Xiaomi teases launch of "Compact Powerhouse" smartphone on March 14, could be Redmi 5

By Shubham Sharma | Published on 08 Mar 2018
Xiaomi teases launch of "Compact Powerhouse" smartphone on March 14, could be Redmi 5
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The new smartphone is speculated to be the Xiaomi Redmi 5, which is the only device missing from the company's portfolio in India. The upcoming smartphone was initially teased in the tail end of a Mi LED Smart TV 4A promo video on Twitter and also in an Instagram post.

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Last month, Xiaomi launched its new Redmi Note 5 (Review) and Note 5 Pro (Review) smartphones in India and the company is already working on launching a new smartphone. Towards the end of the Mi LED Smart TV 4A live stream, there was a short teaser for a smartphone that the company plans to unveil on March 14. Speculation suggests that it could be the Xiaomi Redmi 5, which is missing from the company’s Indian smartphone lineup for the year. It has also posted an image on Instagram teasing a “Compact Powerhouse” of a smartphone. Xiaomi says in the post, “It’s slim, sleek and slick. It’s also a powerhouse that fulfils your needs. Revealing the new #CompactPowerhouse in just a few days.”

The Xiaomi Redmi 5 was launched in China last month. It comes with a metal unibody design and is equipped with a soft-toned selfie light. The device features a thin-bezel design and sports a 5.7-inch HD+ screen with a 1440x720p resolution and is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chipset. 

The smartphone is equipped with a 12MP rear camera sporting a 1.25-micron pixel sensor and on the front is a 5MP sensor coupled with Beautify 3.0 feature for “enhanced” portrait shots. In terms of connectivity, the device supports Bluetooth 4.2, A-GPS, a 3.5mm headphone jack, Wi-Fi, and a micro-USB port for charging. The device is backed by a 3300mAh battery, comes with a fingerprint scanner at the back.. It runs on MIUI 9n which is based on Android 7.1 Nougat. 

It was launched in three variants in China and its 2GB RAM/16GB ROM variant and 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage models cost CNY 799 (Rs 7,800 approx) and CNY 899 (Rs 8,800 approx) respectively. There is also an upgraded 4GB RAM variant of the smartphone, which is priced at CNY 1,099 (Rs 11,200 approx). The device is expected to cost less in India, given that the Redmi Note 5 starts at Rs 9,999.

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