Xiaomi’s forthcoming Redmi Note 5 smartphone has been appearing in a series of leaks and reports as we inch closer to its launch. While the dates still haven’t been officially revealed, we already have a rough estimate of what to expect. Today, however, those alleged claims have a more reliable source thanks to a listing on 3C which is China’s certification standard for product quality.
As per the leak, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 will feature Qualcomm’s recently announced Snapdragon 636 mobile chipset. More importantly, it will mark a long overdue departure from the company’s sacrosanct Snapdragon 625 processor. The listing also reveals that there will be a cheaper variant which instead of the 636, will be powered by the slightly underpowered Snapdragon 630 SoC.
In addition to that, the higher end variant will come with 4GB of RAM, 64GB internal storage, while the other model with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Considering Xiaomi’s recent past, it’s safe to assume that the storage will be expandable through a MicroSD card on both of them.
The report further suggests the Redmi Note 5 will be loaded to the brim with industry trends. On the front, the Redmi Note 5 is expected to sport a tall 5.99-inch screen with an aspect ratio of 18:9, just like its fellow comrades including the Redmi 5 and 5 Plus. Unlike those two, a dual-camera system on the rear will be present on the Redmi Note 5. It will house a regular 16-megapixel sensor paired with a secondary 5-megapixel lens. For selfies, it will have an 8-megapixel front-facing shooter. Moreover, the phone will support face recognition as well for the users who consider fingerprint sensors a thing of the past.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 will run on the company’s own MIUI 9 software out of the box, possibly on top of Android Nougat. The battery size hasn’t been upgraded, unfortunately. It’s still a 4,100mAh pack but this time, it will be compatible with 18W quick charging.
As far as the pricing is concerned, the Redmi Note 5 will be priced at CNY1,499 ($238) for the base variant and CNY1,799 ($238) for 4GB RAM and 64GB internal memory. It is expected to be officially unveiled next month, hence there’s a possibility it might appear at this year’s Mobile World Congress. The 3C listing, if true, also puts an end to the rumor that said that Xiaomi will be bringing the Redmi 5 Plus as the Redmi Note 5 in regions outside China.