The Chinese smartphone maker had teased the new Redmi 5 smartphones a couple of days back. They have now gone official at an event in China today. Both the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus come with specifications that were tipped prior to their launch. Their major feature is that bezel-less 18:9 display but it differs on both the devices.
Redmi 5 has a smaller 5.7-inch display in the trending 18:9 fashion. Its resolution is, however, 1440 x 720, which isn’t eye-popping at all. It comes powered by a Snapdragon 450 processor and has 2GB/3GB of RAM. Their respective storage variants also vary from 16GB to 32GB. The 4G-enabled phone has a fingerprint scanner on the back, right below the single 12MP primary camera.
On the other hand, the bigger Redmi 5 Plus has a 5.99-inch display with a higher 2160 x 1080 resolution. It will come powered by a Snapdragon 625 processor and it will also have two RAM and storage variants – 3GB + 32GB and 4GB + 64GB. A similar camera setup can be seen on the Plus variant as well with a 12MP sensor on the back and a 5MP one on the front.
Another thing that’s different is the battery capacity of both the phones. The Redmi 5 sports a 3300mAh battery while the Redmi 5 Plus packs a 4000mAh unit. Other than these, both the phones are quite similar. They run on Android 7.1.2 Nougat with MIUI 9 on top while the dual SIM card slots on the devices are hybrid in nature.
Both the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus have been announced for China and will go on sale there starting December 12th. They will be available in four colour options – Black, Light Blue, Gold, and Rose Gold. The pricing for the Redmi 5 starts at 799 Yuan ($120/Rs. 7,795) and goes all the way up to 899 Yuan ($135/Rs. 8,770). While the Redmi 5 Plus starts at 999 Yuan ($151/Rs. 9,745) for the base variant and the 4GB RAM variant costs 1,299 Yuan ($195/Rs. 12,675).
Being the budget offerings from Xiaomi, you can expect them to be available in India pretty soon. The company has not revealed any availability details for India yet, but we’ll let you know once the company does.