Update (06/02/2018): As per our sources, Xiaomi will be launching the Redmi Note 5 instead of the Redmi 5 as we had reported earlier. The phone will be a successor to the country’s best selling phone for the past year and has been appearing in various reports in the last few months. It’s expected to feature Qualcomm’s recently announced Snapdragon 636 mobile chipset, a dual-camera setup on the rear, and a tall 5.99-inch screen with an aspect ratio of 18:9 on the front.
Xiaomi is all set to unveil its first product for 2018 on this month’s 14th. The company has sent out press invites for an event in New Delhi, the teaser for which strongly hints at the arrival of the Redmi 5. Xiaomi had originally introduced the phone back in December last year in China along with its bigger sibling, the Redmi 5 Plus. Although we’re not sure if it will be introducing both of them during this event. But one thing we are betting on is that we got to wait for the Redmi Note 5 as we might not see it at this event.
In terms of design, the new Redmi 5 flaunts rounded corners and abandons off-screen capacitive buttons to accommodate the new near bezel-less screen. Otherwise, it largely resembles previous Xiaomi phones and features an aluminum build. Speaking of the screen, the Redmi 5 comes with a 5.7-inch HD+ LCD panel with an aspect ratio of 18:9.
Under the hood, the Redmi 5 is powered by a Snapdragon 450 chipset coupled with either 2 or 3GB of RAM. Moreover, the Redmi 5 comes with a 3300mAh battery and features a rather disappointing and dated Micro USB port on the bottom. The camera arrangement includes a single unspecified 12-megapixel camera sensor with 1.25-micron pixels and a front-facing selfie flash. Unfortunately, it lacks a dual-camera setup on either side. The phone ships with the company’s own MIUI9 out of the box and there are three color options to choose from — blue, pink, gold, and black.
The Xiaomi Redmi 5, in China, is priced at 799 yuan (~$120/Rs 8100) for the 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage variant and 899 yuan (~$135/Rs 9100) for 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. Although considering the company’s past competitive record, we can expect it to be priced cheaper in India.
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Specifications
- 5.7-inch 18:9 HD+ LCD display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 octa-core processor
- 2/3GB RAM, 16/32GB internal storage, expandable up to 128GB
- 3300mAh battery
- MIUI9, Android 7.1.2 Nougat
- Unspecified 12-megapixel camera sensor, 1.25-micron pixels, f/2.2 aperture, LED flash
- 5-megapixel front-facing camera, selfie flash
- Micro USB port