The much anticipated Redmi Note 5 was recently listed on a Chinese website and was quickly pulled down. This, however, was enough to grab some key information on what to expect from the smartphone. The upcoming smartphone is a successor to the very popular mid-range Redmi Note 4. It is also worth mentioning that the Note 5 has a lot of expectations riding on its back considering the Redmi Note 4’s success story. The company recently boasted that the phone sold over 5 million units in India alone making it India’s number one smartphone. Let’s have a look at what we know so far about the Redmi Note 5.
In terms of design, the phone will continue to feature a metal unibody build which felt super sturdy with the Redmi Note 4 as well. Since the phone will be built out of metal, wireless charging will unfortunately not make it to the phone’s spec-list. On the front, the phone is expected to see a major design overhaul and will feature a 5.99-inch Full-HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. The Note 5 is likely to be the third bezel-less device from the company after the Mi Mix and Mi Mix 2.
The second major upgrade is expected to be in the optics department. The phone according to the listing will sport a dual rear-camera setup comprising of a 16-megapixel and 5-megapixel sensor combination. It is still unknown as what type of sensors theses will be. Xiaomi could opt for a monochrome and RGB sensor or a normal sensor coupled with a telephoto lens as seen on the Mi A1. On the front, the phone is also expected to sport an upgraded selfie camera.
Underneath its hood, the Note 5 will feature the Snapdragon 660 SoC built by Qualcomm or the Helio P25 by MediaTek depending on the market where the phone will retail. The Indian variant is likely to have the Snapdragon processor on board. The phone will be offered in two storage variants: 3GB RAM with 32GB storage and 4GB RAM with 64GB of storage. It is most likely to support expandable storage through a microSD card slot similar to other Xiaomi smartphones. Out of the box, the phone will run MIUI 9 based on Android Nougat. The phone will see an upgrade to Oreo later in 2018.
Following the trend of the Redmi Note 4 which was launched for an asking price of Rs. 10,000 for the base model, the upcoming device should bear a similar price tag. The top variant of the phone will stay in the sub Rs. 15,000 bracket. The device is likely to launch very soon considering the price cut the Note 4 has received.
Looking at the specifications and likely price tag, would you be willing to wait for the Redmi Note 5 or opt for the current Redmi Note 4 instead? Do let us know your views in the comments section below.