Xiaomi has announced the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus smartphone at an event in China. In fact, the first Honor 7X sale in India coincided with the global unveiling of Redmi 5 Plus. The smartphones are available in four color options - Gold, Light Blue, Rose Gold, and Black. Both the handsets will go on sale in China starting December 12 and the company is yet to reveal availability in other markets including India.
Contrarily, the Xiaomi Mi A1 was launched in India in September at a price of Rs. 14,999. The company promised to make it available in all the major retail stores and Mi Homes across the country. The Redmi 5 series, even though come at affordable prices, managed to have display screen ratio at industry standards. The top-end Redmi 5 Plus with 4GB RAM+64GB storage is priced at CNY 1,299, which is roughly Rs. 12,990. The smartphone gets a 5-inch HD display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.
The smartphone carries a 3,000mAH battery and has connectivity like Bluetooth, WiFi, VoLTE, 3G and micro-USB. Furthermore, the selfie camera is equipped with a soft-toned selfie light paired with Beautify 3.0 mode. The smartphone packs a 3340mAh battery and comes with a rear-facing fingerprint scanner. You will find a 12MP sensor with 1.25-micron pixels and LED Flash support.
The Redmi 5 is available in 2GB and 3GB RAM variants.
On the other hand, the generic Redmi 5 sports a tad smaller 5.7-inch HD+ screen and houses 2GB/3GB RAM, 16GB/32GB storage and a 3,300mAh cell. The fingerprint sensor is placed at the back. Post sale, Xiaomi India Managing Director and Vice President Manu Kumar Jain took to Twitter to reveal that the response for Redmi 5A has been "phenomenal", though he did not reveal the number of units sold.
The Redmi 5 starts at CNY 799 (Rs 8,000) for the 2 GB RAM and 16 GB storage model. There is 64GB onboard storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB) in a hybrid dual-SIM configuration.
On the camera front, Redmi 5A comes with a 13mp rear camera with f/2.2 aperture and HDR mode along with 5mp front camera with f/2.0 aperture.
Overall it runs on android 7.1.2 and is powered by a 3300mAh non-removable battery.
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