Xiaomi today launched the Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro for the Indian market. The smartphones are aimed at the budget-conscious consumers, and come with a starting price of Rs 9,999 and Rs 13,999 for their base models respectively. Both the models will be exclusive to Flipkart, and come in four color choices.
The Redmi Note 5 succeeds last year’s massively popular Redmi Note 4, which played a big role in making Xiaomi the number one smartphone brand in India. What makes the Redmi Note 5 potentially an even popular budget offering is that it improves not only on the innards but also features a polished design layered atop with a full-screen display. The Redmi Note 5 Pro, on the other hand, borrows a handful of features from the premium segment packaged for the (sub-Rs 10,000) segment. Here’s a look at the top features of both the Redmi Note 5 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro.
Full-screen display: Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro are among the handful of smartphones in the budget segment to offer 18:9 display. Unlike the competition, both the models pack the same display size. There's a 5.99-inch display with narrow bezels. With a full-screen display, the fingerprint sensor is placed on the back panel.
Massive battery: Both the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro are fueled by a 4,000mAh battery which is claimed to provide up to 14 hours of video playback. With the newest MIUI 9 layered above Android Nougat, battery optimizations are further enhanced for an extended usage.
Selfie light: One of the noticeable changes on the Redmi Note 5 is the presence of a dedicated front flash for enhanced selfies. In comparison, the Redmi Note 4 did not feature a flash on the front. Xiaomi is calling it the 'Selfie Light' which will enhance self-portraits taken from the 5-megapixel front camera on the Redmi Note 5.
Dual cameras: The Redmi Note 5 Pro is priced higher than the Redmi Note 5 and evidently, includes more specs than the base model. The highlight of the smartphone is the dual-camera setup at the back. It includes a combination of 12-megapixel and 5-megapixel sensors at the back for the depth effect.
First Snapdragon 636 phone: The Redmi Note 5 Pro is the first smartphone to launch in India with Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC running under the hood. Launched last year in October, the chipset promises 40 percent speed improvement. What makes it a better value for money proposition is that the Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with up to 6GB of RAM.
20-megapixel selfie camera: In its price range, the Redmi Note 5 Pro is one of the handful smartphones to both offer a dual-camera setup along with an enhanced selfie shooter. It is equipped with a 20-megapixel front camera which is supported with the dedicated selfie light for low-light portraits.