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Xiaomi Redmi 5, Redmi 5 Plus India launch expected on February 14

Xiaomi has sent out media invites for a launch event in India scheduled for February 14, i.e., Valentine’s Day. The invite features a large image of number 5, hinting at the launch of Redmi 5 in India. The Xiaomi Redmi 5 is a budget smartphone that was launched in China last year in December, alongside a bigger variant Redmi 5 Plus. The Xiaomi Redmi 5 is expected to launch in 2GB RAM/ 16GB storage, 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage, and 4GB RAM/ 32GB storage; Black, Gold, Light Blue, and Rose Gold colour variants.

The Xiaomi Redmi 5 has already been launched in China where its 2GB RAM variant is priced at 799 yuan (roughly Rs 8,100) and the 3GB RAM variant costs 899 yuan (roughly Rs. 9,100). In January, the 4GB RAM variant was launched at a price of 1,099 yuan (roughly Rs. 11,200).

The Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus are dual-SIM (Nano) smartphones that run MIUI 9 on top of Android Nougat. The Redmi 5 sports a 5.7-inch HD+ (720x1440 pixels) display, while the Redmi 5 Plus sports a 5.99-inch full-HD+ (1080x2160 pixels) - both with an 18:9 aspect ratio display. The former is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 SoC, coupled with 2GB/ 3GB/ 4GB RAM and 16GB/ 32GB inbuilt storage. The Redmi 5 Plus is powered by a Snapdragon 625 SoC, coupled with 3GB/ 4GB and 32GB/ 64GB of inbuilt storage.

In terms of camera specifications, both phones bear the same 12-megapixel rear sensor with f/2.2 aperture and PDAF. On the front is a 5-megapixel camera with soft-light selfie flash. There is a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.

Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and Micro-USB. Sensors on the phones include ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, gyroscope, and accelerometer. There is a 3300mAh battery under the hood of the Redmi 5, and a 4000mAh battery in the Redmi 5 Plus.

The Redmi 5 Plus 3GB RAM variant is sold for CNY 999 (roughly Rs. 10,200) in China, and the 4GB RAM variant is sold for CNY 1,299 (roughly Rs. 13,200). Availability and pricing details for India are currently unknown; we can expect confirmation at the launch event.


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