The Xiaomi Redmi 5 and the Redmi 5 Plus are expected to be the company’s first mid ranged smartphones to sport 18:9 displays. They will come with rear mounted fingerprint scanner and a selfie flash.
Xiaomi will be launching the Redmi 5 and the Redmi 5 Plus today in China. The launch event in Beijing will commence at 11:30 AM and will be live streamed on the company’s site. Ahead of the launch event, AliExpress has listed the smartphones on its website thus revealing its price.
Xiaomi’s Redmi 5 and the Redmi 5 Plus are the thin-bezel smartphones. According to the AliExpress listing, the former device will be priced at $199.99 (Rs 12,900 approx) for the 2GB RAM/16GB ROM variant whereas the Redmi 5 Plus is listed at $249.99 (Rs 16,120 approx) for the 3GB RAM/32GB storage model. Both the smartphones could be available in Blue, Gold, Black, and Pink colour options.
Previously, Xiaomi global spokesperson, Donovan Sung shared some official images of the smartphones which revealed the design of the smartphones. Both the smartphones are confirmed to sport reduced bezels and come with a taller 18:9 display. The images also reveal a rear mounted fingerprint sensor on both the smartphones and they will skip on hardware capacitive buttons on the front. The Redmi 5 was recently spotted on the TENAA website which reveaed some of the smartphone's hardware specifications.
As per the TENNA listing, The Redmi 5 is expected to be powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon 450 SoC. It will come with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and is tipped to sport a 3200mAh battery. As per the listing, the device could launch in three configurations of 2GB RAM/16GB ROM, 3GB RAM/32GB ROM and 4GB RAM/64GB ROM. The smartphone is expected to support expandable internal storage of up to 128GB via a microSD card.
The Redmi 5 Plus, on the other hand, is rumoured to be powered by a Snapdragon 625 chipset. It was earlier tipped to sport a dual camera setup with dual-LED flash, however, the official images reveal that it will come with a single rear camera setup. Finally, the Redmi 5 Plus is expected to be powered by a 4000mAh battery and could be launched with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage.