Xiaomi Mi 5 retail box leaks out, phone will be at MWC

Chinese company Xiaomi has quickly risen to become one of the world's 5 biggest phone makers. It's a purely Asian success story: Xiaomi sells its phones mostly in China and a few other Asian markets, but does not officially sell devices in the United States or Europe.

Now, this giant company that is largely unheard of in the West is gearing up to release its flagship phone for 2016: the Xiaomi Mi 5.

While we have no idea whether Xiaomi plans on a change of plans and an expansion to the West, we do know that for the first time, it will bring the Xiaomi Mi 5 to the world's largest phone event: Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in late February 2016. The company confirmed that the Mi 5 is likely to be available for visitors to see at Qualcomm's booth. It's important to know that Xiaomi does not seem to be planning an official event to unveil the Mi 5 at MWC - instead it is said to bring it for a 'media preview'.

So what will the Xiaomi Mi 5 look like? Unlike Apple and Samsung that are usually doing a great job keeping their phones a secret, leaks about the Xiaomi Mi 5 have been more than one.

We have seen the alleged official renders of the device, the specs and now, the Xiaomi Mi 5 retail box poses for the camera, revealing four different color versions of the phone: gold, blue, white and black.

It looks like a very sleek devices with rounded edges on the screen, what looks like a glass back and a metal frame. Up front there is a physical home button that is likely to house the phone's fingerprint scanner.

As for the specs, expectations are that the Mi 5 will have a 5.2-inch display, while under the hood, Qualcomm's most powerful Snapdragon 820 is said to run the show. All of this should run on Xiaomi's extensive and feature-rich MIUI skin on top of (hopefully) Android 6.0 Marshmallow.



1. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Phone designs have really stagnated in recent years haven't they?

12. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

"Unlike Apple and Samsung that are usually doing a great job keeping their phones a secret..." I thought PA said Mi5 was the best kept secret of 2015!

2. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

I thought it was an iPhone! Beautiful design. Will this have snapdragon 820?

18. judik971

Posts: 84; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

yes it will

3. Amiafanboy

Posts: 67; Member since: May 27, 2015

Looks like a miniature Galaxy Note 5 !

14. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

open your eyes a little more wide and you will see that this is just a smaller Xiaomi Mi Note Pro....

4. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Xiaomi Galaxy Note Mi 5.

5. Guaire

Posts: 890; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

How many times we have to remind you that Mi Note predates Note 5?

7. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

But, but, Samsung don't copy! Only Apple copy! :D

11. nodes

Posts: 1160; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Dude, Samsung never copy, Samsung is 100% original, they are different from other companies. no matter what, even Note 5 came out after the Mi Note, it's Xiaomi who copied Samsung not the other way around.

15. keithtae

Posts: 564; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

Yes you are right. Xiaomi is nothing but a China copycat. They are nothing but shameless cheapskate

6. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Does anyone else think the Mi 5 looks a little ugly next to the old Mi 4?

9. Guaire

Posts: 890; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Based on leaks coming from nowhereelse.fr it's gonna be exact opposite. With its rounded edges, thin body, slimmer side bezels, lack of camera hump and likely glass back instead to glossy plastic not to mention beautiful back design next to it Mi 4 gonna look bulky and ugly.

16. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

cant they do something with those huge top and bottom bezels? bottom part look so empty with akward looking home button -_- too much wasted space.. if they make that home button slightly taller and add front stereo speaker it will be great

13. keithtae

Posts: 564; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

Looks exactly like the note 5.


Posts: 9; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

how is that blue and not pink?

19. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Previously Xiaomi copycat Apple. Now Samsung? lol This is so like a miniature edition of Note5.

20. SkyfallWalker

Posts: 73; Member since: Jan 28, 2016

It looks good.

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