Redmi 5: Xiaomi’s sub-RM600 “Full screen” smartphone could land in Malaysia soon

Posted:  December 28, 2017   By:    11 comments   

If you want to go “Full View” or “Full Screen” without burning a hole in your wallet, Xiaomi’s latest Redmi 5 series could be hitting our shores very soon. Announced earlier this month, the Redmi 5 and the Redmi 5 Plus are one of the most value for money smartphones that come with a tall 18:9 display from as low as 799CNY (about RM497).

The Redmi 5 has gotten the SIRIM green light with the model number MDG1. Meanwhile, it’s bigger sibling, the Redmi 5 Plus, was also spotted earlier on our Malaysian SIRIM database with the model number MEG7. These are signs that both models could go on sale very soon.

To recap, the Redmi 5 gets a 5.7″ HD 720p display which pushes a resolution of 1440×720 and it runs on a 14nm Snapdragon 450 processor. It comes in either 2GB RAM + 16GB storage or 3GB RAM + 32GB of storage, both expandable via microSD. For taking pictures, it gets a 12MP f/2.2 main camera and a front-facing 5MP selfie shooter. Powering the device is a 3,300mAh battery.

Meanwhile, the larger Redmi 5 Plus, which is also seen as a successor of the Redmi Note 4, gets a larger 5.99″ display that pushes a FullHD+ resolution of 2160×1080. It runs on a familiar Snapdragon 625 processor that comes with either 3GB RAM + 32GB storage and 4GB RAM + 64GB storage. The rest of the specs are quite similar to the Redmi 5 but it gets a larger 4,000mAh battery.

In terms of pricing, the Redmi 5 is priced at 799CNY (about RM497) for 2GB RAM + 16GB storage and 899CNY (about RM559) for 3GB RAM + 32GB storage version. Meanwhile, the larger Redmi 5 Plus is going for 999CNY (RM621) for 3GB RAM + 32GB storage and 1,299CNY (RM808) for 4GB RAM + 64GB storage. If both models are available, we are guessing that the Redmi 5 could be priced around RM500-600, while the Redmi 5 Plus could go on sale at around RM700-800 for the base model.

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11 Comments for Redmi 5: Xiaomi’s sub-RM600 “Full screen” smartphone could land in Malaysia soon


The phone has grown taller compared to Redmi 4. Even more uncomfortable to keep in pocket. What a waste of ‘full screen” technology. The same thing is going to happen to the mi7, I guess mi6 will be the last one handed compact flagship from xiaomi.


    U sound cocky as if you’re an engineer for phones. It’s either you buy it and don’t regret or just shut up and don’t be cocky as if you can make your own phone. Have a good day. Thanks


      lol didn’t realize one needed to be a phone engineer to have an opinion about a phones’ design. when i worked on phones a few years back, this was handled by the industrial design team and they always welcomed feedback. you sir, must be a nightmare to work with. have a wonderful day. thanks.


    I am with you
    I would rather have a smaller smartphone but the day has passed.
    Now all smaller ones have specs lower than another.
    Not sure if it is because higher specs needs more space so the screen also grows.


    You use NOKIA 3310…


As owner of a Redmi 4A, I would advise against buying the 16GB storage version. You'll run out of storage almost immediately.


    get the 64gb, you can store alot of ojava..


Not support 4g+.. no reason to buy.


Very stupid fone. … I tried 2 xiami fones

N all was give me headache

If someone give me free also I’ll never take it

Just waste of money


    What models were you using?


with screen capabilities only 1440×720 its little bit off.. the storage is nightmare for the price.. xiaomi became next samsung.. in term of price lol.. currently using LeEco Le S3 which more comfortable and huge processor at the the price only 350 MYR lol.. full specs, 4gb of ram, 32 gb storage, helio x20 deca core, rear 21 mp, front 8 mp.. can check it on lazada.. very worth it for me..