Xiaomi smartphone with 18:9 display listed on TENAA, likely the Redmi Note 5

Xiaomi could be working on its first Redmi smartphone with a full view display and 18:9 aspect ratio. A pair of unannounced Xiaomi devices popped up on the Chinese certification authority’s website, bearing the model numbers MET7 and MEE7.

Xiaomi currently has an edge-to-edge display on its Mi MIX and Mi MIX 2. According to a new TENAA listing of a Xiaomi samrtphone, the design shows a large display with very thin bezels on all sides. It is speculated that this smartphone could be the Redmi Note 5. Past leaks have speculated that the Redmi Note 5 will come with a similar display design.

Also, most sources seems to land on a 5.5-inch panel for the upcoming Redmi Note 5 – a logical choice, given the popularity of this particular diagonal, while TENAA describes a bigger 5.9-inch phablet.

We are not exactly sure what to make of the MET7/MEE7 and where to place it in the company’s lineup. Perhaps, it’s another Redmi Note 5 variant. A “Pro” or a “Prime”, but definitely not a Redmi Note 5A or Note 5A Prime, since those two handsets already exist, seemingly only to make the naming convention that little bit more confusing.

With its specifications it could indeed be the Redmi Note 5, and past leaks do correlate with this image.

The unannounced MET7/MEE7 measures 158.5 x 75.45 x 8.05 mm and weighs in at 179.5 grams. That is including the 18:9, 2160 x 1080 pixel, 5.99-inch, LCD display and a sizeable 4,000 mAh battery. The unit TENAA received is running on an undisclosed 2GHz, octa-core chipset, which sources are still debating over.

It could be the MediaTek Helio P25, or a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630. Perhaps a Snapdragon 660, or even a choice between the latter two, depending on the selected tier. If this is, indeed the Redmi Note 5, that is.

The TENAA MET7/MEE7 listing also mention a 12MP rear camera with dual-tone LED flash and a 5MP selfie one. LTE and Dual-SIM support, with a hybrid slot to substitute one of the cards with a microSD memory expansion.

Also a rear-mounted fingerprint reader, IR blaster, Dual-band Wi-Fi a/c, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS + GLONASS. The handset will run Xiaomi’s MIUI V9 with Android 7.1.2 Nougat inside and will be available in black, gold, Rose Gold, white, blue, red, pink, grey and silver.

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