Xiaomi’s latest budget offerings have now been unveiled in China today as per schedule. The Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus are now official and the cheapest 18:9 aspect ratio handsets available. As we very well know, Xiaomi’s strategy revolves around aggressive pricing. With the Redmi 5/5 Plus, the company once again offers great value.

The Redmi 5 base variant (2 Gb) starts off at just $120 or Rs 7,800 approx. While the high end variant (3 Gb) costs 899 Yuan or Rs 8,800. That is as affordable as it can get.

The Redmi 5 Plus starts off with a price tag of CNY 999 (roughly Rs. 9,700) for the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant, while the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant price is CNY 1,299 (roughly Rs. 12,700. Both the handsets are set to go on sale on December 12 and registrations will be up soon.

Talking about the specs, the Redmi 5 features a 5.7-inch HD + display with 18:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood, we’ve got a Snapdragon 450 as was rumoured earlier powered by a 3,300 mAh battery. Xiaomi claims this handset can give 2-day battery life and a standby of 12 days.

Coming to the more interesting Redmi 5 Plus, the handset boasts of a Snapdragon 625 chip placed underneath a 5.99-inch Full HD+ display. This makes it on par with the Redmi Note 4, or Mi Max 2 in processing power. Also, the battery is a 4,000 mAh juice pack that will be more or less adequate for moderate usage.

We’re still not sure about the Indian launch of the 2 new handsets but we’re pretty sure Xiaomi will hurry the launch before the end of December.