Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 3 and Redmi Note 4 were among the best-selling smartphones in India. Now, the Chinese smartphone maker has launched the successor to the Redmi Note 4. Called, Redmi Note 5, the smartphone brings incremental upgrades to the table, and to keep up with the latest trends, it now comes with an 18:9 display. Here’s a look at everything that is different in the new Xiaomi smartphone.
Price and variants
One of the changes begin with the storage variants. Unlike the Redmi Note 4 that was offered in three storage variants, the Redmi Note 5 comes in only in two storage variants. The Redmi Note 5 with 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage is priced at Rs 9,999, whereas the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage variant will set you back by Rs 11,999.
The Redmi Note 4, on the other hand, had its prices starting at Rs 9,999 for the 2GB RAM and 32GB storage, but after the recent price cut, it now starts at Rs 8,999. Similarly, the prices of other storage variants were also slashed by Rs 1,000. The one with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage is priced at Rs 9,999, whereas the one with 4GB of RAM with 64GB storage is priced at Rs 11,999.
Design and display
The display and design is the other department where there is a difference. The Redmi Note 5 comes with a 5.99-inch full HD+ display running at a resolution of 1080×2160 pixels, and an aspect ratio of 18:9, whereas the Redmi Note 4 comes with a 5.5-inch full HD (1080p) display. Due to the new display dimension, the Redmi Note 5 is slightly tall and compact in width compared to the Redmi Note 4.
Chipset and cameras
Under the hood, both the Redmi Note 5 and the Redmi Note 4 are powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core SoC. Made on 14nm process, the chipset comes with custom Kryo 280 cores (8x ARM Cortex A53) clocked at 2GHz. It is one of the best mid-range chipsets capable of delivering power and performance.
In the photography department, the Redmi Note 5 comes with a 12-megapixel rear camera of aperture f/2.2 as opposed to a 13-megapixel rear camera of aperture f/2.0 on the Redmi Note 4. Despite the drop in megapixel count, the Redmi Note 5 camera comes with a larger 1.25μm pixel sensor, compared to 1.12μm pixel sensor on the Redmi Note 4. This should help the camera capture better photos in day light and in low-light scenarios.
Thanks to the larger pixel sensor, the Redmi Note 5 also gets the ability to record 4K videos at 30fps, whereas the Redmi Note 4 is restricted to full HD (1080p) video recording. Up front, both smartphones come with a 5-megapixel snapper. However, the Redmi Note 5 also comes with a front-facing LED flash to help you capture better selfies in low-light.
Battery and connectivity
The Redmi Note 5 is equipped with a 4,000mAh battery, whereas the and Redmi Note 4 is armed with a slightly larger 4,100mAh battery, and neither of them supports fast charging technology. However, charging the batteries from empty to full takes about two-and-a-half hours, which is pretty decent.
In terms of connectivity, both smartphones feature dual-SIM card slots (hybrid), 4G with VoLTE HD voice calling support, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS. On the software front, both smartphones run Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS, with a layer of MIUI 9 custom UI on top.
|Features||Xiaomi Redmi Note 5||Xiaomi Redmi Note 4|
|Display||5.99-inch Full HD+, 18:9 display||5.5-inch 1080p (2.5D curved glass)|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core||Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core|
|Rear Camera||12-megapixel with LED flash||13-megapixel with LED flash|
|Front Camera||5-megapixel with LED flash||5-megapixel|
|Connectivity||Fingerprint scanner, dual-SIM, 4G, VoLTE||Fingerprint scanner, dual-SIM, 4G, VoLTE|
|Price||Rs 9,999 (3GB) / Rs 11,999 (4GB)||Rs 8,999 (2GB) / Rs 9,999 (3GB) / Rs 11,999 (4GB)|