Xiaomi phones have been gaining a lot of popularity over the past few years. And considered one of the best options in the budget segment because of its features and competitive price. The company every year launches different models of  Redmi phones with diverse features for its customers. It is considered as the most suited phones till now in every aspect. Continuing its trend, the company has added a new feather in its Note series  Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro. So, here are we with the detailed review of  Xiaomi Redmi Note 5.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Specification:

The new smartphone was launched in February 2018. The smartphone comes with a 5.99-inch touchscreen with 1080 pixel by 2160 pixel resolution. The price of Redmi Xiaomi Note 5 in India starts from the RS. 9999.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor with 8 cores and 2 GHz and comes with 4GB of RAM. The phone includes 64 GB of internal storage that can be expanded. When it comes to cameras, the Redmi Note 5 camera has a basic 12-megapixel camera on the back and a 5-megapixel front for the selfies.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 runs Android 7.0 and is powered by a 4000mAh non-removable battery. It measures 158.50 x 75.45 x 8.05 (height x width x thickness) and weigh 180.00 grams.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is a dual SIM (both GSM) smartphone that accepts Nano-SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, USB OTG, FM, 3G and 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India). Sensors on the phone include Compass Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor and Gyroscope.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Design and Display

At first glance, you may feel that you are holding Redmi Note 4 and not Redmi Note 5. The smartphone share identical look as its predecessor. The similarity is all the more prominent on the back end side. The front of the Redmi Note 5 has some difference to offer. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is the first budget smartphone of the company to come with a bezel-less display. The Note 5 comes with the same chassis with antenna lines runnel across the device but the large and bright display is its highlight.

The smartphone comes with minimal bezels on the sides along with a selfie light flash. The Redmi Note 5 is also slightly slimmer (8.1 mm )as compared to the Redmi Note 4 (8.4mm). The handset is appeared sturdy and boasts of good build quality.

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Redmi Note 5 comes with a 5.99 FHD +18:9 Full-screen display with beat edges and matte finish metallic element unibody design. The 2.5D curved glass display is coated with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top which protects it from damage and scratches. The display is sharp and the colors are also vivid with deep contrast. The images and videos also offer accurate color reproduction.

The power release and volume rockers are placed on the right, while the SIM card tray sits on the left side. The audio frequency jack and infrared sensors are located on the top and the charging interface and speaker are at the bottom. The back position of the device houses a 12MP snapper with dual-LED flash and circular fingerprint sensor.

In all, Redmi Note 5 go nothing new on the design front as there is nothing new and subversive that the smartphone offers

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Performance

It seems that the company devoted all its attention to the creation of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro since it has not improved almost anything in the hardware aspect of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5. The smartphone includes the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor found in Redmi Note 4.

The smartphone offers a balanced and efficient performance. It managed to do the most job quite efficiently, be it gaming, multitasking or using heavy apps. It did not lag or slow during any of the tasks. The processor is not that great as the Snapdragon 636, but it is for a budget smartphones.

The device scored 77,482 on AnTuTu and 962 and 4324 on Geekbench.

The company has introduced two variants of the device – 3GB RAM and 32GB storage and 4GB RAM and 64GB storage which can further be expanded to 128GB. Note 5 packs a 4,000 mAh battery, which is less when compared to Redmi Note 4, which has 4100 mAh battery capacity. The battery easily lasts up to a day on single charge.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 runs Android 7.0 Nougat operating system out of the box topped with the MIUI 9. The smartphone offers all the features of Android Nougat and comes with all the standard apps from Xiaomi. These include pre-loaded apps like Amazon, WPS Office, and Hungama.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Camera

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 offer similar camera specifications as the Redmi Note 4. The smartphone sports a 12MP rear camera with dual step LED flash and a 5MP front shooter with selfie Light.

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However, the Xiaomi has changed a few things in the camera section. The rear camera of Redmi Note 5 features a 12MP trigger with a pixel size 1.25um pixels and f/2.2 aperture. With proper light or daylight, smartphone managed to make some great shots. On the other hand, the images captured in the macro mode also turned out to be good with color reproduction and appropriate detail.

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The camera manages to focus quickly on the subject and it also captures the moving aim with ease. Some graininess and noise will be encounter when used in low-sparkle. The larger pixel size manages to capture more light but with the absence of electronic stabilization some shots turned out to be blurry.

Talking about the front camera, the smartphone offers a 5MP  shooter with selfie flash for capturing low-light selfies. The front camera comes with f/2.0 it captures good selfies in daylight.  The low- light images turn out to be good at some time.

The device is capable of recording HD quality videos which is fine for the smartphone for this price segment.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is a good smartphone in the price bracket of Rs 9,999. However, the smartphone is surely not the right choice for those who have Redmi Note 4. As apart from the larger display and some tweaks in the design, there is nothing new that the phone offers when compared to Redmi Note 4. However, for buyers with a budget of Rs 10,000, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is a good bet. However, anyone who has even slightly higher budget should go for Redmi Note 5 Pro.


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