Xiaomi has just revealed two new midrange devices that follow the 2017 trend. The two devices have massive 18:9 aspect ratio displays and the same usual design that we can expect from Xiaomi. (which is not to say it’s bad, it’s simply just the same with minor improvements)
The Redmi 5 has a 5.7″ IPS LCD 720 x 1440 display with an 18:9 aspect ratio.
The device is powered by the low-mid range Snapdragon 450 octa-core chipset, each clocked at 1.8 GHz.
There are two memory options to choose from: 2GB RAM with 16GB storage or 3GB RAM with 32GB of storage. It’s worth mentioning that an expandable MicroSD card slot is also present and can be expanded up to 128GB.
There is a single 12MP camera on the back and a 5MP selfie shooter on the front. Both have an LED flash (yes, even on front). The fingerprint sensor is placed on the rear too, in the center.
Other features include Bluetooth 4.2, 3.5mm headphone jack and fast charge compatibility and an IR sensor.
Unfortunately it’s stuck with a MicroUSB port on the bottom instead of the the USB-C. There is also no NFC to be found.
It comes with Android 7.1.2 Nougat and Xiaomi’s own custom MIUI 9 skin on top. It may not be the latest operating system, but Xiaomi’s MIUI 9 is the latest from the company with a lot of great enhancements and features in it. All of this is powered by a large 3300 mAh battery.
Redmi 5 Plus
The Plus version looks alike the smaller sibling, however it comes with powerful internals.
It has a larger, better 5.9″ IPS LCD 1080 x 2160 display with 18:9 aspect ratio. The “Plus” clearly stands for FHD at this moment.
The chipset is slightly powered with the Snapdragon 625. It’s more than capable to handle everyday tasks and some light gaming.
As with the smaller sibling, there are 2 versions of this handset. You can pick from 3GB RAM and 32GB storage options, or 4GB RAM and 64GB storage combo. It’s also expandable via MicroSD card slot.
Everything else is the same as on the smaller Redmi 5, however the Plus is powered by a much larger 4000 mAh battery.
Both devices will be available in Black, Blue, Pink and Gold colour options and will go on sale in China on 12 December.
The Redmi 5 will cost you CNY 799 or CNY 899 ($120/$135), while the Plus version will go for CNY 999 or CNY 1299 ($150/$195).