The Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi finally confirmed the launch of two devices - Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus on December 7 and gave the first official look at the device via promo videos. Xiaomi released a series of promotional videos to show the real Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus smartphones with their Full-Screen design. One of the devices is seen in black colour while the other is white. The videos, however, failed to show the key features of the smartphones.
Recently, Xiaomi’s Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus smartphones received certification from TENAA in China. Here are the expected features and specifications as per the leaks.
Xiaomi Redmi 5
The Redmi 5 is budget smartphone featuring a 5.7-inch display with 720 x 1440 pixel resolution. Under the hood, the device is said to be powered by Snapdragon 450 chipset. The Redmi 5 will arrive with RAM options of 2GB, 3GB and 4GB that will respectively come with 16GB, 32GB and 64GB storage options. There is also said to be a microSD card slot for expansion. The Redmi 5 will house 3,200 mAh battery and sport a slim profile of 7.7mm. It' sad to see Xiaomi reducing the battery capacity in 2017 smartphones.
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
Xiaomi’s Redmi 5 Plus, on the other hand, is expected to sport a larger 5.5-inch display with FHD+ (2160 x 1080 pixels) screen resolution. It will also come with a more powerful processor, packing a Snapdragon 625 SoC. Coming to RAM and onboard storage, there are two options: 3GB RAM + 32GB storage and 4GB RAM + 64GB memory. Once again there is expandable storage via microSD. The Redmi 5 Plus also comes with a heavy-duty 4000mAh battery.
On the camera front, both Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus have a similar setup. There is a 5-megapixel front-facing camera that will be equipped with an LED flash and a rear-mounted 12-megapixel camera.
Coming to the pricing, the Redmi 5 is starting from 699 Yuan (approx. Rs. 6,800) while the Redmi 5 Plus is likely to cost 999 Yuan (approx. Rs. 9,700) onwards. Meanwhile, Xiaomi’s Indian made version Redmi 5A is going on sale starting December 7. Both the Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus will be up for sale in China starting December 12.
The Indian launch of the smartphones might happen in early 2018. Xiaomi is yet to launch the Redmi Note 5 smartphone, which is expected to happen in January 2018, while the launch of Redmi 5 will happen after a couple of months.