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[Spain Stock] Xiaomi Mi5 5.15inch FHD Android 6.0 OS 3GB 32GB 4G Snapdragon 820 (Gold)+ free gift - £195.00 (with code) @ Geekbuying

£195.00 @ geekbuying
Use the code to get this price: newyearo Free gift (Tronsmart Quick Charge 2.0 30W 2 Ports USB Rapid Car Charger + 3FT USB to Micro USB Cable) is added when you add the phone to your basket. The ph… Read More
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3m, 3w agoFound 3 months, 3 weeks ago
Use the code to get this price: newyearo
Free gift (Tronsmart Quick Charge 2.0 30W 2 Ports USB Rapid Car Charger + 3FT USB to Micro USB Cable) is added when you add the phone to your basket. The phone is delivered within 2-7 days according to the website. It comes from their European warehouse so no customs charges. The phone will most likely come with Geekbuying own multilanguage ROM installed so if you want OTA updates you would have to flash it with Global ROM. Alternatively you can order the version with Global Rom but it comes without the free car charger. Unlike many chinese phones it supports NFC. You can get it cheaper from chinese websites but its a good price for quick, hassle-free(no customs)delivery + free Quick car charger.

Some reviews:
http://www.techradar.com/reviews/phones/mobile-phones/xiaomi-mi5-1315657/review (4.5/5)
http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/review/android-smartphones/xiaomi-mi-5-review-extraordinary-value-android-phone-rivals-galaxy-s7-3637966/ (9/10)

Some specs:

CPU 64-bit, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad Core, 1.8GHz
GPU Adreno 530, 510MHz
RAM 3GB LPDDR4 1333MHz
ROM 32GB UFS2.0
Screen size 5.15 inch
Screen resolution 1920*1080 Pixel FHD
Network
Wireless connectiveity CDMA, GSM, 4G, 3G, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth
Frequency 2G: GSM 2/3/5/8; CDMA (BC0 / BC1)
3G: WCDMA B1/2/5/8; TD-SCDMA: B34/39, CDMA (BC0 / BC1)
4G: FDD-LTE B1/3/7(1800/2100/2600MHz), TDD-LTE:38/39/40/41
Bluetooth Yes, 4.2, Bluetooth HDI
WiFi Yes, Dual Band WIFI, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, MU-MIMO techniques have, WiFi Display, WiFi Direct

Back camera 16.0MP, 4-axis optical image stabilization, jitter correction 8
6 lens, f / 2.0 aperture
Sapphire glass lens protection
Flash color temperature
DTI support color crosstalk prevention technology
Support PDAF phase focusing
Front camera 4.0MP, The second generation 36 smart beauty, beauty in real-time self-timer
Large single pixel to 2 microns, ƒ / 2.0 aperture, 80 ° wide angle
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#1
bloody good phone, just shame about no SD card. 32gb is not a lot nowadays. I am deciding between this and honor 8.
#2
Mi5s can be got for 30 quid more - these are very tempting!
1 Like #3
Same price for white.
#4
scigulinsky
bloody good phone, just shame about no SD card. 32gb is not a lot nowadays. I am deciding between this and honor 8.


Aww no I didn't know it had no sd card slot. It's got dual sim so I thought one of them slots can be used for a sd card? Or am I wrong??
#5
SweeneyUK
scigulinsky
bloody good phone, just shame about no SD card. 32gb is not a lot nowadays. I am deciding between this and honor 8.


Aww no I didn't know it had no sd card slot. It's got dual sim so I thought one of them slots can be used for a sd card? Or am I wrong??


That is correct.

Can anyone confirm if this is an international edition that supports all of the 4G bands? Also, what about the rom? It's not one full of bloat/malware is it :(

Heated OP.
#7
slipd
SweeneyUK
scigulinsky
bloody good phone, just shame about no SD card. 32gb is not a lot nowadays. I am deciding between this and honor 8.
Aww no I didn't know it had no sd card slot. It's got dual sim so I thought one of them slots can be used for a sd card? Or am I wrong??
That is correct.
Can anyone confirm if this is an international edition that supports all of the 4G bands? Also, what about the rom? It's not one full of bloat/malware is it :(
Heated OP.

Just install the Lineage custom rom.

No international version of this, it misses the band for 4G that O2 use (possibly band 20 off the top of my head.)
#8
slipd
SweeneyUK
scigulinsky
bloody good phone, just shame about no SD card. 32gb is not a lot nowadays. I am deciding between this and honor 8.


Aww no I didn't know it had no sd card slot. It's got dual sim so I thought one of them slots can be used for a sd card? Or am I wrong??


That is correct.

Can anyone confirm if this is an international edition that supports all of the 4G bands? Also, what about the rom? It's not one full of bloat/malware is it :(

Heated OP.


There is no version that supports band 20. I would go for a version that is advertised as 'Official Global Rom' As you're going to get a clean version that will receive updates OTA.
#9
badboyofrock
slipd
SweeneyUK
scigulinsky
bloody good phone, just shame about no SD card. 32gb is not a lot nowadays. I am deciding between this and honor 8.
Aww no I didn't know it had no sd card slot. It's got dual sim so I thought one of them slots can be used for a sd card? Or am I wrong??
That is correct.
Can anyone confirm if this is an international edition that supports all of the 4G bands? Also, what about the rom? It's not one full of bloat/malware is it :(
Heated OP.
There is no version that supports band 20. I would go for a version that is advertised as 'Official Global Rom' As you're going to get a clean version that will receive updates OTA.

Although if you're going to install a custom rom get whichever is cheaper.
I'd recommend installing a rom by the way, MIUI is horrible.
4 Likes #10
chris_avfc
badboyofrock
slipd
SweeneyUK
scigulinsky
bloody good phone, just shame about no SD card. 32gb is not a lot nowadays. I am deciding between this and honor 8.
Aww no I didn't know it had no sd card slot. It's got dual sim so I thought one of them slots can be used for a sd card? Or am I wrong??
That is correct.
Can anyone confirm if this is an international edition that supports all of the 4G bands? Also, what about the rom? It's not one full of bloat/malware is it :(
Heated OP.
There is no version that supports band 20. I would go for a version that is advertised as 'Official Global Rom' As you're going to get a clean version that will receive updates OTA.

Although if you're going to install a custom rom get whichever is cheaper.
I'd recommend installing a rom by the way, MIUI is horrible.


I think MIUI is fantastic.
#11
I received my 64GB mi max from geekbuying recently having tried a redmi note 3 Pro. Very pleased so far, since purchased another redmi note 3 SE for my daughter to replace her faulty smart ultra 6.
#12
In what way is the Mi5s different to this?
#13
redondo5
In what way is the Mi5s different to this?


Off the top of my head, mi5s has a Snapdragon 821 SoC and a different camera. But, I'm happy to learn of any other differences.
#14
redondo5
In what way is the Mi5s different to this?

Metal body too instead of plastic/ceramic, I think.

Edited By: iainmann on Jan 28, 2017 15:33
#15
damadgeruk
I received my 64GB mi max from geekbuying recently having tried a redmi note 3 Pro. Very pleased so far, since purchased another redmi note 3 SE for my daughter to replace her faulty smart ultra 6.


a
is that the same one you bought and what network are you on. do you have any problem with connection

Cheers stu
#16

The issue with geekbuying is that they'll accept your order whether they have stock or not, and if they have no stock you're just left waiting till they find some stock.
I ordered my 32gb Mi Max from Aliexpress early December, £134 delivered in 21 days standard delivery, potential 10% quidco as well - but don't hold out much hope for the cashback.
#17
Infiltrator

The issue with geekbuying is that they'll accept your order whether they have stock or not, and if they have no stock you're just left waiting till they find some stock.
I ordered my 32gb Mi Max from Aliexpress early December, £134 delivered in 21 days standard delivery, potential 10% quidco as well - but don't hold out much hope for the cashback.


hi. have you got the link. Do you thinks it's a good phone
#19
I've got one from Geekvuying, room is OK. But won't update until you flash with the global one. Vodafone doesn't get 4g in here with mi5.
#20
Although I am very happy, it took from a Tuesday to a Friday to arrive from Europe warehouse. Happy with the phone, but no 4g
#21
iainmann
redondo5
In what way is the Mi5s different to this?

Metal body too instead of plastic/ceramic, I think.


Correct. It seems the Mi5s has a glass front and metal back and sides. The Mi5 is glass fronted with metal sides and either ceramic or glass back.
#22
swhdesigns
damadgeruk
I received my 64GB mi max from geekbuying recently having tried a redmi note 3 Pro. Very pleased so far, since purchased another redmi note 3 SE for my daughter to replace her faulty smart ultra 6.
a
is that the same one you bought and what network are you on. do you have any problem with connection
Cheers stu
You linked the 32GB version, I bought the 64GB (slightly faster processor) though effectively the same otherwise. 64GB is £175 here...
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Original-Xiaomi-Mi-Max-6-44-Snapdragon-650-Hexa-Core-4G-LTE-Smartphone/32705624435.html?spm=2114.30010308.3.1.AjamZh&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_3_10065_10068_10000032_119_10000025_10000029_430_10000028_10060_10062_10056_10055_10000062_10054_301_10059_10099_10000022_10000012_10103_10000015_10102_10096_10000018_10000019_10000056_10000059_10052_10053_10107_10050_10106_10051_10000053_10000007_10000050_10084_10083_10118_10000047_10080_10082_10081_10110_10111_10112_10113_10114_10115_10037_10033_10000041_10000044_10078_10079_10077_10000038_429_10073_10000035_10121-10050_301,searchweb201603_9,afswitch_2_afChannel,single_sort_2_default&btsid=80a6dbd3-d9a8-45a2-aa30-b7cb2df08967
Mine was from geekbuying though came with vendor rom (since flashed and now getting ota updates). Not sure I'd bother with the 64GB over the 32GB, phone has micro SD.
#23
damadgeruk
swhdesigns
damadgeruk
I received my 64GB mi max from geekbuying recently having tried a redmi note 3 Pro. Very pleased so far, since purchased another redmi note 3 SE for my daughter to replace her faulty smart ultra 6.
a
is that the same one you bought and what network are you on. do you have any problem with connection
Cheers stu
You linked the 32GB version, I bought the 64GB (slightly faster processor) though effectively the same otherwise. 64GB is £175 here...
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Original-Xiaomi-Mi-Max-6-44-Snapdragon-650-Hexa-Core-4G-LTE-Smartphone/32705624435.html?spm=2114.30010308.3.1.AjamZh&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_3_10065_10068_10000032_119_10000025_10000029_430_10000028_10060_10062_10056_10055_10000062_10054_301_10059_10099_10000022_10000012_10103_10000015_10102_10096_10000018_10000019_10000056_10000059_10052_10053_10107_10050_10106_10051_10000053_10000007_10000050_10084_10083_10118_10000047_10080_10082_10081_10110_10111_10112_10113_10114_10115_10037_10033_10000041_10000044_10078_10079_10077_10000038_429_10073_10000035_10121-10050_301,searchweb201603_9,afswitch_2_afChannel,single_sort_2_default&btsid=80a6dbd3-d9a8-45a2-aa30-b7cb2df08967
Mine was from geekbuying though came with vendor rom (since flashed and now getting ota updates). Not sure I'd bother with the 64GB over the 32GB, phone has micro SD.


do I need standard or mi band 2
#24
damadgeruk
swhdesigns
damadgeruk
I received my 64GB mi max from geekbuying recently having tried a redmi note 3 Pro. Very pleased so far, since purchased another redmi note 3 SE for my daughter to replace her faulty smart ultra 6.
a
is that the same one you bought and what network are you on. do you have any problem with connection
Cheers stu
You linked the 32GB version, I bought the 64GB (slightly faster processor) though effectively the same otherwise. 64GB is £175 here...
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Original-Xiaomi-Mi-Max-6-44-Snapdragon-650-Hexa-Core-4G-LTE-Smartphone/32705624435.html?spm=2114.30010308.3.1.AjamZh&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_3_10065_10068_10000032_119_10000025_10000029_430_10000028_10060_10062_10056_10055_10000062_10054_301_10059_10099_10000022_10000012_10103_10000015_10102_10096_10000018_10000019_10000056_10000059_10052_10053_10107_10050_10106_10051_10000053_10000007_10000050_10084_10083_10118_10000047_10080_10082_10081_10110_10111_10112_10113_10114_10115_10037_10033_10000041_10000044_10078_10079_10077_10000038_429_10073_10000035_10121-10050_301,searchweb201603_9,afswitch_2_afChannel,single_sort_2_default&btsid=80a6dbd3-d9a8-45a2-aa30-b7cb2df08967
Mine was from geekbuying though came with vendor rom (since flashed and now getting ota updates). Not sure I'd bother with the 64GB over the 32GB, phone has micro SD.


How did you flash it? Followed any instructions? Thanks in advance
#25
Sorry for what may appear to be a silly question. I am a little confused, who is best to buy from, Ali express or this one, I'm not sure what the difference or benefits are, can any body please advise.
#26


I bought the mi max 2 weeks ago and it's amazing. Huge battery, very quick phone even with multiple apps open. Go for it, you won't regret it.
#27
badboyofrock
slipd
SweeneyUK
scigulinsky
bloody good phone, just shame about no SD card. 32gb is not a lot nowadays. I am deciding between this and honor 8.
Aww no I didn't know it had no sd card slot. It's got dual sim so I thought one of them slots can be used for a sd card? Or am I wrong??
That is correct.
Can anyone confirm if this is an international edition that supports all of the 4G bands? Also, what about the rom? It's not one full of bloat/malware is it :(
Heated OP.
There is no version that supports band 20. I would go for a version that is advertised as 'Official Global Rom' As you're going to get a clean version that will receive updates OTA.

That's right no band 20 (800Mhz) 4G spectrum. (Three, EE & Vodafone rely on this band for part of their 4G spectrum) http://www.4g.co.uk/4g-frequencies-uk-need-know/
1 Like #28
swhdesigns
Infiltrator
The issue with geekbuying is that they'll accept your order whether they have stock or not, and if they have no stock you're just left waiting till they find some stock.
I ordered my 32gb Mi Max from Aliexpress early December, £134 delivered in 21 days standard delivery, potential 10% quidco as well - but don't hold out much hope for the cashback.
hi. have you got the link. Do you thinks it's a good phone

The phone is excellent, only thing that could be better is the camera in low light, but that's the case for most of these Chinese phones.
This has the global software so gets the updates direct from xiaomi.

If you've not used aliexpress before, when you set up a new account you should get a $10 discount voucher you can use (might need to be a new account using the aliexpress app).
Aliexpress aren't a retailer, it's a marketplace. Once you order, aliexpress gives the seller some time to dispatch the order, or the order can be cancelled and you get a full refund. In my case they had 5 days, the phone was dispatched after 3 days.
Aliexpress hold your money from the seller till you confirm you've received your order, so it's in the sellers interest to send the phone asap.
I'd recommend using the aliexpress app, I found the tracking really good, until the Royal Mail get their hands on it - as it's signed for only so it'll just turn up one morning about 4 days after arriving in the U.K.
On aliexpress, there's a U.K. Warranty charge, that gives you 12 month warranty with a company in the U.K. You can get rid of the warranty charge by changing your location on their wesite/app to USA and then ordering as normal.
Standard delivery is free, and almost always avoids import charges, any quicker delivery service will likely incur import charges.
Delivery of my phone was 21 days from ordering to delivery in rural north Scotland.
I did go via quidco, so could get 9.9% cash back but I'm not that confident it'll get paid (cash back is actually tracking as £17 as the quidco transaction got confused as the order was in us $)

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Original-Xiaomi-Mi-Max-6-44-Mobile-Phone-Snapdragon-650-Hexa-Core-1920x1080P-16MP-PDAF-3GB/32678758831.html?spm=2114.01010208.3.136.86d3WY&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_4_10065_10068_10000032_119_10000025_10000029_430_10000028_10060_10062_10056_10055_10000062_10054_10059_10099_10000022_10000012_10103_10000015_10102_10096_10000018_10000019_10000056_10000059_10052_10053_10107_10050_10106_10051_10000053_10000007_10000050_10084_10118_10083_10000047_10080_10082_10081_10110_10111_10112_10113_10114_10115_10033_10000041_10000044_10078_10079_10000038_429_10073_10000035_10121-10050_10033,searchweb201603_3,afswitch_1,single_sort_2_default&btsid=a629f76e-4b4a-451e-9ce4-1d852dc85374

Edited By: Infiltrator on Jan 28, 2017 18:57
#29
insideman
badboyofrock
slipd
SweeneyUK
scigulinsky
bloody good phone, just shame about no SD card. 32gb is not a lot nowadays. I am deciding between this and honor 8.
Aww no I didn't know it had no sd card slot. It's got dual sim so I thought one of them slots can be used for a sd card? Or am I wrong??
That is correct.
Can anyone confirm if this is an international edition that supports all of the 4G bands? Also, what about the rom? It's not one full of bloat/malware is it :(
Heated OP.
There is no version that supports band 20. I would go for a version that is advertised as 'Official Global Rom' As you're going to get a clean version that will receive updates OTA.

That's right no band 20 (800Mhz) 4G spectrum. (Three, EE & Vodafone rely on this band for part of their 4G spectrum) http://www.4g.co.uk/4g-frequencies-uk-need-know/


I believe three use Band 20 mainly for the supervoice service.
#30
Infiltrator
swhdesigns
Infiltrator
The issue with geekbuying is that they'll accept your order whether they have stock or not, and if they have no stock you're just left waiting till they find some stock.
I ordered my 32gb Mi Max from Aliexpress early December, £134 delivered in 21 days standard delivery, potential 10% quidco as well - but don't hold out much hope for the cashback.
hi. have you got the link. Do you thinks it's a good phone

The phone is excellent, only thing that could be better is the camera in low light, but that's the case for most of these Chinese phones.
This has the global software so gets the updates direct from xiaomi.

If you've not used aliexpress before, when you set up a new account you should get a $10 discount voucher you can use (might need to be a new account using the aliexpress app).
Aliexpress aren't a retailer, it's a marketplace. Once you order, aliexpress gives the seller some time to dispatch the order, or the order can be cancelled and you get a full refund. In my case they had 5 days, the phone was dispatched after 3 days.
Aliexpress hold your money from the seller till you confirm you've received your order, so it's in the sellers interest to send the phone asap.
I'd recommend using the aliexpress app, I found the tracking really good, until the Royal Mail get their hands on it - as it's signed for only so it'll just turn up one morning about 4 days after arriving in the U.K.
On aliexpress, there's a U.K. Warranty charge, that gives you 12 month warranty with a company in the U.K. You can get rid of the warranty charge by changing your location on their wesite/app to USA and then ordering as normal.
Standard delivery is free, and almost always avoids import charges, any quicker delivery service will likely incur import charges.
Delivery of my phone was 21 days from ordering to delivery in rural north Scotland.
I did go via quidco, so could get 9.9% cash back but I'm not that confident it'll get paid (cash back is actually tracking as £17 as the quidco transaction got confused as the order was in us $)

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Original-Xiaomi-Mi-Max-6-44-Mobile-Phone-Snapdragon-650-Hexa-Core-1920x1080P-16MP-PDAF-3GB/32678758831.html?spm=2114.01010208.3.136.86d3WY&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_4_10065_10068_10000032_119_10000025_10000029_430_10000028_10060_10062_10056_10055_10000062_10054_10059_10099_10000022_10000012_10103_10000015_10102_10096_10000018_10000019_10000056_10000059_10052_10053_10107_10050_10106_10051_10000053_10000007_10000050_10084_10118_10083_10000047_10080_10082_10081_10110_10111_10112_10113_10114_10115_10033_10000041_10000044_10078_10079_10000038_429_10073_10000035_10121-10050_10033,searchweb201603_3,afswitch_1,single_sort_2_default&btsid=a629f76e-4b4a-451e-9ce4-1d852dc85374


hi. thanks for all the info. you have definitely made me think about getting one and Thank you for the link it's really helpful. least I know that you have it working in this country so their is a lot of confidence gained from this

Cheers Stu
#31
swhdesigns
Infiltrator
swhdesigns
Infiltrator
The issue with geekbuying is that they'll accept your order whether they have stock or not, and if they have no stock you're just left waiting till they find some stock.
I ordered my 32gb Mi Max from Aliexpress early December, £134 delivered in 21 days standard delivery, potential 10% quidco as well - but don't hold out much hope for the cashback.
hi. have you got the link. Do you thinks it's a good phone
The phone is excellent, only thing that could be better is the camera in low light, but that's the case for most of these Chinese phones.
This has the global software so gets the updates direct from xiaomi.
If you've not used aliexpress before, when you set up a new account you should get a $10 discount voucher you can use (might need to be a new account using the aliexpress app).
Aliexpress aren't a retailer, it's a marketplace. Once you order, aliexpress gives the seller some time to dispatch the order, or the order can be cancelled and you get a full refund. In my case they had 5 days, the phone was dispatched after 3 days.
Aliexpress hold your money from the seller till you confirm you've received your order, so it's in the sellers interest to send the phone asap.
I'd recommend using the aliexpress app, I found the tracking really good, until the Royal Mail get their hands on it - as it's signed for only so it'll just turn up one morning about 4 days after arriving in the U.K.
On aliexpress, there's a U.K. Warranty charge, that gives you 12 month warranty with a company in the U.K. You can get rid of the warranty charge by changing your location on their wesite/app to USA and then ordering as normal.
Standard delivery is free, and almost always avoids import charges, any quicker delivery service will likely incur import charges.
Delivery of my phone was 21 days from ordering to delivery in rural north Scotland.
I did go via quidco, so could get 9.9% cash back but I'm not that confident it'll get paid (cash back is actually tracking as £17 as the quidco transaction got confused as the order was in us $)https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Original-Xiaomi-Mi-Max-6-44-Mobile-Phone-Snapdragon-650-Hexa-Core-1920x1080P-16MP-PDAF-3GB/32678758831.html?spm=2114.01010208.3.136.86d3WY&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_4_10065_10068_10000032_119_10000025_10000029_430_10000028_10060_10062_10056_10055_10000062_10054_10059_10099_10000022_10000012_10103_10000015_10102_10096_10000018_10000019_10000056_10000059_10052_10053_10107_10050_10106_10051_10000053_10000007_10000050_10084_10118_10083_10000047_10080_10082_10081_10110_10111_10112_10113_10114_10115_10033_10000041_10000044_10078_10079_10000038_429_10073_10000035_10121-10050_10033,searchweb201603_3,afswitch_1,single_sort_2_default&btsid=a629f76e-4b4a-451e-9ce4-1d852dc85374
hi. thanks for all the info. you have definitely made me think about getting one and Thank you for the link it's really helpful. least I know that you have it working in this country so their is a lot of confidence gained from this
Cheers Stu


2 more things...

It doesn't support band 20, I think this might have the biggest impact for the O2 network and resellers that hang off that network (test, giffgaff, etc) I'm on BT (EE) network and have experienced no issues.
And lastly, if you do order and decide it's not for you, you'll easily sell it for more than you paid on eBay.
#32
badboyofrock
chris_avfc
badboyofrock
slipd
SweeneyUK
scigulinsky
bloody good phone, just shame about no SD card. 32gb is not a lot nowadays. I am deciding between this and honor 8.
Aww no I didn't know it had no sd card slot. It's got dual sim so I thought one of them slots can be used for a sd card? Or am I wrong??
That is correct.
Can anyone confirm if this is an international edition that supports all of the 4G bands? Also, what about the rom? It's not one full of bloat/malware is it :(
Heated OP.
There is no version that supports band 20. I would go for a version that is advertised as 'Official Global Rom' As you're going to get a clean version that will receive updates OTA.
Although if you're going to install a custom rom get whichever is cheaper.
I'd recommend installing a rom by the way, MIUI is horrible.
I think MIUI is fantastic.
Same here, after sticking to only CM and stock Android on my previous devices, I'm very surprised at the design and customisation options of MIUI.
Typing this on an MI5s 4GB / 128GB with the xiaomi.eu ROM, very impressed.
#33
thecresta
badboyofrock
chris_avfc
badboyofrock
slipd
SweeneyUK
scigulinsky
bloody good phone, just shame about no SD card. 32gb is not a lot nowadays. I am deciding between this and honor 8.
Aww no I didn't know it had no sd card slot. It's got dual sim so I thought one of them slots can be used for a sd card? Or am I wrong??
That is correct.
Can anyone confirm if this is an international edition that supports all of the 4G bands? Also, what about the rom? It's not one full of bloat/malware is it :(
Heated OP.
There is no version that supports band 20. I would go for a version that is advertised as 'Official Global Rom' As you're going to get a clean version that will receive updates OTA.
Although if you're going to install a custom rom get whichever is cheaper.
I'd recommend installing a rom by the way, MIUI is horrible.
I think MIUI is fantastic.
Same here, after sticking to only CM and stock Android on my previous devices, I'm very surprised at the design and customisation options of MIUI.
Typing this on an MI5s 4GB / 128GB with the xiaomi.eu ROM, very impressed.


It was stock roms that lead me to MIUI. I had a Nexus 5, and tried loads, the last of which was MIUI. A month later I bought my first Mi phone.
#34
I am really tempted with one of these phones but I read in other threads about a lot of phones coming with spyware/malware which has really made me paranoid about buying anything other than one of the "big name" phones (Samsung Galaxy etc.) what should I be looking for when it comes to the safety of these devices? Are there checks I should be running (android anti virus?).

Also are these fully android compatible? By that I mean can I run most apps and use google pay?

Sorry for all of the questions but I'm trying to get into android phones after having iPhone then Windows Phone for years so this is all new to me and there seems to be a lot of knowledgeable people around here.

Thanks in advance.
#35
NostromoXP
I am really tempted with one of these phones but I read in other threads about a lot of phones coming with spyware/malware which has really made me paranoid about buying anything other than one of the "big name" phones (Samsung Galaxy etc.) what should I be looking for when it comes to the safety of these devices? Are there checks I should be running (android anti virus?).

Also are these fully android compatible? By that I mean can I run most apps and use google pay?

Sorry for all of the questions but I'm trying to get into android phones after having iPhone then Windows Phone for years so this is all new to me and there seems to be a lot of knowledgeable people around here.

Thanks in advance.


I would say, and some will disagree, get one that says it has 'official global Rom'. That way, you're less likely to get any malware. You'll also get updates, and Google play etc will work out of the box. Ask for a sealed box from the seller. You don't need anti virus, it just saps resources and doesn't do much. I have this phone, and Android pay works perfectly - I've used it twice today.
#36
Infiltrator
swhdesigns
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swhdesigns
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The issue with geekbuying is that they'll accept your order whether they have stock or not, and if they have no stock you're just left waiting till they find some stock.
I ordered my 32gb Mi Max from Aliexpress early December, £134 delivered in 21 days standard delivery, potential 10% quidco as well - but don't hold out much hope for the cashback.
hi. have you got the link. Do you thinks it's a good phone
The phone is excellent, only thing that could be better is the camera in low light, but that's the case for most of these Chinese phones.
This has the global software so gets the updates direct from xiaomi.
If you've not used aliexpress before, when you set up a new account you should get a $10 discount voucher you can use (might need to be a new account using the aliexpress app).
Aliexpress aren't a retailer, it's a marketplace. Once you order, aliexpress gives the seller some time to dispatch the order, or the order can be cancelled and you get a full refund. In my case they had 5 days, the phone was dispatched after 3 days.
Aliexpress hold your money from the seller till you confirm you've received your order, so it's in the sellers interest to send the phone asap.
I'd recommend using the aliexpress app, I found the tracking really good, until the Royal Mail get their hands on it - as it's signed for only so it'll just turn up one morning about 4 days after arriving in the U.K.
On aliexpress, there's a U.K. Warranty charge, that gives you 12 month warranty with a company in the U.K. You can get rid of the warranty charge by changing your location on their wesite/app to USA and then ordering as normal.
Standard delivery is free, and almost always avoids import charges, any quicker delivery service will likely incur import charges.
Delivery of my phone was 21 days from ordering to delivery in rural north Scotland.
I did go via quidco, so could get 9.9% cash back but I'm not that confident it'll get paid (cash back is actually tracking as £17 as the quidco transaction got confused as the order was in us $)https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Original-Xiaomi-Mi-Max-6-44-Mobile-Phone-Snapdragon-650-Hexa-Core-1920x1080P-16MP-PDAF-3GB/32678758831.html?spm=2114.01010208.3.136.86d3WY&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_4_10065_10068_10000032_119_10000025_10000029_430_10000028_10060_10062_10056_10055_10000062_10054_10059_10099_10000022_10000012_10103_10000015_10102_10096_10000018_10000019_10000056_10000059_10052_10053_10107_10050_10106_10051_10000053_10000007_10000050_10084_10118_10083_10000047_10080_10082_10081_10110_10111_10112_10113_10114_10115_10033_10000041_10000044_10078_10079_10000038_429_10073_10000035_10121-10050_10033,searchweb201603_3,afswitch_1,single_sort_2_default&btsid=a629f76e-4b4a-451e-9ce4-1d852dc85374
hi. thanks for all the info. you have definitely made me think about getting one and Thank you for the link it's really helpful. least I know that you have it working in this country so their is a lot of confidence gained from this
Cheers Stu


2 more things...

It doesn't support band 20, I think this might have the biggest impact for the O2 network and resellers that hang off that network (test, giffgaff, etc) I'm on BT (EE) network and have experienced no issues.
And lastly, if you do order and decide it's not for you, you'll easily sell it for more than you paid on eBay.


that will be my issues then as I'm currently with o2. thanks for the info
#37
badboyofrock
I would say, and some will disagree, get one that says it has 'official global Rom'. That way, you're less likely to get any malware. You'll also get updates, and Google play etc will work out of the box. Ask for a sealed box from the seller. You don't need anti virus, it just saps resources and doesn't do much. I have this phone, and Android pay works perfectly - I've used it twice today.

I was looking at this one from the same site [Official Global ROM] Xiaomi Mi5 as I read elsewhere that it's a safer bet to get the official ROM, a little more expensive but I don't really want to start my relationship with android by trying to flash a new ROM on a device I have little knowledge of and not really having confidence in the result.

Thanks for the info (especially the android pay part as this is a big requirement in my purchase).

Just one more question, will these update to the latest version of android?

Edited By: NostromoXP on Jan 29, 2017 04:38
#38
NostromoXP
badboyofrock
I would say, and some will disagree, get one that says it has 'official global Rom'. That way, you're less likely to get any malware. You'll also get updates, and Google play etc will work out of the box. Ask for a sealed box from the seller. You don't need anti virus, it just saps resources and doesn't do much. I have this phone, and Android pay works perfectly - I've used it twice today.

I was looking at this one from the same site [Official Global ROM] Xiaomi Mi5 as I read elsewhere that it's a safer bet to get the official ROM, a little more expensive but I don't really want to start my relationship with android by trying to flash a new ROM on a device I have little knowledge of and not really having confidence in the result.

Thanks for the info (especially the android pay part as this is a big requirement in my purchase).

Just one more question, will these update to the latest version of android?


Update to Android N is in the works. This is a cracking phone (it's what I'm typing this on), you won't regret it. FYI, if you don't mind the wait, the same phone can be got from China for about 30 quid less.
#39
badboyofrock
Update to Android N is in the works. This is a cracking phone (it's what I'm typing this on), you won't regret it. FYI, if you don't mind the wait, the same phone can be got from China for about 30 quid less.

Thanks for all of the help badboyofrock.

I've just bought this one as I wasn't in a major rush. I added the insurance for a total of £182.65 which if everything I have read today about this phone (and your invaluable help) is true then I think this is a hell of a bargain.

Thanks again.
#40
NostromoXP
badboyofrock
Update to Android N is in the works. This is a cracking phone (it's what I'm typing this on), you won't regret it. FYI, if you don't mind the wait, the same phone can be got from China for about 30 quid less.

Thanks for all of the help badboyofrock.

I've just bought this one as I wasn't in a major rush. I added the insurance for a total of £182.65 which if everything I have read today about this phone (and your invaluable help) is true then I think this is a hell of a bargain.

Thanks again.


That's the one I got, and the deal I posted at the end of November. I haven't done anything to mine in the way of flashing etc, just sim in and away. You'll love it, and you'll never buy on contract again, I know I won't. When it arrives, you'll need to make an adjustment in settings to make android pay work. Go to settings/more/default wallet. Change the wallet type to HCE. Once you've done that, you'll be golden.

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