Feb 14, 2018

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is different from Redmi 5 Plus; launching today on 14 Feb

The newly-leaked image of the upcoming Redmi Note 5 reveals an undeniable truth: The yet-to-be-announced device and the existing Redmi 5 Plus are two different entities. The Redmi Note 5 is expected to arrive today on February 14.

Xiaomi will be holding its first major launch event for the year 2018 today on February 14 in India, wherein it is expected to announce the much-anticipated Redmi Note 5. Earlier this month, a bunch of photographs of the alleged Redmi Note 5 surfaced on the mobile space, showing the phone's front and back sides. We got to spot minimal top and bottom bezels, almost non-existent side bezels, and vertically-mounted dual-rear cameras with a fingerprint scanner below. Meanwhile, there's a newly-leaked image render of the device which seems to reaffirm the design details revealed by the previous one.

Apparently, some rumors state that the upcoming Redmi Note 5 is just a rebranded Redmi 5 Plus which launched in China towards the end of 2017. While the two phones both feature a metal housing, rear-mounted biometric sensor, and the iconic Mi branding on the bottom part of the back panel, the upcoming handset sports some noticeable differences with the existing Redmi 5 Plus, if we were to believe the leaked images. For instance, the Redmi 5 Plus only comes with a single-rear-camera module whereas the Redmi Note 5 has two. It also has remarkably thicker bezels compared to the yet-to-be-launched device.

Regarding the specs, the Redmi Note 5 is expected to sport a 5.99-inch IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels and an aspect ratio of 18:9. Under the hood, it is said to come with a Snapdragon 636 octa-core processor. It might offer two storage variants: 3 GB RAM + 32 GB storage and 4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage. On the camera department, it is rumored to feature a dual 16 MP + 5 MP rear camera setup and an 8 MP front-facing snapper. It will either run on Android Nougat or Android Oreo as its operating system with Xiaomi's in-house MIUI skin on top. Rumors have it that there's a 4100 mAh battery on board with Quick Charge 3.0 technology to keep the lights on. We'll know more about it once it is launched.

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