Xiaomi teases new "i" device, could be Redmi Note 5 or a smartphone targeting rural India

The Redmi Note 5 is expected to sport an 18:9 display and will launch with two variants. It is possible that the teased device is something new entirely, targeted at rural India

By Digit NewsDesk | Published 20 Nov 2017 10:58 IST
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  • The Redmi Note 5 is expected to sport an 18:9 display and will launch with two variants. It is possible that the teased device is something new entirely, targeted at rural India

Xiaomi teases new "i" device, could be Redmi Note 5 or a smartphone targeting rural India
Xiaomi teases new "i" device, could be Redmi Note 5 or a smartphone targeting rural India

Xiaomi VP and Managing Director (India), Manu Jain has tweeted, “"i" is coming soon! Any guesses what is this?”. Speculations circulating the internet suggests that this is the Redmi Note 5. The Redmi Note 4 launched in January 2017 and we expected its successor to launch in Jan 2018. It is possible that Xiaomi has changed the launch date and the smartphone will be unveiled sooner than expected. Another thing to consider is another tweet from Manu Jain which reads, “Met this incredible couple during my field trip across villages. I was humbled by their warmth, and hospitality they offered me. Gained insights on the way people lead their lives in rural India. Fingers crossed for a new product that I believe will help change their lives” if this tweet is considered along with the first one, then the device may not be the Redmi Note 5. It could be a separate device all together, one that will take on Relance’s JioPhone. Nothing is confirmed as there is no concrete information about the device. It could a specific accessory that Xiaomi is making to target the needs of the rural market in India. 

Information circulating the internet suggests that the Redmi Note 5 will sport a 5.99-inch Full HD+ display with a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels. It is expected to house an Octa-core chipset clocked at 2GHz. Previous leaks suggested that this might be Qualcomm's Snapdragon 630 chipset, while some reports also suggest it could be the Snapdragon 636 SoC. It is speculated that Xiaomi isn’t jumping onto the dual-camera bandwagon and the Redmi Note 5 is expected to sport a single 12MP camera setup with dual-LED flash, along with a 5MP selfie camera. It will most likely retain the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and include connectivity options like dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS with GLONASS and IR blaster. The Redmi Note 5 is expected to run MIUI 9 based on Android Nougat out of the box, and may be backed by a 4000mAh battery.

The smartphone is expected to launch in three different storage options - 3GB RAM with an option for either 16GB or 32GB built-in storage, and 4GB RAM variant with 64GB storage. 

As far as the pricing of the Redmi Note 5 is concerned, the smartphone is expected to start at 999 Yuan (around Rs 10,000) for the base model and is expected to be available in Black, Rose Gold, Gold, White, Blue, Red, Pink, Grey and Silver colour options. 

Speaking of the Redmi Note 4, the smartphone sold over 5 million units  in India.  

 

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