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Analyst: Xiaomi Is Not Limiting Mi 5 Stock On Purpose

April 11, 2016 - Written By Kristijan Lucic

Xiaomi Mi 5 was one of the flagship devices announced during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona back in February. This handset is currently available only in China and India, though Xiaomi is planning to expand its availability soon. That being said, the company has held several flash sales in China, and has managed to sell out their stock really fast, they’ve even been investing in expanding production capacity for the device in order to meet the demand. Now, in order to hit other markets, Xiaomi will definitely need to step up their game in this regard.

Having that in mind, some sources have claimed that the company has been limiting Mi 5 stock on purpose, but that’s not true according to a China-based analyst. According to Kevin Wang, who works for IHS Technology, said that the company is not limiting the stock on purpose (in order to raise the hype), he says that the company is simply not able to meet the demand at the moment. The company’s production capacity is definitely not up to par just yet, and we do hope that Xiaomi will change that soon. Mr. Wang has also suggested that Xiaomi should manufacture more Black variants of the device due to the black borders that surround the screen, not to mention the black variant is usually in significantly higher demand than the white one. Xiaomi’s CEO, Lei Jun, did mention recently that Xiaomi plans to increase production capacity significantly this month, so we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

As you probably already know, Xiaomi has released several Mi 5 variants. The Standard model comes with 3GB of RAM and either 32GB of 64GB of internal storage, while the higher-end Mi 5 Pro ships with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of native storage. All these models share the rest of the specs, and they look identical as well. The Mi 5 is fueled by the Snapdragon 820 64-bit quad-core SoC, while a 3,000mAh battery can be found on the inside, and it is not removable. The 5.15-inch fullHD (1920 x 1080) display is also a part of this package, and so is the 16-megapixel 4-axis OIS camera. The device ships with Android Marshmallow with Xiaomi’s MIUI 7 OS available on top of it.