Published: Sat, December 09, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Get an 18:9 display smartphone for under £100

Get an 18:9 display smartphone for under £100

At the moment, the company has not disclosed when the two phones will hit the Indian market. The Redmi 5 Plus was priced at $249 (Rs 16,000) on the retailer's website. The fingerprint sensors are placed on the rear and home button and power button on the right-hand side.

They're obviously not quite as thin as the Mi MIX 2 display borders, but they're slim enough to help squeeze a large 5.7-inch panel into a premium metal package measuring 151.8 mm tall and 72.8 mm wide.

Xiaomi has today launched Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus smartphones in China. It means users can make use of the on-screen buttons for navigation. Both the phones come with 18:9 aspect ratio displays.

The Redmi 5 that houses a 5.7-inch display carries support for HD+ resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels and an aspect ratio of 18:9. It comes powered by a Snapdragon 450 processor and has 2GB/3GB of RAM. The Redmi 5 sports a 3300mAh battery while the Redmi 5 Plus packs a 4000mAh unit. It is equipped with some other features like PDAF, dark light enhancement technology, facial recognition, HDR, Panorama and Burst mode. Up front, there's a 5MP front-facing camera with soft LED flash. It is running on Nougat flavored MIUI 9. Connectivity-wise, the smartphones have a dual-SIM card slot, 4G LTE cellular radios, GPS, dual-band Wi-Fi b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.2, an IR port, and a microUSB 2.0 port.

The Redmi 5 starts at 799 yuan (about $120) for the 2GB RAM and 16GB storage model, with 899 yuan (~$135) getting you 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The company recently announced that it will be unveiling the new phones at an event in China on December 7th.

Of course, their screen sizes are not equal to each other as the Redmi 5 carries 5.7-inch display while Redmi 5 Plus features a larger 5.99-inch display. Having said that, the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus are budget phones, and they differ in terms of specs, despite the fact they sport the same design.

Successor to the last year's Redmi 4-series, Xiaomi's new smartphones come with a combination of top-of-the-line specifications and an affordable price. The phone will be available in a choice of 2G + 16GB and 3GB + 32GB configurations. It is also preinstalled with Nougat OS that is skinned with MIUI 9. The higher variant that includes 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage is priced at 1,299 Yuan (~$196).

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