Xiaomi has given us its high end 18:9 smartphone, the Mi MIX 2, but for those looking for something more affordable, you have something to look forward to, the Redmi Note 5. The upcoming phablet has been leaked on Weibo, and the images show a phone with very minimal bezels on all sides and a dual camera setup at the back.
The huge trend of 2017 is the 18:9 slim bezel phone, along with dual cameras. We're getting the same thing from Xiaomi, but this time in the very affordable Redmi Note line. The leaked image shows the full screen at the front with a narrow white bezel on the top and at the bottom, which looks pretty sharp. You can see the speaker earpiece slit at the top, flanked by two little dots which are likely the front camera and the light sensor. There is no sign of any hardware buttons at the bottom.
The rear sports a three-part metal body with a vertical dual camera setup, with an LED flash unit right beneath it. Underneath all of that is the fingerprint scanner, and at the bottom half is the Mi logo. The top and lower segments are separated from the main part in the middle by two antenna bands in a very clean if typical design.
The new buzzword is 2:1 multimedia content, so with this aspect ratio, the Redmi Note 5 is poised to take advantage of any upcoming content, same as all the other no-bezel smartphones that came out this year.
Rumors have it that the device will have a MediaTek Helio P25 processor, which is relatively fast and very capable. The two cameras at the back are a 16-megapixel and a 5-megapixel pair, and the phone will have a 4,000mAh battery. It will have three variants, one with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory priced at CNY999 (INR9,881), a 3GB/32GB variant for CNY1,299 (INR12,845), and a 4GB/64GB model at CNY1,699 (INR16,792).
The actual phone will probably see an early 2018 release, which coincides with the release date of the previous models in the Redmi Note series. We'll find out more about this phone as the release date draws closer.
- Images from m.weibo.cn