The leaks, rumours, and speculations about the upcoming mid-tier Android smartphone from Xiaomi are almost over. As the company has officially announced that the Xiaomi Redmi 5 and the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus are coming to China as early as December 7th, so, we can expect the same smartphones in India after a month (just like most of the Xiaomi smartphone launches). These details are leaked by China Telecom, a biggest mobile network provider in China.
Do not confuse with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, as of now we don’t have clarity on this device. However, this specific model will house better hardware specifications compared to the Redmi 5 and the Redmi 5 Plus. So, here are the complete details on the upcoming Xiaomi Redmi 5.
This is a true upgrade over the Xiaomi Redmi 4 in all aspects. The smartphone features a slim profile with a metal unibody solution with a camera bump on the back, which means, the device is expected to be a lot slimmer than its predecessor. The design does look similar to that of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 from all the aspects (except for the camera bump).
Starting with the tech specifications, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 sports a 5.7-inch 18:9 aspect ratio display. This time the smartphone bezels have shrunk a bit a giving a lot of space for the actual display, so, the company is most likely to use the software navigation keys just like the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2. Coming to the resolution, the company has opted for an HD+ IPS LCD panel, which offers a 1440×720p resolution, which is a lot better than the HD 720p panel. Under the hood, the smartphone is powered by Xiaomi’s favourite Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa-core Mobile Solution, paired with either 3 GB or 4 GB RAM with 32 GB or 64 GB internal storage with a dedicated micro SD card slot (up to 128 GB).
In terms of processor, the smartphone might use a tone-downed Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 with 1.8 GHz clock speed instead of 2.0 GHz (MSM8953 ‘lite’). So, one can expect a slight fall in the performance, which should offer improved battery life. The one change that we expected is the USB type C port, unluckily, the smartphone still uses a micro USB port, which feels outdated in 2018. Other standard features like infrared blaster, 3.5 mm headphone jack, bottom firing speakers are also present.
In terms of connectivity, the smartphone will offer dual nano-SIM card slots with 4G LTE and VoLte capability on both the slots. Other standard features like dual channel WiFi, WiFi Hotspot, and Bluetooth 4.2 will come default to the package.
In terms of camera capability, the smartphone features a mono camera on the back. For the first time, there is a huge camera bump. Does this means, the brand is opting for a larger sensor with an optical image stabilisation? We should get the answer to this question on December 7th. For the selfie camera, the smartphone maker is likely to use a 5 MP fixed focus selfie shooter with 1080p video recording capability.
The smartphone gets a slight downgrade with respect to the battery. Considering the 4100 mAh battery on the Redmi 4, the Redmi 5 features a smaller 3300 mAh, so, one can a cut overall screen on time. Finally, the smartphone will be powered by Android Nougat 7.1.2 based MiUi 9 with a lot of customisation options like split window, dual apps, and support for theme etc