Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has announced that it will launch its first device of 2018 on 14 February. The company has sent out an invite for the event in the form of a teaser, which builds the excitement for the launch by simply mentioning the number '5'.
The number '5' sure is perplexing because it could spell the launch of the recently announced Redmi 5 or even the yet to be announced Note 5 smartphone. Since the Redmi Note 5 has only been seen in leaks, all eyes are on the Redmi 5, which was recently announced in China.
The Xiaomi Redmi 5 was soft-launched in China in December 2017 and was made available in a standard and a 'Plus' model.
The Redmi 5 features a 5.7-inch, 18:9 aspect ratio display on the front, which also happens to be the highlight of the smartphone. The fingerprint sensor sits at the back of the device. The Redmi 5 Plus features a bigger 5.99-inch Full HD+ display that also arrives in a 18:9 aspect ratio, but features a metal back with plastic caps at the top and bottom.
The smaller Redmi 5 is available in two variants with a Snapdragon 450 SoC inside. The chipset is paired 2 GB/ 3 GB/ 4 GB RAM options and is available in 16 GB/ 32 GB storage variants. The memory can be expanded up to 128 GB via a microSD card.
The Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus features a more powerful Snapdragon 625 SoC and is currently available in a higher-spec 3 GB/ 4 GB RAM and 32 GB/ 64 GB internal storage variants.
Both smartphones feature 12 MP rear camera and 5 MP front-facing camera. The Chinese devices also come with a front facing flash for taking selfies in low light.
The Redmi 5 will feature a 3,300 mAh battery while the 5 Plus is expected to pack in a larger 4,000 mAh unit.
Connectivity options for both devices include dual SIM 4G LTE, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth v4.2, GPS, and a micro USB port. According to a recent leak on an e-commerce website, the smartphone will be priced around $249.99 (approx Rs 16,000) in India.
Redmi 5 and 5 Plus are expected to come with MIUI V9 and Android 7.1.2 Nougat inside.
Updated Date: Feb 05, 2018 14:13 PM