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18:9 Full-screen Display
Amazing battery life
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No Dual rear cameras
Hybrid SIM arrangement
Redmi Note 5 price in India is Rs.9999 for 3GB/32 variant and Rs.11999 for 4GB/64GB variant. It was launched in February 2018 in India. Redmi Note 5 Offers features as 5.99 inch Full HD+ Display, 12MP Rear Camera | 5MP Front Camera, 4000 mAh Li Polymer Battery and the best performance Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Processor. No Coupon code required to avail this offer. Buy Now.
Xiaomi is now officially the number one brand in India pushing back Samsung and many other established brands. The company did a tremendous job last year all thanks to the Redmi Note 4 and Redmi 4 series which were sold like hot cakes both online and offline stores. Speaking of, Xiaomi was falling behind in the race because of the lack of offline reach, but in 2017 the company aggressively started promoting the phones offline as well which changed the phase of the brand entirely. Now that most of the Xiaomi phones are available offline as well, the brand is also slowing expanding its Mi Stores franchise in most major cities which is yet another advantage. Following the stupendous success of the Redmi Note 4, Xiaomi did take a fair amount of time to launch the Redmi Note 5 series, but it is finally here. While the internals more or less remain the same, the design of the device is a significant change and quite a looker as well. If previous Xiaomi phones and their impressive track record is any clue, we’re pretty sure the Redmi Note 5 will also impress us by the end of the review. Let’s get started.
The Redmi Note 5 sports a 5.99-inch (2160 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 18:9 2.5D curved glass display with 450 nits Brightness, and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Protection. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 14nm Mobile Platform SoC clocked at 2GHz Octa-Core with Adreno 506 GPU. There is 3GB RAM with 32GB storage, and another variant with 4GB RAM with 64GB storage, that is further expandable up to 128GB with microSD. It runs on Android 7.1.2 Nougat with MIUI 9 on top.
In terms of camera, the Redmi Note 5 packs a 12-megapixel rear camera with dual-tone LED Flash, 1.25μm pixel size, f/2.2 aperture, PDAF and a 5-megapixel front camera with LED flash, f/2.0 aperture. It comes with a fingerprint sensor, and an infrared sensor to control electronic devices. Connectivity features include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, and GPS + GLONASS. A 4000mAh battery.
As we mentioned above, the Redmi Note 5 packs a brand new design with a modern 18:9 aspect ratio and full-screen display on the front. With minimal bezels on the front, we get more screen real-estate for media consumption and gaming as well. However, there are specific apps that still don’t support the 18:9 aspect ratio like the Airtel TV and JioTV. With Google actively promoting the new aspect ratio, it shouldn’t be long before most app developers bring in the support. However, we do feel like Xiaomi should make changes to the rear side as it looks almost identical to the previous Redmi Note 4 model. The device is entirely made of metal, but the top and bottom of the rear are plastic where the Antenna bands are present. The Redmi Note 5 sports a massive 5.99-inches, but it has the similar footprints of a 5.5-inches, and it comfortably fits in hands even for one-handed usage. The phone in no way feels cheap and raises the bar for competing brands.
Moving to placements, up front, you find the 5-megapixel selfie camera, ambient & proximity sensor, main earpiece, and down below the 5.99-inches screen are the three touch type capacitive buttons that are placed within the display. You have the hybrid SIM slot on the left and the power on/off switch; Volume rockers are present on the right side. Top houses the 3.5mm audio jack, secondary microphone, IR blaster, while the microUSB port with speaker grills are situated at the bottom. Flipping the phone to the rear is where you find the 12-megapixel rear camera with dual-tone Dual LED flash, Fingerprint sensor, and MI branding. The Antenna bands are present right above the camera module. The back panel isn't removable, so is the battery. Overall, the Redmi Note 5 has a fantastic design and great build quality.
The Redmi Note 5 display is all that is to talk primarily in addition to the improved camera which we will get to in a while. The device sports a 5.99-inch (2160 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 18:9 2.5D curved glass display with 450 nits Brightness, and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Protection. In fact, it is the first Redmi phone to have Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection making it even more special. The display is an improvement over the Redmi Note 4. The colors are bright, vivid and with software having support for various modes including a reading mode, you have the freedom to change the way you wish. The viewing angles are top notch. We didn’t notice any off colors or distortion even while viewing from extreme angles. With almost 84% NTSC Color Gamut, colors look accurate and very natural. The display is drop dead gorgeous with a perfect wallpaper.
Be it gaming or media consumption; we enjoyed the pleasant experience of the Redmi Note 5. It was able to play 1080p videos and was also able to handle most high-end games as well. Since it comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, you needn’t worry about scratches and smudges. It also has an auto-brightness sensor which when enabled automatically adjust the brightness depending on the ambient light. With 450-nit’s brightness sunlight legibility is top notch and we were able to access the content comfortably even under direct sunlight. Overall, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 display is one of the biggest positive points.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC clocked at 2GHz Octa-Core processor with Adreno 506 GPU and 4GB RAM. While we would like if Xiaomi had gone with an upgraded chipset since the Redmi Note 4 from the last also is powered by the same chipset. Moving along, the performance is excellent on general day-to-day usage. We didn’t notice any lags or stutters in the U.I even while using high-end applications or games. It can handle most intensive of tasks with ease. However, we feel the phone gets a little warm on intense gaming and 4G data use. The Snapdragon 625 chipset is one of the best from Qualcomm in terms of power consumption and performance optimizations. Apps open up quite fast, and they don’t take much in loading entirely as well. There is no hanging or stutters even on high multitasking. It can easily handle switching between apps and tons of Chrome tabs without lag. It is easily one of the best performing phones in this budget and also gives tough competition to mid-range and device costing almost double the price.
Moving to gaming, we played wide-range of games like Asphalt 8, Nova 3, Need for Speed, Leo’s Fortune, Pokemon Go, Mortal Kombat and more. As with the Redmi Note 4 that comes with similar specifications, the Redmi Note 5 too was able to handle all the high-end titles with no frame drops and stutters. Even with maximum graphics, we didn’t notice any change in the gameplay. But as we mentioned above, it slightly gets heated on continuous gaming. The Redmi Note 5 has a fingerprint sensor on the rear, and it is very fast in unlocking, and the animation is also instantaneous. Overall, though the Snapdragon 625 chipset from last year is a disappointment, keeping the general audience in mind, the Redmi Note 5 performance is excellent and doesn’t back down no matter what you throw at it.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 packs a 12-megapixel rear camera with dual-tone LED Flash, 1.25μm pixel size, f/2.2 aperture, PDAF and a 5-megapixel front camera with LED flash, f/2.0 aperture. Again, it is the first Redmi Note series phone to come with LED flash on the front. The interface, however, is very similar to all Redmi devices. Toggles like flash and HDR are present on the top, while the front camera toggle, options to select modes like Panorama, Timer, Audio trigger, manual mode, Straighten, Beautify, Handheld Twilight, Scene and Tilt-shift to blur are present on the bottom. The preview window, video buttons on the right side.
Moving to the camera performance, in daylight and good lighting conditions, the images turn out decent with perfect colors and details. However, we sometimes find the pictures a bit dull to our liking. Turning HDR brightens the photos to a large extent. With Honor 9 Lite having dual rear and front cameras, the Note 5 falls short with single sensor lacking features like portrait shorts. Macro shots have decent depth effect, but not on a satisfactory level. Moving to low-light, since it comes with 1.25μm pixel size, the images are relatively decent and a significant improvement over the Redmi Note 4. But the noise levels are on the higher side even with LED flash turned on.
On the other hand, the front 5MP shooter gets support from beautifying mode, pro mode and smart mode that guesses your age using facing recognition algorithm. The selfies are perfect, and they are very much social shareable. There is very less noise in the images, and with LED flash accompanying, even the low-light selfies are impressive. Overall, the camera of the Redmi Note 5 is definitely an improvement over the Note 4 and does a decent job.
Like always Xiaomi didn’t include earphones within the box, and they are an additional cost. Moving along, the audio experience when tested with the headphones we have with us, and it is excellent. We didn’t notice any distortion in audio even with maximum volumes. Since the speakers are present on the bottom, the sound doesn’t get muffled when placed on a flat surface but gets in the way when holding the phone in landscape mode. The software provides an option to change the audio settings to go well with the earphones model. The default music player can play a wide range of music formats without any problem.
In the video department, the Redmi Note 5 can a play a wide range of video formats including 1080p.We didn’t notice any heating or freezing issues at any point in time. Since the 18:9 aspect ratio brings more screen real estate, watching videos and movies was an excellent experience. Like we said above, invest some more on a pair of earphones but better audio and video experience.
The Redmi Note 5 packs a 4000mAh battery built-in battery compared to the 4100mAh battery on the Redmi Note 4. Like the previous generation, the Note 5 too skips fast charge support despite the fact that the chipset is capable. Though it packs a smaller capacity, the battery performance is as good as the Redmi Note 4. We were able to pull through until the end of the day even with heavy to continuous usage. On the other hand, if you are a casual to moderate user, you can also pull through until two days. The battery optimizations with MIUI 9 is the force behind the fantastic battery life. There is literally no idle battery drain nor drastic drops even on heavy usage or running high-end apps.
We were able to achieve a screen-on-time of around 5 and half hours to 6 hours on continuous usage. It recorded a fantastic 16 hours and 8 minutes in HD video loop test. It never shies to act frugal and always managed to last one full day with light to medium use. While we would have loved to have a quick charge compatible adaptor within the box, but with the bundled charger, the Note 5 took close to 2 hours to charge it from 0 to 100%, though it takes just 41 minutes to charge up to 50%. Overall, the battery is simply amazing and like always amazes us.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 runs on Android 7.1.2 Nougat with MIUI 9 on top. The interface is very familiar if you have used a Redmi phone previously. Apps and widgets are present on the home screen just like iOS. There is a theme store where tons of themes are available to download free of cost. These themes are very impressive and come in handy when you feel like changing the look and feel of the U.I the way you want. MIUI 9 has tons of new features including improved app-opening speeds, fluid transitions, smoother animations, improved notifications, split screen, and more.
There is an App Vault and App lock feature that is very useful if you crave for privacy. The App lock feature protects your apps with a password, and the dual apps feature lets you run an app like WhatsApp in two different instances at the same time. Apart from Google apps, there are tons of Mi apps like Mi Drop, FM Radio, Screen recorder, Scanner, Compass, Explorer, Community, Mi Remote, Mi Store, and few others. While few of them are very useful, the rest are merely taking up the internal space. We do like how fluid and fast the MIUI 9 is; the animations are very smooth with no frame drops, transitions are also lag-free as well.
Though there are two variants, we suggest our readers to pick the 4GB RAM model since the extra 1GB RAM and double the storage is always handy. Out of the 4GB RAM, 3.59GB is user usable. There is 2.1GB free RAM on first-boot and out of 64GB storage, 54.8GB is available to you. The default cleaner app frees up space by clearing cache and useless files. As we mentioned above, app animations are smooth, U.I transitions are fluid, and even multitasking is very much in the impressive range. It can handle more than 6-7 apps at the same time without causing any lag or stutters. Overall, the software and the U.I experience of the Redmi Note 5 is very impressive, and we don’t have anything to complain.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is undoubtedly a winner for Xiaomi like its every launch. It comes with a stunning 5.99-inch full-screen display, fantastic battery life, though it comes with Nougat, the software experience is pleasant, and the cameras are definitely an improvement. However, with Honor 7X, 9 Lite, Mi A1 packing dual rear cameras in more or less the similar pricing we don’t feel the Redmi Note 5 is a worthy upgrade. It comes with similar chipset as the Redmi Note 4, familiar design on the rear and hybrid slot arrangement are a let-down. If you are looking for a phone in the sub Rs. 15,000 price segment, we suggest you go with the Redmi Note 5 Pro that comes with dual rear-cameras, faster Snapdragon 636 chipset, face unlock and similar 18:9 stunning full-screen display.
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