Xiaomi Mi 5 won't strive to be among the first with Snapdragon 820, will focus on user experience instead

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.

While this means that we might not see the Mi 5 announced until later in the spring, the CEO already explained before that "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.

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.

source: ITHome via G4Games



8. Ekapl

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 16, 2015

all the specs are over at gsm arena ....HUGE battery!!! waiting to see what sammy has in store

7. kyofh

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

So far has past one year and a half over the Mi4, and still Android KitKat... WTF are u talking about with user experience...

6. Guaire

Posts: 898; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

So it actually isn't *amazing* right now as he claimed.

4. pp007

Posts: 39; Member since: Nov 21, 2015

Take your time Mi and give us the best...

3. Shocky unregistered

Why can't they do both? why would choosing SN820 have a negative affect on the user experience?

5. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Who said it's because of the Snapdragon 820? They mean they want to improve the user experience and not hurry up to race into claiming to use the S820 first. Isn't that how the simple headline reads?

9. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

Allows them to see if the SN820 has any bugs like the SN810 did. Also, will be less expensive is they wait.

2. FoneAddict

Posts: 263; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Hope SD820 doesn't turn out to be another pocket heater like SD810!

1. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Good. Better late than awful.

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