After taking the smartphone market leadership in India from Samsung last month, Xiaomi is looking to extend its winning run in the South Asian market with the impending release of one of its highly-anticipated devices for 2018.
According to a report from Android Central, the Chinese phone manufacturer is slated to launch the Redmi 5 in India on Feb. 14, Valentine's Day. The company released a media invite with the message, "Xiaomi Product Launch 2018. You are invited to join us at Xiaomi's first launch of 2018," and the date posted below it. Though the invite did not specifically mention the Redmi 5, it came with a huge logo of the number 5, which is believed to be referring to the Redmi 5.
Gadgets360 noted that Xiaomi first launched the Redmi 5 series in China back in December 2017. The device came in four colors, namely, black, light blue, gold, and rose gold. Moreover, the smartphone also came in two variants — one with 2 GB of RAM and another with 3 GB RAM. These, and the other specs and features of the Redmi 5 released in China, will likely be the showcased by the upcoming release in India.
The device is expected to run on the MIUI 9 on top of the Android Nougat, and it will reportedly be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chipset. Moreover, it will also sport a 5.7-inch HD+ (720x1440 pixels) display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. Also, the two variants are expected to come with 16 GB and 32 GB worth of storage, respectively.
Meanwhile, the device will feature a 12-megapixel rear camera with f/2.2 aperture and PDAF. The front, on the other hand, will be a 5-megapixel camera that comes with a flash feature for taking selfies. The device will likely be powered by a 3300mAh battery.
Last month, data from independent analysis firms Canalys and Counterpoint revealed that Xiaomi had already surpassed Samsung in terms of smartphone sales in India. The Canalys report showed that the Chinese tech company beat their Korean counterparts, taking 27 percent of the market share as against the latter's 25 percent. Counterpoint, on the other hand, had Xiaomi taking the lead with 25 percent market share to Samsung's 23 percent.