Xiaomi Redmi 5 Launched in India in 3 Variants Today

Xiaomi is continuing its march to extending the lead over rival Samsung with back to back new product launches. After the launch of mid-range Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and the Note 5 Pro, the company has today announced the launch of Redmi 5 for the Indian market.

Xiaomi India CEO, Mr. Manu Kumar Jain unboxed the Redmi 5 in a live session on Youtube and shared how superior is the new phone in comparison to the rival Moto G5s and the Samsung J7 Next.

Xiaomi Redmi 5

First of all, let’s check the Price and Variants that the company has launched for the Redmi 5 in India.

Redmi 5 India Variants and Price 

  • 16 GB and 2 GB RAM version – Price Rs 7,999.
  • 32 GB and 3 GB RAM version – Price Rs. 8,999
  • 64 GB and 4 GB RAM version – Price Rs. 10,999

Notably, the brand is offering the device in 4 Color options – Black, Lake Blue, Rose Gold, and Gold.

Launch Offers and Availability

Notably, the phone will be available from next week (20th March 2018) from the mi.com and on another partner website Amazon.in. Also, you can buy it from Mi Home Stores. However, we expect a huge rush in the initial days.

There are a few launch-offers that Xiaomi CEO shared with the viewers. There is 5% cashback in case you use the SBI card to get 5% discount on Amazon or Mi.com at the time of purchase. Also, JIO is offering Rs. 2200 cashback and 100 GB additional data with the Redmi 5. What’s more, you can get 90% discount on the purchase of Kindle E-Books up to Rs. 400 in value.

Key Specs and Details

Xiaomi Redmi 5 replaces the Redmi 4 in the market and is more affordable in comparison to the Redmi Note 5 that comes with a similar design but superior specs.

Design and Display

The Redmi 5 Comes with a premium metallic build like the elder siblings. It doesn’t look very different from the rear side in comparison to the Redmi 4, but it is slimmer. As Manu Kumar Jain points out, it is 11% thin and measures 7.7mm in thickness, making it easy to hold and work. Also, it is not too bulky, weighs 157 grams.

Xiaomi Redmi 5

The most noticeable difference is the bezel-less 18:9 aspect ratio display. The 5.7 Inch screen looks immersive and comes with HD+ (1440*720) pixels. It offers a pixel density of 282 PPI and even has decent daylight legibility with a 450 nits maximum brightness.

There is a circular fingerprint scanner at the back of the device for quick unlocking.


The second key highlight of the phone is the presence of Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 Processor that comes with a 30% performance boost in comparison to the SD 430 or the 435. So we can expect the phone to be faster in comparison to the Redmi 4. However, it is slow in comparison to the Redmi Note 5 using the Snapdragon 625.

Xiaomi Redmi 5

The SD 450 comes with 1.8 GHz clock speed and has 8 Core Architecture. It is based on the 14 Nm manufacturing process that makes it more energy efficient that can further prolong the battery life of the device. Also, it has the Adreno 506, which is excellent for gaming.  Furthermore, the company has shared that it comes with a new dual pyrolytic sheet technology that ensures efficient heat dissipation so that you can play games without making the device too hot.

Aforementioned, the device will come in 2 GB/ 16 GB, 3/32 GB, 4/64 GB Ram/storage variants.

It runs on the MIUI 9.0 which offers blazing fast user experience and tons of customization options out of the box. The base OS is Android Nougat 7, and most likely it will receive the next MIUI update and the Android Oreo. However, the brand has not confirmed this.

Other Features

The rear camera comes with 12 Megapixel sensor and has a f/2.2 aperture. The camera performance is average for most low-end Xiaomi phones and same is true for the Redmi 5. There is 1.25-micron lens to absorb more light, and it supports HDR and phase detection autofocus.

The front camera comes with a 5 Megapixel sensor for clicking selfies, and there is even a dedicated front flash (first for a Redmi mobile). Also, it comes with Beautify 3.0 and the trendy Face-recognition feature.

It is one of the most affordable phones to offer face recognition support.

The connectivity options include 4G VOLTE, WIFI, Micro-USB port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Also, there is a proximity sensor, accelerometer, and gyroscope.

Lastly, it comes with a 3300 mAH capacity battery (correction), which is much lower in comparison to its predecessor offering 4000 mAH. Although the battery can easily work for all day with ease, however, fans would have liked a bigger battery.

I am not sure why Xiaomi did the trade-off, making the phone thinner and reducing the battery life, in my opinion, it is a bad move. Redmi Note 4 or the Redmi 4 came with exceptional battery life which we will miss on the Redmi 5.

Xiaomi Vs Samsung – Can Samsung make a comeback? 

Xiaomi, as we know, is the number 1 mobile brand in the Indian market and the company is still not leaving any stone unturned to beat the rivals in each segment.

Samsung, on the other hand, is not focused on the mid or budget phone buyers that constitutes the majority of customers in India. While the Samsung S9 and S9 Plus are great phones but at the sky-high price, there are going to be handful buyers in comparison to the masses that are quickly abandoning the long-trusted brand to switch to Chinese rivals.

You and watch the launch video here.

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Author: Kanuj Sharma

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