Bluboo, a smartphone maker which has emerged from China in recent years – is preparing a Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 lookalike.
Even though Xiaomi’s products are known for their affordability, the Mi MIX 2 flagship can’t be considered a bargain purchase. For example, a quick look at Gearbest will reveal the phablet can be purchased for $459 and up.
Well, Bluboo wants to offer Mi MIX 2 fans a more affordable alternative. The company has recently released an unboxing video of its upcoming D5 and D5 Pro models which are perfect replicas of Xiaomi’s bezel-less phone. And even though only the D5 Pro can be glanced at in the video, the two models are identical in terms of design.
The yet-to-be-released handsets come with a tri-bezel-less 18:9 full-screen design just like the Mi MIX 2, but retain the bottom chin which houses the front-facing selfie camera.
The differences between the two models are visible only when looking at the spec-list. For example, while the Bluboo D5 supports 3G connectivity, the Pro version has 4G LTE.
Both models come with a 5.5-inch display with rather low 1280 x 640 resolution and take advantage of a fingerprint scanner on the back. But the D5 will pack 2GB of RAM + 16GB of internal storage, while the Pro model will have 3GB of RAM + 32GB of internal storage. Bluboo hasn’t shared any details about the processor powering the duo (assuming it’s going to be the same in both) but it’s probably going to be a lower-end MediaTek SoC.
Like most budget phones launching these days, the Bluboo D5 duo includes a 3.5mm headphone jack (no USB Type-C though) and Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.
The phones are yet to go on sale, but we’re told they will be hitting the market before March. Expect the D5 to be sold with an under-$100 price tag. No word on the D5 Pro just yet, but we don’t believe the difference in pricing will be significant.
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