Redmi Note 5 spotted on TENAA, Snapdragon 636 a possibility
Another day, another Redmi Note 5 rumor. This one isn't much of a rumor at this point, however, with the device having been spotted on Chinese certification agency TENAA.
Two devices were listed with the codenames "MEE7" and "MET7", with both sharing most specifications and features. Both of them have the exact same dimensions, so we expect that they're the same device, albeit with one being a "Pro" version. The devices sport 5.99-inch FHD+ displays, which means that they both use the new 18:9 aspect ratio. They're also both powered by an SoC clocked at 2.0GHz.
We're not sure what SoC that is but the fact that the phones use 18:9 displays narrows the search down. The only MediaTek chipsets capable of handling a 1080 x 2160 devices are the premium ones, but the chances of these devices featuring them are rather slim, as while previous Redmi phones have launched with Helio SoCs, they haven't been anywhere near as successful as their Snapdragon counterparts.
On the Qualcomm end, the only SoCs that would fit into the listed profile are the Snapdragon 65x ones—which also happen to be 28nm chipsets, and as such unlikely—or the newer Snapdragon 636 or 660. The Mi Note 3 featured the Snapdragon 660, though, so it's unlikely the Xiaomi would use the same SoC on a device that's just about half of the price of the Note 3, which makes the Snapdragon 636 the likeliest candidate.
Processor aside, both devices feature 4000 mAh batteries, which we expect is music to the ears of all Mi fans out there. The MET7 opts for 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, while the MEE7 goes a step lower with a 3/32 GB setup.
We'll be sure to keep you updated on this.