Update: latest amendments modify the aforementioned LTE compatibility list.
The Mi 5 actually plays well with 4G FDD-LTE bands 1, 3 and 7, as well as TDD-LTE 38, 39, 40 and 41. From the 3G bands, TD-SCDMA works with bands 34 and 39, WCDMA has bands 1, 2, 5 and 8 and CDMA 2000 has bands BC0 and BC1. The bands for 2G GSM are 2, 3, 5 and 8 and for 2G CDMA 1X are BC0 and BC1.
You can learn more about supported network bands from Xiaomi's website.
Xiaomi used its stage time at the 2016 Mobile World Congress to showcase the Xiaomi Mi 5, and recent LTE band support info could be very interesting to U.S. citizens.
In a long Q&A list on the official MIUI website, Xiaomi detailed aspects about its latest smartphone, including information about the 4G LTE.
According to the answers that Xiaomi provided, the Mi 5 supports a large number of LTE bands: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7/ 8/ 12/ 13/ 17/ 18/ 19/ 20/ 25/ 26/ 27/ 28/ 29. However, the OEM notes that there are a few 'uncertain' LTE bands: 38/ 39/ 40/ 41.
What this means is that a Mi 5 could work with any SIM from the major U.S. carriers, whether we are talking about Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T and T-Mobile. The amended network bands, however, cast doubts on the Mi 5's compatibility with all U.S. carriers.
It should be mentioned that Xiaomi did not release any U.S. availability date so far, but fans of the device will find ways to import it. The company hinted at the MWC that overseas availability is not excluded, but for now its main focus is the Chinese market followed by others within the Southeast Asian region.
The company took its time before releasing the Mi 5. Mobile enthusiasts expected to see the handset last year, but the manufacturer decided to wait so it could pack the Snapdragon 820 SoC under its hood.
Looking at the specs of the Xiaomi Mi 5, we find quite a strong configuration. The screen is a 5.15-inch that can display 1080p resolutions. The processing power comes from the aforementioned Snapdragon 820 64-bit quad-core processor, which gets backed by 3 or 4 GB of RAM, depending on the model.
There are two variants of the handset: the standard version's design is made of metal and glass, and comes with a combo of 3 GB RAM and 32 or 64 GB of storage. The premium variant of Mi 5 is the Ceramic special edition, holstering 4 GB RAM and a hefty 128 GB of storage. Should you search for it, the model is named Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro.
The Mi 5 variants show small differences in the CPU clock, GPU speed and LPDDR4 RAM, but all in all, each is a powerful device.
Internal memory can be expanded via a microSD slot and the Mi 5 benefits from a USB type-C slot. Quick Charge is one of the main features of the Mi 5, allowing users to stock up on almost full battery life in only an hour.
If you are into mobile photography, note that the Mi 5 contains a combo of a 16-megapixel main camera gifted with four-axis optical image stabilizer and a 4-megapixel selfie snapper.
The standard will be available in three color options: white, black and gold. Meanwhile, the Mi 5 Pro only comes in black.
On Tuesday, Xiaomi will start selling the Mi 5 in China and promises that other global markets will get the device in a timely fashion.
Xiaomi pointed out another important aspect about the new flagship phone. The Mi 5 comes with a locked bootloader that the company advises users to keep on.
"This is to protect your device data security and protection. This is done to better incorporate with 'Mi Cloud' services to 'locate your device,' in the unfortunate event if you lose your Mi 5," the company says.
The Mi 5 (32 GB) will be sold for 1,999 yuan ($305), the Mi 5 (64 GB) will cost 2,299 yuan ($352) and the Mi 5 Pro (128 GB) will ask you to shell out 2,699 yuan ($413).