We've heard the rumours about Xiaomi's upcoming Redmi range of budget smartphones, but now, the company has officially confirmed the launch of the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus in China. Xiaomi has set the launch date as December 7 for both the smartphones unveiling and as you can see in the image, the device looks similar to what we have seen in the leaks and reports since the past few days.
Xiaomi has been delaying the Redmi 5 series launch for quite some time now, but finally, the company has revealed an official launch date. Both the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus were in the rumour mill for at least the last six months. In an MIUI ROM blog post, Xiaomi even confirmed three features- 18:9 display, soft-toned LED selfie-light, and larger battery will be the highlights of both the smartphones.
That said, it is confirmed that both the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus will have an 18:9 display, much like several other budget smartphones releasing these days. The Redmi 5 will be a successor to the popular Redmi 4 smartphone, and the Redmi 5 Plus will be a slightly better variant of the Redmi 5 in terms of specifications.
Yesterday, China Telecom, a Telecommunications provider in China revealed complete details about the Xiaomi Redmi 5. The Redmi 5 will come with 5.7-inch HD+ display and will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset. Earlier rumours hinted the Redmi 5 would have a Snapdragon 450 chipset under the hood. Nothing is confirmed as of now, so we suggest to take this news with a pinch of salt.
Other specifications of the device leaked are 4GB RAM/64GB of internal storage, 12MP rear camera, 5MP front-facing camera with a Soft-LED flash, MIUI 9 based on Android Nougat, and a 3300mAh battery. The battery info might be wrong as well because Xiaomi is teasing a larger battery on the upcoming smartphones.
Coming to the Redmi 5 Plus, it's a slightly bigger and better version of the Redmi 5 as per the rumours. The Redmi 5 Plus will likely be powered by the Snapdragon 625 chipset, clubbed with 3GB/4GB of RAM and 32GB/64GB of internal storage. It may flaunt a 5.99-inch Full HD+ display with minimal bezels on top and bottom. This phone is also expected to have a single rear camera setup along with the same Soft-LED flashlight for the front camera.
All said, we're just a week away from the official launch of the next generation Redmi smartphones. Another thing to note is Xiaomi did not reveal the launch date of the Redmi Note 5 and Xiaomi R1. The launch of these smartphones is expected to happen in early 2018. Particularly, Xiaomi is eyeing to launch the Redmi Note 5 in China and India at the same time.