Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus: Everything we know ahead of this week’s launch

Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus

The Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus will be made official on Thursday, December 7, which is just a few days away and just before this date, the Chinese OEM has just given us a sneak preview of what to expect later this week.

Thanks to Donovan Sung, the company’s global spokesperson, we now have full images of what the Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus will look like. These are the first budget phones from the company to feature the new 18:9 display screen, something the company has used on the high-end Xiaomi Mi MIX twice. Even though Sung doesn’t get into the phones’ specs, we already have an idea of what to expect thanks to the details that leaked via China’s TENAA website.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus specifications

According to the listing on TENAA, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 will ship with a huge 5.7-inch display screen with an HD+ resolution and thanks to the reduced bezels up front, the phone should be small in size. Under the hood, the Redmi 5 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 SoC mated with three memory options – 2GB/16GB, 3GB/32GB and 4GB/64GB. On the back will be a 12MP lens while the front gets a 5MP sensor for selfies.

Keeping the Redmi 5 going will be a 3200mAh battery and even though smaller than the 4100mAh found on the Redmi 4, it’s still enough. According to TENAA, this entire package will be housed in a body that measures 151.8mm tall and 7.7mm thick.

As for the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus, you can expect a 6-inch display screen with a full HD+ resolution and similar to the standard model, the overall size of the phone shouldn’t be huge due to the reduced bezels on the front. Under the hood, the Redmi 5 Plus gets a more powerful Snapdragon 625 SoC mated with either 3GB or 4GB RAM and 32GB or 64GB storage. The camera on the back will still be a 12MP unit while the front also gest the same 5MP lens as the standard model. As for the battery, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus will get a massive 4000mAh unit and software-wise, both models get Android 7.1.2 Nougat out of the box with the new MIUI 9 skin on top. You also get a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.

Interestingly, Xiaomi will reportedly price the Redmi 5 Plus at about $200, which should make the standard Redmi 5 even cheaper. But of course, these price details are just rumors, with only a few days ahead before we find out the exact details.

What do you think about the new Xiaomi Redmi 5 series?

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