The next generation Redmi smartphones adopts to the latest design trends, packs tested and proven Snapdragon SoC and more importantly stays in the budget-range. The Chinese mobile vendor Xiaomi, at an event in its homeland, unveiled the next generation Redmi smartphones – the Redmi 5 and a bigger, powerful, Redmi 5 Plus.

The new Redmi 5 series will essentially replace the much popular Redmi 4, which is also one of Xiaomi’s best selling smartphone in India. The mobile vendor usually brings its newest smartphones to India in a very short-time gap. So, we could expect an Indian launch of Redmi 5 in early 2017.

Xiaomi Redmi 5

The major highlight of Xiaomi Redmi 5 is it’s 18:9 full-screen display. The front part of the phone is almost covered up by the bright 5.7-inch HD+ 1440 × 720 display. The mobile got a metal uni-body build with rounded edges. The four corners of the phone have reinforced extra thickness, reducing the chance of broken screen when the four corners touchdown.

Xiaomi unveils Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus with 18:9 Full view Display, Snapdragon SoC

Under the hood, the Redmi 5 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chipset paired with either 2GB or 3GB of RAM. For storing your media content, the mobile carries either 16GB or 32GB of internal storage. Further to expand the storage capacity, mobile has the option to add microSD card. The phone runs on Android Nougat based highly customizable MIUI 9 skin out of the box.

For photography, the Redmi 5 is equipped with a 12-megapixel rear camera. It features f/2.2 aperture, PDAF and LED flash support. On the front, for selfie addicts, the mobile carries 5-megapixel camera which has soft LED flash support and intelligent beauty 3.0 mode.

Coming to connectivity, the Redmi 5 has 4G LTE network support that can seamlessly work with every Indian telcos 4G band. It also has 4G VoLTE support for making HD voice and video calls. Other connectivity options include 3G and 2G network support, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2 and IR Blaster. For extra security, the mobile comes with fingerprint scanner placed conveniently at the back of the device. Finally, the mobile is fueled by a 3300mAh battery.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus

The bigger Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus is also much powerful in terms of hardware. The mobile has the exact design and build-quality of Redmi 5. But, you get a bigger 5.99-inch full HD+ 2160 × 1080 resolution display that also has the 18:9 custom screen ratio. Under the hood, the device is powered by Xiaom’s most trusted Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset, which is paired with either 3GB or 4GB of RAM. For storage, the mobile carries either 32GB or 64GB of internal memory options. You can further expand the storage using MicroSD card.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus

Other hardware specifications, including the front camera, back camera and connectivity options remains same as that of Redmi 5. However, you get a bigger 4000mAh battery to fuel the device.

The budget pricing

Now to the important question, how much will Redmi 5 series cost? In China, the Redmi 5 starts at Yuan 799 (approximately Rs 7700) for the 2GB RAM and 16GB storage variant. Whereas, the 3GB RAM and 32GB storage variant of Redmi 5 will retail for Yuan 899 (approximately Rs 8700).

On the other hand, Redmi 5 Plus starts at Yuan 999 (approx. Rs 9700) for the 3GB RAM and 32GB storage variant. Whereas, the topmost Redmi 5 Plus model with 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage will retail for Yuan 1299 (approx. Rs 12,600).

Display
5.7-inch HD+ (Redmi 5)/ 5.99-inch FHD+ (Redmi 5 Plus)

Processor
Snapdragon 450 (Redmi 5)/ Snapdragon 625 (Redmi 5 Plus)

RAM
up to 2GB RAM (Redmi 5)/ up to 4GB RAM (Redmi 5 Plus)

Android OS
Android Nougat based MIUI 9

Storage
up to 32GB RAM (Redmi 5)/ up to 64GB RAM (Redmi 5 Plus)

Back camera
12MP, f/2.2 aperture, PDAF, LED flash

Front camera
5MP, soft LEd flash

SIM
Dual SIM

Connectivity
4G LTE, VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, IR Blaster

Battery
3300mAh (Redmi 5)/ 4000mAh (Redmi 5 Plus)

General
DeviceXiaomi Redmi 5
BrandXiaomi
Announced2017, December
StatusComing soon. Exp. release 2017, December
TechnologyGSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE
Display
TypeIPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Resolution720 x 1440 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~282 ppi density)
MultitouchYes
Size5.7 inches, 83.8 cm2 (~75.9% screen-to-body ratio)
Weight157 g (5.54 oz)
Dimensions151.8 x 72.8 x 7.7 mm (5.98 x 2.87 x 0.30 in)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass (unspecified version)
Performance
CpuOcta-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 450
GPUAdreno 506
Memory + RAM32 GB, 3 GB RAM or 16 GB, 2 GB RAM
OSAndroid 7.1.2 (Nougat)
External storage (card slot)microSD, up to 128 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
Camera
Primary camera12 MP (f/2.2, 1.25 μm), phase detection autofocus, LED flash
Secondary camera5 MP, 1080p
Video1080p@30fps
Additional featuresGeo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR, panorama
Audio
Sound quality- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
Loud speakerYes
3.5mm jack supportYes
RadioFM radio
Network and Sensors
SimHybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
NetworkCDMA 800 & TD-SCDMA
4G BandsLTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 34(2000), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)
SpeedHSPA, LTE
3G BandsHSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
GprsYes
EdgeYes
2G bandsGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth4.2, A2DP, LE
GPSYes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
Infrared PortYes
USBmicroUSB 2.0
SensorsFingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Battery
Battery infoNon-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery
Others
Features- Fast battery charging 5V/2A - DivX/Xvid/MP4/H.265 player - MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player - Photo/video editor - Document viewer
ColorsBlack, Gold, Light Blue, Rose Gold
General
DeviceXiaomi Redmi 5A
BrandXiaomi
Announced2017, November
StatusComing soon. Exp. release 2017, December 7th
TechnologyGSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE
Display
TypeIPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Resolution720 x 1280 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~296 ppi density)
MultitouchYes
Size5.0 inches, 68.0 cm2 (~69.1% screen-to-body ratio)
Weight137 g (4.83 oz)
Dimensions140.4 x 70.1 x 8.4 mm (5.53 x 2.76 x 0.33 in)
Performance
CpuQuad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53
ChipsetQualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425
GPUAdreno 308
Memory + RAM32 GB, 3 GB RAM or 16 GB, 2 GB RAM
OSAndroid 7.1.2 (Nougat)
External storage (card slot)microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)
Camera
Primary camera13 MP, f/2.2, phase detection autofocus, LED flash
Secondary camera5 MP, f/2.0
Video1080p@30fps
Additional featuresGeo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR, panorama
Audio
Sound quality- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
Loud speakerYes
3.5mm jack supportYes
RadioFM radio
Network and Sensors
SimDual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
NetworkCDMA 800 & TD-SCDMA
4G BandsLTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 34(2000), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)
SpeedHSPA, LTE
3G BandsHSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
GprsYes
EdgeYes
2G bandsGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth4.1, A2DP, LE
GPSYes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
Infrared PortYes
USBmicroUSB 2.0
SensorsAccelerometer, proximity
Battery
Battery infoNon-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
Others
Features- Xvid/MP4/H.265 player - MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player - Photo/video editor - Document viewer
ColorsGold, Dark Gray, Rose Gold, Blue
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