While it was certainly pleasing to hear the long-rumored Xiaomi Mi 5 would finally go official late next month, the announcement venue sounded predictable and, frankly, disheartening. But the company’s global expansion ambitions might erupt after all, as invitations for an MWC media preview in Barcelona on February 24 have started going out to select members of the press.
The simultaneous Beijing “launch event” remains set too, suggesting for once that Xiaomi sees an opportunity to spread its growing tentacles to the old continent and perhaps North America as well.
At the same time, referring to the Beijing and Barcelona gatherings differently hints the Mi 5 will at least go on sale in Asia first, and then maybe ultimately in a handful of European markets.
In case there was any doubt as to the make and model of the processor inside the looming flagship phone, Xiaomi just cheekily quashed it, by scheduling the MWC event at “820 AM.” Meanwhile, as if the recent onslaught of visual leaks wasn’t enough to paint the Snapdragon 820 powerhouse a premium picture, Mi 5’s retail box has also prematurely made its way online.
Almost surely, we’re looking at a robust metal-and-glass Android handheld here, with 2.5D curved glass, a fingerprint sensor disguised as a physical home button, and four possible paint jobs – black, white, pink, and gold.
Sounds intriguing? You don’t know the half of it yet, as the Xiaomi Mi 5 could cost less than $500 with 4GB RAM, a 5.2-inch Quad HD screen, 3,000 mAh battery, and up to 64GB internal storage space in tow.