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Xiaomi Is Not Deliberately Limiting Xiaomi Mi 5’s Stock, Says Analyst

by Joe 7

Xiaomi officially unveiled its flagship smartphone for the year, the Xiaomi Mi 5 late February. It has been more than a month since the phone went on sale, still there are thousands of users, in China as well as in India who haven’t got hold of the device. The popularity of the Mi 5 is not surprising given that its base variant comes with the powerful Snapdragon 820 chip at just 1999 Yuan ($310).

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We know that the production of the Mi 5 has still not reached its full capacity, which means there are a lot of fans who are still unable to purchase the Mi 5 in China via the numerous flash sales organized by the company. Some even criticized Xiaomi for deliberately limiting the stock to create hype for the device.

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Now, Kevin Wang, the noted analyst from IHS technology reveals that Xiaomi is not purposely limiting the stock for creating a hype, instead, the production of the Mi 5 is simply unable to keep up with the demand. In addition to this, Kevin suggested that Xiaomi should make more black versions instead of the white Mi 5s since the black borders around the screen are clearly visible in the white variant.

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Earlier it was reported that Foxconn and Inventec, the two companies given the task of manufacturing the device, are working overtime to fulfill orders for the Xiaomi Mi 5. But it could take a few more weeks for the production to ramp up, as CEO Lei Jun had revealed previously that the capacity of production will increase significantly by April.

Well, even at this moment, the demand is just too high for the Mi 5. So, fans who have been waiting for the device will need to have more patience.

So, did any readers out here manage to get hold of the Mi 5 in the flash sales in China or India?

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  • ภัทรพงศ์ รัตนแก้ว

    Mi5 Pro​ waiting long time

    • JudikJ7

      Hugo Barra said that the processing of the 3D ceramic is very complicated so that’s the reason it’s so long

      • oro

        Yeah but they annouced at the same time all the 3 phones, it’s like they are all available. It looks like the 128G one is kind of limited edition right now, but they didn’t annouce it like it.

        For example, a big company like Samsung when they annouce the S7 talks about a 256G version, 6 Gig of ram, etc… but in fact there are only 2000 in the world.

      • ภัทรพงศ์ รัตนแก้ว

        Thank you guy, feel better

  • balcobomber25

    Hopefully a Mi5s is on the way that does away with that horrendous black border. It makes the phone look so cheap and ugly.

  • Qidamin

    But they also said they will be ready and there will be stock at launch! but the story is the same than for other phones, and the black version isn’t really available…so I think they still do it on purpose (look at the MiPad, it is a success but still hard to get).

  • Karly Johnston

    I hope they increase stock so the resellers will stop demanding $100+ mark-up.