After OnePlus 5T, Mi A1, the iPhone 8, Redmi Note 5 Pro and Mi A2 (Mi 6X) prove the ‘RED’ Color is here to stay


Smartphones are often subjected to ongoing trends, with manufacturers taking inspiration from their competitors and getting sucked into the trendy new aspect that dominates the tech landscape. If one were to trace the history of smartphone trends, many had come and gone while some are still sticking around. For example – taller display, bezel-less design, dual rear camera setup, getting rid of 3.5mm audio jack, embracing the notch, and more.

However, there is one trend that is catching up quietly and is not making as much buzz as the sudden influx of the notch design, but it is here to stay, and we are not complaining. We are talking about the increasing obsession with the colour Red for smartphones. Right from Apple iPhone 7 to the most recent Mi A2 (Mi 6X), manufacturers just can’t get enough of it. Let’s take a look at what all smartphone makers went for the kill and launched Red colour variant for their flagships in 2018, which also proved that this trend came, stayed, and probably going to stick around.

OnePlus 5T Lava Red Colour Edition:

OnePlus 5T Lava Red

OnePlus launched the Lava Red Edition for its OnePlus 5T smartphone in India for Rs. 37,999 in January 2018. It was a limited edition and is no longer up for purchase in India. The phone retained everything as on the standard OnePlus 5T variant i.e. a 6-inch full-HD+ AMOLED display with 1080×2160 pixels resolution and 18.5:9 aspect ratio. A Snapdragon 835 chipset powers it with 6GB/8GB RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage. The phone sports 16MP+20MP dual rear camera setup and a 16MP camera on the front for selfies. A 3300mAh battery backs the device.

Xiaomi Mi A1 Red Colour Variant:

Xiaomi Mi A1 Special Edition Red

Just like OnePlus, Xiaomi also brought out Red colour option for its Android One-powered Mi A1 smartphone. The special Red colour edition was launched at Rs. 13,999 but is currently listed as out of stock on online retail platform like Flipkart. This special edition came with the same specs as on the standard Mi A1 smartphone including a 5.5-inch full-HD IPS display with 1080×1920 pixels resolution and an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset paired with of 4GB RAM. It runs Android 7.1.2 Nougat OS without MIUI on top. There is 12MP+12MP dual rear camera combo on the back and a 5MP camera on the front. A 3080mAh battery powers the device.

Apple iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition:

Apple launched the (PRODUCT) RED Special Edition for iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus a few weeks back. It is now available for purchase in India via Flipkart and the shipping begins from 1st May 2018. Purchasing one of these devices will help Apple contribute to the Global Fund which is used to help those affected by HIV/AIDS worldwide. Till now, Apple has donated more than $160 million to the Global Fund ever since it started a partnership with (RED) in 2006. Both the iPhone 8 (PRODUCT) RED and the iPhone 8 Plus (PRODUCT) RED are available in 64GB and 256GB storage variants. The 64GB variant of the iPhone 8 (PRODUCT) RED is priced at Rs.67,940, while the 256GB storage variant of the phone will retail for Rs.81,500. Meanwhile, the 64GB variant of the iPhone 8 Plus (PRODUCT) RED is priced at Rs.77,560 and the 256GB variant of the smartphone will retail for Rs.91,110 in India.

Just as on the other phones, the Red colour edition of the iPhone 8 does not change anything under the hood. The phone packs in the same specs such as a 4.7-inch LCD HD display and iOS 11. It is powered by the powerful A11 Bionic chip with 2GB RAM and 64GB/256GB storage options. There is a 12MP rear camera onboard and a 7MP front-facing camera. A 1821mAh battery backs the device.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Red Colour Variant:

Redmi Note 5 Pro Red

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro’s Red colour variant was recently spotted in a poster uploaded by the company on a Chinese website. The rear panel of the phone looks a lot like the Red colour variant of the Mi A1. For now, we have no information regarding its release timeline. But going by Xiaomi’s pricing of Mi A1, we think the Redmi Note 5 Pro will also be available at the same pricing as its standard variants i.e. Rs. 13,999 for the 4GB RAM version and Rs. 16,999 for the 6GB RAM version.

Xiaomi Mi A2 (Mi 6X) Red Flame:

The Xiaomi Mi A2 (Mi 6X) went official in China earlier this week at an event that was held at the Wuhan University. Apart from Black, Gold, Lake Blue, and Silver, the phone has also been launched in Red. The Mi A2 features a 5.99-inch IPS LCD screen with FHD+ resolution (2160×1080 pixels) and an 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core chipset which is coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage. The phone is also available in other variants: 6GB RAM + 64GB storage and 6GB RAM + 128GB storage. It comes packed with a 3010mAh battery, 20MP front-facing camera with soft-LED flash, and a 12MP+20MP dual rear-facing camera with f/1.75 aperture and 4K video recording.

Phew! These are a few smartphones that have embraced the red colour. Apart from these phones mentioned above, there are a few other phones that have red-coloured variants as well: Apple iPhone 7, Apple iPhone 7 Plus, HTC U11, Vivo V7 Plus, and the OPPO F7. These phones will carry forward the trend of flashy red-coloured phones. What’s your take on Red colour editions for smartphones, would you like this trend to keep going or are you done with it already? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.