Xiaomi has been consistent in launching new smartphones in the sub 10,000 price range. At an event held in China today, the brand launched the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus. Both of them are modestly priced, the Redmi 5 starts from CNY 799 (~ Rs. 7,800) whereas the Redmi 5 Plus retails from CNY 899 (roughly Rs. 8,800). With the launch of these phones, Xiaomi is looking forward to continue their dominance in this price range. Let’s take a look at what the Redmi 5 series has to offer.
The Redmi 5 flaunts a 5.7-inch bezel-less display with an HD+ resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels. Its aspect ratio is 18:9, just like most phones with a bezel-less display. The phone comes in multiple colours comprising of: Black, Blue, Gold and Rose Gold.
On the camera front, the phone has got a 12-megapixel camera with a pixel sensor measuring 1.25-micron. There’s a 5-megapixel camera on the front for selfies and video-calling. Both the cameras are accompanied with a flash to aid in better low-light photography.
Performance-wise, the phone sports an octa-core Snapdragon 450 chipset. This processor was launched with the Vivo V7 Plus a couple of months back. To render graphics, the phone has got Adreno 506 GPU. There are two variants of the phone: 2GB RAM + 16GB storage and 3GB RAM + 32GB storage. It also has microSD card support so you can expand the storage externally.
The phone runs on MIUI 9 which is built on top of Android 7.0 Nougat. It packs a 3300mAh battery that should provide you a day’s usage. All the basic connectivity options such as 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, 3.5mm headphone jack, and microUSB are included.
Redmi 5 Plus
The Redmi 5 Plus is comparatively a bigger and better smartphone than the Redmi 5. It comes with a 5.99-inch display that has a Full HD+ resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels. The aspect ratio of 18:9 stays the same in both the phones. Even the available colours are similar, the options include: Black, Blue, Gold and Rose Gold.
The rear and front camera setup in the Redmi 5 Plus is identical to that in the Redmi 5. It has a 12-megapixel rear sensor and a 5-megapixel shooter on the front. Both of them have flash support for low-light pictures.
The Redmi 5 Plus has better performance specifications than its younger sibling. It has a Snapdragon 625 chipset, the same one fitted in popular Xiaomi smartphones like the Note 4 and Mi A1. There are two variants of the phone: 3GB RAM + 32GB storage and 4GB RAM + 64GB storage. It has a microSD card slot so you can also expand the storage if needed.
Just like the Redmi 5, this phone runs on MIUI 9 built on top of Android 7.0 Nougat. The battery in the 5 Plus is bigger at 4000mAh. The connectivity options in both the phones are same except that this one supports Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n.
Both the phones seem to offer absolute value for money. Xiaomi will soon announce the India launch and sale date for both Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus. Given how economically priced they are, the devices will further boost Xiaomi’s presence in India.