Xiaomi has started rolling out the face unlock feature for its Redmi Note 5 Pro smartphone. As promised, Xiaomi has started pushing out the update, and users are reporting to have gotten the face unlock feature as part of MIUI 188.8.131.52 build. At the launch of Redmi Note 5 Pro on February 14, Xiaomi had promised to push the feature by the end of March 2018.
The Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro went on sale for the first time yesterday and those who bought the Pro variant are definitely in for a surprise. While Xiaomi clearly stated its plans to release face unlock feature, nobody saw it coming this early. The Chinese smartphone maker also confirmed it sold over 300,000 units in less than three minutes of the sale going live on Flipkart and mi.com.
Xiaomi might be pushing out the face unlock feature early in order to counter Huawei’s e-brand Honor. Honor, one of the strongest competitors to Xiaomi this year, released face unlock feature for its budget smartphone Honor 9 Lite early this week. Honor 9 Lite is available at a starting price of Rs 10,999, and the company says face unlock feature released in batches, will be rolled out to everyone by March 5, 2018.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro have huge shoes to fill since its predecessor Redmi Note 4 was the best-selling smartphone last year. Xiaomi claims to have sold over 9.6 million units of Redmi Note 4 since it was first announced in January last year. The Redmi Note 5 series brings modern design and updated hardware in a price point that continues to remain attractive and cheaper than rivals.
In terms of specifications, the Redmi Note 5 Pro features a 5.99-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD display, and metal unibody design. The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor coupled with either 4GB or 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. The smartphone features dual rear camera setup with 12-megapixel main sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor.
There is also a 20-megapixel selfie shooter with dedicated LED flash and support for 1080p video recording. The smartphone supports connectivity options like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, 4G LTE with VoLTE calling. It gets a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, and runs Android Nougat. The smartphone is backed by a 4,000mAh battery and retails in Black, Champagne Gold, Rose Gold and Lake Blue colors.
The next sale of Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro will be held on February 28. If the first sale is anything of an indicator then the demand for the new Redmi phones is pretty high. Prices for the Redmi Note 5 start at Rs 9,999, while the Redmi Note 5 Pro starts at Rs 13,999.