Xiaomi debuts in South Korea with Redmi Note 5

Chinese technology giant Xiaomi Corp entered South Korean market with its new device Redmi Note 5 through two leading local carriers


The Chinese smartphone maker, Xiaomi seems to have entered the South Korean market. The company has announced the launch of its new device, the Redmi Note 5 that will be sold by the local mobile carriers. Xiaomi has partnered with G-Mobi Korea to expand its smartphone business in the growing Korean market. The latest offering, the Redmi Note 5 will be sold in Korea through two local carriers: SK Telecom Co. and KT Corp. Let’s check the price and specs of the device ahead:

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5: Pricing and Availability in S. Korea

Though Xiaomi hasn’t particularly specified which colour options it will be bringing in the Korean market the Redmi Note 5 comes in Black, Champagne Gold, Rose Gold, and Lake Blue colour with the price set to 299,000 won ($264) in the country.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5: Features, Specifications

Going through with the features and specifications of the Redmi Note 5 once more, it sports a taller 5.99 inches IPS LCD panel with Full HD+1080 x 2160 pixels resolution. The screen has an aspect ratio of 18:9, a contrast ratio of 1000:1, and a 450nits brightness. But instead of octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor, the model that is launched in Korea packs a 1.8GHz Snapdragon 636 SoC, paired with Adreno 509 GPU. The smartphone has a 4GB RAM and 64GB storage with an option of expandable storage that will allow the user to extend the memory up to 128GB via microSD card. The smartphone runs on Android 7.1 Nougat.

The Redmi Note 5 features a 12MP primary camera and a 5MP front camera. The device offers dual-SIM support, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS/A-GPS, microUSB 2.0 port and a 3.5mm audio port in terms of connectivity. A non-removable 4000mAh battery fuels the handset that can last for one and a half day.

This new entry by Xiaomi in the South Korean market indeed is significant as the Chinese smartphone maker will now be giving a fight to Samsung on its home turf. There’s no doubt that Samsung is currently losing market share in the overseas as well as in the Chinese territory; especially because of the emerging Chinese Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) that led to the company grabbing a measly market share of a 1.3% in China in the first quarter of 2018.