Xiaomi recently launched its latest budget smartphone, the Redmi 5, in the sub-Rs. 12,000 price segment in India which is currently flooded with options from Samsung, Nokia, Lenovo, and, of course, Xiaomi. The new smartphone comes almost a month after its elder sibling, the Redmi Note 5 (known as the Redmi 5 Plus in China).
Key features of the new Redmi 5 include a 5.7-inch 18:9 display, a fairly large 3300mAh battery, and an LED flash for the front-facing camera. The Xiaomi Redmi 5 price in India is Rs. 7,999 for the variant with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage; Rs. 8,999 with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage; and Rs. 10,999 with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The first Redmi 5 flash sale in India was on Tuesday, March 20 at 12 pm IST on Amazon.in and Mi.com, and at Mi Home offline stores. Availability with offline partners is expected to follow later.
The Redmi 5 does resemble its elder sibling – the Redmi 5 Plus/ Redmi Note 5 – a lot. It has the same metal body although it’s not as large, thanks to a smaller screen. The Redmi 5 weighs 157g, and the weight is distributed evenly. There’s even 2.5D curved glass on top. The phone measures 151.8mm tall, 72.8mm wide, and 7.7mm thick and Xiaomi includes a TPU cover in the box that makes the phone slightly less slippery.