The Redmi Note 5 shares the same internal hardware as its predecessor, including a Snapdragon 625 chipset, and 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage. The biggest change is the 18:9 display, which has a resolution of 2160x1080. Xiaomi also introduced a 12MP camera at the back with larger 1.25um pixel size, and while the phone has the same 5MP front shooter as last year, it is now accompanied by an LED flash.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 specs
|Operating System||MIUI 9.2 based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat|
|Display||5.99-inch 18:9 FHD+ (2160x1080) IPS LCD panel|
403ppi pixel density
450nits maximum brightness
|SoC||Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625|
Eight Cortex A53 cores at 2.0GHz
|GPU||Adreno 506 with Vulkan API, OpenCL 2.0, and OpenGL ES 3.1|
microSD slot up to 128GB
|Rear camera||12MP with 1.25um pixel size and f/2.2 lens|
PDAF, LED flash
1080p video recording
|Front shooter||5MP with LED Selfie light|
1080p video recording
|Connectivity||LTE with VoLTE|
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, GLONASS
Micro-USB, 3.5mm audio jack, IR blaster
Fast charging (5V/2A)
|Fingerprint||Rear fingerprint sensor|
|Colors||Gold, Rose Gold, Blue, Black|
As the internal hardware is identical to what we saw last year with the Redmi Note 4, Xiaomi is launching the Redmi Note 5 at the same price point. That means the variant with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage will retail for just ₹9,999, and the model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage set to cost ₹11,999 in the country.
If you've already bought the Redmi Note 4 last year and are looking for an upgrade, then the Redmi Note 5 Pro should be at the top of your list. The phone comes with the same 18:9 display and 4000mAh battery as the Redmi Note 5, but is powered by a faster Snapdragon 636 chipset and offers up to 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, all for just ₹16,999.
There's also a version with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage that retails for ₹13,999. The Redmi Note 5 Pro also has a 20MP selfie camera with LED flash and 12MP + 5MP dual rear cameras. Hit up the links below for more on the Redmi Note 5 series in India, as well as the Mi TV 4:
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Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.