Xiaomi is expected to launch new full-screen smartphones under the Redmi line very soon. Fans of the brand have been eager to get their hands on the devices following their appearance on TENAA but they still haven’t been officially released. Fresh details have surfaced explaining the reason for the delay.
According to the source, Xiaomi’s CEO and founder, Lei Jun initially released a statement attributing the delay to the desire to meet a certain level of stock before release. Latest report says mass production has been underway since then and available stock should be available to prompt a release by the end of the month or early in December.
Xiaomi’s Redmi line is very popular and is usually out of stock in a short period. Xiaomi is likely trying to avoid a repeat of situations like that, so its trying to build up enough stock to cover for the initial rush when the phones first go on sale.
Xiaomi is expected to release three full-screen smartphones – Redmi 5, Redmi 5 Plus and Redmi Note 5. The phones will differ with respect to screen-size, screen resolution, and processor, but will share a common feature – an 18:9 aspect ratio.
The Redmi 5 will be the cheapest of the lot as it is rumored to have a ¥799 (~$120) price tag. It will have a 5.7” HD+ (720 x 1440) display, a Snapdragon 450 processor and 3GB of RAM.
The Redmi 5 Plus will pack a 5.99” FHD+ screen, 3GB/4GB of RAM and 32GB/64GB of built-in storage. The Snapdragon 625 will be the SoC of choice and pricing is said to be ¥999 (~$150) and ¥1299 (~$195) depending on the storage variant.
The Redmi Note 5 is said to have the same display as the Redmi 5 Plus and also come in the same memory and storage variants. However, the chipset is expected to be different, probably the new Snapdragon 636 mobile platform. It will also cost more with a likely starting price of ¥1599 (~$240).