Xiaomi took the wraps off the much-anticipated Redmi Note 5 on February 14 in India. The mid-range model was unveiled alongside the Redmi Note 5 Pro but with a different specification. Although the Redmi Note 5 was highly expected before its launch, the device had to play second fiddle after the Redmi Note 5 Pro was announced with a better configuration, especially the dual rear cameras. The Redmi Note 5 Pro’s camera earned the device the title of India’s camera beast. Well, Xiaomi calls it that.
As would be expected, Xiaomi will launch both models in China and from the look of things that could be soon. Xiaomi’s head of smartphone product marketing, in a recent Weibo post, hinted that the Redmi Note 5 will hit China soon. He then added an interesting aspect and that is the device is coming with a camera surprise.
We don’t need a soothsayer to be able to grab that the camera of the China version of the Redmi Note 5 may likely take a different configuration from the one announced in India. As a reminder, the Redmi Note 5 features a 12MP rear camera with f/2.2 aperture and an individual pixel size of 1.25μm. It comes with features like fast autofocus and PDAF. At the front, there is an 8MP camera which has been optimized to capture good quality selfie shots in low-light conditions. The front camera is equipped with an LED flash and Beauty 3.0 for snapping enhanced selfie shots. Going by the Xiaomi exec’s statement, we expect the China version of the Redmi Note 5 to come with a different camera specification but what would change is still not known. We expect the model to go official soon in China. We’ll find out when it does.