Xiaomi is preparing to announce the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus smartphones in China on Thursday, and director of product management Donovan Sung has just shown them off in a set of tweeted photos. There aren’t any details on pricing or specs yet, but we can see that both phones have slim bezels and roughly 18:9 screens, in line with many high-end devices released this year.
The difference is that you can expect the Redmi 5 phones to be pretty cheap. Though it isn’t the company’s flagship line, the Redmi series is very important to Xiaomi, particularly in India. The Redmi 4 and Redmi Note 4 were the two most popular phones in the country, according to recent IDC figures, and have helped Xiaomi catch up with Samsung to claim the title of India’s number one smartphone brand.
We don’t know how much the Redmi 5 will cost yet, but Redmi 4 pricing starts at 6,999 rupees in India, or about $108. That gets you a phone with a metal build, a fingerprint sensor, a 5-inch 720p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor, a 13-megapixel camera, and a 4,100mAh battery. Xiaomi recently launched an even cheaper phone, the Redmi 5A, which sells for 4,999 rupees ($78) with a 3,000mAh battery and Snapdragon 425 processor.
If Xiaomi can keep its successful retail strategy up and its Redmi pricing down, these new phones could be a big hit. Stay tuned for coverage when they’re revealed in full on December 7th.
By Sam Byford at theverge