Xiaomi Redmi 5 to be Amazon India exclusive, launch set for March 14

Xiaomi is all set to launch the Redmi 5 in India on March 14. While the company is yet to reveal many details about the device, it has now been confirmed that the Redmi 5 will be made available exclusively through Amazon India. The e-commerce retailer has set up a dedicated page for the upcoming handset without the mention of the Redmi 5.

If you’re interested to know more about the smartphone, head over to the page on Amazon India where there is a Notify Me button that allows users to sign up for updates. The launch event is scheduled to take place at 3 pm IST on March 14. At the time of writing, we have yet to receive media invites to attend the Redmi 5 launch in India.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 will succeed the Redmi 4, which has done exceptionally well in India. Earlier this week, Xiaomi started teasing the Redmi 5 through its social media channels. Though the company did not reveal the name of the device in any of its teasers, however, it is evident that the handset will be none other than the Redmi 5. The Chinese company describes the phone as the new ‘Compact Powerhouse’ with a large battery life. Xiaomi Redmi 5 was launched in China in December last year.

Like the Xiaomi teasers, the webpage highlights the upcoming smartphone's two key strengths, a slim body and fast processor. It says 5 out of 8 people want a slim design, and 5 out of 6 seek a smartphone with fast processor.

The Xiaomi Redmi 5 is a dual SIM (Nano) smartphone that Android Nougat out-of-the-box with MIUI 9 on top. The handset comes with a 5.7-inch HD+ (720x1440 pixels) display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and 282ppi pixel density. The Redmi 5 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor and comes in 2GB/ 3GB/ 4GB RAM variants. It sports 16GB/ 32GB of inbuilt storage.

In terms of optics, the Redmi 5 comes with a 12-megapixel rear camera that has features like f/2.2 aperture, PDAF, and LED flash. On the front is a 5-megapixel selfie camera with a "soft-light" flash module. The front camera also features the company's proprietary Beautify 3.0 capabilities. Additionally, the smartphone is fuelled by a 3300mAh battery under the hood. In terms of dimensions, the handset measures 151.8x72.8x7.7mm and weighs 157 grams.

In terms of price in India, Redmi 5 could be priced below the higher-specced Redmi Note 5 that had arrived in India at a base price of just Rs. 9,999.

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