Mi smartphones have a tight hold on the smartphone market in India by offering affordable smartphones for the budget segment. The Chinese manufacturer managed to win over lots of customers with its Redmi series. The Redmi Note series was widely popular after Redmi Note 4 became the highest selling smartphone in the country. It helped Xiaomi become the No. 1 smartphone manufacturer in India, beating Samsung and other competitors.
A year after the Note 4 release, the Mi smartphone Redmi Note 5 was out to replace it. The new model obviously has huge shoes to fill but can it take the legacy forward?
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Redmi Note 5 began its life as the Redmi 5 Plus in China and was rebranded for Indian markets. In fact, it is the first Redmi smartphone to boast a big display. It’s the first thing that grabs your attention when you pick up the device. It sports a 5.99-inch display that occupies most of the phone’s front. The phone’s top has a metallic earpiece and selfie camera with a diffused LED flash right next to it.
With a metal body internally, the plastic covering on the top and bottom gets you better cell reception for calling. Being narrow and tall, it weighs 180g but can be held in one hand comfortably. The power and volume buttons are on the right side with comfortable placing for your fingers. It has the Mi mobile trademark infrared (IR) blaster on top that connects you to IR based appliances. The back has a dual-tone 80 flash rear camera and fingerprint sensor. Overall, the phone is well built while being thinner than the Note 4.
Powered by the Snapdragon 625 SoC processor, it is quite powerful to meet the needs of its target segments. It comes with good thermal management to reduce heating up when in use. For storage, Xiaomi dropped the 16GB in Note 4 and came with two other models for Redmi Note 5 price is 32GB model with 3GB RAM at INR 9,999 and 64GB with 4GB RAM at INR 11,999.
The rear Redmi Note 5 camera has a 12 megapixel with face detection autofocus, which is lower resolution than the Note 4 at 13 megapixels. But Xiaomi stated that Redmi Note 5 has larger pixels and a wider aperture for better low-light performance. Note 5 also has an upgraded sensor but the camera software remains roughly the same as the Note 4. The auto mode comes up as default when you start the camera but you can choose between manual, beauty, and panorama modes. It produces excellent photos in daylight and low-light with great exposure and detail. Its HDR mode gets finer detail for images taken in darker areas but less so in lighter ones.
With a 4000 mAh battery, the phone supports quick charging. It is very frugal with the battery and can last a full day with light to medium use. It also handles standby very well by not losing charge when sitting idle. The phone runs on Android 7.1.2 Nougat with a layer of MIUI 9. There is nothing new on software front compared to the Note 4 but there are no lags or stutters in app loading.
The Redmi Note 5 also doubles up as a good media player. It can manage all formats with great viewing angles and options to tweak the colours that suit your viewing preferences. The loudspeaker makes the content extremely engaging. Just avoid muffling the speaker grill with your hand when viewing.
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Overall, the Redmi Note 5 definitely lives up to and goes beyond what the Note 4 offers with upgraded features, specifications, a bigger display, and more storage at affordable prices & speedy delivery. When considering a smartphone on a budget, Note 5 is a great one to pick if you’re looking for an upgrade. It’s evident that Mi mobiles will keep its hold over the Indian smartphone market with the Note 5 for the coming years.
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