Towards the end of last month, a MIUI forum post came under the spotlight for claiming that Xiaomi plans to drop the Note branding this year. In other words, there would be no successor to the popular Redmi Note 4 smartphone. Now, another report has surfaced online contradicting the forum post. Also Read - Best gaming phones under Rs 25,000 to buy in India in October 2021Also Read - Redmi Note 11 series to cost cheaper than Redmi Note 10 Pro Max?
Xiaomi is said to be internally testing the Redmi Note 5, and plans on launching it sometime in Q2 2018, MyDrivers reports (via MySmartPrice). In comparison, the Redmi Note 4 was launched last year in January. If you are wondering why the launch is delayed, it is because Xiaomi is reportedly waiting for Qualcomm to launch the octa-core Snapdragon 632 SoC. As the name suggests, this could be a slight downgrade over last year s Snapdragon 636 SoC. Also Read - Are Chinese brands making the Indian government jittery?
While the Snapdragon 632 SoC is expected to feature lower clock speed, it will retain Qualcomm s Spectra 160 ISP, which offers better optimization for dual-camera setups compared to the Snapdragon 625 SoC. If the leaks so far are anything to go by, the Redmi Note 5 is expected to feature a pair of 12-megapixel snappers at the back.
Leaks further suggest that the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 could feature a 5.99-inch display with 18:9 aspect ratio, and 4GB of RAM. As for pricing, it could be placed above its predecessor, with a price tag of RMB 1,599 (Rs 15,600 approximately).
With all of this being mere speculation, these leaks are best be taken with the proverbial pinch of salt.