Xiaomi had launched the Redmi Note 4 as its first 2017 device in India. It went on to become one of the bestselling Xiaomi phones in the country. Since it met with overwhelming response in India, Xiaomi was expected to debut the successor of Redmi Note 4 in January this year. However, the company did not unveil any new device in India in the previous month. Today, the company has confirmed on Xiaomi India Twitter account that it will be launching its device for 2018 on Feb.14.
Xiaomi had launched the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus smartphones in China in December last year. The company had been launching Redmi Note series smartphones each year, but the company did not launch Redmi Note 5 last year in China.
The Redmi series of smartphones have always featured 5-inch display whereas the Redmi Note lineup have featured 5.5-inch screen. Since the Redmi 5 and 5 Plus smartphones are respectively packed with 5.7-inch and 5.99-inch display, rumors that emerged from China after the launch of Redmi 5 series claimed that Xiaomi has no plans to launch Redmi Note 5 in the home country.
However, a newer report has claimed that since Redmi Note 4 met huge popularity in India, the company may launch the Redmi 5 Plus as Redmi Note 5 in India. This seems to be possible because the Redmi Y1 Lite and Redmi Y1 that are available in India were respectively launched as Redmi Note 5A and Note 5A Prime in China.
The launch teaser of the first 2018 device for India does not clearly mention whether the company will be launching Redmi 5 Plus or Redmi Note 5 smartphone on Feb. 14. There is a possibility that the company may launch Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus smartphones respectively as Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Prime.
The full screen design Redmi Note 5 may come with specs like HD+ resolution, Snapdragon 450, 2GB / 3GB RAM options, 16 GB / 32 GB storage sizes, 12-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front camera and 3,300mAh battery. on the other side, the Redmi Note 5 Prime may include FHD+ resolution supporting screen, Snapdragon 625 chipset, 3 GB / 4 GB RAM variants, 32 GB / 64 GB storage models, 12-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front camera and 4,000mAh battery.