Xiaomi India today unveiled the highly anticipated successor to Redmi Note 4, the Redmi Note 5 series. The latest iteration however has two variants viz the Redmi Note 5 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Among them, the Pro edition is the one with sizeable changes including a huge upgrade in the camera department. Let’s find out what other improvements have Xiaomi made in this descendant.
Display and Performance
Redmi Note 5 Pro flaunts a 5.99-inch full-screen display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. To achieve this they got rid of the capacitive buttons and replaced it with on-screen soft buttons. Still, there is a slight increase in length, but width and thickness are kept almost same as that of a 5.5-inch phone. However, this has helped to increase the display area by 12.5 percentage. It also has a 2.5D curvature along with rounded corners for aesthetics and comfort. The whole unit is housed inside an unimetal body which comes in Gold, Rose Gold, Blue and Black colours. Fingerprint security is also available with a rear mounted sensor on the aluminum body.
Under the hood is the Snapdragon 636 SoC making this the first device to be powered by it. The SD 636 comes with an 8-core Kryo 260 CPU clocked to 1.8GHz and an Adreno 509 GPU. The new FHD+ display, advanced photography, performance gain, enhanced gaming, faster modem speeds, quick charging, and battery life were realized with this SD 636 SoC. You can also choose from three different RAM-ROM combinations viz – 3GB+32GB / 4GB+64GB / 6G8+64GB. The whole hardware is managed by Android N based lightning fast MIUI 9 ROM.
- 5.99-inch 18:9 display (2160 x 1080) FHD+ with on-screen buttons.
- 450-nit maximum brightness, Color contrast ratio: 1500:1, NTSC: 83 %.
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (1.8GHz max) – Kryo 260 CPU, Adreno 506 GPU.
- Dimensions – 184.108.40.206 .8.05mm, Weight – 181g.
Redmi Note 5 Pro has a 12+5MP rear dual camera setup to offer portrait photography, with bokeh effect. It has a high-end 12.5-micrometer primary sensor for ensuring quality while allowing more light. Combined with that the secondary camera can offer authentic bokeh effect. For selfie addicts, the front camera is upgraded with a 20MP Sony IMX376 sensor. A selfie-light and Beautify 4.0 AI algorithm will assist the front camera for better clicks even in low-light conditions. There is no wonder why Xiaomi is promoting Redmi Note 5 Pro as the ‘India’s camera beast’.
- Primary – 12+5MP rear dual camera -12MP 1.25pm, f/2.2
- Secondary – 20MP front So, IMX376 camera – LED Selfie-light Beautify 4 0, 1080p video at 30fps
Coming to connectivity, the device supports 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE bands in India. It comes with a hybrid-SIM tray so that you can use either two nano-SIMs or one nano plus SD card. For local connectivity, it has Wi-Fi g/b/n, Bluetooth 4.1 and micro USB port. As always there is the GPS with GLONASS and FM radio along with 3.5 mm traditional audio jack.
- Bands – GSM: 2/3/5/8 WCDMA 1/2/5/8 – FDD-LTE 1/3/5 TDD-LTE 40/41(120MHz)
- Hybrid dual nano (hybrid SD card), FM, 3.5 mm audio jack.
Battery & Power
Xiaomi has bundled the power-efficient SD 636 and the optimized MIUI 9 with a massive 4000mAh battery to create an incredibly long lasting experience. This combo will allow you to watch up to 14 hours of video playback, 7 hours of video recording, and 8.5 hours of continuous gaming.
- 4000mAh high-capacity battery
- 5V/2A charging. Micro USB, USB 2.0
Pricing & Availability
The Redmi Note 5 series is available exclusively from Flipkart, Mi store, and other partners stores. The pricing of the three variants of Pro edition are as follows, 3GB+32GB for Rs 10,999, 4GB+64GB for Rs 13999, and 6G8+64GB for Rs 16,999. Keep an eye on bank offers, partner benefits and exchange offers to make the deal even sweeter.
It is interesting to note that the Redmi Note 5 series is based on the Redmi 5 Plus released in China. For more clarity, the Redmi Note 5 Pro has some enhancements, while the Redmi Note 5 is the exact replica of Redmi 5 Plus. Now that the new series is here, let’s see some records toppling soon. Hope the write-up was informative, Peace!