Redmi 5 Plus has been officially unveiled in Xiaomi's home country, and should be headed to the Indian market early next year. Considering how important India is to the company, it will be a surprise if it will expedite the launch in a few weeks, especially in the face of the new launch of Huawei, the Honor 7X. In fact, the first Honor 7X leaves in India coincided with the global unveiling of Redmi 5 Plus. Of course, Xiaomi still has the Android A1 One smartphone in its portfolio to keep the new Honor handset at bay, at least till it is ready to bring the latest Redmi model to India.
But as a consumer, you would definitely wonder if it is prudent to wait for the Redmi 5 Plus to hit the Indian market rather than to buy the Honor 7X. Or if you should stick with My A1
Redmi 5 Plus vs Honor 7X vs Xiaomi My A1 price in India
The Honor 7X price in India starts at Rs. 12,999 for the 32GB storage variant, while its 64GB variant is priced at Rs. 15,999. Both these variants went on first flash sale in the country via Amazon India on Thursday. Each of these variants comes in Black, Blue, and Gold color options.
Honor 7X Review
The Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus, on the other hand, is initially available in China with a price tag of CNY 999 (approximately Rs 9,700) for its 3GB / 32GB storage variant, while the 4GB / 64GB variant is priced at CNY 1,299 (roughly Rs 12,700). Both variants will go on sale on December 12 and will come with a TPU protection case.
Contrarily, the Xiaomi My A1 was launched in India at September at a price of Rs. 14,999. The smartphone is available through various online and offline channels in the country, including Flipkart, Mi.com, Sangeetha, Poorvika, Big C, LOT, and UniverCell among others. However, Flipkart is offering a price cut of Rs. 2,000 and is selling the Mi A1 for Rs. 12,999 during its Big Shopping Days sale that will run until Saturday, December 9.
Redmi 5 Plus vs Honor 7X vs Xiaomi Mi A1 specifications and features
The Honor 7X runs on Android 7.0 Nougat-based EMUI 5.1 and features a 5.93-inch full-HD + (1080×2160 pixels) IPS display. The smartphone has Huawei's HiSilicon Kirin 659 octa-core processor with four cores of Cortex-A53 clocked at 2.36GHz and four cores of Cortex-A53 at 1.7GHz, coupled with 4GB of RAM and microSD card support to expand storage (up to 256GB) . It has a dual-camera setup with a 16-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel depth sensor, along with PDAF lenses and an LED flash. On the front, there is an 8-megapixel camera sensor.
Huawei's Honor has provided 32GB and 64GB storage options with the Honor 7X. In terms of connectivity, there is 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS / A-GPS, 3.5mm headphone jack, and Micro-USB. The smartphone packs at 3340mAh battery and comes with a rear-facing fingerprint scanner.
The Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus runs Android 7.1.2 Nougat-based MIUI 9 and has a 5.99-inch full-HD + (1080×2160 pixels) display and 18: 9 aspect ratio. Under the hood, the smartphone has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, coupled with 3GB and 4GB RAM and 32GB and 64GB storage options. The handset sports a 12-megapixel rear camera with a 1.25-micron pixel sensor and an LED flash, unlike the dual-camera setup on the Honor 7X. A 5-megapixel camera sensor is available on the front with a soft-light selfie flash module. Also, there is a Beautify 3.0 app that is touted to enhance portraits using software-based features. The Redmi 5 Plus packs at 4000mAh battery and has connectivity options such as 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS / A-GPS, 3.5mm headphone jack, and Micro -USB. Besides, a fingerprint scanner is available on the back.
The dual-SIM Xiaomi Mi A1 features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection. The handset has an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, coupled with 4GB of RAM. There is 64GB onboard storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB) in a hybrid dual-SIM configuration.
Xiaomi Mi A1 Review
The smartphone has two 12-megapixel camera sensors on the back – one featuring a wide-angle lens with f / 2.2 aperture and a 1.25-micron pixel sensor size, and the other one has a telephoto lens with f / 2.6 aperture and a 1-micron pixel sensor size. The dual-camera setup on the My A1 offers 2x optical zoom lens and enables bokeh effect with a preloaded Portrait mode. The Mi A1 runs Android 7.1.2 Nougat-based MIUI and packs at 3080mAh battery. Lastly, it has 4G VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, GPS / A-GPS, USB Type-C port, and 3.5mm headphone jack as connectivity options.
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus vs ] Huawei Honor 7X vs Xiaomi Mi A1 comparison
|Overall NDTV Rating||–|
|Release date||December 2017||October 2017||September 2017|
|Dimensions (mm)||158.50 x 75.45 x 8.05  156.50 x 75.30 x 7.60||155.40 x 75.80 x 7.30|
|Battery capacity (mAh)||4000||3340||3080|
|Colors||Black, Rose Gold, Gold, White, Blue, Red, Pink, Gray, Silver||Black , Blue, Gold||Rose Gold, Gold, Black|
|Screen size (inches)||5.99||5.93||5.50  Resolution||1080×2160 pixels||1080×2160 pixels||1080×1920 pixels|
|Pixels per inch (PPI)||403||–||–|
|Processor||2GH z octa-core||1.7GHz octa-core||2GHz octa-core|
|Processor make||Qualcomm Snapdragon 625||HiSilicon Kirin 659||Qualcomm Snapdragon 625|
|Expandable storage type||] microSD||microSD||microSD|
|Expandable storage up to (GB)||128||256||128|
|Camera|| Rear camera||12-megapixel||16-megapixel||12-megapixel|
|Operating System||Android 7.1.2||Android 7.0||Android 7.1.2|
|Skin||MIUI 9||EMUI 5.1||] –|
|Wi-Fi standards supported||802.11 a / b / g / n||802.11 b / g / n||802.11 a / b / g / n / ac|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v 4.20||Yes, v 4.10||Yes, v 4.20|
|Number of SIMs  2||2||2|
|4G / LTE||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|SIM Type||Nano-SIM||Nano- SIM||Nano-SIM|
|4G / LTE||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Compass / Magnetometer||No||Yes||Yes|
|Ambient light sensor||]And it is||Yes||Yes|
|Temperature sensor||–  No||No|