Xiaomi launching a ‘compact powerhouse’ smartphone on 14 March


Chinese smartphone maker and electronics giant Xiaomi is likely to launch a new smartphone in the Indian market on 14th March.

The Chinese company has begun teasing the upcoming handset. According to a new teaser posted on Twitter, the next smartphone to be launch by Xiaomi in India will be a ‘Compact Powerhouse‘, which appears to be referring to both size and battery capacity. While the company has not revealed the name of the unannounced smartphone in India, speculations are rife that it will be the Xiaomi Redmi 5.

Manu Kumar Jain, Global VP and MD Xiaomi India, on Thursday posted a teaser on Twitter with the caption, “#CompactPowerhouse is launching on 14th March! Slim, sleek and compact! Yet a true super power house! Guess what this is?” Earlier, while announcing the 32-inch and 43-inch variants of its new Mi TV 4A lineup for India, Xiaomi had teased the launch of a new smartphone expected on March 14. The side profile image of the smartphone, with a camera bump, pointed at a possible Redmi 5 launch in the country.

While the Redmi 5A and Redmi 5 Plus (rebranded in India as Redmi Note 5) are already available here, the Redmi 5 is expected to hit the budget smartphone market as well.

In terms of pricing, the Redmi 4 successor, could be priced below the higher-specced Redmi Note 5 that had arrived in India at a base price of just Rs. 9,999.

The Xiaomi Redmi 5 is a dual SIM (Nano) smartphone that Android Nougat out-of-the-box with MIUI 9 on top. The handset comes with a 5.7-inch HD+ (720×1440 pixels) display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and 282ppi pixel density. The Redmi 5 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor and comes in 2GB/ 3GB/ 4GB RAM variants. It sports 16GB/ 32GB of inbuilt storage.

In terms of optics, the Redmi 5 comes with a 12-megapixel rear camera that has features like f/2.2 aperture, PDAF, and LED flash. On the front is a 5-megapixel selfie camera with a “soft-light” flash module. The front camera also features the company’s proprietary Beautify 3.0 capabilities. Additionally, the smartphone is fuelled by a 3300mAh battery under the hood. In terms of dimensions, the handset measures 151.8×72.8×7.7mm and weighs 157 grams.

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