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08 December 2017, 01:11 | Austin Hogan
Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus Now Official: The First 18:9 Phones Under Its Budget Series
Xiaomi has launched two new budget-oriented smartphones Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus at an event in China today. The Redmi 5 Plus then again offers 32GB or 64GB of inbuilt memory, likewise expandable. The phones will go on sale in China starting from December 12. Featuring a tall 18:9 display aspect ratio, the screen takes up a larger viewing area while it maintains a compact footprint compared to a typical 16:9 display.
Xiaomi Redmi 5 has a 5.7-inch 18:9 screen with 1440 x 720 pixels resolution, whereas Redmi 5 Plus features a 5.99-inch 18:9 display with 2160 x 1080 pixels resolution.
Coming to the more interesting Redmi 5 Plus, the handset boasts of a Snapdragon 625 chip placed underneath a 5.99-inch Full HD+ display. The smaller Xiaomi Redmi 5 sports a 3,300mAh energy pack, while the larger model comes with a 4,000mAh battery.
Both the handsets carry a separate microSD card slot for storage expansion.
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The XiaomiRedmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus utilises the full-screen design but some might not be too impressed with it because it looks like Xiaomi just slightly reduced the bezels around the screen. Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus feature a metal unibody design and rounded corners.
The Redmi 5 is powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon 450 SoC with Adreno 506 GPU.
Initially, the Redmi 5 is available at CNY 799 or approx Rs 7,800 (2GB + 16GB variant ) and CNY 899 or approx Rs 8,800 (for the 3GB + 32GB option) and customers are free to choose any of the colours among Black, Blue, Gold and Pink. The front-facing camera has a fixed-focus lens and a soft-LED flash. The smartphones run company's MIUI 9 software. The most affordable variant comes with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB onboard flash storage priced at CNY 999 (₹9,799) and the 4 GB RAM and 64 GB onboard flash storage retails at CNY 1299 (₹12,799). Besides, the smartphone offers Dual SIM, 4G LTE, WiFi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, and a micro USB port. Sensors supported are: Distance sensor, Gyro, Accelerometer, Shock motor, and Ambient light sensor. It has a 12-megapixel rear sensor and a 5-megapixel shooter on the front. Both variants have fingerprint sensors on the back, where the single 12MP primary camera is set too. The device comes in two variants- one with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, and the other one with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.
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