Xiaomi announced the Redmi 5 and the Redmi 5 Plus back in December, but the phones are currently available through official channels only in China. An arrival of the devices is expected in February, according to a tweet from Clinton Jeff, Product PR at Xiaomi.
Xiaomi is also having a monthly discussion with its Mi Community on the Redmi Note series. This might be an overture to the introduction of Redmi 5 Plus as a Redmi Note 5 in the global markets.
Next month is going to be lit 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Clinton Jeff (@clintonjeff) January 19, 2018
Both the Redmi Note 3 and the Redmi Note 4 were first tested by Mi Explorers under the Mi Generation program that will be a point of discussion at the upcoming meeting. From the looks of it Xiaomi will relaunch it for the Redmi 5 phones.
The Redmi Note is a very popular line in India with the Note 4 scoring some 5 million sales, 1 million of them in the first 45 days. Changing the Redmi 5 Plus name to Redmi Note 5 seems logical, especially knowing that Xiaomi gives different names to the same phone – just check out the Redmi Note 5A Prime or the Redmi 4X.