Xiaomi Mi 5 leaked: launching Feb 20, employees working overtime to meet demand

by: Kris CarlonJanuary 14, 2016

Xiaomi Mi 5 Gear Best renders

A third-party retailer in China has leaked the Xiaomi Mi 5 and its supposed launch date on February 20. According to the product page on Gear Best, the Xiaomi Mi 5 release date will be the day after launch: February 21. Anticipation for the device is huge and the Foxconn factory producing it even has employees pulling additional shifts to ensure supplies can meet demand.

The Gear Best listing not only provided information on the Mi 5 launch, but also divulged the Xiaomi Mi 5 specs, price and more press renders of the device. The specs listed include a 5.2-inch QHD display, Snapdragon 820 chipset, 4 GB of RAM, 3,600 mAh non-removable battery and 16 MP/8 MP camera combo. The Xiaomi Mi 5 will launch initially in three colors: black, white and gold.

Gear Best Xiaomi Mi 5 leak


Interestingly, the Gear Best page says there will not be a microSD card slot, but you never know, Xiaomi has used multi-purpose dual-SIM card slots in the past, offering the choice of two SIM cards or a SIM and microSD card. The Gear Best page only states a 16 GB and 64 GB base model, as you can see above.

Xiaomi-Redmi-Note-3-4 editorsSee also: Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 review87

Meanwhile, Foxconn is making sure there will be more than enough units on hand to meet the massive demand on February 21. A Weibo user recently posted a photo of a banner taken inside one of the Foxconn factories producing the Mi 5 that translates to: “Guarantee to supply Mi 5, strive to deliver the highest quality”.

Weibo Mi 5 banner

No matter if some of these specs or details change in the next few weeks, the Mi 5 is going to be a massively popular device, in part for being one of the first 2016 flagships to be powered by the Snapdragon 820, but mostly because it will be a very affordable device. Launching at the same time as the Galaxy S7, the price vs performance ratios are going to be very interesting indeed.

What do you think of the Xiaomi Mi 5? What do you think the likely price difference will be between the Mi 5 and S7?

  • s2weden2000

    That’s right…

  • Chauntella Stephanie Brown

    l would definitely try to get my hands on the Xiaomi Mi 5…
    If they made it available in the US with three appropriate US LTE bands. Asian manufacturers make the best phones.

  • Jerome

    I feel it is 100$ overpriced compared to what I purchase last year Mi note pro. I paid 630$ for 64gb and 4gb of ram.
    They also seems to lock the bootloader now, don’t have all the european LTE bands, having to ship it back if faulty to asia.
    All that into account it makes these phones a little less of a bargain.
    Glad I really like my Mi note Pro and I need dual sim. I would just want to have the kernel source released.

  • M42

    It looks like the HTC A9.

    • coldspring22 .

      So does Redmi Note 3, Redmi 3, all converging on iphone-esque design. Maybe Xiaomi will have better success at stealing Apple’s lunch this time?

  • Dis

    16+64 is so stupid. This makes me dislike Xiaomi, being one of the last Chinese companies to use Apple’s shady policies. 32/64 is fine even if the 32 costs $3-4 more than the 16.

  • Airyl

    A new day, a new Mi5 leak. It’s like they’ll never stop.

  • Guaire

    That isn’t a leak at all. Some of the resellers always does öpen to presale upcoming Xiaomi flagships with rumored specs and renders not to mention a hefty price tag which is completely made up.

  • Osakwe tochukwu

    It looks like an iphone with a samsung home button


    I think that s7 will be much better but I also think it will be at least 400$ more expensive. I think I am going to get a mi5 because I expect it to be somewhere around 500 $ and for a 5 inch 4gb am and sd820 I think that s pretty amazing!!!

  • Oliver Ward

    To anyone interested in getting a Xiaomi, i genuinely recommend trying one out before buying. I bought an Mi4i for my wifeas a quick and cheap replacement for another phone. Whilst the hardware is unquestionably well designed and constructed, the whole unit is destroyed by the horrible MIUI. You think it’s ok to start with, but day by day it just reveals bit by bit how awful it truly is, with the simplest things just being extremely complicated. In the end we called it a day after 4-5mths and replaced it with a Moto G, something we should have done to start with. So in short, great devices, awful software.

    • coldspring22 .

      Yes Xiaomi phones are great. MIUI is great too, depending on who you are. Fortunately, Xiaomi Redmi/Redmi Note phones are super cheap (and super good), so there is little risk to try it out. My wife, a long time iphone user has been using Redmi Note 4G for over a year and absolutely love it.

    • Chris Wong

      Cyanogenmod would have fixed that. Although it usually takes a while after release until a good port comes up

    • Bailey

      What’s complicated about it I have had 3 of there phones and I use the one your using? I liked the extra features I got with miui its simply

  • caur19

    16 gb for a flagship without an sd card, pls dont do that mi.

  • Kush Jain

    I think the price of mi5 would be arnd USD 450. AND for s7 the release price would b arnd usd 800… And in my opinion mi5 would be great provided they release it on marshmallow or give an update real soon.

  • Pizza the Hutt

    700 bucks?! WHAT? I tought it would be like 350~400?…really?…

  • aaloo

    lol. 700 bucks for a xiaomi phone. you can’t begin a brand by selling cheap phones and then all of a sudden expect people to perceive you as luxury. i wonder how much they had to restrain themselves for not putting rose gold :)

  • viktor

    Phone looks good; may be better 16/32 and a price is little high event it depends of price for Samung 7…

  • fopoku2k2

    i specs looks very weak, 4gb ram? damn you xiaomi