So, what’s up? Well, we now know about what you can expect if you decide to import the phone and that’s nearly full LTE coverage. In fact, the Mi 5 has nearly all the bands it would need to operate on the four major US networks.
This is, like, Nexus or iPhone level stuff we’re talking about here. Here’s the full listing of what the phone has to offer.
- LTE: B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/18/19/20/25/26/27/28/29/38/39/40/41
- TD-SCDMA: B34/39
- WCDMA: B1/2/5/8
- CDMA2000: BC0/1
- GSM: B2/3/5/8
- CDMA 1X: BC0/1
For our US audience, there’s almost complete LTE support for AT&T (lacking the currently developing band 30), Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon, 1xRTT support on Sprint (lacking CDMA2000 BC10) and Verizon and WCDMA/GSM support for AT&T and partially for T-Mobile (WCDMA band 4 is missing). So, if you have an activated US carrier SIM and are looking for some Mi 5 fun, we’re crossing our fingers for you.
The bootloader will be locked by default to work better with Mi Cloud’s “locate your device” function in case you lose the device, but it is unlockable via a Xiaomi-provided app.