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

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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. 

Xiaomi to release a Windows 10 Mobile version of its Mi 5 flagship?
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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posted on 01 Feb 2016, 03:12 1

1. NoToFanboys (Posts: 2976; Member since: 03 Oct 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.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 03:35

4. Pavarottipig (Posts: 17; Member since: 29 Jan 2016)

No Android Auto, No Android Wear, No Android TV

Why Windows phone ? I had it !?

WP is not compatible! Android is Better!

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 03:26 1

2. Derekjeter (Posts: 1085; Member since: 27 Oct 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.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 03:40 1

6. Pavarottipig (Posts: 17; Member since: 29 Jan 2016)

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

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 05:26

8. ibend (Posts: 6675; Member since: 30 Sep 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

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 03:28

3. aashis.sapkota (Posts: 49; Member since: 27 Sep 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.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 03:37 1

5. Planterz (Posts: 2110; Member since: 30 Apr 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.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 08:27

10. HTCM9 (Posts: 29; Member since: 29 Mar 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.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 11:56

12. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


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.

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 04:52

7. mahima (Posts: 464; Member since: 20 Nov 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!

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 05:46

9. iusshpandeh (Posts: 250; Member since: 23 Jul 2014)

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

posted on 01 Feb 2016, 11:53

11. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Win Mo 10 lives!!!

posted on 02 Feb 2016, 04:16

13. duartix (Posts: 311; Member since: 01 Apr 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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