Is Xiaomi ready to bring the Redmi 5 to India? Possibly. Xiaomi has sent out media invites for an event it is hosting on February 14 in New Delhi. This is the first launch by the company in 2018. Besides event details, the invite just reads a big number five on it, which has camera frames on its corners. Also Read - Poco F3 GT review: Good, but still not a true Poco F1 successor
Though the invite doesn’t mention any detail of exactly which will be launched next week, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 was launched in China in December last year, and it may be India’s turn next. It was also recently reported that Xiaomi India’s first launch of the year could be the Redmi 5 Plus that will retail as the Redmi Note 5 in the country. Simultaneously, there have also been reports in the past that the company was mulling dropping the ‘Note’ branding from its phones. So the only way to be sure what Xiaomi’s going to launch on February 14, is that you stay tuned to this space. Also Read - Realme Band 2 fitness band launched in India to take on Mi Band 6, price set at Rs 2,999
If the reports are true, the Redmi 5 will be a budget contender in the sub-Rs 10,000 segment. However, given the bezel-less display and large battery as some of its talking points, it will be interesting to see how it changes the game in the affordable range.
Xiaomi launched Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus smartphones with full view display and smaller bezels in China in December 2017.
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus specifications, features
The Redmi 5 features a 5.7-inch display with a HD+ resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels, and support for 18:9 aspect ratio. The smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 octa-core chipset and comes in three storage models – 2GB of RAM variant with 16GB storage, 3GB of RAM variant with 32GB storage, and 4GB of RAM one with 32GB storage option.
For photography, it sports a 12-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, and a 5-megapixel front camera with 1080p video recording support. The smartphone includes connectivity options like WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and 4G LTE with VoLTE. It runs MIUI 9 based on Android 7.0 Nougat and is backed by a 3,300mAh battery.