Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus Spotted on TENAA; to Launch on December 7

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi confirmed the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus launch in China on December 7. The company has sent out media invites and teased the smartphone in several images that confirm its design. Also, two Xiaomi devices with model numbers MDT1 and MDE1 were spotted in TENAA today, giving a rough idea about their design and specs.

Xiaomi has gained popularity and made record-breaking with the Redmi 4 series of budget phones consisting of Redmi 4, Redmi 4A, and Redmi Note 4. The successors of these devices will be the Redmi 5, Redmi 5A, and the Redmi Note 5, the most anticipated phone in this segment. The Xiaomi Redmi 5  and the Redmi 5 Plus are expected to come in Black, Rose Gold, Gold, White, Blue, Red, Pink, Gray, and Silver. The device has a sleek look on the front with less bezels, while the rear looks very similar to its predecessor, Redmi 4. The devices have a metal unibody and a fingerprint sensor at the rear. They measure 151.8 × 72.8 × 7.7 mm and weigh 157 g.According to the spec list, both the Redmi devices sport a 5.7 inch2.5D curved glass display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of HD+ (1440 × 720 pixels).

An Octa-core chipset will power the Redmi 5, clocked at 1.8 GHz, likely to be Snapdragon 450. According to top rumors, the Redmi 5 Plus will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset, a far cry from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor in Redmi 4. The device will likely have three memory variants: 2 GB RAM + 16 GB internal storage, 3 GB RAM + 32 GB internal storage, and 4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage. All three variants will have memory expandable options up to 128 GB with micro SD.

In the Optics department, the device sports a 12 MP rear camera with LED flash while offering a 5 MP camera for selfies and video calling. The device will initially run on Android 7.1.2 (Nougat) with MIUI 9 but will get an Oreo update later. The Redmi 5 is expected to be backed by a 3,300 mAh battery, while the Redmi 5 Plus may get a bigger 4000 mAh battery. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS + GLONASS, and dual SIM (micro + nano/micro SD).

The prices of the devices are not announced, but it’s speculated to be around Rs 13,000 in India. We will get the full details on its launch on December 7, maybe even the Global and India release date, but before that, Xiaomi will launch a brand new Redmi phone in India on November 30. The device, called “Desh Ka Smartphone,” hints at its budget segment and will be a Flipkart exclusive product.

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