Xiaomi, as we had reported earlier, opened its official online store on Lazada Philippines this week, though you can’t buy anything through the site yet.
Only a handful of devices are listed online; none of them appear in Xiaomi’s 2018 catalog. Today, we at Revü have discovered that that thin list of products has been buffed up by the budget Xiaomi Redmi 5 series, consisting the Redmi 5 Plus and the Redmi 5 in multiple color and memory configurations.
The Xiaomi Redmi 5 with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage, the cheapest of the bunch, will retail at P7,790 (about $150); the bigger, more specced-out Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus will run you P9,990 ($192) for 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.
Regardless of which model you get, you’ll end up with a familiar metal-clad aesthetic with a fingerprint sensor at the back and an 18:9 screen — 5.7 or 6 inches (we probably don’t have to tell you this, but the Redmi 5 Plus gets the latter) — facing the user. Those screen measurements can be intimidating without the benefit of some hands-on time, but these phones are more compact than their display sizes would suggest.
Both devices arrive with the company’s own MIUI 9 software built on Android Nougat. A Snapdragon 625 processor goes inside the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus, while the Redmi 5 sees a slightly slower Snapdragon 450 chip to go along with the lower memory specifications.
Battery capacity also varies, with the Plus variant packing a larger 4,000mAh cell compared to the 3,300mAh unit of the standard Redmi 5. The average battery life on the phones is quite exceptional.
Overall, the Redmi 5 Plus are Redmi 5 are two of Xiaomi’s stronger offerings, which is saying a lot given the company’s many hit smartphones. And if you’ve been holding out for any of these two, the good news is that you won’t have to wait much longer.
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