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Redmi 5 Teased as ‘Compact Powerhouse’ Ahead of Xiaomi India Launch


Xiaomi Redmi 5 smartphone appears to be set for launch in India on March 14. The Chinese company has begun teasing the upcoming handset. According to a new teaser posted on Twitter, the next smartphone to be launch by Xiaomi in India will be a ‘Compact Powerhouse’, which appears to be referring to both size and battery capacity. While the company has not revealed the name of the unannounced smartphone in India, speculations are rife that it will be the Xiaomi Redmi 5.

Manu Kumar Jain, Global VP and MD Xiaomi India, on Thursday posted a teaser on Twitter with the caption, “#CompactPowerhouse is launching on 14th March! Slim, sleek and compact! Yet a true super power house! Guess what this is?” Earlier, while announcing the 32-inch and 43-inch variants of its new Mi TV 4A lineup for India, Xiaomi had teased the launch of a new smartphone expected on March 14. The side profile image of the smartphone, with a camera bump, pointed at a possible Redmi 5 launch in the country.

While the Redmi 5A and Redmi 5 Plus (rebranded in India as Redmi Note 5) are already available here, the Redmi 5 is expected to hit the budget smartphone market as well.

In terms of pricing, the Redmi 4 successor, could be priced below the higher-specced Redmi Note 5 that had arrived in India at a base price of just Rs. 9,999.

The Xiaomi Redmi 5 is a dual SIM (Nano) smartphone that Android Nougat out-of-the-box with MIUI 9 on top. The handset comes with a 5.7-inch HD+ (720×1440 pixels) display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and 282ppi pixel density. The Redmi 5 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor and comes in 2GB/ 3GB/ 4GB RAM variants. It sports 16GB/ 32GB of inbuilt storage.

In terms of optics, the Redmi 5 comes with a 12-megapixel rear camera that has features like f/2.2 aperture, PDAF, and LED flash. On the front is a 5-megapixel selfie camera with a “soft-light” flash module. The front camera also features the company’s proprietary Beautify 3.0 capabilities. Additionally, the smartphone is fuelled by a 3300mAh battery under the hood. In terms of dimensions, the handset measures 151.8×72.8×7.7mm and weighs 157 grams.

Xiaomi Redmi 5


Release date December 2017
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions (mm) 151.80 x 72.80 x 7.70
Weight (g) 157.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 3300
Removable battery No


Screen size (inches) 5.70
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 720×1440 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 282


Processor 1.8GHz octa-core
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 450
Internal storage 16GB
Expandable storage Yes
Expandable storage type microSD


Rear camera 12-megapixel
Rear Flash LED
Front camera 5-megapixel
Front Flash LED


Operating System Android 7.1.2
Skin MIUI 9


Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.20
Infrared No
Headphones 3.5mm
FM Yes
Number of SIMs 2
SIM Type Nano-SIM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) No
SIM Type Nano-SIM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) No


Compass/ Magnetometer No
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Barometer No
Temperature sensor No