A few days ago, Xiaomi had announced that it is holding an event in India on February 14, 2018 for the launch of its new smartphone, and the official press invite included the moniker ‘5’. It is a well-known fact that the Chinese smartphone maker will be launching the successor to its ultra-popular smartphone, the Redmi Note 4, in the Indian market. The company could launch the Redmi 5 Plus (which it had already launched in China) in the form of the Redmi Note 5 in India. Now, we have some more details about the upcoming device. The e-commerce giant Flipkart has revealed that the upcoming Xiaomi phone will be exclusive to its platform, and that it will be launching next week.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5: India Launch Date
Thanks @gauravkapur. Looks like everyone is excited about @XiaomiIndia’s all-rounder that’s a 5/5. Tune in to Flipkart on 14th Feb, 12 noon to find out who it is. #WhoIsTheAllRounder https://t.co/KO6jyUWq46 pic.twitter.com/z5bDbJIH6n
— Flipkart (@Flipkart) February 8, 2018
Last year, Flipkart had introduced the Redmi Note 4 in India, and the phone was presented by the Indian cricketer Ravindra Jadeja. At the time of the launch of the Redmi Note 4, Flipkart had tweeted out hashtag “All Rounder“. So going by this indication, we can guess the upcoming smartphone to be the Redmi Note 5. In addition to this, Flipkart even has a special webpage especially for this smartphone, but it doesn’t give any other hint as of now. Coming to the Redmi 5, Xiaomi had announced this smartphone in China along with the Redmi 5 Plus a few weeks ago, and the same phone could be launched in India as the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 since the ‘Redmi Note’ term is quite popular among Indian consumers.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5: Specifications, Features
Starting with the Redmi 5 and the Redmi 5 Plus, the brand has started the introduction of screens with 18:9 aspect ratio and minimal bezels, and the phones have already been launched in its home market China. The phones also feature aluminium+plastic bodies, Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets, 12-megapixel rear-facing cameras with phase-detection autofocus, and 5-megapixel front-facing cameras.
The Xiaomi Redmi 5 sports a 5.7-inch IPS LCD display with HD+ resolution (720×1440 pixels), 282ppi, 18:9 aspect ratio, and minimal bezels. It is equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor, 2GB/3GB RAM, and 16GB/32GB of internal storage. On the other hand, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus features a 5.99-inch IPS LCD screen with Full HD+ resolution (1080×2160 pixels), 403ppi, 18:9 aspect ratio, and minimal bezels. The phone is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset and 3GB/4GB of RAM, and 32GB/64GB of internal storage.
The Redmi 5 can record 1080p videos, while the Redmi 5 Plus can record 4K videos. Both phones run Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box with the MIUI 9 user interface, and have storage expansion slots (microSD). The Redmi 5 and the Redmi 5 Plus come packed with 3300mAh and 4000mAh batteries, respectively. Unfortunately, neither of the phones use USB Type-C ports, and the company stuck to the good-old microUSB 2.0 ports for these devices. Other connectivity features of the phones include GPS, FM Radio, dual-band Wi-Fi b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.2, IR port, and 3.5mm headphone port.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5: Expected Price
While the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 price in India will only be officially revealed on February 14, 2018, we expect it to be similar to the original price of the Redmi Note 4 when it was launched in India last year. The price could start from Rs. 10,999 and go as high as Rs. 11,999 for 32GB and 64GB variants. However, this is just are guesstimate, and the original prices may differ when the phone gets launched next week.