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Xiaomi’s 1st budget phones with 18:9 screen launching December 7

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The much-awaited Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus, the company’s first-ever budget smartphones with an 18:9 display, will launch on December 7, it has been widely reported.

Xiaomi also confirmed the date by posting this image on China’s Weibo social platform.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus launch date on Revu Philippines

Xiaomi’s post on Weibo reveals the launch date of the Redmi 5 and the Redmi 5 Plus. (Via GSMArena)

Apparently, the upcoming Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus will be introduced by members of Chinese pop band SNH48. “A phone for a thousand,” the headline reads, suggesting the Redmi 5 will likely start at 999 yuan (about P7,614 or $151) in its native China. And while it could end up being slightly more expensive than its predecessor, this probably won’t deter fans from getting the Redmi 5 or the Redmi 5 Plus on release day.

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The poster also revealed the design of the phones — although it wasn’t surprising to see a tall, thin-bezel display slotted in the front of the device. The back (predictably) houses a single-lens camera, as well as a fingerprint reader.

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The Xiaomi Redmi 5 has already stopped by TENAA for Chinese certification — and for a photo shoot and a spec spill. Visually, the phone resembles previous releases, except the front area, which makes room for a 5.7-inch, 18:9 display running at 720p. The front camera is a modest 5 megapixels, whereas the rear includes a more advanced 12-megapixel unit.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 with TENAA certification on Revu Philippines

The Xiaomi Redmi 5 as seen on TENAA. (Via Droidholic)

It will likely ship with MIUI 9 on top of Android Nougat at launch and will see multiple memory configurations to go along with a 1.8GHz octa-core processor. To keep the lights on, a 3200mAh battery will be on duty.

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The Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus, on the other hand, pairs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor under the hood with either 3GB or 4GB of RAM and up to 64GB of storage. Its tall, full-resolution screen measures 6 inches and will be powered by a 4,000mAh battery.

Main image via Tutto Android

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Reviews editor: Ramon “Monch” Lopez has almost 10 years of professional experience creating and editing content for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. He headed the gadgets-merchandising division of one of the Philippines’ largest retail operators somewhere in between. His latest addiction is the comments section of viral Facebook posts.