Xiaomi India Teasing Next Week's Redmi 5 Launch: Video

Xiaomi India teased next week's unveiling of a new Android smartphone that's widely believed to be the Redmi 5, having shown a side shot of the device at the end of its latest YouTube "Launch Show" which aired earlier today. The image that can be seen above suggests the handset will feature a metal unibody design with rounded corners and sport a camera bump, with one of its variants apparently having a glossy black finish. The Chinese original equipment manufacturer debuted the Redmi Note 5 last month, with the device primarily being targeted at India.

The Redmi 5 was originally announced in early December but has yet to become officially available in the South Asian country, even though some Chinese resellers such as GearBest are already offering it with free international shipping. All models of the handset are equipped with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 450 and feature between 2GB and 4GB of RAM, as well as 16GB or 32GB of internal flash memory. Given the competitiveness of India's smartphone industry, the variants set to be launched in the country will likely have at least 3GB of RAM. The device also sports a 12-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front one, and a rear-mounted fingerprint reader, in addition to running Android 7.1.2 Nougat out of the box. A 3,300mAh battery is part of the package, as is a 5.7-inch 18:9 screen with an HD+ resolution of 1,440 by 720 pixels.

The Redmi-series smartphones have been Xiaomi's best-performing products in India to date, having been largely responsible for the fact that the company is now close to surpassing smartphones in terms of sales in the country after spending only three years in the local market. India remains the firm's largest foreign growth generator that played a significant role in its 2017 resurgence which saw it almost double its annual shipments, according to most industry trackers. Due to the sheer volume of potential first-time smartphone adopters and consumers who aren't showing signs of upgrade fatigue in country, India remains one of the most attractive business propositions for most of the world's phone makers, with that state of affairs being the main reason for the extreme competitiveness of its handset market.

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