Xiaomi had launched its most successful smartphone, in terms of sales, the Redmi Note 4 in January last year. It was expected that the company will upgrade the smartphone around this time in 2018, however, as per a previous report, the company will be re-branding its Note series and unveil the Redmi Note 5 as the Redmi 5 and the Redmi 5 Plus.
Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus are all set to launch on Valentine’s Day, February 14 in India. The company has already started sending media invites for the launch event scheduled to take place in New Delhi. Based on the invite, Xiaomi will bring the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus to India. Xiaomi Redmi 5 made its debut in China in December last year, alongside the Redmi 5 Plus.
Xiaomi Redmi 5 sports a 5.7-inch HD+ screen with a resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels. The device boasts a bezel-less screen with an aspect ratio of 18:9. Under the hood is a 1.8GHz Snapdragon 450 processor with Adreno 506 GPU. In China, the Redmi 5 is available in three variants; one with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage, 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, and 4GB RAM and 32GB storage. The latter variant has been recently made available in China.
— Redmi India (@RedmiIndia) 5 February 2018
In terms of camera, both the Redmi 5 and the Redmi 5 Plus sport a 12MP main camera and feature a 5MP front facing camera with a selfie flash. The devices claim of improving portrait mode images with the pre-loaded Beautify 3.0 app and the internal storage can also be expanded on both the smartphones via a microSD card. The Redmi 5 equips a 3300mAh battery, while the Redmi 5 Plus is backed by a 4000mAh battery. Both the smartphones run on MIUI 9 based on Android 7.1 Nougat.
There’s an excitement around the launch of the Redmi 5 in India. After all, it is likely to be priced in the entry-level segment where the company has a stronghold. The Redmi 5 price starts at 799 Yuan in China, which is roughly Rs 8,100. The device focuses on the bezel-less screen, big battery, and the design in particular. Whatever Xiaomi has up its sleeve, we will have to wait until February 14 to see.