Xiaomi has been at the forefront in marketing cheap yet good quality phones. The Redmi 5 and the Redmi 5 Plus are the cheapest phones that you could buy for less than $200 with 18:9 display.
The aspect ratio is unique and people may love it for the screen real estate it offers as well as the cinematic experience acquired through black. Besides, with the least bezel ratio they look as much like a flagship model but the cost is what sets these models apart from their competitors.
The Redmi 5 which is now launched in China costs just $120 while the Redmi 5 Plus is slightly expensive at $150. The pricing is definitely too cheap for the Western buyers who spend an easy $600 or more to own the latest software. However, the Asian market is an entirely different game which is ruled by Xiaomi right now.
When it comes to specifications, the Redmi 5 sports a 5.7-inch display with a resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels powered by Snapdragon 450 and 2GB of RAM. Another variant has 3GB of RAM with improved 32GB of RAM and costs $135. The phone is powered by a 3300 mAh bettery and can easily last for two days on single charge
The bigger Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus has a large 5.99-inch display with a resolution of 2160 x 1080. Under the hood, the phone is powered by a Snapdragon 625 processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage space. It has a bigger 4,000 mAh battery and costs $150 while a more powerful variant with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of space costs $195.
Xiaomi is on the right track for 2018 as they have set new benchmarks in the budget category and expected to break all expectations with their Redmi 5 which is yet to be announced for other markets.