Xiaomi finally unveiled its latest handsets, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus. Unfortunately for the company, previous leaks have already revealed the majority of specs and features of the handsets. Even so, we had to take the rumors with a grain of salt, and now we know everything there is to know about these handsets, including specs, features, pricing, and availability. The Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus look exactly as the leaked images suggested they will look like. Both models feature FullView displays with 18:9 aspect ratio. The Redmi 5’s display offers HD+ resolution, while the Redmi 5 Plus takes things a little further and feature a FullHD+ display.
The Xiaomi Redmi 5 features a 5.7-inch screen, while the Plus sports a slightly larger, 5.99-inch display. Both variants have fingerprint sensors on the back, where the single 12MP primary camera is set too. On the front, users will find a 5MP selfie camera. Also, both handsets run the same MIUI 9 software based on Android 7.1.2 Nougat. Unfortunately, none of the models feature USB Type-C connectors, instead, they stick with the micro USB 2.0. While the Xiaomi Redmi 5 and the Redmi 5 PLus share a number of similarities, they are also quite different.
The base model comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chipset on board. It will be available in two variants. One of them includes 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, while the other offers 3GB of memory and 32GB of storage. The Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus, on the other hand, features a more powerful Snapdragon 625 SoC. It also comes in two variants, just like the base model. Customers will be able to choose between a version that includes 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage and a variant that includes 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Both models offer users the possibility to expand the storage of their handsets by up to 128GB using the second SIM card slot as a microSD card slot.
There is a difference between the batteries of these handsets too. The smaller Xiaomi Redmi 5 sports a 3,300mAh energy pack, while the larger model comes with a 4,000mAh battery. Both the Xiaomi Redmi 5 and the Redmi 5 Plus will become available in the same color variants. Customers will be able to opt for Black, Blue, Pink or Gold handsets. The smaller model will sell for CNY799 ($120) or CNY899 ($135), depending on the storage option, while the Plus variant will have a slightly higher price tag. The 32GB variant will go on sale for CNY999 ($150) and the 64GB version will cost CNY1,299 ($195). Both models will become available for purchase starting December 12 in China.