As we reach one year into the Redmi Note 4’s launch, the first round of rumours of its successor, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, has begun. Supposed leaked promotional material for the upcoming device has revealed virtually everything about the latest Redmi Note device.
The Redmi Note 4 remains the standard bearer for mid-range smartphones, and it appears the Redmi Note 5 will be more of the same. For starters, the upcoming device may be packing either one of the two new mid-range SoCs from Qualcomm: the Snapdragon 630 and Snapdragon 660.
Like the current Redmi Note 4, the upcoming Redmi Note 5 may also come in different memory and storage configurations: 3GB and 4GB of RAM, as well as 32GB or 64GB of storage.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 will also be almost 1mm thinner at 7.5mm, but it will come at a cost: the battery capacity will be marginally smaller at 3,790mAh compared to the Redmi Note 4’s 4,100mAh unit. But, it will use USB Type C, which is great, and support for Quick Charge 3.0 is present, too.
In the camera department, the Redmi Note 5 may feature a single 16MP Sony IMX 234 sensor with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection auto focus, and a fast focus lock of 0.3 seconds. In front, the device might pack a 13MP shooter.
From the leaked slides, the Redmi Note 5 may also sport a new design that’s more in line with the recent Mi 5 and Mi 6 smartphones. There looks to be a physical home button (likely with integrated fingerprint scanner), and the rear camera is located at the upper left side.
Lastly, there’s the prices: the Redmi Note 5 may come in three configurations: 3GB RAM + 32GB storage, 3GB RAM + 64GB storage, and 4GB RAM + 64GB storage. Prices for the three models are stated as 1,199 Yuan (about RM760), 1,399 Yuan (about RM885), and 1499 Yuan (about RM950), respectively.
No release date has been revealed yet, but as a comparison, the Redmi Note 4 was announced in China in August 2016.