Xiaomi to launch Redmi 5 in India today as Amazon exclusive, likely to be priced around Rs 7,000
Xiaomi is launching a new phone that it calls "compact powerhouse" today. The phone, which will be launched through a livestream at 3PM, is likely to be the Redmi 5 that the company is already selling in China. Although, officially Xiaomi hasn't yet revealed the name of the phone it is launching, the social media accounts managed by the company have hinted that this is going to be a phone that will come with good hardware, will not be too big and will be fairly affordable. The Redmi 5 is likely to be priced around Rs 7,000.
The launch event of the Redmi 5 will be livestreamed on Xiaomi's YouTube and Facebook channels. The company will also probably tweet out the details of its new product around the same time.
If it is indeed the Redmi 5, it will complete Xiaomi's range of affordable -- or in other words Redmi -- phones for this year. The phone will sit above the Redmi 5A in the product portfolio of Xiaomi and given the fact that this phone sells for Rs 5,999, chances are that the redmi 5 will have a starting price of around Rs 7,000. This will be for the base variant with the model with better specs may selling for around Rs 8,000.
Xiaomi has been teasing the upcoming Redmi phone or the Redmi 5 for quite some time now. The company says that the yet-to-announced Redmi device will be a "powerhouse". To create a buzz for its new phone, Xiaomi has used the hashtag #CompactPowerhouse to describe the device. Xiaomi, last month announced two new midrange Redmi handsets -- Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro. Likewise, the upcoming Redmi 5 is also expected to be fall under the budget segment.
Redmi 5 was first launched in China back in December last year alongside Redmi 5 Plus. The Plus model, however, was launched in India as the Redmi Note 5. In China, Redmi 5 has been priced starting at CNY 799 which roughly translates around Rs 7,800 for the base variant which packs 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. While the 3GB RAM and 32GB storage model of Redmi 5 was priced at CNY 899 which comes approx around Rs 8,800.
As of now, there is no official word whether Xiaomi will bring both the models of the Redmi 5 to India or not, although it is likely that it will. In India, Redmi 5 is expected to slot in between the entry-level Redmi 5A and the Redmi Note 5. This means, in India we can expect the Redmi 5 2GB RAM + 16GB storage model to be priced around Rs 7,000, while the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage could cost around Rs 8,500.
Redmi 5 specifications
The Redmi 5, at least in China, comes packed with a 5.7-inch HD+ display with a resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels and 18:9 aspect ratio. The device sports a symmetrical design with the rear camera and fingerprint sensor, aligned on the back as well as with the micro USB port on the bottom. The two speaker grills are placed on either side of the charging port and there's also the 3.5mm headphone jack on the top edge of the device.
In terms of hardware specifications, the Redmi 5 is a fairly well-equipped phone. The Redmi 5 is powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon 450 SoC based on a 14nm FinFET technology and coupled with Adreno 506 GPU. The device, as mentioned above, was launched in two variants -- 2GB RAM plus 16GB storage and 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. The Redmi 5 runs on MIUI 9 based on Android 7.1 Nougat.
On the camera front, Redmi 5 includes a 12-megapixel sensor on the back with 1.25-micron pixels for improved photography and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with Beautify 3.0 and Soft-Toned selfie light for better selfies. Redmi 5 is backed by a 3300mAh battery and promises to deliver up to 12 days of standby time. The device is expected to hit the India shores with almost the same specifications.
As noted earlier, Redmi 5 will be selling exclusively on the Amazon India website. Although this exclusive part, is likely to mean that no other third-party will sell the Redmi 5 online. Chances are that along with the sale at Amazon, the Redmi 5 will also be sold at Xiaomi's own online and offline stores, which it calls Mi Homes.