You may be aware that Xiaomi has already launched the Redmi 5 and the Redmi 5 Plus smartphones in China last year in December. Now, according to the latest news, the company is all set to launch the two aforementioned devices in the global market. The Redmi 5 and 5 Plus are among the first set of smartphones from Xiaomi to feature the 18:9 aspect ratio and full HD display screen.
As of now, the exact release date of the two devices are not known but a leakster by the name of Roland Quandt has revealed on Twitter, that the devices may launch globally in the second half of February 2018.
Xiaomi Redmi 5 going global in the second half of February. Including LTE Band 20 making it work in full on certain Euro operators,
— Roland Quandt (@rquandt) January 17, 2018
This time frame also coincides with the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018, due to be held in Barcelona from February 26. It is also reported that Xiaomi would be present there, so it can be expected that the company launches the two devices at the MWC itself. For your information, Motorola is also said to launch the G6, G6 Plus and G6 Play at the event. Besides these, HMD Global is also expected to launch the global version of Nokia 6 (2018) and Nokia 7.
The global versions of Redmi 5 and 5 Plus are said to differ slightly from the Chinese variants. The Chinese phones support LTE bands of 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 34, 38, 39, 40, and 41 and miss out the band 20, that is extensively used in Europe and other parts of the world. The global versions of these phones are expected to support the LTE band 20 as well.
Apart from the above-mentioned aspect, the other features of the phone are expected to remain the same as in the Chinese variants.
As far as the launch date in Europe is concerned, we do not have any confirmed news until now, but the company is expected to announce the official launch date of the devices very shortly. Stay tuned for more updates.