The Redmi Note 5, successor to the massively popular Redmi Note 4, was recently spotted in the wild and one of the highlights of the phone in question was an edge-to-edge bezel-less screen. A new report now suggests that the alleged Redmi Note 5 may be powered by Qualcomm’s newly announced Snapdragon 636 processor. The Snapdragon 636, based on 14nm manufacturing process, supports full screen devices with a FHD+ resolution which means Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 may make use of this functionality.
Since the Snapdragon 636 is expected to start shipping in November, phones powered by the chipset may hit markets by early next year. There have been rumours that there will be two versions of the Redmi Note 5, one with a MediaTek processor for China and another with a Qualcomm processor for markets like India. While Xiaomi may chose to launch the MediaTek version by the end of this year, a Qualcomm-based version may happen sometime early next year. If such be the case, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 could well make the cut, although we do advise you to take this piece of information with a grain of salt.
Xiaomi already has the Mi Mix and the Mix 2 bezel-less phones to its name. The Mi Mix and the Mix 2 are however mid-range flagships while Xiaomi’s Redmi range is known for their affordability aspect which means should the Redmi Note 5 get a bezel-less screen, it would make it the cheapest Xiaomi phone to ship with such a feature.
Rumour has it that the alleged Redmi Note 5 will come with a 5.5-inch near bezel-less screen with an unusual 18:9 aspect ratio something that would make the phone taller rather than wider. This would make the phone occupy a much smaller footprint when in the hands, a trend also seen in Xiaomi’s Mi Mix and Mi Mix 2.
Additionally, the alleged Redmi Note 5 will come with a dual camera system on the rear consisting of one 16-megapixel camera and another 5-megapixel camera. It is yet to be seen what functionality the dual camera system would bring to the table with regards to Xiaomi’s upcoming phone.
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