xiao mi is cheating on benchmark and how useless these benchmark tests really are.
posted on Mar 26, 2016, 8:28 AM 4
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Price is insanely good for such a great phone. You have to ask, are they making any money from the phone business?
posted on Mar 26, 2016, 5:20 AM 4
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Oh yeah, they are. They spend very little on advertising, keep small inventory and avoid retailers (middlemen). http://www.investopedia.com/ar
posted on Mar 26, 2016, 8:22 AM 1
Don't really care right now. Just like the xiaomi 4 (and other xiaomi phones), the price of this will rocket down in a few months.. Will be 20% cheaper in maybe 3 months... Call me in a few months - It's a mistake to pay full release price for a CHinese phone anytime soon. Especially one with gimmicks like a '4-axis' gimmick of a camera... https://youtu.be/OkQ1UB9Up5g?t
posted on Mar 26, 2016, 6:25 AM 4
Posts: 451; Member since: Mar 22, 2015
Maybe I watched a bad review, but I watched a review of a Xiaomi phone from 2015 and the software was absolutely horrible. Specs and price are good but personally for me if the software is no good it's a deal breaker.
posted on Mar 26, 2016, 6:43 AM 4
Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 2009
you can have 820 snapdragon, but the execution eg.software/hardware integration or development on any chinese phone isnt great and thats putting it mildly... btw, huawei 6p isnt the oem's build, it's google's therefore controlled by google...
posted on Mar 26, 2016, 8:24 AM 0
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Having read the review of this from gsmarena, I'd say that this phone definitely caught my eye, being a budget basically no-compromise phone. Plus the white version looks crazy sexy. Maybe would be more awesome if it had a nicely calibrated AMOLED display, but most people can live without that (Not me :P)
posted on Mar 26, 2016, 10:44 AM 1
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you will get 820 snapdragon, but your execution eg. software/hardware integration as well as development on any china phone isnt great along with thats putting it a little... btw, huawei 6p isnt your oem's build, it's google's for that reason controlled by google...
posted on Mar 26, 2016, 11:11 AM 0
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Too many haters here.
posted on Mar 26, 2016, 2:24 PM 2
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