Xiaomi Redmi 5 with 18:9 display now in India

Xiaomi has today finally launched most awaited Xiaomi Redmi 5 smartphone in India.

It will be the fourth sale for the two devices and second for the 6 GB RAM variant of Redmi Note 5 Pro, which was first available for sale on March 7.

If you did not get a chance to get your hands on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A Prime last week, Jumia is bringing it back for you next week, during its biggest mobile phone sale of the year, Mobile Week. Dubbed as the Redmi 5, the handset is claimed to be an improvement in terms of design, camera and performance. It is the well-proven, and probably the company's favorite Snapdragon 625 that powers the Redmi Note 5, while the Redmi 5 gets its power from the Snapdragon 450 platform.

This is probably the only feature which lets down the Redmi 5 as compared to the Redmi 4. Priced at Rs 7,999 (2GB+16GB) the Xiaomi Redmi 5 is the fifth iteration of the budget offering. The version released in Mexico is the 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM variant. The smartphone, also dubbed as a "compact powerhouse" by Xiaomi, will be exclusively available on Amazon India. Apart from the smaller form factor and single LED flash on the rear, the Redmi 5 looks exactly similar to the recently launched Redmi Note 5. It runs on Android Nougat with MIUI 9 on top.

Xiaomi Redmi 4 came with a 5-inch 720p screen and an aspect ratio of 16:9. Talking about the specifications, the smartphone comes with a 5.7-inch 18:9 display and offers HD+ (1440 x 720 pixels) resolution. There is Bluetooth 4.2, an audio jack, IR sensor, and support for LTE bands 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 38, and 40. Looking back at Xiaomi's track record, it would be safe to assume that the Redmi 5 stands a fair chance to be successful and to sell in large numbers. On the camera front, Redmi 5 smartphone sports a 12-megapixel rear camera with LED Flash, 1.25μm pixel size, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with LED flash for selfies and video chats. Along with that, the company has also bundled in a 3300 mAh non-removable battery inside the smartphone so as to keep the device running for a longer time.

Vanessa Coleman