Xiaomi has launched the long rumoured pair of Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus phones in China. Successor to the massively popular Redmi 4, the Redmi 5 from Xiomi is an affordable phone that brings edge-to-edge or bezel-less screen to the masses. As for the Redmi 5 Plus, well, it's simply a souped up version of the Redmi 5 for those looking for an even bigger screen and more power under the hood.
In addition to the unusual 18:9 display, the Redmi 5 and the Redmi 5 Plus also highlight metal bodies, fingerprint sensor on the back and improved cameras, among other things. Xiaomi during the launch thanked the Indian fans for their support in helping the brand reach the top spot in the country. While the company hasn't revealed the availability of the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus in India, you can expect the phones to reach the country soon given the company's past track record. Here's everything you need to know about the new budget smartphones.
Processor: The Redmi 5 is powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon 450 SoC, while the Redmi 5 Plus is powered by a 2.0GHz octa-core Snapdragon 625 SoC both of which are based on a 14nm FinFET technology. Both the devices also get Adreno 506 GPU.
RAM: The Redmi 5 comes in either 2GB of RAM or 3GB of RAM, while the Redmi 5 Plus will be offered in a choice of 3GB or 4GB of RAM.
Internal storage: A choice of 16GB or 32GB of internal storage will be offered with the Redmi 5, while you'll get 32GB and 64GB of storage options with the Redmi 5 Plus
Screen: The Redmi 5 is the smaller of the two with a 5.7-inch HD+ (720x1440) display. The Redmi 5 Plus sports a larger 5.99-inch Full HD+ (1080x2160) display.
Rear camera: Both the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus come with a 12-megapixel rear sensor with 1.25 micron pixels and LED Flash
Front camera: They also get similar 5-megapixel front-facing sensors with Beautify 3.0 and Soft-Toned selfie light
Software: Both the handsets run on MIUI 9 based on Android 7.1
Battery: The Redmi 5 houses a 3300mAh battery that promises up to 12 days of standby time, while the Redmi 5 Plus gets a larger 4000mAh battery that should give you around 17 days of standby time
-- The biggest highlight of the new Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus are their full-screen display with narrow bezels and 18:9 aspect ratio. Xiaomi says that the phones with their HD+ and FHD+ resolutions, respectively, will provide for an immersive media and gaming experience. It also makes them among the cheapest smartphones in the market to sport nearly bezel-less displays.
-- Both the smartphones sport metal unibody builds that the company says has a symmetrical design. The rear camera is aligned with the fingerprint sensor below it and the microUSB charging port on the bottom.
-- Xiaomi also claimed better photography through the 12-megapixel rear with a 1.25 micron pixels for better low-light photography
-- The company did not detail the front camera much, only claiming better selfie photographs thanks to the Soft-Toned selfie light and Beautify 3.0 mode
-- The company also claims that the rounded corners of the devices have been designed to reduce damage to the display by spreading the force across a larger area
Pricing and availability
The Redmi 5 has been priced starting at CNY 799 (approx Rs 7,800) for the 2GB + 16GB variant and CNY 899 (approx Rs 8,800) for the 3GB + 32GB option. The Redmi 5 Plus will start at CNY 999 (approx Rs 9,800) for the 3GB + 32GB model and CNY 1299 (approx Rs 12,700) for the 4GB + 64GB storage option. Both the handsets will go on sale in China starting December 12 and the company is yet to reveal availability in other markets including India.