Xiaomi Mi 5 won't strive to be among the first with Snapdragon 820, will focus on user experience instead
Xiaomi hasn't minced words when it comes to its next flagship, tentatively named the Mi 5. The rumors that the handset might see the light of day before this year is out, or even the ones about early 2016, might have been premature, though. Xiaomi's CEO Lei Jun took to the company's forums to warn that they won't be rushing the Mi 5 to arrive with the first wave of Snapdragon 820-laden phones slated to appear in Q1.
"it is worth waiting for," and called it "amazing" when used as a daily driver, which he apparently is doing. Well, long story short, the premise now is to "put greater importance on the user experience and mass production, rather than being first" as per the CEO talk yesterday. This might mean that the company could be both fine-tuning the handset, but also waiting on the ramp-up of Snapdragon 820 production, as there are quite a few handsets that are expected to use it as well, including the Galaxy S7.While this means that we might not see the Mi 5 announced until later in the spring, the CEO already explained before that
Given that the Mi 5 is said to cost the same as the Mi 4 at its launch in China, or about $320, Xiaomi is rightfully anticipating big demand, and may want to ensure sufficient supply of 820s. Qualcomm will be producing the Snapdragon 820 with the latest second-gen 14nm method of Samsung's foundries, which means that there will be slow and steady production creep in Q1, so not everyone that has lined up for the chipset will be getting their millions of orders right after the ball drops at Times Square.