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Xiaomi is a Chinese brand that is well known for its high-tech smartphones in comparatively lower prices. The manufacturer has just unveiled a duo of Redmi series smartphones – Redmi 5 & Redmi 5 Plus. Both the smartphones follow the present trend of full-screen display having 18:9 aspect ratio.

Common Design Features

Both the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus have the same familiar design features that are associated with the Redmi series. The new pair features full metallic body in four colours; Gold, Rose Gold, Blue and Black.

As both the new entrants incorporate the full screen design features, therefore no capacitive touch buttons are available at the front. Instead, the on-screen buttons are used to navigate the phones.

However, enhanced security feature of fingerprint sensor is located at the back panel of both the phones. Xiaomi justifies little bezels around the display as a deliberate measure to ensure that the high screen to body ratio doesn’t translate into a fragile display.

Redmi 5 Specifications

redmi-5-redmi-5-plus-sizesThe Redmi 5 is a dual SIM supported device that houses a 5.7 inches HD+ display with 720 x 1440 pixels resolution and an 18:9 aspect ratio. The smartphone measures 151.8 x 72.8 x 7.7mm in overall size and weighs 157 grams.

The smartphone runs on Android Nougat flavoured with the latest customized skin MIUI 9. The Redmi 5 is powered by a Snapdragon 450 chipset that comprises of a 1.8 GHz octa-core processor. Redmi 5 includes a power backup of 3,300mAh battery unit.

On the camera front, Redmi 5 features an f/2.2 aperture 12MP rear camera sensor with 1.25 µm pixel size that is equipped with a soft-LED flash. Some other features like PDAF, dark light enhancement technology, facial recognition, HDR, Panorama and Burst mode make the photography more vibrant.

The front panel of the phone houses a 5MP selfie shooter that is coupled with features like Smart Beauty 5.0, facial recognition and full HD video recording at 30 fps.

Redmi 5 Plus Specifications

The Plus variant of Redmi 5 is also a dual SIM supported handset that carries an 18:9 display of 5.99 inches. It delivers Full HD+ resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels. The Redmi 5 Plus measures 158.8 x 75.45 x 8.05 mm and its weight is 179.5 grams.

Xiaomi has used the Snapdragon 625 chipset in various smartphones such as Redmi Note 4, Xiaomi Mi Max and Mi Max 2 and it has used it once again to power the Redmi 5 Plus.

The smartphone shares the same features of camera setup, software and connectivity options of Redmi 5 except for the more powerful battery source of 4,000mAh that can withstand for two days of moderate use of the smartphone.

Pricing and Availability

The Redmi 5 featuring 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage is priced at CNY 799 (~PKR 12,650 or $120). The other model having 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage carries a price tag of CNY 899 (~PKR 14,200 or $135). Its first sale will begin on December 12th at 10 AM in China through retailers like Xiaomi Mall, Jingdong Mall, Suning Tesco and Lynx.

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On the other hand, the base model of the Redmi 5 Plus has 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage and it costs CNY 999 Yuan (~PKR 15,900 or $151). The higher variant that includes 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage is priced at 1,299 Yuan (~PKR 20,600 or $196). It will also be made available for purchase alongside the Redmi 5 on December 12th.

Impressed with the specs and looking to buy new Redmi 5 or Redmi 5 Plus? Keep visiting these pages to be informed about its availability in Pakistan.