(Update: Xiaomi denies claim) Xiaomi Mi 5 and Mi 4s heading to Europe, starting with Poland

by: Rob TriggsMarch 8, 2016
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Update: Xiaomi has been in touch with Android Authority to inform us that the e-commerce site promoting the Mi 5 launch in Poland is not a real Xiaomi site, and that no official plans have yet been announced for a European launch of the Xiaomi Mi 5. We’ll update this article with more details as they become available.

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.

Xiaomi-Mi-5-1A closer look: Xiaomi Mi 5 first impressions: this beast costs half the price of the Galaxy S7318

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.

  • neau

    I for one welcome our new Chinese overlords.

    • Jim Morrison

      I’ve been thinking exactly that all day!

  • EasyCare

    Not really fond of the Samsung-style home button, but other than that it’s very beautiful.

    • digitaldr

      I hate home buttons too but at least Samsung got rid of the tacky fake chrome ring around theirs.

  • This website is a fan-based e-commerce, and not an official Xiaomi one. U no check sources?

  • Mikołaj

    This site isn’t official xiaomi site.

  • balcobomber25

    Xiaomi said this isn’t an official site. They are not entering Poland at this time.

  • c

    Maybe next time AA will try to think before publishing “news” like this…

  • AbbyZFresh

    They’re shotting themselves in the foot. If they won’t come to Europe, Huawei will beat them to it first and take up the sales Xiaomi would’ve had.

    • Huawei is now growing in Poland, lot of new models and great prices. People were waiting for their p8 lite for two weeks after careers were out of stock. Now honor 5x is going on top, and I can say it’s a nice phone :)

  • Modest Mind

    Actually I’m getting angry at Xiaomi’s local mentality. They introduced Xiaomi Mi5 (at CES) internationally and you cannot buy one anywhere
    outside China and India. I’ve been negotiating and bargaining with Chinese dealers in the last 3-4 days to buy 3x units Xiaomi Mi5 and deliver them to me in Europe but it’s turning out to be like mission impossible. If I do not get a solution in the next 1-2 days I’m going for LG G5 or Galaxy S7.

    • Quez D

      Precisely! What’s the point of introducing them to the global market to only say well for this market only.
      They could have simply kept their devices in Asia.

  • jay

    that is the phone of the year. can’t wait to get my hands on it

  • Xiaomi devices are available in Poland but that’s unofficial reseller. Price is worth best mi5 but I can’t imagine using miui. How’s camera I’m that model, waiting for some reviews.

  • Luk

    you can go on their website and buy one. They will deliver anywhere in the world. I just typed UK and it came up 3-8 working days delivered by DHL???

    • CosmicFrost6

      Anybody else see this? They say that the phone will start from $305 but the 64 gb model wouldn’t be THAT more expensive, am I right?

  • Ankit Kabeer

    Please do a full Xiaomi Mi5 review and also a detailed camera review.