Xiaomi just got done with one product launch, but it’s already begun building up the hype for its next one. Instead of a pair of TVs, its next event will see it go back to basics with an affordable smartphone, likely the Redmi 5.
Evidence for this comes right at the end of Xiaomi’s livestream for the Mi TV 4A. A very brief teaser showed the side of an unknown smartphone and stated that it would be coming out on March 14. Based on its size and camera bump, it seems like the device is the Redmi 5.
To recall, the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus were announced in China back in December 2017. The latter has already made its way to India in the form of the Redmi Note 5. The former is yet to make headway here. This could change on March 14 going by Xiaomi’s hints.
Specifications of the Xiaomi Redmi 5:
– Display: 5.7-inch, 720 x 1440 pixels
– OS: Android 7.1.2 Nougat-based MIUI 9
– Storage: 16GB/32GB, expandable
– RAM: 2GB/3GB
– CPU: Snapdragon 450
– Camera: 12MP rear, 5MP front
– Battery: 3300mAh
– Connectivity: 4G VoLTE, dual-SIM, Bluetooth 4.2, A-GPS, Wi-Fi, microUSB 2.0
The Redmi 5 is a more affordable alternative to the Redmi Note 5 which starts at Rs 9999 in India. The former features the same 18:9 design, but within a smaller 5.7-inch display. It also has a lower-capacity 3300mAh battery and Snapdragon 450 SoC.
The Redmi 5 is priced at CNY 799 (approx Rs 8210) for its 2GB/16GB option and CNY 999 (roughly Rs 10270) for its 3GB/32GB one. Based on the company’s typical patterns, the phone might start at Rs 7999 in India.