Buy a Xiaomi Mi 5 in the UK

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Xiaomi is one of the big­gest phone mak­ers in China, and it’s in­creas­ingly get­ting its name heard else­where. It un­veiled the Mi 5 flag­ship An­droid phone at MWC 2016. Here we re­veal how to buy one in the UK, plus its 5 re­lease date, price, fea­tures and spec­i­fi­ca­tions.

How to buy the Xiaomi Mi 5 in the UK

Xiaomi phones are not of­fi­cially sold in the UK, how­ever, it is pos­si­ble to get hold of them through

Chi­nese sites such as Geek­buy­, GearBest. com and Cooli­, which we use to sup­ply us with Xiaomi prod­ucts for re­view.

The Mi 5 is to cost ¥2,600 (£285) for the high-end 128GB model and ¥1,999 (£219) for the en­try-level 32GB ver­sion, but the of­fi­cial prices are largely ir­rel­e­vant if you’re buy­ing in the UK, be­cause you’ll have to pay what­ever price you are charged by im­porters.

Cooli­cool is also list­ing the 64GB Xiaomi Mi 5 in black, white and gold at £349.19, and GearBest has its page set up ready for the phone’s ar­rival at its ware­house. Th­ese prices may change from day to day, and note that if you’re ship­ping to the UK you may have to pay im­port duty.

If you are buy­ing in the UK, note that the Xiaomi Mi 5 may sup­port only bands 3 (1800MHz) and 7 (2600MHz) for 4G LTE (that’s ac­cord­ing to the prod­uct list­ing on var­i­ous sites, al­though the Snap­dragon 820 is ca­pa­ble of 800MHz). If you have an O2 SIM, or use a net­work that pig­gy­backs on O2’s net­work, such as Gif­f­Gaff, you should know that the Mi 5 may not sup­port LTE band 20 (800MHz), and you may not re­ceive any­thing more than 3G.


The Mi 5, which looks a lot like the Mi Note and has what Xiaomi calls a ‘3D ce­ramic body’, has a 5.15in full-HD (1920x1080) IPS dis­play. Equipped with the lat­est Qual­comm Snap­dragon 820 64-bit quad-core pro­ces­sor it should be an ab­so­lute beast for per­for­mance. Xiaomi has clocked it at a huge 142,084 points in AnTuTu, but

we’ll wait un­til we get one into our lab be­fore we make our own judge­ments. This chip is faster and more en­ergy-ef­fi­cient than ever, and comes with Adreno 530 graph­ics and sup­port for ul­tra-fast Qual­comm Quick Charge 3.0.

The Mi 5 is avail­able with 32-, 64- or 128GB of stor­age, in black, white, gold or pink. The 32- and 64GB mod­els come with 3GB of LP-DDR4 RAM, while the 128GB ver­sion has 4GB of RAM. Be sure to choose the cor­rect stor­age model for your needs, be­cause mi­croSD is not sup­ported.

The pri­mary cam­era is a 16Mp Sony IMX298 model with a sap­phire glass lens, four-axis op­ti­cal im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion, PDAF aut­o­fo­cus, DTI tech and f/2.0 aper­ture. It can also shoot 4K video. At the front you get a 4Mp selfie cam­era with f/2.0 aper­ture and 2μm large pix­els. Marie Brewis


5.15in Full HD curved (1080x1920) An­droid 6.0 Marsh­mal­low Qual­comm MSM8996 Snap­dragon 820 pro­ces­sor 3GB RAM 32-/64GB stor­age 16Mp rear cam­era with LED flash 4Mp front cam­era 11ac dual-band Wi-Fi Blue­tooth 4.2 NFC Fin­ger­print scan­ner Type-C USB 3000mAh re­mov­able bat­tery 144.6x69.2x7.3mm 129g

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