The Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus have finally made its debut in China as affordable phones with a fashionable 18:9 aspect ratio. Of course, the design was no secret, as Xiaomi itself released photos of the handsets a few days prior to launch.
Xiaomi’s selling the Redmi 5 at CNY 799 (approx Rs 7800) for its 2GB/16GB option and CNY 899 (about Rs 8770) for the 3GB/32GB one. The Redmi 5 Plus ups the price to CNY 999 (roughly Rs 9750) for its 3GB/32GB variant and CNY 1299 (around Rs 12680) for its 4GB/64GB one.
The two have a lot in common, but differ in a couple of key aspects. The Redmi 5 has a 5.7-inch HD+ screen, 3300mAh battery, 12-day battery life on standby, and Snapdragon 450 processor. On the other hand, the Redmi 5 Plus has a 5.99-inch FHD+ display, 4000mAh battery, 17-day battery life, and a Snapdragon 625 SoC.
Both share the same photography specs including a 12MP rear camera with a large 1.25μm pixel size and a 5MP front-facing lens with a soft-toned selfie light. Xiaomi’s Beautify 3.0 software is supposed to enhance a user’s facial features while preserving original details.
Common specifications of the Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus:
– OS: Android 7.1.2 Nougat-based MIUI 9
– Display: 5.7-inch 720 x 1440p/5.99-inch 1080 x 2160p
– CPU: Snapdragon 450/Snapdragon 625
– Storage: 16GB/32GB/64GB, expandable
– RAM: 2GB/3GB/4GB
– Camera: 12MP rear, 5MP front
– Battery: 3300mAh/4000mAh
– Connectivity: 4G VoLTE, dual-SIM, Bluetooth 4.2, A-GPS, Wi-Fi, microUSB 2.0
Xiaomi hasn’t announced when the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus will make its way out of China into other markets. We’ll let you know when it does.