Xiaomi has finally launched it’s much-awaited Note 5 “Series” in India as expected. Under this series, Xiaomi has unveiled two new smartphones for India called Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
The smartphone comes with 5.99 inches Full View 18:9 aspect ratio with 1080 x 2160p resolution. The display is either protected by with Corning Gorilla Glass (unspecified version). It is powered by the same Snapdragon 625 processor paired with Adreno 506 GPU, and comes with two storage variant, one with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage, while another one has 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage. The storage can be further expanded up to 256 GB with the help of micro SD card.
Meanwhile, It has a 12MP rear camera with dual-tone LED Flash, 1.25μm pixel size, f/2.2 aperture, PDAF, whereas on the front, 5MP front-facing camera with LED flash, f/2.0 aperture takes care of selfies. The device measures 158.5 x 75.45 x 8.05mm and weighs 180 grams coupled with 4,000 mAh non-removable battery to keep the lights on.
Apart from that, it has a rear-mounted Fingerprint sensor to unlock the device safely. The device is made out of metal unibody design. Apart from the connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS + GLONASS and runs on Android 7.1.2 based on MIUI 9.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro
The Redmi Note 5 Pro has same 5.99-inch FUll HD+ display with 18:9 aspect ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass protection. The unique thing about this device is its processor. It is world’s first smartphone to bring Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636 processor. The new SoC is based on Kryo’s octa-core CPU clocked at 1.8 GHz each. It holds Adreno 509 GPU, that is well capable of handling intensive gaming and high-end multitasking.
Most highlighted part of this device is its camera. The company is marketing its camera as a key selling point. It boasts dual rear cameras on the rear including 12 MP, f/2.2 + 5 MP, f/2.0 sensors. The secondary camera is implemented to capture blur effects AKA portrait Mode. For selfies, 20 MP camera is given on the front with AI effects to achieve portrait effects similar to the primary camera. Also, LED flash is either available for the front camera as well as the rear.
The device is backed by 4,000 mAh battery with Micro USB 2.0 charging port. Regarding the Software part, It comes with Android Nougat based on MIUI 9, that should be con considering the market competition. In 2018, most of the budget smartphones are getting Android Oreo, whereas Xiaomi is sticking to Nougat this year as well. Moving to storage, The handset comes in two variants including 4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage and 6 GB RAM + 64 GB storage. It is worth noting that this device is using faster LPDDR4X RAM for faster performance.
Pricing and Availability
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro both come in four color options, including Gold, Rose Gold, Blue, and Black. Regarding the price Redmi Note 5 32 GB storage variant costs Rs. 9,999 and goes up to Rs. 11,999 for 64 GB storage variant. On another side, Redmi Note 5 Pro 4 GB RAM variant is priced at Rs. 13,999, which goes up to Rs. 16,999 for 6 GB RAM variant. Both the devices will be sold exclusively via Flipkart and the first sale is scheduled to be held on February 22. Unlike the Redmi Note 5, Note 5 Pro is a global variant, which will be later available in other parts of the world.