Xiaomi Redmi 5 full-screen budget smartphone to launch in India soon

Xiaomi is gearing up to launch a new smartphone in India.

| Updated on: Mar 09 2018, 14:42 IST
Xiaomi’s next smartphone in India to be ‘compact’ and ‘powerhouse’.
Xiaomi’s next smartphone in India to be ‘compact’ and ‘powerhouse’. (Xiaomi)
Xiaomi’s next smartphone in India to be ‘compact’ and ‘powerhouse’.
Xiaomi’s next smartphone in India to be ‘compact’ and ‘powerhouse’. (Xiaomi)

Xiaomi will be launching a new smartphone in India on March 14. Manu Kumar Jain, Xiaomi global vice president, made the announcement on Twitter on Wednesday, hinting at a phone that is "compact" and "powerhouse". The phone featured in the promo photo resembles Xiaomi Redmi 5, the company's first full-screen smartphone for the budget segment.

Just like Redmi 5, the cut out of the phone has a tall display with most likely an 18:9 aspect ratio. Redmi 5 launched in China in December last year. The smartphone was accompanied by a Plus variant with a taller display. Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus retail in China at a starting price of 799 Yuan or approximately 7,500.

Xiaomi sells multiple variants of the two phones in China. Xiaomi Redmi 5 is available in two variants - 2GB RAM + 16GB storage and 3GB RAM + 32GB storage - priced at 799 Yuan (approximately 7,500) and 899 Yuan (approximately 8,500) respectively.

The Plus model is also available in two variants - 3GB RAM + 32GB built-in storage and 4GB RAM + 32GB built-in storage which are priced at 999 Yuan (approximately 9,500) and 1299 Yuan (approximately 12,700) respectively.

Xiaomi Redmi 5, Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus

Xiaomi Redmi 5 comes with a 5.7-inch 18:9 screen with 1440 x 720 pixels resolution. Redmi 5 Plus has a 5.99-inch 18:9 display with 2160 x 1080 pixels resolution. Redmi 5 is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 450 processor whereas Redmi 5 Plus runs Snapdragon 625 processor. Redmi 5 comes with a 3,200mAh battery while Redmi 5 Plus is powered by a 4,000mAh battery.

Common features of the two phones include 12-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front-facing camera. Connectivity options include 4G, VoLTE, dual-SIM, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Both the phones include a fingerprint reader and run on Android 7.1.2 Nougat-based custom MIUI ROM.

Xiaomi Redmi 5A

Xiaomi in November last year launched a Redmi 5A smartphone in India. Available from a starting price of 4,999, Redmi 5A is one of the most affordable Xiaomi smartphones. The new Redmi 5 line-up is expected to accompany or succeed the 5A.

Xiaomi Redmi 5A is available in two variants — 2GB of RAM and 16GB built-in storage and 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage. The two variants are priced at 4,999 and 6,999 respectively.

Redmi 5A has 5-inch HD display. Running on Android 7.1.1 Nougat-based MIUI 9 Global custom ROM, the smartphone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 quad-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz. The smartphone sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.2 aperture, Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF), and 5-element lens. On the front, it has a 5-megapixel selfie camera. A 3,000mAh battery powers the smartphone.

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First Published Date: 09 Mar, 12:54 IST