If you are in the market for an awesome little smartphone that costs under R8 000, it might be to your benefit to have a look at Xiaomi’s Mi 5 – which goes on sale today.

The Mi 5 is the follow up to the Mi 4, which blew us away with its great battery life and small price. For the Mi 5, you’re looking at significant performance boost: it comes equipped with Qualcomm’s current-fastest Snapdragon 820 chipset, which will run at 2.15GHz on the 64GB and 128GB iterations and a lower 1.8GHz on the 32GB version.

Unlike its predecessor, the Mi 4 will not be made available in a 16GB variant.

The 128GB will have a ceramic body which is reportedly harder to crack, while the 32GB and 64GB variants will have a curved glass body. Both versions will also house a fingerprint scanner in the “Home” button. Unfortunately the ceramic version will not be available in South Africa.

The Mi 5 boasts 4GB of RAM, and the 128GB model is fitted with a 3 000mAh battery; hopefully that means we get similar battery life to the Mi 4 which lasted 6 hours in our battery abuse test.

The smartphone will be made available at Dion Wired, Makro, Incredible Connection, Takealot, hi-online.co.za and selected Foschini Group stores for R7 999 cash, and can also be ordered through the official mia.africa.com/za portal.

If you want to go the contract route, you can pick up the following packages from Dion Wired, Incredible Connection and Makro:

  • uChoose Flexi 150 at R399/month
  • uChoose Flexi 200 at R499/month
  • uChoose Flexi 350 at R599/month
  • uChoose Flexi 500 at R699/month
  • uChoose Flexi 750 at R899/month
[Image – Xiaomi]


Charlie started his professional life as a motoring journalist for a community newspaper in Mpumalanga, Charlie explored different journalistic angles since his entry into the fast-paced world of publishing in 2006. While fostering a passion for the arts, Charlie developed a love for technology – both which allowed him to serve as Entertainment and Technology Editor for an online publication. Charlie has since been heavily involved in consumer technology for various websites and publications. He thoroughly enjoys World War II films and cerebral documentaries; aviation; photography and indie music. Oh yes, and he also has a rather strange obsession with collecting coffee mugs from his travels.