Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus phones were launched by the Chinese manufacturer at an event in Beijing on Thursday. The mobile phones bear similar designs and some common specs, however, there are some prominent differences, from screen size to the choice of a processor being used. The highlight features of the Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus include the use of an 18:9 display aspect ratio, giving an immersive wide-screen effect that according to Xiaomi is better for gaming and media consumption, apart from a soft-toned selfie light for improved low-light photography. Both the Xiaomi Redmi 5 series phones were launched for the China market, and for now, there is no information of when they will be made available in other countries.
Xiaomi Redmi 5 price
Redmi 5 price is CNY 799 (roughly Rs. 7,800) for the 2GB RAM/ 16GB storage variant, while the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant is priced at CNY 899 (roughly Rs. 8,800). The Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus price is CNY 999 (roughly Rs. 9,700) for the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant, while the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant price is CNY 1,299 (roughly Rs. 12,700).
They will both go on sale from Dec 12, and will soon go up for registrations. Xiaomi says the phones will come with a free TPU protection case in the box. Both devices will be available in Black, Gold, Light Blue, and Rose Gold color variants.
Redmi 5, Redmi 5 Plus specifications
The dual-SIM (Nano-SIM) Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus bear nearly identical specifications, as we mentioned, with only a few differences. The Xiaomi Redmi 5 sports a 5.7-inch HD+ (720 pixels by 1440 pixels) 18:9 display with a 282ppi pixel density and a 72 percent NTSC colour gamut, while the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus sports a 5.99-inch full-HD+ (1080 Pixels by 2160 pixels) 18:9 display with a 403ppi pixel density and a 84 percent NTSC colour gamut. The former is powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon 450 SoC clocked processor, while the latter is powered by a 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 625 SoC clocked processor. RAM options on the Xiaomi Redmi 5 are 2GB and 3GB, whereas the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus offers 3GB and 4GB options.
Both MIUI 9 phones bear the same cameras. The Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus offer a 12 MP rear camera with a 1.25-micron pixel sensor, a f/2.2 aperture, PDAF, and flash, while they also sport a 5 MP front camera with a soft-light selfie flash module. The Xiaomi company is also touting the inclusion of its Beautify 3.0 app, for improved portraits. They both come with fingerprint sensors on the rear panel, forgoing the home button at the front completely.
As for storage, the Redmi 5 offers 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD card. The Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus, on the other hand, offers 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, also expandable. The phones offer standard connectivity options, such as 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 (b/g/n on Xiaomi Redmi 5 and a/b/g/n on Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus), Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, 3.5mm headphone jack, and Micro-USB. They both feature the ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, and proximity sensor. Redmi 5 bears a 3300mAh battery, while the Redmi 5 Plus bears a 4000mAh battery. The former measures 151.8×72.8×7.7mm and weigh 157 grams, while the latter measures 158.5×75.45×8.05mm and weigh 180 grams.