Thanks to devices such as the Redmi 1s, which offered a great experience at a price point under $100, Xiaomi’s Redmi series are some of the most popular devices out there. The Redmi 1s has since been followed up by the Redmi 2, the Redmi 3/3s, and most recently the Redmi 4/4X in 2017. Now, rumors about Xiaomi’s 2017 budget smartphones, fueled by leaked TENAA listings and alleged live shots of Redmi phones, are positively flying. And on Tuesday, a China Telecom leak gave a tantalizing glimpse of the next Redmi device.
It’s tentatively called the Redmi 5, and the design looks pretty similar to the Snapdragon variant of the Redmi Note 4. The phone has a metal body with plastic caps on the rear top and bottom, and its bezels are smaller than the Note 4. That’s because the display is taller than any Redmi device released so far.
In the most drastic departure for the Redmi series yet, the Redmi 5 will be the first with a 18:9 aspect ratio. To be precise, it’ll have a 5.7-inch 18:9 HD (1440×720) screen, which translates into an area equivalent to a 5.5-inch 16:9 display. That’s a huge step up from the Redmi 4’s 5-inch 16:9 HD (1280×720) display.
The Redmi 5 is said to be powered by Qualcomm’s MSM8953 ‘lite’ system-on-chip, better known as the Snapdragon 625 (seen on the Redmi Note 4, Mi Max 2, Mi A1 and others). The ‘lite’ label might have to do with the processor clock speed — the MSM8953 ‘lite’ is said to be clocked at 1.8GHz instead of the standard Snapdragon 625.’s 2GHz clock speed.
The Redmi 5 will reportedly ship in configurations with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, and all models will have a microSD card slot which supports expandable storage up to 128GB. It’s said to have a 12MP rear camera, but the sensor and pixel size remain a mystery for now. The front-facing camera will have 5MP resolution, similar to current Redmi phones, and in terms of connectivity, the phone will reportedly have a 3.5mm headphone jack, a microUSB 2.0 port (instead of USB Type-C), and dual SIM slots. It’ll also have a fingerprint sensor.
The dimensions of the Redmi 5 will be 151.8mm x 72.8mm x 7.7mm, and it’s said to weigh 157g. Unfortunately, it’ll have a 3300mAh battery, which is a substantial downgrade from the 4100mAh batteries of the Redmi 4 and the Redmi Note 4. Coupled with the drastically larger display, it remains to be seen how the battery life will be affected.
According to some reports, the Redmi 5 may be available starting from December 10. Stay tuned.
Source: Roland Quandt on Twitter