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Xiaomi Combines Quality and Affordability with the Redmi 5 and 5 Plus

Xiami has recently announced their newest additions to their Redmi line of smartphones – the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus. Their main goal? Keeping their latest innovations and full-screen display phones at affordable prices, and making the phone more accessible to a wider market.

The two phones both feature 18:9 rounded corner displays, giving users a large screen to enhance their experience of playing mobile games, reading news, or typing up documents on their smartphone. The main difference between the two phones are their display screens, with the Redmi 5 Plus having a bigger, more high definition screen along with its larger battery and storage capacity compared to the Redmi 5.

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Both phones are also equipped with a 12-megapixel rear camera with large 1.25μm-pixel sensors, which offer better image qualities even in poor lighting conditions. The 5-megapixel front camera is accompanied with a Selfie-light, enabling users to capture flattering, well-lit selfies.

The Redmi series prides itself on its battery life, and the Redmi 5/5 Plus comes with a built-in 3300/4000 mAh battery respectively, with a long-lasting battery life that can get you all the way through that work or school day. The 5 Plus, in particular, runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625, boasting up to 14 hours of video playback and almost 8 hours of gameplay in just one charge.

Xiaomi pays careful attention to the durability of their phones, incorporating a reinforced structure into the casing and screen of the Redmi 5 and 5 Plus and reducing the likelihood of broken screens. The accompanying earpiece is also covered with a waterproof layer, protecting the accessory from sweat and dirt.

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Retailing at only S$179 for the Redmi 5 and S$259 for the Redmi 5 Plus, these devices firmly solidify Xiaomi’s position in the market as the producer of affordable yet high-quality smartphones. First sales of the two versions kick off on March 3, 2018 at all physical authorized Mi Stores and the official Mi Store at Lazada Online.

Series Redmi 5 Redmi 5 Plus
Operating System Android 7.1.2 Android 7.1.2
CPU 1.8GHz Octa-core 2GHz Octa-core
Display 5.7″ / 282ppi / 18:9 / HD+ 5.99″ / 403ppi / 18:9 / FHD+
Memory 2GB + 16GB / 3GB + 32GB Storage,
2GB RAM
3GB + 32GB / 4GB + 64GB Storage,
3GB RAM, Expandable up to 128GB
Size 151.8mm (width) / 72.8mm (height) / 7.7mm (depth) 158.5mm (width) / 75.45mm (height) / 8.05mm (depth)
Weight 157g 179.5g
Camera Front: 5MP, LED Selfie-light
Rear: 12 MP, f/2.2
Front: 5MP, LED Selfie-Light
Rear: 12 MP, f/2.2
Battery 3300mAh 4000mAh
Colour Black, Gold, Rose Gold, Lake Blue Black, Gold, Rose Gold, Lake Blue
Retail Price S$179 (2GB) / S$219 (3GB) S$259 (3GB) / S$299 (4GB)


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