22, Dec 2017

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is no more, instead, we get the Redmi 5 Plus

Fans of the Redmi Note series don't need to worry, the phone is still here, it's just coming under a new name.

The Redmi Note 5 was supposed to be announced following the announcement of the standard Redmi 5 series last December 7, but instead of getting the Redmi Note 5, we will have a newly-branded super-sized phone, the Redmi 5 Plus!

The Xiaomi Redmi Note series has always been a reaction to the wildly popular Samsung Galaxy Note series, and when the first Redmi Note came out in early 2014, it was a time when smartphones were all generally much smaller, when 5-inch phones were considered large and 5.5-inch or larger phones were humongous and too big to fit in your pocket. The Galaxy Note bucked that trend and Xiaomi super-sized its Redmi series into the Redmi Note. Fast forward to today, and 5-inch phones are considered small and the Redmi Note name doesn't really make much sense. So what's Xiaomi to do? Why, just drop the Note moniker, of course.

The Redmi 5 is already 5.7-inches, so Xiaomi probably realized it was better not to associate with the branding of a competitor and instead do something different. The Redmi 5 Plus comes in at a whopping 5.99-inches, and that's not the only thing that's big on the phone.

Inside is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and chipset, with options for 3GB/32GB of RAM and internal storage, or 4GB/64GB. A microSD card slot provides options for expansion, and a capable 12-megapixel rear camera with f/2.2 aperture, PDAF(Phase Detection Auto Focus) and dual LED flash round up the basics. The front camera is 5-megapixels with Xiaomi's Smart Beauty 3.0 filters, and the phone also sports a fingerprint scanner, a micro-USB port, and a 4,000mAh battery. It'll run Android 7.1 with MIUI 9.0.3.

The phone is coming in four colors, Black, Gold, Light Blue, and Rose Gold. It's expected to go for CNY999 (approx. INR9,700) for the 3GB/32GB version, and CNY1,299 (approx. INR12,600) for the 4GB/64GB one. That is a really killer price for what you get.