It is undeniable that the launch of the new market Xiaomi Mi 5C with owner SoC Surge S1 has disappointed the expectations of several fans, especially among Western fans of the Chinese brand. Not particularly attractive on the front performance and consumption (influenced by the use of a 28 nanometer production process for the processor), the device was in fact also penalized by the lack of support native to 3G and 4G LTE frequencies with FDD technology used in Italy and in Europe.
In the past we have anticipated you as Xiaomi, in the design of the SoC of Mi 5C, has left the possibility of update the modem via OTA so you can eventually add other frequency bands to those already available. In today's guide, waiting for the colossus to really move in this direction, we will show you how to enable on the device at least part of the UMTS and LTE bands Italian in order to make the device usable also in our country.
Xiaomi Mi 5C: enable 3G and 4G LTE frequencies in Italy
The tutorial, really simple to follow, uses a secret menu to enable some frequencies already supported from the modem but not enabled by default. Among these, in particular, are the bands UMTS to 2100 MHz (B1) is LTE to 1800 MHz (B3), used in China by networks China Unicom and in Italy by all operators. Support for the famous B20 LTE has not been implemented in the modem, and this band cannot therefore be activated.
IMPORTANT: The procedure described in this guide presents complex operations that, if performed incorrectly, could damage your device. It is recommended to run only by users who have gained a good experience in modding Android. The staff of GizChina.it will not be held responsible for any damage to the device.
You can find the complete guide on our forum (Xiaomi Mi 5C section). We also invite you to participate in the discussion and stay tuned for any updates on the procedure.
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