Xiaomi has quietly introduced a 4GB RAM model of its affordable Redmi 5 smartphone. The smartphone with higher memory is available for purchase at RMB 1,099 (approximately Rs 11,000). It is listed on Xiaomi’s official web store in China, and available in color choices of black, gold, and rose gold.
Until now, the Redmi 5 was available in two storage variants with 2GB of RAM and 16GB internal storage, and 3GB of RAM with 32GB of internal storage. In the 4GB RAM model, the internal storage remains at 32GB. However, you can expand it further via microSD card. If one is to compare, there is no difference in terms of design or features as compared to the original Redmi 5 smartphone. There has been only a boost in terms of memory, with more RAM.
Xiaomi Redmi 5 specifications, features
To recall, the Redmi 5 features a 5.7-inch HD+ display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 SoC.
For optics, the phone is equipped with a 12-megapixel rear camera, along with a 5-megapixel camera up front. On the software front, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 runs Android 7.1 Nougat with MIUI 9 layered above. Connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.2, a hybrid dual SIM/microSD slot, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, microUSB port, and 3.5mm headphone jack. It is fueled by a 3,300mAh battery.
The Xiaomi Redmi 5 was launched last year in December alongside the Redmi 5 Plus. However, it had been exclusive to the Chinese market. Recent reports claim that the successor to the Redmi 4 could soon find its way into other markets of the world in the second half of February.
Meanwhile, the China-based smartphone maker has dethroned long-time king Samsung in the Indian market as the top smartphone brand. Xiaomi had a market share of 25 percent at the end of Q4 2017, according to research firm Canalys. Samsung, on the other hand, witnessed a marginal decline in market share from 24 percent at the Q4 2016 to 23 percent at the end of Q4 2017, ending its six-year-long dominance in the market.