Xiaomi unveils Redmi 5 smartphone with 18:9 display

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Xiaomi recently launched the successor to the Redmi 4A, aptly christened as the Redmi 5A, so we guess the waiting period for these metal-clad Redmi 5 and 5 Plus smartphones will not be too long. While the Xiaomi Redmi 5 and the Redmi 5 PLus share a number of similarities, they are also quite different.

Xiaomi has just unveiled the latest addition to their Redmi series of smartphones. Both of the smartphones will feature Aluminium body with a fingerprint sensor at the back. Customers will be able to opt for Black, Blue, Pink or Gold handsets. Both of them are modestly priced, the Redmi 5 starts from CNY 799 (~ Rs. 7,800) whereas the Redmi 5 Plus retails from CNY 899 (roughly Rs. 8,800).

These are definitely low-priced phones by global standards, then, with the 5 Plus sounding like particularly good value. Featuring a tall 18:9 display aspect ratio, the screen takes up a larger viewing area while it maintains a compact footprint compared to a typical 16:9 display. The devices succeed Redmi 4 and Redmi Note 4, the best-selling phones in India this year. The pricing scheme of both the devices make the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus among the cheapest smartphones in the market to sport 18:9 aspect ratio. Redmi 5 Plus with 32GB ROM comes at 999 yuan (Rs 9,700 approx), while the 64GB storage option costs 1299 yuan (Rs 12,600 approx). It will go on sale in China alongside the Redmi 5 on December 12. It measures 151.8 x 72.8 x 7.7 mm, and weighs 157 grams. The device runs on a 3300 mAh Li-ion sealed battery with normal charging capability via micro USB port. This phone also has a Fingerprint sensor and an Infrared sensor.


Under the hood, the Redmi 5 has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chipset, a 1.8GHz octa-core processor, Adreno 506 GPU, 2GB or 3GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of onboard storage which will be expandable via microSD card.

Coming to the more interesting Redmi 5 Plus, the handset boasts of a Snapdragon 625 chip placed underneath a 5.99-inch Full HD+ display.

On the other hand, the bigger Redmi 5 Plus has a 5.99-inch display with a higher 2160 x 1080 resolution. There's a newer sensor for the rear-facing camera and a front-facing flash for selfies. The Plus version has a 4,000 mAh battery, and the Redmi 5 comes with 3,300 mAh.

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