After rumors swirled online saying the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 will be a larger version of the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus set for the international market, a new leak seems to point to a different direction.
A report from GSMArena said that a recent 3C listing showed that the upcoming Redmi Note 5 will be a completely new design, highlighted by a dual-camera setup. Moreover, the listing also revealed some of the other key specs and features of the upcoming smartphone.
The dual-camera setup will feature 16-megapixel and 5-megapixel sensors, along with an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. Moreover, the listing also showed that the device will come with MIUI 9 and will also offer face recognition support. As for the chipset, the listing noted that the Redmi Note 5 will run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 and will come with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. The full-HD+ display measures 5.99 inches and features an aspect ratio of 18:9.
The price of the device is rumored to be pegged at CNY1,799 or around $285 USD. Meanwhile, a report from Gadgets360 also noted that there will be a cheaper variant of the Redmi Note 5. The device will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor and will come with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage.
It will reportedly be priced at CNY1,499 or around $238 USD. The two devices are also said to be slated to be launched in the latter part of February.
Meanwhile, Xiaomi has recently taken the top spot from rival Samsung in the battle for India's smartphone market. Reports from independent analysis firms Counterpoint and Canalys both confirmed that the Chinese phone manufacturer has edged their Korean rivals in the fourth quarter of 2017. Data from Canalys showed Xiaomi on top with a 27 percent market share compared to Samsung's 25 percent output. Counterpoint, on the other hand, had Xiaomi leading with 25 percent as against Samsung's 23 percent.