Xiaomi unable to meet demand for the Mi 5, asks Foxconn to increase production

Little over a week after its announcement, Xiaomi's Mi 5 flagship smartphone is an undisputed success in its Chinese homeland. It received nearly 17 million registrations prior to its first flash sale (a favorite marketing tactic of Xiaomi and other Asian manufacturers), which happened on March 1 at 10AM Beijing time. The smartphone sold out in minutes, and despite the company’s efforts to secure enough units prior to the announcement, it looks like some will have to wait for months before they get a Mi 5.

Xiaomi made the Standard (3GB RAM + 32GB storage) and High (3GB RAM + 64GB storage) Mi 5 editions available for purchase. The Mi 5 Special Edition model with ceramic back, 128GB storage, and 4GB of RAM wasn't on the line, and the company is yet to reveal when this variant will go on sale. Both have 5-inch, 1080p resolution screens and are powered by Qualcomm's premium-tier Snapdragon 820 chipset.

According to a report by Taiwan’s Economic Daily, Xiaomi had prepared around 4 million Xiaomi Mi 5 units for its first batch of stock. Obviously, this was at least four times less than demand required, so the company asked its manufacturing partners Foxconn and Inventec to increase production. Still, it could take around April or May until all pre-ordered units are shipped.

The next Mi 5 flash sale will start March 8, at 10 AM Beijing time. It is said that this could be an open sale without registrations, but this isn't confirmed as of yet. Stock probably won't last for long, as there are millions of users still on the hunt for a Mi 5. Currently, Xiaomi's hero phone is sold only in China, but the company is planning to extend its presence to the U.S. next year. At present, it only sells its mobile accessories and gadgets in America through an online shop.

source: GizmoChina 1 , 2

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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



1. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

I was thinking of getting this phone in UK but its pointless. Its more expensive here (almost £380), most likely I won't get any service should anything go wrong and not all of the LTE bands are supported.

2. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

One of the most beautiful smartphones around.

17. Loveneesh

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3. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

Something about the price seems too good to be true , you think they might skimp on quality ? My one plus microphone Broke in less than a year and the touchscreen sensitivity isn't very good

9. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Broken microphone? What symptoms are you noticing that makes you think that? Maybe I'm experiencing it too and just don't consider it broken.

15. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

Its very obvious , when i make a phone call , people cant hear me on the other end . the one plus one has 3 microphone , my main one is broken so if i on the speaker phone they can still hear me but its not very clear . You can try opening the voice recorder , try to record some sound and see if its working normally . For my case the sound recorded is very low volume .

22. srk_s_rao unregistered

Try to clear the microphone holes with a needle or pin, may be some particles were stuck in there.

25. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

I think I tried . Didn't work .

23. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Are you using the Wave file format to record in the voice recording app? I too noticed that the other file formats were pretty crap quality.

24. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

I don't know what format . The default one I guess ? I sent it back to repair before in comparison with my dad's one plus one it's definitely broken . So currently I am using an iPhone 6 gold 64gb . FYI , my dad's one plus is his second unit . The first unit's call speaker at the top of the phone broke within two weeks so they gave him and brand new unit . One plus one is his work phone ,He has an iPhone 6S plus as his personal phone .

29. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

The default is crap for for sure, if you open the overflow menu, you'll see the options there for different formats. FYI, I'm still using my first OnePlus One since I got it in Oct 2014, and it's my first ever Android SmartPhone.

30. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

I been using android from the start only recently i switched to iOS and to be honest i am enjoying iOS more

31. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Opposite is true for me...

12. Jairus24

Posts: 49; Member since: Jan 20, 2012

According to Xiaomi's Wikipedia article under Business Model: "In selling the Xiaomi smartphone, Xiaomi employs a strategy very unlike other smartphone makers such as Samsung and Apple. Lei Jun, Xiaomi CEO, said that the company prices the phone almost at bill-of-material prices, without compromising the component quality and performance compared to other premium smartphones. It also profits by selling phone-related peripheral devices, smart home products, apps, online videos and themes..... To further reduce overhead costs, Xiaomi does not own any physical stores, selling exclusively from its online store. It also did away with traditional advertising and relies on social networking services and word-of-mouth to publicise its products."

19. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Yeah easily half the cost to make smartphone are marketing , physical store and lots of ppl putting money in there pocket ( look at apple )

4. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Not surprised. The price is too good.

5. hanabi

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 08, 2015

Numbers or market share dont matter in chinese phone makers coz we know almost all of them will be sold in one country

6. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Don't know what you're talking about but just got news that it's launching here in April so I'm pretty stoked.

14. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Hugo barra has officially announced the Mi 5 is coming to India in a month.. but i think it will be on sale in India on 05/05/2016...

18. Loveneesh

Posts: 436; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

mi 5 come in 28 april for sale.

7. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Off topic, anyone know what happened to TyrionLannister? Why is such a knowledgeable and informative individual unregistered? Or did he give up on iPhonearena himself?

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10. yoosufmuneer

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He is unregistered. If you want to contact him, His real name is Subham Yadav (Got to know this through his blog). I sent a message to him in G+ asking him why he left but he hasn't replied yet. He has also deleted his blog now. Idk why

26. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Maybe, just maybe you messaged the wrong person.

27. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Yeah, I'm sure I replied to a comment in which I asked him why he left PA. Subham Yadav on Google+ right? Edit:- I just saw your username. Makes me wonder, are you the real guy?

16. Mercedes-Benz

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20. marorun

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28. tyrionTheWise unregistered

The reason was exams. And I don't think this account name is a better camouflage. I also got rid of the warnings as an added bonus.

21. Norris

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His exams were about to start so I guess he unregistered for the time being.

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