We’ve been hearing rumors and speculation about the Redmi Note 5 for quite a while now without a launch date in sight. As it turns out, the handset may have gotten unveiled under a different name earlier this month.
To recap, Xiaomi had launched the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus a few weeks ago with 18:9 screens and selfie lights. At the time, the two were considered follow-ups to the Redmi 4 series. However, a super moderator on the MIUI forums named mitch002 recently posted a review of the Redmi 5 Plus offering a different version of events.
According to mitch002, Xiaomi has decided to drop the Note label for its 5.7-inch budget phones “as of this moment.” He claims the 5.7-inch Redmi 5 and 5.99-inch Redmi 5 Plus are in fact the true successors to the Redmi Note 4, with the Plus variant as a direct sequel. It follows that there won’t be a Redmi Note 5 now.
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Xiaomi itself hasn’t said anything about ditching the Note name. It would be a strange decision given how successful the series has been for the brand, especially in countries like India. Perhaps the firm will bring the Redmi 5 Plus to the country as the Redmi Note 5. It’s followed a similar strategy in the past.
The Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus are priced at CNY 799 (roughly Rs 7800) and CNY 999 (approx Rs 9750), respectively. We’ll let you know under what name Xiaomi decides to release either smartphone in markets outside China.