Xiaomi has launched two full-screen budget smartphones: Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus. As with the other previous models, it is expected that after China, Xiaomi will launch the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus in India too. With eyes in the 2nd biggest smartphone market, the Chinese company plans to shoot across the bows of bigger rivals like Samsung. While Apple made the full screen popular with the iPhone X, the new Xiaomi devices come at almost a tenth of the price. With an aspect ratio of 18:9, the display on the Redmi 5 has thin bezels and it has a metal unibody design. When it comes to the build, such features are usually not seen in budget smartphones in India. Xiaomi has been a disrupter in the Indian smartphone market because of its affordable mobiles that provide great features. The Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus could turn out to be another feather in its cap.
When it comes to the top mobile manufacturers, Xiaomi’s Redmi 5 is the cheapest device which has a full-screen display. With an attractive price range, these phones could help Xiaomi push forward ahead of Samsung. According to IDC reports, Xiaomi and Samsung Electronics each held 23.5 percent of the market share in India during the third quarter. Xiaomi is already close to claiming market leadership in the country and may soon leave the South Korean giant behind. Xiaomi has almost tripled its shipments year on year and doubled them quarter on quarter during this period.
When it comes to specifications, Xiaomi Redmi 5 gets a 5.7-inch HD+ screen with a resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels, and a pixel density of 282 ppi. The smartphone is powered by 1.8GHz Snapdragon 450 processor with Adreno 506 GPU. It can be bought in either 2GB RAM + 16GB storage option or 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM variant. It is backed by a 3,300mAh battery. Meanwhile, Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus comes with a bigger 5.99-inches Full HD+ screen (2160 x 1080 pixel resolution) with a pixel density of 403 ppi. It runs 2.0GHz Snapdragon 625 processor with Adreno 506 GPU. Redmi 5 Plus will be available in two storage options – 3GB RAM + 32GB storage and 4GB RAM + 64GB storage. It packs a 4,000mAh battery.
In terms of price, Redmi 5 comes for 799 yuan (around Rs 7,700) for the 16GB model. The 32GB Redmi 5 variant is priced at 899 yuan (around Rs 8,700). Meanwhile, the Redmi 5 Plus with 32GB storage will be available at 999 yuan (around Rs 9,700). Finally, the 64GB storage variant of the Redmi 5 Plus is priced at 1299 yuan (around Rs 12,600).
With Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus come at a price range where Xiaomi had once made a place as the world’s most valuable start-up. The company evidently prefers volume over profit margins. The new phone launch has come amidst reports that the company is planning an IPO in Hong Kong in 2018. Bloomberg, in a report, said that Xiaomi is seeking a valuation of at least $50 billion. With India as its number one priority, even over its home country China, the Redmi 5 series may just become popular in a nation which loves cost effective mobiles.