No matter which Xiaomi Mi 5 you buy, you’re getting the same Snapdragon 820 as anyone else with an Adreno 530 GPU. The same 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM are there.
But man, can things get different.
At least one online retailer in China is selling a modified version of the Mi 5. The original Mi 5’s Snap 820 was apparently hard-limited at 1.8GHz while this version brings it up to its max potential of 2.15GHz. The Adreno 530 is stepped up from 510MHz to 624MHz. Lastly, RAM speeds jump by 40 percent to 1866MHz. Everything’s a tad snappier, a tad chipper and just a tad more likely to run into an early end in its natural life — one reason why Xiaomi may have underclocked the 820 in the first place.
Gome.com.cn has the so-called “Extreme” version for ¥1,999 ($299) in white, gold and violet. The black version is an extra ¥50 ($7). The offer lasts through September 11 at noon Eastern.