Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Launches

  After being rather impressed with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X late last year I was excited to hear about the Redmi Note 5 launching today. The Redmi Note 5 is almost identical to the Redmi Note 4X  but with a few key upgrades to make it stand out:
Operating System MIUI 9.2 based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Display 5.99-inch 18:9 FHD+ (2160×1080) IPS LCD panel 403ppi pixel density 450nits maximum brightness
SoC Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Eight Cortex A53 cores at 2.0GHz 14nm
GPU Adreno 506 with Vulkan API, OpenCL 2.0, and OpenGL ES 3.1 650MHz
RAM 3GB/4GB
Storage 32GB/64GB 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 light 1080p video recording Beautify 3.0
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
Networks LTE: 1/3/5/40/41 GSM: 2/3/5/8 WCDMA: 1/2/5/8
Battery 4000mAh battery Fast charging (5V/2A)
Fingerprint Rear fingerprint sensor
Dimensions 158.5×75.45×8.05mm
Weight 180g
Colors Gold, Rose Gold, Blue, Black
xiaomiredminote5The 3GB model comes with 32GB of storage and the 4GB has 64GB. The 18:9 screen has now been upgraded to FHD+ which is a must nowadays if you want to ensure you stand out from the other mid-range phones but it’s still using an LCD panel. The camera upgrade isn’t going to that noticeable if you already own a Note 4X but it’s a minor improvement. Lack of USB C is an interesting ‘omission’ – I think this is mainly down to the markets it is launching in although the lack of fast charging isn’t very “2018”. Overall I’m quite excited to see how this phone sells compared to its older brother, it released today in India on Flipkart.