Report: Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 to Launch in Q2 2018 with Dual Cameras
The international variant of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 launched in January 2017, and it went on to become India’ best-selling smartphone of 2017. It’s no surprising, then, that expectations are riding high on its successor, the Redmi Note 5.
Since late last year, rumors of the Redmi Note 5 have been flying around the internet. In October, a Xiaomi device with an 18:9 display was certified by TENAA, and in November, leaked photos of an 18:9 Xiaomi device appeared on social media. Most recently, in December, Xiaomi released the Redmi 5 and the Redmi 5 Plus in China with 18:9 (2:1) displays. The phones haven’t launched internationally yet, but this week, a MIUI moderator said that the Redmi 5 Plus would take the place of the rumored Redmi Note 5 in some markets.
However, that seems increasingly unlikely. A new rumor from China suggests that Xiaomi is set to announce the Redmi Note 5 this year. It’s reportedly being tested internally for a release in Q2 2018, but faces delays because of supply issues with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 632 system-on-chip.
According to the rumor, the Snapdragon 632 is a step down from the Snapdragon 636 chipset that was announced in October. It’s said to have a slightly lower clock speed and a slower GPU, but retain Qualcomm’s Spectra 160 ISP (image signal processor), which offers more robust support for dual-camera configurations compared to the Snapdragon 625’s image processor.
As far as the Redmi Note 5’s other specs are concerned, it’ll have a 5.99-inch display with an 18:9 aspect ratio (matching the display size of the Redmi 5 Plus) and small display bezels. It might feature a higher screen-to-body ratio than even the Redmi 5 Plus, though that’s not yet clear. Under the hood, it’ll pack 4GB of RAM and two storage configurations, 32GB and 64GB, plus dual rear cameras with two 12MP sensors (the secondary camera’s specs remain a mystery).
With regard to pricing, the Redmi Note 5 may retail for a bit more than its predecessor — reportedly at CNY 1599 (about $246). But it’s best to take it with a healthy dose of skepticism.