It seems the news of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5's reported launching in January may not happen after all.
According to a report from Gadgets360, the upcoming successor to the Redmi Note 4 will no longer be unveiled next month. Instead, the Redmi 5 Plus will reportedly take its place. The latest information came from MIUI Super Moderator who posted a review of the Redmi 5 Plus, noting that the Chinese tech company has already dropped the "Note" branding for its Redmi smartphone series.
Interestingly, there the moderator floated the possibility that the Redmi 5 Plus is also the Redmi Note 5, only given a new name. "No one knows, but as of the moment, Xiaomi has decided to drop the Note name on their 5.7-inch sized budget phones," wrote the moderator.
"The wait is finally over, Xiaomi has finally decided to release the Redmi Note 5, wait!!! I heard it's called the Redmi 5 Plus? No kidding?? There was a name change? Well yes folks, the 2 new Redmi Note sized phones are named Redmi 5 for the 5.7" and Redmi 5 Plus for the 5.99". What will happen to the successor of the Redmi 4X which is supposed to be a 5" Redmi 5?" the moderator added.
Should the latest information prove to be true, the Redmi 5 Plus will be Xiaomi's sole affordable large-screened smartphone in the market.
Last week, BGR reported that Xiaomi is set to launch the Redmi Note 5 sometime in January, ahead of the launching of Samsung's Galaxy S9 and S9+ smartphones. Moreover, the device will reportedly showcase notable improvements from the Redmi Note 4. The report said that the Note 5 will sport a 5.99-inch FullView display with am 18:9 aspect ratio plus ultra-thin bezels.
In addition, the device will also feature a 12-megapixel sensor on the front camera and a dual camera at the back with 16- and 5-megapixel sensors. The device is also expected to run on the Snapdragon 630 SoC, the report added.