Xiaomi has introduced quite a few devices this year, including their Mi 5 flagship smartphone. This device was announced back in February during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, and it has been available in only a couple of regions thus far. The device has been on sale in China for a long time now, but it has been available through flash sales only considering Xiaomi's production capacity did not allow them to offer the device through the open sale model. Well, the company made some adjustments and has managed to change that, read on.
Xiaomi's internal letter surfaced recently, and it stated that the company's CEO, Lei Jun, is taking over supervision over the company's supply chain. The company was able to manufacture 700,000 Xiaomi Mi 5 devices until quite recently. A recent report claims that the company is now able to produce 1.2 million Mi 5 devices per month thanks to Inventec, a manufacturing company which jumped in to boost Xiaomi's setup and thus sales. Well, it seems like those reports were spot on, the company today officially announced that they will start selling the Mi 5 through the open sale model on June 1st. The Xiaomi Mi 5 will be available (both standard and high variants) both in India and China, the consumers in India will be able to purchase the device starting at 10am (local time) through the company's official website (mi.com). Xiaomi's consumers in China, on the other hand, will be able to grab the phone through the company's website as well, but also through a number of retailers like Jingdong Mall (JD.com), Suning and Lynx. Keep in mind that the 3D ceramic variant of the phone will not be available just yet, they will be available through flash sales though.
The Xiaomi Mi 5 features a 5.15-inch fullHD (1920 x 1080) display, 3GB of RAM and 32GB / 64GB of non-expandable internal storage. The 4GB RAM (+128GB storage) variant of the device is called Mi 5 Pro, and it will not be available for open sale just yet it seems. This smartphone is fueled by the Snapdragon 820 SoC, and it ships with a 3,000mAh battery. The 16-megapixel 4-axis OIS camera is placed on the back of the Mi 5, and a 4-megapixel shooter (2um pixel size, f/2.0 aperture) is placed up front. Android 6.0 Marshmallow comes pre-installed on this phone, and on top of it, you'll find Xiaomi's MIUI OS. If you'd like to take a look at a more detailed spec sheet, click here.