Probably next to the LG G5 and the Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 edge, Xiaomi's Mi 5 is one premium flagship smartphone that is worthy of our attention. Just yesterday, the unit won against the iPhone 6 and 6S PLUS in a 4-Axis OIS shake-it-off test. The familiar design of the phone is okay but Xiaomi didn't upgrade the specs much so others were left disappointed. We just know the camera is impressive as shown off and shared by Hugo Barra.
There was no mention of a laser focus or the IR blaster as we speculated but now we have confirmation that the phone will be supported in the United States. All major mobile carriers in the US can offer the Xiaomi Mi 5 as 18 LTE bands have just been confirmed. Specifically, the following LTE bands are supported: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 12 / 13 / 17 / 18 / 19 / 20 / 25 / 26 / 27 / 28 / 29 plus 34 / 35/ 38 / 39 / 40 / 41.
This is good news for those who've been wanting to get a Xiaomi smartphone in the country. If you may remember, the company was involved in a hot topic lately about a mobile carrier known as US Mobiles' supposed sales of Xiaomi and Huawei phones as not "legit". With this list of LTE bands supported, we can say the US better prepare for the Xiaomi Mi 5's arrival.
Some more details were shared on an MIUI thread where the company started a Q&A for the Xiaomi Mi 5. In the same thread, the Chinese company shared the following information:
• Color options: Black, White, and Gold for the Standard/Prime version and Black only for the Pro variant. • Dual card dual standby: Support available for Dual Nano-SIM slots and all network (2G,3G,4G, and 4G+) • Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels • Charging port: USB Type-C changing port • Price: 1999 Yuan ($306/Standard), 2299 Yuan ($356/Prime), and 2699 Yuan ($413/Pro)