Update: Latest leaks reveal a dual camera Redmi Note 5 with 18:9 aspect ratio and minimal bezels. The back resembles a lot like the Redmi Note 4 but with two camera lenses.
Xiaomi is seemingly working on the next device in the Redmi Note series, the Redmi Note 5. Specs of the next device in Xiaomi’s successful Redmi Note line-up have been leaked, suggesting that the Chinese smartphone maker will be launching two variants of the Redmi Note 5.
Apart from the processor, the Redmi Note 5 leaks also suggest that Xiaomi may be bringing dual camera setup to the Redmi line-up for the first time. While the new leaks are all hinting at a very good upgrade from the Redmi Note 4, Xiaomi may still not increase the price of the Redmi Note 5.
Snapdragon 660 in the budget segment for the first time
One of the major talking points of the new Redmi Note 5 specs leak is the processor. According to the latest set of leaks, the Redmi Note 5 is expected to be powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, bringing upper mid-range specs to the budget segment for the first time.
These leaks come as a surprise, given Xiaomi’s penchant to use Snapdragon 625 chipset in several of its phones. As a successor, Xiaomi was expected to use Snapdragon 630 chipset in the Redmi Note 5. However, if these leaks are to be believed, the Redmi Note 5 could end up as the true successor to the popular Redmi Note 3. The leaked specs sheet was first spotted on Chinese social networking site Weibo, with the reference to Snapdragon 660.
The Snapdragon variant of the Redmi Note 3 featured the powerful Snapdragon 650 processor. Snapdragon 660 gains in terms of power and efficiency when compared to the Snapdragon 65x series. It would be fitting for the Redmi Note 5 to feature Snapdragon 660.
Dual camera setup comes to the Redmi series
It was rumoured that the Redmi Note 5 will be one of the few mid-rangers that’ll boast of 18:9 aspect ratio, and the freshly leaked renders put some more light on how the device may look. The rear looks very identical to the Redmi Note 5 with slight curve on the sides, the plastic chin and forehead but there’s also a dual camera setup this time around. It is said that the phone will have a 16MP+5MP camera setup on the rear.
On the front, the Redmi Note 5 could come with an upgraded 12MP camera.
Rounding up the specs sheet, the Redmi Note 5 is reported to come in 3GB and 4GB memory variants, with 32GB and 64GB of storage respectively. A 5.5-inch full HD display, fingerprint sensor, 4,000mAh battery, dual SIM with 4G VoLTE support are other remaining aspects that have been revealed.
Pricing and Availability
Xiaomi is expected to price the 3GB RAM and 16GB storage variant of Redmi Note 5 at 999 Yuan (Approx Rs 9999) and 1299 Yuan (Approx Rs 12813) for the 3GB RAM 32GB storage variant. There could be a 4GB RAM variant with 64GB storage, that is rumored to cost 1699 Yuan. Availability details are not known as of now, but we'll keep you updated as soon as something comes up.