Xiaomi launched its 2016 flagship smartphone, Mi 5 just two days back and said that the device will go on sale from March 1. Interestingly company decided to sell its phone initially only in China and didn’t disclose much on global availability.
Now in an interview with The Verge, Xiaomi VP Hugo Barra says, Mi 5 will reach its core markets really soon. The company is also looking at expanding to other markets like Europe and US later this year.
In an exclusive interview with IndianExpress.com, Xiaomi India Manu Kumar Jain said, its Mi 5, Redmi Note 3 smartphones will land in India really quick. Hugo Barra just seconded that sentiment by saying the company is focusing on India first before setting global ambitions.
Xiaomi which made its India debut in 2014 has been under pressure from other Chinese vendors recently. The most recent example being Chinese internet major LeEco (formerly known as LeTV).
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LeEco has sold over 2.2 lakh units of its budget Le 1s smartphone in the first three flash sales before making the device available without registration. Xiaomi which is launching its Redmi Note 3 in India on March 3 is thinking of re-establishing its lost mojo here.
Xiaomi Mi 5 is a worth flagship at a price that is just hard to beat. Xiaomi Mi 5 comes with a new 3D ceramic body and has curved edges. The smartphone features a 5.15-inch full HD display and is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor.
Xiaomi Mi 5 comes in three variants – two with 3GB RAM and another one with 4GB RAM. The 4GB RAM variant is called Mi 5 Pro and it gets 128GB internal storage. The smartphone is backed by a decent 3000mAh battery.
Xiaomi has not been about just specs, it has been more about its UI. With Mi 5, the company is launching MIUI 7 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with five new themes and over 15,000 more in store.
Xiaomi Mi 5 starts at 1,999 Yuan (approximately Rs 21,000) in China and it will be interesting to see how Xiaomi positions it when it launches in India.