Xiaomi has quickly grown into one of the industry’s largest manufacturers, thanks to its range of very reasonably priced smartphones that can compete with the industry’s bigger players. Unfortunately for consumers, the company’s handsets have been restricted to just a small number of Asian markets in the past. Xiaomi’s new Mi 5 flagship and Mi 4s mid-ranger don’t disappoint when it comes to balancing specifications and value for money, but these handsets also look to be heading out to new regions this time around too.
A page from Xiaomi’s Polish website states that the Mi 5 and Mi 4s will soon be offered by the site, and Xiaomi Vice President Hugo Barra has been promising European expansion for some time. Unfortunately we don’t have any information about pricing or dates for when the handsets will go on sale in Europe yet. We do know that all three models of the Xiaomi Mi 5 will be available in Poland. All three Mi 5 models share the same base specifications, including a 5.15-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 820 SoC, a 16 megapixel camera, NFC, a USB Type-C port, etc. The variants are simply the 32GB or 64GB internal storage options and a Pro model which throws in 128GB of internal storage and an extra GB of RAM, bringing the total up to 4GB.
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The Mi 4s is more of an upper mid-range handset, with a 5-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage and, a 13 megapixel rear camera.
In China, these Mi 5 models range from between 1,999 and 2,699 Yen, which works out to a price range roughly between 1,200 to 1,630 Polish Zloty, 270 to 375 Euros, or 310 to 415 USD, give or take local sales taxes. Although the cost of importing these products may raise the prices somewhat, Xiaomi’s latest handsets will no doubt make for compelling purchases when they reach Europe.