Xiaomi India’s first launch of the year could be the Redmi 5 Plus, which if reports are to be believed, will retail as ‘Redmi Note 5’. The company did not kickstart 2018 with any new product announcements for the Indian market. However, in the coming month, Xiaomi is likely to introduce its first device of the year.
The company, which stood neck-and-neck with Samsung in terms of market share in 2017, appears to be preparing the launch of the next affordable smartphone in February. While the company is yet to make any official announcement, tweets coming from reputed handles indicate something is lined up for the coming month. In a tweet, Xiaomi product PR representative, Clinton Jeff, hinted that the next month will see announcements for the Indian market.
Next month is going to be lit 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
— Clinton Jeff (@clintonjeff) January 19, 2018
It is unclear if the company will start the year with the successor in the Redmi Note series, but a report on AndroidCentral indicates that Xiaomi could introduce the Redmi 5 Plus in India, re-branded as the Redmi Note 5. The smartphone launched in China last year in December.
The Redmi 5 Plus, if introduced in India as Redmi Note 5, will be a budget contender in the sub-Rs 10,000 segment as its predecessor. 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. It was reported in the past that the company was mulling dropping the ‘Note’ branding from its phones. So there’s also a possibility of the company retaining the Redmi 5 Plus name for other markets of launch as well.
Xiaomi Redmi Plus 5 specifications, features
In terms of specifications, the Redmi 5 Plus is equipped with a 5.99-inch full HD+ (1080×2160 pixels) display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a 2.0GHz octa-core Snapdragon 625 SoC coupled with Adreno 506 GPU. It was launched in storage choices of 3GB RAM +32GB internal storage and 4GB RAM + 64GB of internal storage. For optics, it sports a 12-megapixel rear camera along with a 5-megapixel front camera. It is fueled by a 4,000mAh battery. On the software front, it runs Android 7.1 Nougat with MIUI 9 layered above.
For comparison, the Redmi Note 4 features a 5.5-inch full HD (1080p) IPS display with 2.5D curved glass protection, Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core SoC clocked at 2GHz, 13-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front camera, and 4,100mAh battery. The phone carries a price of Rs 9,999 for the base model with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.
Meanwhile, Xiaomi is also rumored to be working on the Mi 7 flagship smartphone which it plans to showcase at the upcoming MWC 2018, in Barcelona, Spain. The annual tech expo runs from February 26, 2018 to March 1, 2018.