Xiaomi Mi 5 headed to India, China and “Other Global Markets”

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Even though India is one of the biggest markets for Xiaomi (after China), the company hasn’t released some of the newer devices like the Redmi Note 3 in the country. Fans were fearing a repeat of this after the Mi 5 was announced , but the company’s India head Manu Jain has now assured that India is well in its plans with the flagship set to make an appearance in the country right after the Chinese release next month.

The Xiaomi Mi 5 is one of the best flagships to come out of a Chinese manufacturer in the recent past, carrying a premium design and a noteworthy specs sheet. While some eyebrows were raised for the lack of a Quad HD on the smartphone, it doesn’t make much of a difference when it comes down to actual performance. In fact, utilizing a 1080p display panel will help customers get better battery backup from the smartphone, so this might have been a very wise choice from the Chinese manufacturer.

Xiaomi hasn’t given a concrete date for the arrival of the Mi 5 in India. But since the handset will debut in China on the 1st of March, it is expected to be available in the markets by late March at least.

Xiaomi Mi 5 hardware specs include:

· 5.15-inch Full HD (1920×1080) display
· 7.3mm thickness
· 129 grams
· Quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor
· 16MP rear camera
· 4MP front camera
· 3/4GB RAM
· 32/64/128GB storage
· Android 6.0 Marshmallow with MIUI 7
· 3,000 mAh battery
· 4G LTE with dual SIM support
· Fingerprint scanner, USB Type-C port

There are three versions of the phone.
1. The standard edition has a CPU clock speed of 1.8Ghz, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.
2. Step up to the next version of the phone for 2.15GHz clock speed and 64GB of storage.
Both of these models are made out of a 3D curved glass body and is available in gold, white and black.
3. The Mi 5 Pro edition is only available in black and is made out of ceramic and is equipped with 4GB of RAM and has 128GB of storage.

Even though Xiaomi pulled in sales of over 70 million last year and was one of the few to actually grow its share of the global smartphone pie, it fell short of its annual target. That had many pundits wondering if the firm is overvalued, while its chief competitors have upped their game in terms of both device quality and direct-to-consumer distribution.

The bulk of Xiaomi’s sales are from its low-end family — Redmi — but the Mi5 has higher margins and, as a flagship, a good reception could boost the company’s brand and keep it looking fresh in the market.

The Mi 5 starts at 1999 RMB (or about $262 USD or $238 Euros) with the Mi 5 Pro commanding RMB 2699 (or about $354 USD or about $321 Euros).

The Mi 5 will be available in China on March 1st at the aforementioned prices. A release in India is next followed by “other global markets”. America ? Europe ? The company has not disclosed any details just yet.

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