The fate of the current Xiaomi flagship Mi5 isn’t hidden from anyone. The device didn’t fare even nearly as well as the Chinese smartphone giant would have hoped for in the various global markets and even in its home country China. Xiaomi had to resort to price slash to beef up the sales of the Xiaomi Mi5 in China. Subsequently, Xiaomi even reduced the retail price of the Mi 5 by Rs.2,000 in India and the device is currently available in India at a price of Rs. 22,999.
A very interesting and uncommon variant of the Xiaomi Mi 5 has cropped up in China. This Mi5 version hasn’t been officially listed and is thus a 3rd party modified version of the device. What’s so special about this variant is that it is an overclocked version of the official Mi 5.
This modified version has been offered by a Chinese retailer GOME which is calling this the ‘Xiaomi Mi 5 Extreme’ edition. And the device is indeed extreme in terms of hardware. Everything from the CPU, GPU to RAM has been overclocked in this Mi 5 Extreme variant. The CPU has been overclocked from 1.8GHz to 2.15GHz , the GPU overclocked to 624MHz from 510MHz, while the RAM has been overclocked to 1866MHz from 1333MHz.
The Xiaomi Mi 5 Extreme edition has been priced for 1999 Yuan (approximately $300) which is around CNY 200 higher than the official Mi 5. This Extreme edition is currently available only in China, but before you go on and purchase this overclocked Mi 5, there are a few things which you must keep in mind.
Firstly, overclocking will invariably lead to more heating and as nothing new has been incorporated to cope up with that, be ready to have a really hot device. Overclocking is quite new when it comes to mobile CPUs and GPUs and it remains to be seen whether they are effective as well as sustainable or not. Also, the battery remains the same 3,000 mAh, so it would definitely take a blow; hence brace yourself for that too.
This overclocked Mi 5 Extreme will undoubtedly be snappier and faster than the official Mi 5, but the question which still looms that would it be sustainable in the long run. Xiaomi is yet to make any official comment on this Extreme edition, so weigh all the pros and cons carefully before making any move.