More concentration and less and less distance between categories. While Apple and Samsung deal a blow to prices, raising their products above a thousand euros, Chinese manufacturers continue their global conquest. Xiaomi has unveiled its new mobile phones, Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus, which stand out especially for their design, but irremediably for their price, around one hundred euros.
A surprising amount if they abide by the technical characteristics found under the hood of these terminals. With this, the Chinese firm aims to consolidate among the world’s largest manufacturers. This year, according to a recent report by the consulting firm Gartner, has placed in the fifth position with a penetration of 7% worldwide, only behind Oppo, another brand that has managed to catapult in the last year among the top positions.
These two new terminals are not the most advanced in the market. Neither of his older “brothers”, the Mi6 and the Mi Mix 2. But they offer, on paper, good feelings. If this year has shown a clear trend in the mobile industry has been the effort of some manufacturers to achieve almost borderless screens.
That idea, avant-garde and modern, has begun to knock on the door of the mid-range throughout the year, with proposals such as the LG Q6. But Xiaomi has wanted to go much further in that vision without bevels. Both terminals bet on a screen ratio of 18: 9, as driven precisely by LG. But they do not amaze for aesthetics; it does it for the price at which they are defined: only 100 euros.
Power is also not short, taking into account the range in which it moves, and that can be assumed that it is not up to the most advanced “smartphones” in the market. But comply. We speak, then, that the smaller model, the Redmi 5, 5.7 inches and low resolution 1440 x 720 pixels, incorporates an eight-core Snapdragon 450 chip at a frequency of 1.8 GHz that, accompanied by 3 GB of memory RAM, they promise a good performance, although without reaching the level of the high range of course. For normal tasks without too much demand is, in theory, ideal.
The largest one, the Redmi 5 Plus, whose screen grows up to 5.99 inches (resolution 2,160 x 1,080 pixels), the “brain” chosen is an eight-core Snapdragon 625 that moves at a speed of 2 GHz. Accompanied by 4 GB of RAM, on paper offers a fluidity and a more than acceptable performance. In this model offers 32 and 64 GB of capacity, while the “small” has to be content with 16 and 32 GB of memory. Of course, both can be expanded up to 128 GB by using microSD cards.
As for its photographic section there is no differentiation: they include a 12 megapixel camera with focal aperture of F2.2, 5 megapixels in the case of the front. The battery, of 3,300 and 4,000 mAh, respectively, guarantee a day and a half of autonomy. They will be available as of December 12.