Xiaomi hasn t been in India for very long, but what it s achieved in that small period is phenomenal. It s quickly built itself into the highest-selling smartphone brand in India, overtaking traditional market leader Samsung as per findings by research and analysis firm Canalys. What particular stood out about Xiaomi s stellar year is that the Redmi Note 4 outsold every other individual smartphone model in the country. Also Read - Best laptops under Rs 40,000 in July 2021: Mi Notebook 14, Asus VivoBook 14, and moreAlso Read - Friendship Day gifting ideas for your young tech-savvy besties under Rs 5,000
The early days of Xiaomi in IndiaAlso Read - RedmiBook laptop launching on August 3, Mi Notebook-like design and colours teased
Although Xiaomi s first product in India was the Mi 3, the early years for the company were all about stock shortages and a flash sale model that got on everyone s nerves. The phones were excellent, well priced and widely praised, but it was too complicated a task to actually buy one. Things started changing much later, and the company s first truly successful product was the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3. Priced from Rs 9,999, the Redmi Note 3 offered much more than what any other smartphone brand would give you at that price, including a powerful Snapdragon 600-series chipset, up to 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, and a full-HD screen.
Xiaomi, as we know it today
Let s now fast-forward to 2018; we have two different smartphones sitting in the popular sub-Rs 15,000 space for Xiaomi. While the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is just an incremental upgrade over its predecessor, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro represents a bigger step-up. It pushes the boundaries of what s previously been possible at this price, and includes not only the fashionable dual-camera setup and tall 18:9 screen, but also an impressive front camera and the Snapdragon 636 SoC, which is one of the most impressive mid-range chipsets available today.
What the 5 brings
Is the Redmi Note 5 a worthy successor?
I m going to try to address two questions today the first is whether the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro have what it takes to build on the success of the Redmi Note 4. We ve tested both of these phones, and the answer is an emphatic YES . The reasoning for this lies in Xiaomi s launch of two devices instead of one. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 alone might have been too boring , and its lack of significant differences means it simply isn t exciting enough.
However, as boring as the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is, it s also incredibly practical. It sports a chipset that is tried and tested, hardware that is more than adequate, has long-lasting battery life, and is priced sensibly at Rs 9,999 onwards. By offering a large 18:9 aspect ratio screen, Xiaomi has upped the ante enough to make this a serious value-driven offering. And if you re looking for something more, that s where the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 steps in.
At Rs 13,999 onwards, it s more expensive but also offers that much more for the power user. There s excellent mid-range performance, good camera capabilities and the same reliability and value-for-money that Xiaomi is known for. Between these two devices, Xiaomi has all approaches covered.
You could be looking for a massive bargain. You could want a phone with stellar battery life. You might just want a big screen. You may also want as much power as possible under the hood. You might enjoy taking selfies. You probably use the rear camera a lot and want a good setup there. No matter what you need, Xiaomi has you covered with these two devices. And mind you, all of this is possible at a completely reasonable price. It s therefore very likely that we re looking at this year s top-sellers already.
Is the Redmi Note 5 and Note 5 Pro worth the upgrade?
The second question we ll try to answer is whether the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and Note 5 Pro are worth the upgrade. If you re using a mid-range phone that s about a couple of years old now, then it s certainly worth your while to upgrade to either of these phones depending on your budget. If you re using a Redmi Note 4 that s still in good condition, the Redmi Note 5 may not have enough on offer to justify the switch, but the Redmi Note 5 Pro might be worth it.
In the end, it s fair to say that Xiaomi has two winners on its hands with the Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro. Are you planning to buy one of these new phones? Let us know via the comments.