Here is why the Xiaomi Mi5 will be the next big thing

Here is why the Xiaomi Mi5 will be the next big thing

The Xiaomi Mi5, rumored to be released February 24, has promised to be “all you ever imagined, and more.” With statements like these, this much-anticipated flagship phone from Xiaomi has a lot to live up to. But the Mi5 will not only exceed these expectations, it will become the next big thing on the smartphone market. Let us tell you why.  

The product launch teaser image makes a bold statement. / © Xiaomi/GSMarena

The world has grown to love Chinese smartphones

Customers have started to shift away from Korean, Japanese and American manufacturers to Chinese firms that can provide a quality smartphone at an affordable price, and Xiaomi is one such manufacturer. 

It makes great smartphones at the best prices and its upcoming Mi5 is sure to continue this trend. 

The Xiaomi Mi5 will become the next big thing on the smartphone market.

It's taking over from a superb predecessor

The Xiaomi Mi4 crushed expectations with its design, features and performance. Its clean, simple design gives it the looks of a premium phone, and the Sony 13 MP camera offers crisp pictures and fast focus. The battery lasts for ages, thanks to its aSMP dynamic CPU power-supply control, and charges quickly with Quick Charge 2.0. Its Snapdragon 801 quad-core (2.5 GHz Krait 400) processor cores mean it's no slouch in the speed stakes either.

All these benefits combined with a ridiculously low starting price of around US$300 is probably why more 100 million were sold in a small market of just a few East Asian countries. Yes, there are those who argue that the Mi4 borrowed too much from the iPhone. But Chinese phone buyers don’t seem to care too much about that, because huge numbers of people bought the Mi4 in China.

If the Xiaomi Mi5 improves on the Mi4 even slightly, it will be a great phone. And if it can replicate its success in an expanded market, the figures would be unreal on a global scale.

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The Xiaomi Mi4 performed well in the small market it occupied. / © Xiaomi

The specs, design and price are looking incredible

Geekbench claimed the Mi5 will have 3 GB RAM and a Snapdragon 820 processor (as did, and will be running Android Marshmallow. Oppomart listed a short specs list that GSMArena quickly took note of before it was removed. It also confirmed the Snapdragon 820 but claimed the Mi5 will have 4 GB of RAM. Either way, those initial specs sound impressive.

We've also had a glimpse of the design of the Xiaomi Mi5 Plus (via a photo leaked by TENAA, below) and it is looking sharp. It's probable the Mi5 will have a similar design to its larger sibling, which should make it one good-looking one.  

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Xiaomi Mi5 Plus images from TENAA. The Mi5 could have a similar design. / © TENAA

The price listed by Oppomart was around US$599, which is higher than the Mi4 but still way lower than other phones in the Mi5's class. Previous rumors claimed a price as low as US$311.

If rumors about the specs, design and price are even remotely true, the Mi5 will be a direct challenge to the status quo in many markets.

The market is ready for a shake-up

As the “Apple of China” moves into the US market, it will make quality phones available at a more accessible price than ever before, which is sure to cause something of a storm. 

The Mi5 will challenge the status quo in many markets that it's expanding into.

You can expect the same thing to happen in the other markets Xiaomi is looking to expand into, such as Russia, Turkey and Germany. We predict a sudden explosion of Mi5 purchases, which will certainly dominate tech headlines for a while, making the phone the next big thing.

Xiaomi probably won't get sued

Rumors that the Mi5 could be hamstrung by lawsuits are way overblown. Moves into new markets often bring litigation, and Apple hasn't announced any lawsuits just yet. Not that that's stopped other companies in the past. Besides, Xiaomi could simply sidestep Apple’s notorious lawsuit wrath through a few simple changes to the Mi4.

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The Mi5 does look a bit Apple-y, but does that matter? / © Weibo

It’s unclear whether Americans will care about whether the Mi5 is too derivative of Apple, a source of national pride. The same criticism was leveled at Samsung in the past but it didn’t stop American consumers buying Samsung smartphones at record levels, even with a massive – and successful – lawsuit by Apple. It's reasonable to conclude that the Mi5 may receive some criticism but still find buyers in the US.

Can anything stop the Xiaomi Mi5 from becoming the next big thing in the smartphone market? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Cintha Grace Feb 11, 2016 Link to comment is better

  • hassan bouchta Feb 11, 2016 Link to comment

    Xiaomi just on the right way to be another boring and not so original thinking big manufacture but i would love to try a xiaomi m5 if its like ur saying

    • Cory Schmidt Feb 16, 2016 Link to comment

      Even if they are boring, they would probably still be a cheaper boring :)

  • Mike Williams Feb 10, 2016 Link to comment

    Too much of an iPhone clone for my taste. But enjoy

  • storm Feb 10, 2016 Link to comment

    Band support? Ready visibility in carrier stores? These are probably the two primary factors for big sales in the US.

  • Intrepid Success Feb 10, 2016 Link to comment

    To suggest that American pride will keep Americans from buying better products at a lower price is silly. The only reason that Xiaomi handsets are already spreading like wildfire here in the states is because it's hard to get them conveniently, and they have no carriers that I've found how offer them as a phone option.

    The key for Xiaomi is to get them into the hands of carriers and retailers in a way that won't lead to price gouging from those outlets. Some of us don't think twice about buying out of market phones and adapting them to our carrier. Most people here, however, are too indifferent to think beyond what is placed in front of them.

    • Jim Morrison Feb 10, 2016 Link to comment

      As of right now my xiaomi mi4c is working just fine (in the States) on US mobile service, but again no lte support so my data is 3g/4g which might be a deal breaker for some but not me as I don't consume mass media off WiFi

    • Cory Schmidt Feb 16, 2016 Link to comment

      I agree Intrepid, and pride hasn't kept other manufacturers of anything away from the U.S. market. Thanks :)

  • Peter Harwood Feb 10, 2016 Link to comment

    Hope it's not like a few Chinese things what I've bought? ie low price, high spec's, but absolutely crap at been reliable!

  • Sam N Feb 10, 2016 Link to comment

    dont care what americans think. rest of the world is very excited about mi 5 and its rich spec and low price.

    • Jim Morrison Feb 10, 2016 Link to comment

      Well I'm an American and I hope you'll care what I think:

      I just bought a xiaomi mi4c a week ago and I gotta say I'm extremely impressed with it; especially since I had no knowledge of Chinese phones/manufactures ect... The last phone I was using was the nexus 5 (iPhone 5 before that). So I did a little research and here I am...did I mention that I love this device...even though it's lte bands aren't supported here in the I'm thinking if the mi4c is this good I can't imagine the mi5.

      I guess what I'm trying to say is that I'm very excited too and if the mi5 is available here at some point I'm definitely going to buy one!

      • Prathya Feb 10, 2016 Link to comment

        you're one of the few americans I've seen speaking something positive about Xiaomi.

      • Cory Schmidt Feb 16, 2016 Link to comment

        Hi Jim,
        I just finished listening to a greatest hits album from The Doors ;)
        This is really great insight, I appreciate your input here. I'm especially impressed by your previous two phones, they really speak to the point about whether this will work for Xiaomi and I think this is a great example of how it will.

    • Hristo Georgiev Feb 15, 2016 Link to comment

      I'm not American as well but does it matters where are you from? I have MI4w for more than six months in Bulgaria, and I have to say that I wont replace the Mi series for sure (I mean the near future). Before Mi4 I had Galaxy S3, S4, S5. I was on iPhone wave for a while I had 5s (for about a week), I just hate that I have to push the top left corner of the screen with my finger from the other side of the phone just to "go back"... But this is because I was using Android for so many years. Mi4 is runing MIUI wich is great you dont have to think for anything. The batery is great I can use the phone for abbout 3 days without the need for charging it and I talk a lot, surfing the net and so on. I'm not so sure about the cheap thing, because the price will be more than 700$.Im sure there isn't better device for me regardles the price. Best regards

      • Cory Schmidt Feb 16, 2016 Link to comment

        Hi Hristo,
        Thank you for your comment.
        I think any opinion outside of Xiaomi's old stomping grounds of East Asia is very important to their market. It's an interesting progression you have made and I think it speaks to the point of these market trends the market.

    • Cory Schmidt Feb 16, 2016 Link to comment

      Hi Sam,
      Thanks but I think Xiaomi is very interested in what Americans think about their products right now :)

  • Parvind Chahal Feb 10, 2016 Link to comment

    it will be a value for money phone with great spects.......btw it will be quite intresting to see whether american appreciate it or not

    • Cory Schmidt Feb 16, 2016 Link to comment

      Hi Parvind,
      Thank you for your comment. I think it will really come down to the price and whether it preforms well. We'll see soon, I hope :)

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