Earlier this week, Xiaomi expanded its budget smartphone lineup in India with the launch of the Redmi 5. Similar in terms of design to the Redmi Note 5, the Redmi 5 succeeds the Redmi 4 in the Indian market. The smartphone starts at Rs.7,999 in the Indian market but Jio subscribers can get it for an effective price of just Rs.5,799.
Redmi 5: Price in India, Jio Cashback Launch Offers
Xiaomi’s latest Redmi 5 is eligible for the Reliance Jio Rs.2,200 instant cashback offer, which means the effective price of the Redmi 5 2GB RAM variant comes down from Rs.7,999 to Rs.5,799. The Rs.2,200 cashback amount will be credited to users in the form of 44 cashback vouchers worth Rs.50 each on the MyJio app upon performing recharge on the Redmi 5. These cashback vouchers can then be redeemed against future recharges done in the MyJio app. However, only one cashback voucher of Rs.50 can be redeemed per eligible recharge.
Apart from the Rs.2,200 instant cashback, Jio is also offering 100GB of additional 4G data for Redmi 5 buyers. To receive the additional data benefit, Redmi 5 users will need to perform a minimum recharge of Rs.198. Additionally, customers can get a 5% instant discount on the Redmi 5 using SBI credit cards. Those of you who purchase the Redmi 5 from Amazon India can also enjoy up to 90% (maximum discount of Rs.400) discount on Kindle eBooks.
Redmi 5: First Sale Tomorrow
As announced by Xiaomi during the smartphone’s launch in India earlier this week, the Redmi 5 will go on sale for the first time at 12 PM IST tomorrow. Prices in India start at Rs.7,999 for the base variant with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The 3GB RAM variant with 32GB of onboard storage is priced at Rs.8,999, while the top-end 4GB RAM variant with 64GB storage costs Rs.10,999. The Redmi 5 will be available from Mi.com, Amazon India, and Mi Home stores. You can choose from four color options – Gold, Black, Lake Blue, and Rose Gold. Since Xiaomi smartphones usually sell out within minutes almost every time there is a flash sale, Xiaomi will have over four lakh units of the Redmi 5 available for the first sale. Last month, the company sold over 3 lakh units of the Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro smartphones in under 3 minutes during their first sale.
Redmi 5: Features and Specifications
The Xiaomi Redmi 5 features a 5.7-inch 720 x 1440 HD+ resolution IPS display with 18:9 aspect ratio, 450-nit peak brightness, 72% NTSC color gamut coverage, color temperature adjustment, Reading Mode, and 1000:1 static contrast ratio. Powering the Redmi 5 is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 octa-core processor clocked at 1.8 GHz with an Adreno 506 GPU. While the Snapdragon 430 is manufactured on a 28nm process, the newer Snapdragon 450 is made on a 14nm FinFET process for higher performance as well as energy efficiency. As mentioned above, the Redmi 5 is offered in three memory configurations in India – 2GB RAM + 16GB storage, 3GB RAM + 32GB storage, and 4GB RAM + 64GB storage. Unfortunately, the Redmi 5 uses a Hybrid Dual SIM configuration, which means you will have to choose between adding a second SIM card or a microSD card for further expansion. When it comes to design, the Redmi 5 is very similar to the Redmi Note 5, which is also known as the Redmi 5 Plus in China. Both smartphones feature a metal unibody construction with rounded corners for superior ergonomics.
Redmi 5 features a 12MP primary camera with 1.25μm pixel size, PDAF, a single LED flash, and a 5-element f/2.2 aperture lens. On the front is a 5MP selfie camera with face recognition, Selfie countdown, LED flash, and Beautify 3.0 features. Thanks to the dedicated LED flash on the front, you will have no trouble taking decent selfies even in low light conditions. Both the rear and front-facing cameras are capable of capturing videos at up to 1080p Full HD resolution.
Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy, IR blaster, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, and 4G VoLTE. The Redmi 5 does come with a fingerprint sensor as well, mounted on the back of the handset. In terms of dimensions, the Redmi 5 measures 151.8 x 72.8 x 7.7mm and weighs in at 157 grams. Fueling the internals of the smartphone is a 3300mAh capacity non-removable battery. Xiaomi claims the battery provides up to 31 days of standby time. Fast charging isn’t supported by the Redmi 5, although we can’t quite complain as very few budget smartphones come with the feature. On the software front, Redmi 5 runs on Android 7.1.2 Nougat-based MIUI 9 out of the box. Like other recent smartphones launched by Xiaomi, the Redmi 5 offers the dual-app feature that lets you run two separate instances of a single app.