Xiaomi to release a Windows 10 Mobile version of its Mi 5 flagship?

Xiaomi to release a Windows 10 Mobile version of its Mi 5 flagship?
According to sources out of China, Xiaomi could be planning to surprise us with a version of its Mi 5 flagship running on Windows 10 Mobile. Considering the distinct lack of high-end smartphones running on Redmond's software, it'd be a major coup for fans of Microsoft's mobile platform if such a device did, as is being speculated, appear at Mobile World Congress. For now, it's just a fleeting rumor, but the idea isn't perhaps as far-fetched as it may initially seem. 

After all, it's not as though Xiaomi and Microsoft haven't worked together in the past. For example, the software maker has a Windows 10 Mobile ROM tailored especially for the Mi 4. Sure, it's quite a leap to go from that to a fully-fledged flagship powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820. But it's certainly not beyond the realm of possibility, particularly given that the Chinese firm has dropped a few Windows-running tablets in its recent past. 

Microsoft's Lumia range has thus far been the only route to a better-than-average Windows smartphone. But the company's mobile hardware business has been fairly up and down in recent years. Drafting in third parties like Xiaomi may well be the answer as far as Microsoft is concerned, and the Mi 5 would offer users a high-spec feature list usually reserved for Android. 

Slated for announcement on February 24th, the Mi 5 is expected to harbor 4 gigs of RAM, up to 128 GB of storage space and NFC, among other treats. That Snapdragon 820, set to grace the majority of this year's beasts, will also be a fixture, and with three weeks to go until the big unveiling, we'd certainly be keen to try out a Windows phone backed by such power. 

Indeed, with recent GFXBench findings having already offered a glimpse of what a 2016 flagship Windows phone might look like on paper, we may only be a couple of weeks away from seeing one in the flesh. 

source: WMPoweruser

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Mi 5
  • 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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13 Comments

1. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

If Windows 10 for mobile had all the apps/games I need, I would definitely choose it over Android. Also if the major bugs are fixed.

4. Pavarottipig

Posts: 17; Member since: Jan 29, 2016

No Android Auto, No Android Wear, No Android TV Why Windows phone ? I had it !? WP is not compatible! Android is Better!

2. Derekjeter

Posts: 1515; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Honest question, why? You need to focus on just building two awesome flagship Androids that will sell and increase your bottom line. Create a great phone for the whole world not just some markets.

6. Pavarottipig

Posts: 17; Member since: Jan 29, 2016

I Think WP is dead! No one makes Money on WP. 150 different phones in 4-5 years and no one sells!

8. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

maybe they want to taste dead or something, to encourage themself to work harder when creating their next android flagship.. all phone maker should wait surface phone to set bar for W10M, and other phone maker should follow but if they make 12inch Mi Pad win10, it will be great :D

3. aashis.sapkota

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

"Chinese firm has dropped a few Windows-running tablets in its recent past," quoted from the article and its absolutely wrong. They have released only one tablet that's running Windows, the Mi Pad 2 which went into sale for the first time on 26th Jan. However, this handset could really be a boon to the Windows Mobile System.

5. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

The phone is irrelevant. It's the ecosystem that matters. Nobody's going to GAF about the hardware of the phone if you can't get the popular games on it, your bank doesn't offer a WP app, The Fire Phone was a complete disaster, but I'd rather have one than a Windows Phone. Hell, I'd rather have an iPOSphone than either of those, because at least I'd know the apps I need would represented, nevermind my other feelings about Apple and iOS.

10. HTCM9

Posts: 29; Member since: Mar 29, 2015

If that is true..Definitely its heading to India..In India u ll get all the banking apps and people do purchase windows phone. It will be an affordable WP flagship for Indians.

12. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

+100. The ecosystem is huge in buying decisions. That said...in the past I said I would pick Win Mo over iPhone because of choice of hardware....but the ecosystem is a good point. I've used an iPhone before and yea....apps really do play a big part with these phones.

7. mahima

Posts: 739; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

i would like to buy one, lumia950 and 950xl are too pricey and i won't settle for 640series. And i love windows phone or w10m, whatever the name is!

9. iusshpandeh

Posts: 250; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

May be its the reason MS is not going to release a mid ranger this year!

11. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Win Mo 10 lives!!!

13. duartix

Posts: 311; Member since: Apr 01, 2014

Windows 10 Mobile IS NOT Windows 10 for x86. As such, all of the applications and appeal aren't there. What is worse, many apps aren't up to date or are in a very raw shape. Take this example:https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/apps/facebook/9wzdncrfhv5g

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