The Redmi note 5 is the successor khổng lồ the popular xiaomi mi Redmi cảnh báo 4 It is powered by a Snapdragon 625 processor and has a 4000mAh battery The Redmi lưu ý 5 sports a big 5.99-inch 18:9 display

There is no denying that xiaomi has a tight grip on the budget segment in the Indian điện thoại thông minh market. The Chinese manufacturer"s Redmi and Redmi lưu ý series have been really popular, so much so that the Redmi cảnh báo 4(Review) recently became India"s best selling smartphone. It also helped mi become the number one điện thoại cảm ứng seller in India, beating Samsungand other rivals.

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Now, almost a year after the launch of the Redmi chú ý 4, mi has come up with a new mã sản phẩm to replace it. The Redmi 5 Plus, first launched in China, has been rebranded as the Redmi cảnh báo 5 in India, và has been positioned as the successor khổng lồ the Redmi note 4. This new điện thoại thông minh has some big shoes lớn fill, but is it equipped khổng lồ take the brand"s legacy forward? We put it lớn the test.

Xiaomi Redmi lưu ý 5 design

The Redmi chú ý 5 is the first điện thoại cảm ứng thông minh in the Redmi series to thể thao a tall 18:9 display. In fact, that’s the first thing lớn grab your attention when you pick this phone up. The 5.99-inch display occupies most of the front on the phone & has rounded corners like the Google px 2 XL(Review). It sports a full-HD+ resolution putting out 403 pixels per inch. It has a layer of 2.5d Gorilla Glass 3 for protection. The tall display format means that there are thin borders on the sides but slightly bigger ones at the top và the bottom. There"s a recessed metallic earpiece grille and selfie camera with a diffused LED flash above it, while the lower border is blank.

The phone has a metal body toàn thân with plastic caps at the top & the bottom of the rear for the antennas. The new screen aspect ratio makes the phone relatively narrow and tall. It weighs 180g, but the curved sides makes the phone easy to lớn hold và use in one hand. Xiaomi has positioned the power & volume buttons on the right while the hybrid dual-SIM tray is on the left. We found that the power button is conveniently placed while the volume buttons require a stretch khổng lồ reach. The phone has a Micro-USB port at the bottom with grilles on either side, though onlyonly one is a speaker while the other is just for show. The phone also has an IR emitter on the top, which can come in handy khổng lồ control IR appliances lượt thích TVs.


At the back, xiaomi mi has used the same kiến thiết as the Redmi cảnh báo 4 & positioned the rear camera, dual-tone LED flash and the fingerprint scanner down the centre. The phone appears to lớn be slimmer than the Redmi note 4 but the camera module protrudes slightly causing it to rock when placed on a flat surface.

Xiaomi will sell the Redmi chú ý 5 in four colours, namelyGold, Black, Rose Gold, và Blue. We had a Black đánh giá unit which looks quite good và doesn"t pick up too many fingerprints. The Redmi note 5 ships with a 10W charger and USB cable in the box along with a TPU case.

Xiaomi Redmi cảnh báo 5 specifications & software

People who compare the specifications of the Redmi cảnh báo 4 và the Redmi note 5 will say that not much has changed, because the new model is powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor. Mi told Gadgets 360 that it is still powerful enough for this segment, and has good thermal management. The Snapdragon 625 has eight Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 2.0GHz và an Adreno 506 GPU for graphics. The Redmi lưu ý 4was available with 2GB of RAM và 16GB of storage at Rs. 9,999, but now with the Redmi note 5, you get 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage at the same price. There"s also a variant with4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, priced aggressively at Rs 11,999.

The Redmi note 5 sports a 12-megapixel primary camera with 1.25-micron pixels along with an f/2.2 aperture và PDAF. On paper, it has a lower resolution when compared to the 13-megapixel camera on the cảnh báo 4, butXiaomi says that the camera has larger pixels which helps it take better shots. The phone has a hybrid dual-SIM tray that accepts two Nano-SIMs or one SIM along with a microSD card of up to 128GB. It has support for bluetooth không dây 4.2, Dual-band Wi-Fi, GPS, USB-OTG, và FM Radio.


Xiaomi has gone with a 4000mAh battery with the Redmi chú ý 5, which is slightly smaller than the 4100mAh battery of its predecessor. The battery is non-removable và Xiaomi ships a standard 5V, 2A charger in the box even though the phone supportsQualcomm Quick Charge. We did manage khổng lồ charge the phone quickly using a certified third-party charger.

In terms of software, the xiaomi mi Redmi note 5 runs on game android 7.1.2 Nougat with MIUI 9 on top. Xiaomi’s skin is different lớn stock Android, and while MIUI users will be at home, new users will need some time getting used to lớn it. The Settings menus are rearranged and we found ourselves using the tìm kiếm function quite often. MIUI supports for Dual Apps and Second Space which help you keep your private data safe. You also get gestures which can be used khổng lồ quickly take screenshots và launch apps.

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You also get a fair number of preinstalled apps including severalGoogle và Microsoft ones, và Xiaomi’s own ngươi Community, ngươi Store, ngươi Remote, Mi tệp tin manager, and Mi Video. Amazon, Hungama, and WPS Office apps are also preinstalled.Google apps and a few ngươi apps couldn"t be uninstalled whereas the others can be uninstalled to không tính tiền up space.

Xiaomi Redmi note 5 performance, cameras, and battery life

The Redmi cảnh báo 4 was a good all-rounder và there are very few phones that can match it at its price. Mi has kept the formula untouched và the lưu ý 5 gets the same powerful hardware as its predecessors. We did not face any lags or stutters in the UI, and while basic apps load super quickly, big apps aren"t all that slow either. Our review unit was the variant with 4GB of RAM, và it was sufficient for multitasking without apps getting killed in the background. While running benchmarks we saw that performance was similar to what the note 4 offered. The Redmi chú ý 5 managed khổng lồ score 871 & 4333 in Geekbench 4"s single-core & multi-core tests respectively. In AnTuTu, the phone managed khổng lồ clock 77,682, andthe graphics score in GFXBench was 18fps.

We can also say that the Redmi chú ý 5 doubles up as a good truyền thông media player. It managed to play all the audio and clip formats we threw at it. The display has good viewing angles & its colour output đầu ra can be tweaked khổng lồ suit your liking. It gets bright enough lớn be viewable under direct sunlight. We found that the speaker was loud enough lớn make nội dung engaging. However, you will have to lớn be careful not lớn muffle the speaker grille with your palms.


The Redmi cảnh báo 5 managed lớn outlast the Redmi lưu ý 4 in our battery tests despite having a lower capacity battery & a biggerscreen. It managed to lớn clock 16 hours and 8 minutes in our HD video loop test compared to 15 hours & 10 minutes of the previous model. The new phone is very frugal with power, & managed lớn last one full day with light to lớn medium use. It handles standby really well & we found that it did not lose much power nguồn when idle. While we would have liked a quick charger in the box, we would still spend extra on one for sheer convenience.

The Redmi lưu ý 5 has an upgraded camera sensor but the software remains roughly the same as before. When you launch the camera app, it is phối to auto mode by default, và you can choose between Manual, Beauty, and Panorama modes as well as different scene modes. The Manual mode is somewhat restricted và only gives you control over the white Balance and ISO. There is a quick toggle for HDR & that’s about it.

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Photos taken with the Redmi chú ý 5 during the day as well as under low light turned out well. Landscapes taken in daylight had good amounts of detail and the phone managed to lớn get the exposure right most of the time. The phone is quick khổng lồ focus which is helpful when shooting macros. We found that macros turned out better than we had expected, with a good amount of detail. Photos taken with HDR enabled had more detail in darker areas, but brighter spots could appearburnt out. We also saw that reds were a little too saturated with HDR enabled.

In low light, the camera automatically switches to lớn night mode. Landscape shots had low noise & very fine grain, which was only visible when zooming in to full size. The Redmi lưu ý 5 managed lớn capture details fairly well,and even text at a distance was still legible. Macro shots needed a steady hand but the đầu ra was pretty good as well.

The Redmi note 5 has a diffused selfie flash which is handy in low light. The app has a beauty mode which can be set to alter shots automatically, or you can also manually mix the level of beautification. Selfies are a little grainy but usable for social media. Video recording maxes out at 4K for the rear camera và 1080p for the front one. We found that the output đầu ra was a little warm at 4K, while 1080p footage was good enough. There is no stabilisation,but that is not a problem for a phone at this price.

VerdictXiaomi has been quite innovative with its Redmi lưu ý series. The Redmi lưu ý 3(Review) showed us how powerful a phone could while still remaining affordable, & the Redmi lưu ý 4(Review) impressed us for being power nguồn efficient as well. Xiaomi mi seems to have played it safe with the Redmi lưu ý 5, & it feels lượt thích a Redmi cảnh báo 4 with a better screen và lower price to lớn keep up with the times, which is not a bad thing at all. It takes a solid foundation và improves on it, giving xiaomi mi another good all-rounder. With a starting price of Rs 9,999, the Redmi cảnh báo 5 offers tremendous value for money. Those with a higher budget who want a little more in terms of features & power can take a look at the Redmi cảnh báo 5 Pro.

We spoke about the xiaomi Redmi chú ý 5, Redmi lưu ý 5 Pro, và the ngươi TV 4 on Orbital, our weekly công nghệ podcast, which you can subscribe to lớn via táo bị cắn Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.