Xiaomi to release gold edition of the Mi 5 later this week

Xiaomi to release gold edition of the Mi 5 later this week
Though it was by no means the first gold handset ever, the champagne-colored Apple iPhone 5s seemed to start something of a trend in this regard. Since, many flagship smartphones have offered at least one shade of gold, and Xiaomi's recently-released Mi 5 is no exception. Though pre-orders of the handset began over a month ago and the device has been out in the wild for a while now, the gold variant has continued to elude. Apparently, though, the gold Mi 5 will finally be joining us as of this week, with April 29th slated as the official date. 

Like many top-end handsets, the Mi 5 includes Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 processor. There's also 3-to-4 gigs of RAM dependent on which configuration you opt for out of the three different versions in total. Though the Mi 5 doesn't get a microSD slot, the spec'd-out Pro model packs a sum total of 128 GB of storage, so plenty of real estate to be working with. 

While it's not alone in being a relative powerhouse, one of the striking aspects of the device is its price. The Standard Mi 5 packs the Snapdragon 820 (albeit slightly under-clocked), 3 GB RAM and 32 GB of storage for the equivalent of $300, which is chump change compared with the cost of market-leading handsets. The High version bumps things up with double the storage for $350, while the Mi 5 Pro variant goes all out with an optional ceramic finish, an extra gig of RAM and a total of 128 GB of storage. The Pro is just $400, though costs an extra 20ish bucks for the toughened ceramic back

Xiaomi may not (yet) be as big a name as Apple or Samsung, but the Mi 5 undercuts the likes of the iPhone 6s and Galaxy S7 considerably. As the Chinese company's impressive sales numbers continue to improve, the Big Two should be very concerned; one only has to look to Nokia and BlackBerry for evidence of how quickly the mighty can fall from grace. 

The flash sale of the gold Mi 5 will begin on Friday, though unless you reside in one of the launch countries, it's going to be nigh-on impossible to get a hold of for the prices aforementioned. If you take the import route, you'll probably have to pay a hefty premium. 

Here's hoping, then, that the company starts rolling out handsets to the U.S. and other nations sooner rather than later.


source: Weibo via GizmoChina

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5 Comments

1. thowersome

Posts: 34; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Not bad, not bad at all, just need to get some devs on this to put CM on it and all should be smooth as silk.

2. Guaire

Posts: 855; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Xiaomi will launch at new countries other than a handful of countries later rather than sooner. Their global expansion is a joke. They are eating dust of Huawei because of that single reason.

3. poptart574

Posts: 223; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

Every news article from PA should always start with an iPhone tidbit even if said article has nothing to do with Apple.

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

isnt it because apple invent gold color?

5. epdm2be

Posts: 816; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

"..Xiaomi to release gold edition of the Mi 5 later this week..." Where? All these articles about cellphones that are nowhere to be seen are starting to annoy me :-( And PhoneArena! Could you please ADD the following on your spec-sheets and reviews! 1) Whether a phone has a notification LED. BTW what are "service lights"? Also isn't there a page which CLEARLY identifies which LTE-bands are used/needed for which continent/region? Because one site display all the LTE frequencies while another talks about bands yet it's hard for people to finally know if a phone will actually work in their country (with regards to LTE). Perhaps users can think of a way to make this better noticeable on the specs sheets.

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