Xiaomi’s long awaited Mi 5 flagship is now expected to be launched in January next year.

Fans of Xiaomi’s flagship Mi series smartphones have been eagerly waiting for the successor to the Mi 4 for months. While rumors have been ripe throughout early 2015 that the Mi 5 would arrive towards the end of the year, and we nearly thought them to be true, Xiaomi ended up announcing the Redmi Note 3 and Mi Pad 2 during their event held on November 24.

A few details about the release of the device were revealed in a recent interview with Lei Jun, the CEO of Xiaomi. Jun said that Xiaomi’s development time for their flagship Mi series phones is between 12 to 18 months, which is slightly longer than the yearly refresh cycle followed by most of its competitors. Jun added that the phone would be “close to perfect” when released, using the best components selected after lots of research and tests. The CEO of the ~$50 billion company also revealed that he’s currently in possession of an Mi 5 prototype, that he, unsurprisingly, considered to be amazing.

Pan Jiutang, a reputed Chinese analyst who predicted the specifications of the Huawei Nexus phablet, says that the Mi 5 would be unveiled to the world in January 2016 and go on sale in February, specifically after the Spring festival in China. Jiutang made a post on Weibo talking about the aforementioned. He also mentioned in his post that Xiaomi is stocking up on the Mi 5, which is an indication that the company expects huge demand for the device and wishes to sell as many units as possible.

According to previous rumors, the Xiaomi Mi 5 is said to come with a 5.3-inch Quad HD (2560 x 1440) display, 4 GB of RAM, a 16 MP rear camera, 16 or 64 GB of internal storage, and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 quad-core chipset. A 3000 mAh battery might be a part of the spec sheet well. There’s no word on pricing, but consider a ballpark figure of $400.

Are you excitedly waiting for the Xiaomi Mi 5? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

  • Siddharth Bhardwaj

    Just hoping they don’t copy design of iPhone this time. It’s a shame because they make excellent devices, on par with the highest quality ones, but it’s easy to dismiss them as just another copy cat.

    With release of Mi Note, Mi4i and Mi4c, I thought they finally stopped copying others’ design but they released Mi Pad 2 recently which looks identical to iPad mini (but can run both Android and Windows 10).

    • Shashank

      What else you want Mi to do produce a phone & tablet in round shape, thats a default design and everyone is making to it as its is more comfortable to our hands then any other design

    • Karly Johnston

      Complain about the N1 before talking about copying an iPad.

  • Latheryin

    The os kills it along with their constant violation of the gpl

    • Akira Tabuchi Yagui

      It’s only a violation if they sell the phone in a country where they are valid… China, India, Brazil and so on have their own regulations… In the other hand, most of the code is in github, so it’s not a 100% GPL violation…

      • Latheryin

        And that is why they are known as the running joke of the android world and why they will never be anything to compete with the major OEM.

        • Akira Tabuchi Yagui

          Actually right now, they are way better placed that some of the “major” OEM like LG, Sony, HTC, Nokia/Microsoft, etc. Only in the US they are “bad” where Apple dominates…

          Now remember brands like Huawei… few years ago they were nothing…

          Give them 2 or 3 years and I’m sure they’ll be well placed in the US market and will pay for the necessaries licenses..

          • Latheryin

            Thats the thing. There is no licence to pay for. The gpl only requires that all source code for the kernel to be uploaded. Apple really doesnt have that strong of a hold in the states. Android is still major in the states but when it comes to apple they only have to worry about copyright infringment. They even opened a web store that pretty much is DOA

  • njurko

    I really like their design. Xiaomi Mi Note looks very cool with the curved glass back. And the build quality is pretty good too… I hope they do good as they did with their last flagship devices.

  • 1213 1213

    Don’t think it will be 400, too cheap for those specs.

    Only thing I don’t like is the unoriginal design (but don’t really care) and the ui. But if it’s a high performing device for cheap, and it’s reliable, I’ll probably consider it. Some people like the strange features they have too, so it’s probably worth a go.

    • Vasu

      I disagree. Moto X Pure edition has got SD 808 and 3gb with a QHD screen for $399, released 6 months before Mi5 launch. Now consider their online retail only approach, $400 looks like a reasonable guess.

      • Guaire

        Though Motorola handests considered as cheap, theirs never was cheap as Xiaomi.

        Xiaomi have launched 32GB/3GB Redmi Note 3 a bit cheaper than 8GB/1GB Moto G.

        Starting price of Mi5 likely gonna be $320, but judging by their old habits that gonna be a China only device at least half a year.

        • Karly Johnston

          They sell the SD808 3/32GB Mi4C for $230, it’s like half the price of the Moto X PE with the same internals.

    • Airyl

      It’ll be $320, just like all the other previous Mi devices. Or at least I hope.

      Also, if you don’t like the UI, a Xiaomi developer named Ivan usually makes 100% stock roms for all the Xiaomi phones.

  • Aadesh Kumar

    See guyzzz i am also a bit confused on the pricing point of view for the phone but one thing is very clear that miui v7 is the best all in one OS with great initiatives done by the Mi team. As far as ui is concerned its buttery smooth and really fast and fluid no issues there and the design is really nice of both Mi4 and Mi3 flagships. See as you all know Xiaomi is also known as apple of china so that’s the reason for similar built and design of the device but don’t you all like the design of apple’s flagships. Believe me guyzzz Xiaomi’s flagships are really nice they are cheap aswell as power packed as i am a proud owner of Mi3 as well as Mi4 and both are power packed no issues in performance neither in display and built neither in UI OF THE OS i would recommend you all to Wait for the flagship killer for the year 2016 till then bye bye……

  • catapult

    I’m pretty sure they will also release a mi watch with it, and I’m eagerly waiting for it coz I cannot afford the regular smart watches from the likes of Motorola and samsung, lol, but seriously though, it (the mi5) must be worth the wait or xiaomi is going to face consequences

  • Falenone

    Based on specs, a really good phone. But in 2015… A f*ucking 16gb base model out of what around 10 is usable? No sd card slot? You can have a Titan x inside there with quantum cpu, still wouldn’t buy.

    • Bipin Nag

      Agreed. Also I am not sure why no 32 GB model is reported. That is worse because many would have opted for that. Why the f*uck are they trying to pigeonhole customers into 16 GB model. Xiaomi do not screw this phone, you take ages to release next version. People will be pissed if you do this.

  • Armaan Modi

    Huge Xiaomi fan here! I want the Mi5 asap!Great pricing,great design,great hardware,great MIUI 7.oh woww..Using Redmi 2 now (which is performing poorly)…

  • flye

    Heh, such high specs but slap a skinned Android 4.4 os into it, then refused to release the source codes.

    What a waste to debut the 820 in this pile of crap.

    • Shohan

      who said Android 4.4??? It will come with Android 5.1/6.1…before commenting do some research please. Thank You

  • Stoffsprenger

    You can blame Apple for the 16GB base model. Apple sets the standards, and as long they refuse to make 32GB the base model, others will do so as well. Xiaomi is known for copying iPhones.

  • Dude2015

    I will be very disappointed if it is really 5.3″. For most people,
    5.3″ is still considered too huge for portability. 5″ is still
    considered the most ideal, and that is why many top of the line models
    including Samsung S6 are still 5″. Hardly set itself different apart
    from Note3 & Mi Pad which is 5.5″. Why does the company opt for the
    unpopular 5.3″ size is beyond me.

    • Latheryin

      You have to remember that the main target is China where everyone wants to look like the iphone. There it is more about looks then funtion.

  • Deepak

    can the company tell a particular date when it is going to release mi5 because there are a lot rummers .