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.
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.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
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.
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.Xiaomi may not (yet) be as big a name as Apple or Samsung, but the Mi 5 undercuts the likes of the
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