Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus Launches in China

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After unveiling the smartphones a few days back, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has finally launched its budget smartphone Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus in China. The smartphones were launched by Xiaomi at an event in Beijing on Thursday. The smartphones bear similar designs and some common specifications, however, there are some prominent differences, from screen size to the choice of processor being used. Highlights on the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus include an 18:9 aspect ratio display, giving an immersive wide-screen effect that according to Xiaomi is better for gaming and media consumption and a soft-toned selfie light for improved low-light photography. Both the Redmi 5 series smartphones were launched for the China market, and for now there is no information of when they will be made available in other countries.

Redmi 5, Redmi 5 Plus specifications

The dual-SIM (Nano-SIM) Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus bear nearly identical specifications, as we mentioned, with only a few differences. Starting with the Redmi 5 first, the smartphone sports a 5.7-inch HD+ (720×1440 pixels) 18:9 display offering a 282ppi pixel density and a 72 percent NTSC colour gamut. While the Redmi 5 Plus on the other hand sports a 5.99-inch full-HD+ (1080×2160 pixels) 18:9 display with a 403ppi pixel density and an 84 percent NTSC colour gamut.

The smaller sibling Redmi 5 is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 450 SoC clocked at up to 1.8GHz, while the Redmi 5 Plus is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 625 SoC clocked at up 2GHz. RAM options on the Redmi 5 are 2GB and 3GB, whereas the Redmi 5 Plus offers 3GB and 4GB options.

In terms of optics, both the smartphones bear the same cameras. The Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus feature a 12-megapixel rear camera with a 1.25-micron pixel sensor, an f/2.2 aperture, PDAF, and flash, while they also sport a 5-megapixel front camera with a soft-light selfie flash module. The company is also touting the inclusion of its Beautify 3.0 app, for improved portraits. They both come with fingerprint sensors on the rear panel, forgoing the home button at the front completely.

In terms of storage, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 offers 16GB or 32GB of inbuilt storage which is further expandable via a microSD card. The Redmi 5 Plus on the other hand offers 32GB or 64GB of inbuilt storage which is also expandable.

Connectivity options on the smartphones include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 (b/g/n on Redmi 5 and a/b/g/n on Redmi 5 Plus), Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, 3.5mm headphone jack, and Micro-USB.

The Redmi 5 is backed by a 3300mAh battery, while the Redmi 5 Plus bears a 4000mAh battery.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 price

The Xiaomi Redmi 5 is priced at CNY 799 (roughly Rs. 7,800) for the 2GB RAM/ 16GB storage variant, while the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant will come at a shelf price of CNY 899 (roughly Rs. 8,800). The Redmi 5 Plus price is CNY 999 (roughly Rs. 9,700) for the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant, while the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant price is CNY 1,299 (roughly Rs. 12,700).

Both the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus will go on sale from December 12, and will soon go up for registrations. Xiaomi says the smartphones will come with a free TPU protection case in the box. Both smartphones will be available in Black, Gold, Light Blue, and Rose Gold colour variants.

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Bikram Singh Negi

Bikram Singh Negi

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