Xiaomi is hitting the headlines now with the news of the launch of its Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus smartphones in China on Thursday. The director of product management, Donovan Sung has just shown them off in a set of tweeted photos. There aren’t any exact details on pricing or specs yet, but it can be detected that both phones have slim bezels and roughly 18:9 screens, in line with many high-end devices which have released this year.
The main difference is that the users can expect these devices by Xiaomi to be pretty cheap. Even if Redmi 5 smartphones are not exactly the company’s flagship line, the Redmi series is very important to Xiaomi, particularly in India. The Redmi 4 and Redmi Note 4 were the two most popular phones in the country, according to recent IDC figures, and have actually helped Xiaomi to catch up with Samsung to claim the title of India’s number one smartphone brand.
Even if the price is not yet confirmed, users have already known that Redmi 4 pricing starts at ₹6,999 in India, or about $108. With this, the phone also promises a metal build, a fingerprint sensor, a 5-inch 720p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor, a 13-megapixel camera, and a 4,100mAh battery. Also, Xiaomi recently launched an even cheaper phone, the Redmi 5A, which sells for ₹4,999 ($78) with a 3,000mAh battery and Snapdragon 425 processor.
— Donovan Sung (@donovansung) December 4, 2017
To conclude, if Xiaomi can keep its successful retail strategy up and its Redmi pricing down, these new phones could definitely be a big hit.