(Update: confirmed by Hugo Barra) Xiaomi Mi 5 could launch on February 24th

by: Edgar CervantesJanuary 26, 2016

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Update, January 26: Hugo Barra, head of global at Xiaomi and former Android lead, confirmed on Twitter that the Mi 5 is launching on February 24. Barra teased a device that will surpass all our expectations. Who’s excited?

Original post, January 23: Xiaomi continues racing to the top. They dominate the Chinese market, but still need to work on spreading their popularity outside their home base. Will the Xiaomi Mi 5 have what it takes to give the Chinese startup that push they need?

We have been expecting the Xiaomi Mi 5 for a while, with multiple rumors saying February is to be the month we have all been hoping for. And it seems the latest reports may not be wrong. Xiaomi’s Senior VP Wanqiang Li has taken it to Weibo to let us know the company’s Spring conference is to take place on February 24th.


While there is no direct statement from the company about the matter, we can all assume this is about the Xiaomi Mi 5… at least partly. The event is to last a couple hours, so we might be seeing other products hit the stage. Or maybe they will talk about the Xiaomi Mi 5 for two hours!


All in all, the Xiaomi Mi 5 is looking to be quite the handset. We have seen leaked images and videos. Rumored specs include a 5.2-inch QHD screen, a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4 GB of RAM, a 16 MP main camera, an 8 (or 13) MP front shooter and a handsome 3600 mAh battery.

And if Xiaomi’s history is anything to go by, the company will undercut all the competition when it comes to price. We don’t see that habit changing anytime soon, so let’s stay tuned and see how good of a deal we can get from Xiaomi!

What do you guys say? Is anyone thinking of signing up for the next Xiaomi flagship?

  • Eren

    Mi5, I am waiting for you 6 months you motherfather.

  • Nick Leong

    Hell yea

  • Kristo Tammik

    Locked boot-loader just before launch are not good news.

  • Andrew White

    Nice to find out more on just what manual settings will be available for stills and video.
    SD card slot? WiFi and Bluetooth versions also.
    Looks pretty appealing overall.

    • balcobomber25

      Most likely no SD card slot, Xiaomi isn’t big on them. Bluetooth is 4.1 and WIFI is AC (confirmed by the fact that they will be using SD820). Aftermarket cases for Xiaomi phones are very easy to find, check on any Chinese reseller.

  • Rasy

    How are they with updates?

    • MaxPower

      weekly updates through OTA
      They define themselves as a software company first

    • balcobomber25

      One of the best in the industry. Every Friday you get an update and they support their devices well after release, the Mi3 from 2013 is still being supported.

  • Miguel A.

    I want this phone but it needs to have global LTE bands. I’ve owned all of them and they’re amazing but no LTE would just be calling it quits

    • MaxPower

      They only operate in few Asian markets and India mostly and for that reason I don’t think we’ll see more than B1/B3/B7.
      We have to wait they start expanding to the west to see more LTE bands.

      They claim to sell at cost and for that reason they have to cut here and there.
      Unnecessarily LTE antennas and fees to operate in a specific market is the first thing they usually cuts.

      The MI5 won’t come with US LTE bands for sure otherwise we would have seen leaks from FCC

      • daodedzin

        Nope ) Mi4 was released in Aug. 2015 and certified by FCC in Nov. 2015. There were no pre-release leaks.

        • MaxPower

          FCC certification is required by other counties besides the US.
          They have just start selling in Brazil which is one of the countries that requires FCC

          edit: MI4 was released in August 2014

          • Miguel A.

            Yeah and only two models have ever had those bands. The Redmi Note global variant and the Brazil version of the Redmi 2. :/ if only

          • MaxPower

            Before 2014 they use to make wcdma version of their phones without LTE.
            Again, that was meant as a cut to make their phones more budget friendly.

            Those phones were meant for Chinese market only where LTE (FDD and not TD) was still a niche feature.

            The MI4 was launched as a non LTE and only few months later they made the LTE version.

            Everything before MI4 is non LTE, everything after is coming with FDD-LTE out of the box (even their last super budget Redmi3)

            Again, all the LTE-equipped phones they launched so far come with B1/B3/B7 (FDD-LTE) and a bunch of other TD-LTE bands that are meant for Chinese market only.

            For that reason I’m “guessing” that the MI5 will come out with those bands as well.

            I hope I’m wrong since being a US customer and long time Xiaomi phones owner I’d really love to get a US operating MI5

          • Karly Johnston

            I got the Mi4c on Tmob but it only gets up to H+. I assume the Mi 5 will be the same and costs a little much for a phone you won’t be using with LTE.

          • MaxPower

            Point of views.

            In my point of view it will cost 1/3 of the price of any equivalent LG,Samsung,HTC just without LTE.

            If someone lives in areas that are not served well with LTE (I don’t know where you live, but I’ve been on T-Mobile before and I had to switch to AT&T because I didn’t even get 3G connection)
            Or if like me you think that H+ is good enough then it’s pretty good deal comparing to regular OEMs.

            It’s all about budget at the end, before the Oneplus or Huawei hit the market the only choices for budget seekers were overpriced plastic SD400 phones.
            Now you can get a premium one for the same price.

            Of course once they bring LTE it’s no brainer.

          • Karly Johnston

            Actually H+ is usually fine for me, my area will never get band 12 and the band 4 LTE isn’t much faster on the DL. My signal never drops below 3 bars and usually sits at full. At the $250 point i paid for the 4c that is adequate, but at $500 the Mi 5 should be an absolutely flawless experience with that chipset, but it will need a low latency LTE to get that snap in its step. If i am going to spend the money for a flawless experience, it needs the LTE to make it so.

          • MaxPower

            I understand, I’m not a power user so the MI4C would fit nicely.
            It has a great build even without metal body and excellent camera.

            I’m on MI4 right now, and I grew tired of 5″, so I’m planning to get a 5,5″.

            Still trying to figure out which one I should go for.
            The New Redmi Note 3 with SD650 and the updated camera might fit my needs, but I’ll wait another month to see the be phones coming out

          • Karly Johnston

            If i was in the market for 5.5, i would get the Note 3 Pro. I really doubt any of the OEMs will match the price to specs Xiaomi puts out.

          • balcobomber25

            LeTV and Meizu will probably have a phone to match it at the same price point.

          • Karly Johnston

            Definitely not Meizu, LeTV is closer.

          • balcobomber25

            “Definitely not Meizu” based on what?

          • Karly Johnston

            Based on how much an MX5 costs compared to a Redmi Note 3.

          • balcobomber25

            Guess you never heard of the Meizu Metal, which is the competitor for the Redmi Note 3. The MX line competes with the Mi line.

          • balcobomber25

            I would wait till after MWC if you can, a lot of great phones will be launching. I am sure there will be some good surprises we are not expecting either.

          • MaxPower

            I need a new phone soon because the screen is broken and I can only send texts or call through “OK Google…”
            I’m carrying my wife’s “broken sim slot” Oneplus for everything else.

            If I order the screen it will take at least 2 weeks… The Note 3 pro is on presale right now, they will have batches by February the 19th…

            No much choices, I have to wait another month at least…

          • balcobomber25

            You can make it last! You are liberated from the grasps of technology. I don’t know how old you are but I am guessing you are around my age and grew up in a time when there was no cell phones.

          • MaxPower

            Lol, you made me laugh.
            I’m sure I can handle it, I’ve been dealing with this situation for like a month already.

            You might think I’m younger but I’ll be 38 soon. And guess when? February the 24th.
            It’s in the stars!

          • balcobomber25

            Wow you are an old man!!! Lol I am a very young 34. Or as I like to say I will be celebrating my fourteenth 21st birthday this year.

          • MaxPower

            Lol, I’m guessing you’re getting busted every year for you birthday

          • balcobomber25

            Where did you read that the Mi5 is going to cost $500?

          • Karly Johnston

            techradar said it would be Rs 32,000 or RMB 3099. Add reseller markup and I am paying over $500.

          • balcobomber25

            What Techradar actually said was there would be 4 models ranging in price from 2199-3099. At today’s exchange rate 2199 yuan would be $333 which is right around the US price every Mi(#) phone has sold for (previous were 1999 but the Yuan is a lot weaker today).

            Even at 2199, which my money would still be on a price of 1999, you will find it on resellers for around $370.

          • Karly Johnston

            You can’t believe every rumor you read out there. lol

          • balcobomber25

            Which is why I don’t believe they will have 4 models. Based on Xiaomi’s history I see them having 2 models a base one for around between 1999-2199 and a Pro Model for between 2499-2999.

          • Karly Johnston

            How much do you think the pro version will be on resale? I bet it is close to $470.

          • balcobomber25

            Depends how much it is to begin with and where you buy it from. There’s usually a couple resellers who will have a good deal (less than $50 markup).

          • balcobomber25

            For me I would like LTE, but it isn’t a major concern for me. In Boston I get good speeds on H+, it’s fast enough to to do what I need.

          • MaxPower

            I also get good H+ speed here in NY, I don’t even know how good LTE is where I live or commute, and for this reason LTE isn’t such a deal like I thought it was in the past.

          • MaxPower

            As for Brazil market you have to be patient, it won’t happen overtime.

            Even India still gets phones several months after the Chinese launch.
            That’s due to keep the same price and deal with the high demand/limited batches.

            Good news is that they are opening a factory in Brazil so they can manufacture locally.

            Don’t forget who’s Xiaomi’s vice president. I’m sure Hugo Barra is suffering of saudade and would love to move back to Brazil.

      • bob

        even in India they dump outdated models ,their main focus will always be china due to heavy competition

        • balcobomber25

          They created the Mi4i specifically for the Indian market, it wasnt a great phone due to a terrible Snapdragon SoC, but the main focus of that model was India. The Redmi Note 3 Pro was made with India in mind too. The problem for Xiaomi in India is they can only sell Qualcomm devices. The Chinese market has matured their is little room for growth there. India and several other countries is the future for them.

          • bob

            redmi 3 note pro should already have been released all we got a tease and no confirmation on launch date ,and it was released in china

          • balcobomber25

            Xiaomi always launches in China first, international markets second.

          • bob

            thing is they are giving the phone to 100 people only through some explorer challenge on Facebook instead of releasing the phone,they just announced the phone 2 weeks back without any specific launch date so far,so far it’s frustrating and many are buying it from online Chinese shopping website

          • balcobomber25

            Xiaomi always does quirky things like that when it comes to sales.

          • bob

            and the worst part is they gonna sell this phone only through flash sales which happens only once a week ,they need to change their strategy if they are really serious about expanding their market in other countries

          • balcobomber25

            Oneplus has it’s invites, Xioami and Meizu (and several others) has it’s flash sales, Elephone has it’s delays. It’s not right but it’s one way they keep the costs so low, they wait until component prices drop before they mass produce them.

  • Dallen Lee

    Gotta have the camera chops with killer battery life .or gtfo

  • Alister Crock

    waiting for this ….

  • babaibhat

    4GB of RAM & 16 GB of ROM

    ROFL !!!!

  • Jared Lyvers

    Just take my money!

  • Armaan Modi

    on my wishlist!

  • Carmen Ang

    but the price is abit higher compare to mi 4

    • balcobomber25

      According to who? Xiaomi hasn’t said a thing about a higher price.

  • bob

    everything you imagined but much costlier than the predecessor and no sd card sot

  • SoHot!

    No Micro-SD support = no sale. It’s not cheap..

    • balcobomber25

      Mi(#) models typically sell for 1999 yuan in China, which is about $330 US. That is incredibly cheap for a flagship phone.

  • Anbuselvan

    It will not get developer support as xiaomi’s recent approach over locking bootloaders. Obviously it will hit on the sales.

  • Rahat Tanvir

    I can’t wait for this phone I can finally upgrade my mi 4c

  • Mike Orszag

    I would be pretty careful about buying anything from xiaomi no matter how good the hardware. the sneaky way they locked bootloaders and the way they have handled everything connected with this us quite disgraceful. I buy many Chinese phones. I will not buy Xiaomi again