Riding on the massive success of its Redmi Note 4, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has now launched the successor to the most popular smartphone of 2017. The new device is predictably named the Redmi Note 5. Along with this Xiaomi also launched the Redmi Note 5 Pro, which as the name suggests is a ‘Pro’ version with additional features. Both phones will be available starting 22 February on Flipkart and Mi.com.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 will be sold for a starting price of Rs 9,999 and the Note 5 Pro will be sold at a starting price of Rs 13,999.
The Redmi Note 5 will be available in two variants 3 GB RAM+ 32 GB storage (Rs 9,999) and a 4 GB RAM+ 64 GB storage (Rs 11,999).
The Redmi Note 5 Pro will be available in two variants 4 GB RAM+ 64 GB storage (Rs 13,999) and a 6 GB RAM+ 64 GB storage (Rs 16,999).
Both the phones have a 5.99-inch FHD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood, we see that the Redmi Note 5 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC along with the Adreno 506 GPU and the Redmi Note 5 Pro has the more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC along with the Adreno 509 GPU. While the Redmi Note 5 sticks to using the same SoC that we had seen on the Redmi Note 4, the Redmi Note 5 Pro is the first device to come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset. The Snapdragon 636 SoC comes with 8x Kryo 260 processor cores clocked at 1.8 GHz along with Adreno 509 GPU.
In terms of storage, the Redmi Note 5 has two variants namely 3 GB RAM + 32 GB internal storage and 4 GB RAM + 64 GB internal storage. The Redmi Note 5 Pro also has two variants which are 4 GB RAM + 64 GB internal storage and 6 GB RAM + 128 GB internal storage. The phones will run on Android 7.1.1 Nougat overlayed with Xiaomi’s MIUI 9 skin.
In the camera department, the Redmi Note 5 has a single camera on the back with a 12 MP sensor and f/2.2 aperture. On the front, we see a 5 MP camera with LED selfie-light.
For the Redmi Note 5 Pro, Xiaomi has gone with a dual-camera system on the back with 12 MP + 5 MP sensors arranged vertically in an iPhone X-like design. On the front, we see a 20 MP Sony IMX376 sensor with LED selfie-light.
In terms of connectivity both the phones have dual-SIM 4G VoLTE capability, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a rear fingerprint sensor, GPS and micro-USB 2.0. Both the phones are also powered by a 4,000 mAh battery. Both the phones are available in Black, Gold, Rose Gold and Blue colours.