Xiaomi Redmi 5, the successor to Redmi 4, will be available globally in February. The smartphone is available exclusively in China, and will be extended to global markets in the second half of February.
The details regarding the global availability of Redmi 5 comes from renowned tipster Roland Quandt, who shared the information on Twitter. Quandt adds that Xiaomi will add support for LTE Band 20, giving it ability to work on certain telecom operators in the European market. However, it is not clear whether Xiaomi will bring Redmi 5 Plus as well to the global market. Also, there is no additional information on when the Chinese smartphone will bring the Redmi 5 smartphones to Indian market.
Xiaomi launched Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus smartphones with full view display and smaller bezels in China, in December last year. Xiaomi did not confirm whether these smartphones are indeed the successors to Redmi 4 series, but a forum post claimed that Redmi 5 Plus will be marketed as the successor to Redmi Note 4.
In terms of specifications, 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 two storage models: 2GB RAM variant with 16GB storage and 3GB RAM variant with 32GB storage.
The smartphone 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.
The Redmi 5 Plus, on the other hand, features a larger 5.99-inch Full HD+ display with 2160 x 1080 pixel resolution and is powered by Snapdragon 625 octa-core chipset, also found on the Redmi Note 4. It comes with either 3GB or 4GB RAM and 32GB or 64GB storage. It shares the camera setup with Redmi 5 and is backed by a 4,000mAh battery.