Xiaomi has launched the Redmi Note 5 smartphone in South Korea. The handset is now available for buying through leading local carriers in the country.
Xiaomi devices have been available in South Korea through online shopping sites or through third-party retailers. However, for the first time Xiaomi has partnered with local telecom service providers in South Korea to introduce the Redmi Note 5 in the country. Xiaomi had held a launch event in partnership with G-mobi, a local distributor in Seoul, South Korea on Monday to announce the arrival of Redmi Note 5.
The Redmi Note 5 carries a price tag of 299,200 won (~$265). However, the offers provided by SK Telecom and KT could allow consumers to avail it under 100,000 won (~$88). LG Uplus, the third largest mobile operator of South Korea is not selling the Redmi Note 5.
The Redmi Note 5 that has arrived in South Korea is actually the Note 5 Pro smartphone that was unveiled in India in February. It is equipped with a 5.99-inch IPS LCD display that produces Full HD+ resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels. The Snapdragon 636 SoC and 4 GB are present under the hood of the phone. It has a native storage of 64 GB.
Xiaomi claims that the premium autofocus technology enabled 12-megapixel + 5-megapixel dual camera setup is the USP of the Redmi Note 5. It houses a 4,000mAh battery. The Redmi Note 5 is available in South Korea in color options such as gold and black.
Samsung has been dominating the South Korean market since several years. Xiaomi has just entered the country with Redmi Note 5. Probably, it could be prepping up to become a threat for Samsung in its home country.
Xiaomi has managed to dethrone Samsung to become the number smartphone brand in India. According to Counterpoint Research’s survey, Xiaomi held a market share of 31.1 percent in India in Q1 2018. Samsung is in the second spot with a market share of 26.2 percent. OPPO is now holding on to the third spot in India.