Xiaomi finally took the wraps off on the new Redmi Note 5 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro in India last February 14th with a lot of promising new features from the Pro variant. These two devices are the new entrants to India’s mid-range mobile phone market with top-end specs designed mainly to give users the power to perform every bit of task without the lag.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
The new Redmi Note 5 is basically a rebranded Redmi 5 Plus handset for the Indian market and because of this, it is quite possible that we and on other markets will not have this version of the series in our shores.
It comes with a fairly large 5.99-inch display and sport an 18:9 Aspect ratio at 2160×1080 pixel resolutions, topped with a curved 2.5D Corning Gorilla glass. It has the same rounded corners around the screen as the Redmi 5 Plus and features the same design both at the front and back.
Imaging for the Redmi Note 5 includes a 12 Megapixel main sensor with f/2.2 Aperture and accompanied by LED flash while the front, kicks a 5 Megapixel Selfie camera with a dedicated soft LED flash to assist in low-lighting conditions.
The Redmi Note 5 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset with quad-core processor with Adreno 506 graphics processing unit on-board. variants of the new Redmi 5 comes with either 3GB or 4GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB of storage space respectively. There’s also a microSD card slot within the Hybrid Dual SIM tray for memory expansion.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro
Together with the new Redmi Note 5 comes the latest and the top of the line of the series the Redmi Note 5 Pro, and from the looks of it, it surely does have what flagships have in common, unique styling and of course performance. That’s because the new Redmi Note 5 Pro is not only one of the first full-screen device in series, it is also more powerful and comes with a new added features between the two Redmi Note 5’s.
It rocks the same 5.99-inch IPS-LCD panel with a full-screen 18:9 Aspect ratio and 2160×1080 pixel resolutions with rounded corners on the display. As premium as it goes, the front panel is protected by a curved 2.5D Corning Gorilla glass lamination.
One thing that separates the new Redmi Note 5 Pro from the regular variant is the twin imaging sensor on the back, one would notice them at first glance as it resembles closely to the iPhone X. Unlike the iPhone X premium offerings though, Xiaomi’s approach for the Redmi Note 5 Pro is bring the best imaging experience possible at a low price without dragging its overall performance. With that, the Dual camera modules on the back includes a 12 Megapixel main sensor with an f/2.2 Aperture lens coupled to a 5 Megapixel f/2.0 depth-sensing camera and is supported by a dual-tone LED flash.
On the front, the Redmi Note 5 Pro also features a hefty 20 Megapixel Sony IMX376 sensor with a dedicated soft LED Selfie flash for a far more better Selfies and Groupies. With emphasis on Selfies, the Redmi Note 5 Pro is one of Xiaomi’s first new device to include Beautify 4.0, a dedicated camera software built with AI algorithms designed for the Indian market and a new Portrait too. Another exciting feature on the Redmi Note 5 Pro is Android’s Face Unlock feature, though it has been around with Android for a long time, it is only being recognized today due to growing popularity.
Another first for the Redmi Note series and for the mid-range series of devices is the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 on the Redmi Note 5 Pro, the new chipset comes with Kryo CPU cores which were only available with Qualcomm’s high-end chipsets previously. With the new processor cores on the Snapdragon 636, expect the same flagship level performance on mid-range devices. Together with the new processor cores is Adreno 509 a more capable GPU unit than its predecessors.
With Redmi Note 5 Pro, its RAM capacity comes with either 4GB or 6GB while storage space is peg at 64GB in capacity. There’s a microSD card slot as well for storage space expansion which sits together with the device SIM port though a Hybrid Dual-SIM tray.
The Redmi Note 5 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro
These two new devices from Xiaomi runs MIUI 9, a proprietary user interface from Xiaomi with Android 7.1.2 at its base and a fingerprint scanner placed at the back of the handset for device and online security. Also these devices are powered by the same 4,000mAh non-removable battery which is charge through a regular microUSB 2.0 port unfortunately and mind you, no quick charge support.
The Redmi Note 5 and its Pro variant will be available in these color options: Black, Gold, Rose Gold, and Blue. The Redmi Note 5 will be available on February 22 online through Flipkart and mi.com india.
Prices for the Redmi Note 5 starts at INR9,999 for the 3GB/32GB variant and INR11,999 for its 4GB/64GB version. For the Redmi Note 5 Pro, its 4GB/64GB version is priced at INR13,999 (4GB/64GB) while the top-of-the-line version with 6GB/64GB configuration has a surprisingly hefty price tag of INR16,999.