A new Xiaomi phone running MIUI 9.0 is due tomorrow, but much of what to expect has already leaked. Read on for everything we know so far.
When is the Xiaomi Mi 5X release date?
The Mi 5X will be unveiled by Xiaomi on 26 July alongside MIUI 9.0, the latest version of its custom operating system based on Android Nougat.
The event will take place at the China National Convention Center at 14:00 GMT+8.
You’ll be able to follow live via Mi’s Facebook event.
Xiaomi is already reaching out for MIUI 9.0 beta testers. The beta will be open to owners of the Xiaomi Mi6, Redmi Note 4 (Qualcomm edition) and Redmi Note 4X.
You’ll also like our Xiaomi Mi6 review.
How much will the Xiaomi Mi 5X cost?
A leaked promotional poster has revealed that the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 5X will cost 1,999 CNY.
This converts to £227/$295/256€, but given that Xiaomi phones are not officially sold in the UK you will need to pay the slightly inflated prices of grey-market importers such as GearBest, which is already listing its product page for the Xiaomi Mi 5X and citing prices of £337.94/$437.56/383.61€. (Note that these prices are likely to fluctuate when the phone is in stock and on sale.)
GearBest supplies all our Xiaomi phones for review, and offers free shipping to the UK. However, you must always factor in the additional cost of import duty (20 percent of the value on the shipping paperwork plus a small admin fee of around £11), the slightly longer delivery times, and the differing returns policies outside the UK.
Another potential pitfall for UK buyers is that Xiaomi phones do not usually support the 800MHz 4G LTE band, which means customers on O2, GiffGaff, Sky Mobile and Tesco Mobile won’t get anything faster than 3G connectivity without connecting to Wi-Fi. For more see our guide to buying Chinese tech.
What will the Xiaomi Mi 5X look like?
Xiaomi isn’t keeping the Mi 5X’s design exactly hush hush. On the invitation to the launch event it expressly mentions the Mi 5X, and shows the back of the phone. (Click to view a larger version.)
A video revealing the phone is also shown at the top of this page.
The Mi 5X looks to have a rear fingerprint scanner and a dual-camera with a dual-LED flash. This protrudes ever so slightly on the back of the all-metal device. In the image the Mi 5X is shown in gold, but further leaked images have also revealed black and pink colour options.
These new images reveal slim bezels to the left and right, but space above and below the screen – the latter allowing room for capacitive back, home and multitasking buttons.
From the bottom of the phone a USB-C port, 3.5mm headphone jack and single speaker grille are also visible, while a power button and volume slider are found on the right side.
What are the rumoured features and specifications?
The aforementioned leaked promotional poster also reveals that the Mi 5X will feature a 5.5in (likely full-HD) screen, the 2GHz Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor (with Adreno 506 GPU) and 4GB of RAM, while it has been made clear from leaked images that there will also be a dual-camera, USB-C and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
We also know the Xiaomi Mi 5X will be running MIUI 9.0 (based on Android Nougat). Xiaomi has already confirmed that this includes a redesigned lock screen shortcut, new split-screen feature, additional themes and a slimmed down Settings menu that includes the removal of rarely used features.
On GearBest’s product page it cites a few more specifications for the Mi 5X: 4,000mAh battery, dual rear 12Mp Zoom Lens, Touch Sensor.
We’ll bring you more details as we hear them.
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