The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is confirmed to launch in Indonesia on April 18. It’s also tipped to go on sale in Malaysia soon. So we asked an executive at the company if the smartphone will be released in the Philippines in the next few weeks, too. Turns out it will be.
(Update, May 11: The smartphone has been finally launched in the Philippines. See its (low) price and specs in Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 global version launched in the Philippines.)
There’s no official date for the local launch yet, but Xiaomi is looking at May at the latest. So if you are looking for a midrange device, we suggest you that you hold onto your money first. Who knows, this phone might be the one for you.
Our source said that the international version will be the model that’s arriving on our shores. The person did not elaborate, but a quick look at sites like Banggood shows that the global variant is the one that was announced in China in March 2018, not the version that was launched in India as the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro in February this year. The Indian Redmi Note 5 is basically the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus in the Philippines.
This is the same information we got last month from MIUI Global Forum super moderator Richmond Tan, who happens to a contributor at Revü.
In case you didn’t know, the Chinese Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 shares almost the specs as the Indian edition. The differences lie in the cameras and Android operating-system version.
The former features a dual-rear-camera system that combines a 12-megapixel shooter with f/1.9 aperture and a 5-megapixel camera. On its front is a 13-megapixel selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture. The back of the Indian variant, on the other hand, sees the same setup but with an f/2.2 aperture lens on the primary camera. (The lower the aperture value, the better it is at allowing more light in.) Up front is a 20-megapixel selfie shooter with f/2.2 aperture.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 released in China runs the newer OS, which is Android 8.0 Oreo. The model retailing in India is based on the older Android 7.1.2 Nougat OS.
Check out the specs and price comparison below.
It’s been a busy few months for Xiaomi since its return to the country through its Philippine partner, Grimalkin Corporation. They opened two Mi authorized stores — one at TriNoma and the other at SM Megamall — both of which offer not just smartphones, but Xiaomi’s other products like laptops, televisions, vacuum cleaners, shoes, luggage. Click this for a price list of the Mi products.
There are now official Xiaomi online stores on Lazada Philippines and Shopee Philippines as well. Recently, the cheaper Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus has been made available on Lazada. We at Revü also spotted the more affordable variant of the Xiaomi Redmi 5 on Shopee.
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