After the subtle yet groundbreaking product launch of the Xiaomi Mi TV 4A yesterday, the Chinese brand is set to launch another highly affordable product for the Indian market. This is likely to be the Redmi 5 which has already been launched in China. This offering will be the direct successor of the Redmi 4 which was launched last year. To recall, the Redmi 5 was launched alongside the Redmi 5 Plus which came to India as the Redmi Note 5. This leaves only the Redmi 5 which hasn’t made its way across yet. Let’s have a look at what to expect.
To start off, the Redmi 5 sports a large 5.7-inch bezel-less display having an HD+ resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels. It has an aspect ratio of 18:9, similar to most smartphones with a bezel-less design. The phone has been launched in China in four colour variants viz. Black, Blue, Gold and Rose Gold and we can expect the same to show up in India as well.
In the optics department, the upcoming offering by Xiaomi packs in a 12-megapixel primary camera featuring a pixel sensor measuring 1.25-micron. Up front, there is a 5-megapixel camera for selfies and video-calling purposes. Both camera modules are complemented with a flash to help capture images with good detail even in low-light.
Underneath its hood, the Redmi 5 features an octa-core Snapdragon 450 processor coupled with the Adreno 506 GPU. This combination should aid in helping the phone to easily get through daily tasks and moderate gaming. There are two RAM variants of the phone that are expected: a 2GB RAM + 16GB storage one and 3GB RAM + 32GB storage version. It also has microSD card support so you can expand the storage externally. For the Indian market, Xiaomi is likely to integrate a dedicated microSD card slot so users won’t have to sacrifice their second SIM in lieu for expandable storage. This wise initiative was first introduced by Xiaomi with the Redmi Y1 and how we wish other brands could follow this rather than providing a Hybrid SIM slot.
On the software side of things, the smartphone will run on MIUI 9 which is built on top of Android 7.0 Nougat. The brand has started rolling out Android Oreo to its flagship devices like the Mi Mix 2 and budget phones should follow suit soon enough. If the battery is what you seek in a smartphone, the Redmi 5 won’t disappoint. It has a decently sized 3300mAh battery that should get you a day’s usage without breaking a sweat. All the basic connectivity options such as 4G VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, 3.5mm headphone jack, and microUSB are included with the phone.
Xiaomi has teased the launch of the smartphone for March 14, 2018, and you can expect the traditional flash sale on either Flipkart or Amazon following that. The Redmi 5 is likely to be priced well below the Rs. 10,000 mark (~Rs. 7,000). With this offering, the brand will be looking to further make life difficult for competing brands like Vivo and Samsung whose offerings sport similar specs, but with a bigger price tag.