Xiaomi Redmi 5, the compact smartphone from the Chinese smartphone maker, will go on its first flash sale today. The Redmi 5 was launched at a starting price of Rs 7,999 last week, and will be available for purchase at 12:00PM from mi.com and Amazon India.
The Redmi 5 was launched in China in December last year alongside a larger model called Redmi 5 Plus. The company rebranded Redmi 5 Plus as Redmi Note 5 in India, and the Redmi 5 comes in as the successor to last year’s Redmi 4. The Redmi Note 4 and Redmi 4 were the best-selling smartphones in India last year, and with Redmi Note 5 and Redmi 5, Xiaomi would be hoping to replicate that success.
Xiaomi Redmi 5 specifications and price
The Redmi 5 is being dubbed as the compact smartphone with a design language that matches the modern trend. The smartphone features a 5.7-inch display with a HD+ resolution of 1440×720 pixels, and support for taller 18:9 aspect ratio. Xiaomi has considerably trimmed the bezels surrounding the display, and it offers curved edged for a more ergonomic fit in the hand.
The Redmi 5 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 SoC, the first processor in the Snapdragon 400 series to be built on the more power efficient 14nm process. The Redmi 5 comes in three storage options with the base model getting 2GB RAM and 16GB storage. There is another model with 32GB standard storage, and option for either 3GB or 4GB of RAM. The smartphone comes with Adreno 506 GPU for improved graphics performance over the outgoing model.
As far as camera is concerned, the Redmi 5 sports a 12-megapixel primary camera with phase detection autofocus and support for 1080p video recording. It also features a 5-megapixel secondary camera with support for 1080p video recording. The Redmi 5 includes connectivity options like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, 4G LTE with VoLTE calling on compatible networks.
The Redmi 5 features a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and runs MIUI 9 based on Android 7.0 Nougat. With the modern design, Xiaomi is cutting down on the battery capacity with the Redmi 5 packing a 3,300mAh battery. The smartphone comes in gold, lake blue, black and rose gold colors. The Redmi 5 is priced at Rs 7,999 for the 2GB RAM variant, while the 3GB RAM and 4GB RAM variants are priced at Rs 8,999 and Rs 10,999 respectively.