Xiaomi is set to launch its first smartphone of 2018 for the Indian market on February 14. There is a lot of mystery around the device with most reports suggesting the company will launch the Redmi Note 5, while contrary reports indicate that the Chinese smartphone maker will bring the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus to India.
Xiaomi launched Redmi Note 4 in India in January 2017 and it lead to speculation that the company will announce its successor, the Redmi Note 5 on February 14. However, the company has not launched the Redmi Note 5 in China and has only launched the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus in its home market. Now, a new piece of information has revealed that the company will launch the Redmi Note 5 here.
The new details are in line with previous rumors which also suggested that Xiaomi will launch Redmi Note 5 in India in February. An MIUI forum post first claimed that the company has decided to ditch the Note branding and Redmi 5, Redmi 5 Plus will be the large-screen budget smartphones from the company. The report was further supported by the claim that Xiaomi will launch the Redmi 5 Plus as Redmi Note 5 in certain markets to ensure familiarity between the devices.
The Redmi Note 5 is expected to feature specifications similar to that of Redmi 5 Plus. It could sport a 5.99-inch Full HD+ IPS display with 18:9 aspect ratio and retail in two storage variants: 3GB RAM variant with 32GB storage and 4GB RAM variant with 64GB storage. While the Redmi 5 Plus is powered by Snapdragon 625, the Redmi Note 5 could switch to an updated Snapdragon 636 mobile platform.
It is expected to sport a 16-megapixel rear camera coupled with a 5-megapixel secondary camera. The front camera might use an 8-megapixel sensor with support for 1080p video recording. Like its predecessor, the Redmi Note 5 could pack a 4,100mAh battery and sport a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. There is no clarity on the pricing just yet but some rumors hint at a starting price of 1,499 Yuan (around Rs 15,000) when it goes on sale. The smartphone could come at a premium over its predecessor due to switch to a newer processor and taller display.