Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus smartphones were launched by the Chinese manufacturer at an event in Beijing on Thursday. The smartphones bear similar designs and some common specifications, however, there are some prominent differences, from screen size to the choice of processor being used. The highlight features of the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus include the use of an 18:9 display aspect ratio, giving an immersive wide-screen effect that according to Xiaomi is better for gaming and media consumption, apart from a soft-toned selfie light for improved low-light photography. Both the Redmi 5 series smartphones were launched for the China market, and for now there is no information of when they will be made available in other countries.
Xiaomi Redmi 5 price is CNY 799 (roughly Rs. 7,800) for the 2GB RAM/ 16GB storage variant, while the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant is priced at CNY 899 (roughly Rs. 8,800). The Redmi 5 Plus price is CNY 999 (roughly Rs. 9,700) for the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant, while the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant price is CNY 1,299 (roughly Rs. 12,700).
They will both go on sale from December 12, and will soon go up for registrations. Xiaomi says the smartphones will come with a free TPU protection case in the box. Both smartphones will be available in Black, Gold, Light Blue, and Rose Gold colour variants.
The dual-SIM (Nano-SIM) Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus bear nearly identical specifications, as we mentioned, with only a few differences. The Redmi 5 sports a 5.7-inch HD+ (720x1440 pixels) 18:9 display with a 282ppi pixel density and a 72 percent NTSC colour gamut, while the Redmi 5 Plus sports a 5.99-inch full-HD+ (1080x2160 pixels) 18:9 display with a 403ppi pixel density and a 84 percent NTSC colour gamut. The former is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 450 SoC clocked at up to 1.8GHz, while the latter is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 625 SoC clocked at up 2GHz. RAM options on the Redmi 5 are 2GB and 3GB, whereas the Redmi 5 Plus offers 3GB and 4GB options.
Both MIUI 9 smartphones bear the same cameras. The Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus offer a 12-megapixel rear camera with a 1.25-micron pixel sensor, an f/2.2 aperture, PDAF, and flash, while they also sport a 5-megapixel front camera with a soft-light selfie flash module. The company is also touting the inclusion of its Beautify 3.0 app, for improved portraits. They both come with fingerprint sensors on the rear panel, forgoing the home button at the front completely.
As for storage, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 offers 16GB or 32GB of inbuilt storage, expandable via microSD card. The Redmi 5 Plus on the other hand offers 32GB or 64GB of inbuilt storage, also expandable. The smartphones offer standard connectivity options, such as 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 (b/g/n on Redmi 5 and a/b/g/n on Redmi 5 Plus), Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, 3.5mm headphone jack, and Micro-USB. They both feature accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, and proximity sensor. The Redmi 5 bears a 3300mAh battery, while the Redmi 5 Plus bears a 4000mAh battery. The former measures 151.8x72.8x7.7mm and weighs 157 grams, while the latter measures 158.5x75.45x8.05mm and weighs 180 grams.