Xiaomi redmi note 5 review:

The Redmi lưu ý 5 is the successor khổng lồ the popular xiaomi mi Redmi note 4 It is powered by a Snapdragon 625 processor và has a 4000mAh battery The Redmi note 5 sports a big 5.99-inch 18:9 display

There is no denying that xiaomi has a tight grip on the budget segment in the Indian điện thoại thông minh market. The Chinese manufacturer"s Redmi & Redmi lưu ý series have been really popular, so much so that the Redmi lưu ý 4(Review) recently became India"s best selling smartphone. It also helped xiaomi mi become the number one điện thoại thông minh seller in India, beating Samsungand other rivals.

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Now, almost a year after the launch of the Redmi lưu ý 4, xiaomi has come up with a new model to replace it. The Redmi 5 Plus, first launched in China, has been rebranded as the Redmi chú ý 5 in India, và has been positioned as the successor to the Redmi cảnh báo 4. This new điện thoại has some big shoes lớn fill, but is it equipped to lớn take the brand"s legacy forward? We put it to the test.

Xiaomi Redmi lưu ý 5 design

The Redmi cảnh báo 5 is the first smartphone in the Redmi series to thể thao a tall 18:9 display. In fact, that’s the first thing lớn grab your attention when you pick this phone up. The 5.99-inch display occupies most of the front on the phone & has rounded corners like the Google px 2 XL(Review). It sports a full-HD+ resolution putting out 403 pixels per inch. It has a layer of 2.5 chiều Gorilla Glass 3 for protection. The tall display format means that there are thin borders on the sides but slightly bigger ones at the top & the bottom. There"s a recessed metallic earpiece grille & selfie camera with a diffused LED flash above it, while the lower border is blank.

The phone has a metal body with plastic caps at the top and the bottom of the rear for the antennas. The new screen aspect ratio makes the phone relatively narrow and tall. It weighs 180g, but the curved sides makes the phone easy to lớn hold và use in one hand. Mi has positioned the power & volume buttons on the right while the hybrid dual-SIM tray is on the left. We found that the nguồn button is conveniently placed while the volume buttons require a stretch khổng lồ reach. The phone has a Micro-USB port at the bottom with grilles on either side, though onlyonly one is a speaker while the other is just for show. The phone also has an IR emitter on the top, which can come in handy to control IR appliances like TVs.


At the back, xiaomi has used the same design as the Redmi note 4 & positioned the rear camera, dual-tone LED flash và the fingerprint scanner down the centre. The phone appears khổng lồ be slimmer than the Redmi lưu ý 4 but the camera module protrudes slightly causing it khổng lồ rock when placed on a flat surface.

Xiaomi will sell the Redmi lưu ý 5 in four colours, namelyGold, Black, Rose Gold, and Blue. We had a Black review unit which looks quite good & doesn"t pick up too many fingerprints. The Redmi cảnh báo 5 ships with a 10W charger and USB cable in the box along with a TPU case.

Xiaomi Redmi note 5 specifications và software

People who compare the specifications of the Redmi cảnh báo 4 & the Redmi note 5 will say that not much has changed, because the new mã sản phẩm is powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor. Mi told Gadgets 360 that it is still powerful enough for this segment, and has good thermal management. The Snapdragon 625 has eight Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 2.0GHz & an Adreno 506 GPU for graphics. The Redmi cảnh báo 4was available with 2GB of RAM và 16GB of storage at Rs. 9,999, but now with the Redmi chú ý 5, you get 3GB of RAM & 32GB of storage at the same price. There"s also a variant with4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, priced aggressively at Rs 11,999.

The Redmi chú ý 5 sports a 12-megapixel primary camera with 1.25-micron pixels along with an f/2.2 aperture và PDAF. On paper, it has a lower resolution when compared khổng lồ the 13-megapixel camera on the chú ý 4, butXiaomi says that the camera has larger pixels which helps it take better shots. The phone has a hybrid dual-SIM tray that accepts two Nano-SIMs or one SIM along with a microSD card of up khổng lồ 128GB. It has tư vấn for công nghệ bluetooth 4.2, Dual-band Wi-Fi, GPS, USB-OTG, and FM Radio.


Xiaomi has gone with a 4000mAh battery with the Redmi lưu ý 5, which is slightly smaller than the 4100mAh battery of its predecessor. The battery is non-removable and Xiaomi ships a standard 5V, 2A charger in the box even though the phone supportsQualcomm Quick Charge. We did manage khổng lồ charge the phone quickly using a certified third-party charger.

In terms of software, the xiaomi mi Redmi note 5 runs on android 7.1.2 Nougat with MIUI 9 on top. Xiaomi’s skin is different khổng lồ stock Android, and while MIUI users will be at home, new users will need some time getting used to lớn it. The Settings menus are rearranged and we found ourselves using the tìm kiếm function quite often. MIUI supports for Dual Apps & Second Space which help you keep your private data safe. You also get gestures which can be used to lớn quickly take screenshots và launch apps.

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You also get a fair number of preinstalled apps including severalGoogle & Microsoft ones, & Xiaomi’s own ngươi Community, mày Store, ngươi Remote, Mi file manager, and Mi Video. Amazon, Hungama, & WPS Office apps are also preinstalled.Google apps và a few mày apps couldn"t be uninstalled whereas the others can be uninstalled to miễn phí up space.

Xiaomi Redmi lưu ý 5 performance, cameras, and battery life

The Redmi note 4 was a good all-rounder and there are very few phones that can match it at its price. Mi has kept the formula untouched and the note 5 gets the same powerful hardware as its predecessors. We did not face any lags or stutters in the UI, và while basic apps load super quickly, big apps aren"t all that slow either. Our reviews unit was the variant with 4GB of RAM, and it was sufficient for multitasking without apps getting killed in the background. While running benchmarks we saw that performance was similar to lớn what the lưu ý 4 offered. The Redmi lưu ý 5 managed khổng lồ score 871 and 4333 in Geekbench 4"s single-core và multi-core tests respectively. In AnTuTu, the phone managed khổng lồ clock 77,682, andthe graphics score in GFXBench was 18fps.

We can also say that the Redmi chú ý 5 doubles up as a good media player. It managed khổng lồ play all the audio and clip formats we threw at it. The display has good viewing angles & its colour đầu ra can be tweaked to suit your liking. It gets bright enough lớn be viewable under direct sunlight. We found that the speaker was loud enough lớn make nội dung engaging. However, you will have khổng lồ be careful not khổng lồ muffle the speaker grille with your palms.


The Redmi cảnh báo 5 managed to lớn outlast the Redmi lưu ý 4 in our battery tests despite having a lower capacity battery và a biggerscreen. It managed khổng lồ clock 16 hours & 8 minutes in our HD đoạn phim loop thử nghiệm compared khổng lồ 15 hours và 10 minutes of the previous model. The new phone is very frugal with power, and managed lớn last one full day with light to medium use. It handles standby really well and we found that it did not thua thảm much nguồn when idle. While we would have liked a quick charger in the box, we would still spend extra on one for sheer convenience.

The Redmi lưu ý 5 has an upgraded camera sensor but the software remains roughly the same as before. When you launch the camera app, it is set to tự động hóa mode by default, and you can choose between Manual, Beauty, & Panorama modes as well as different scene modes. The Manual mode is somewhat restricted and only gives you control over the trắng Balance and ISO. There is a quick toggle for HDR and that’s about it.

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Photos taken with the Redmi note 5 during the day as well as under low light turned out well. Landscapes taken in daylight had good amounts of detail & the phone managed khổng lồ get the exposure right most of the time. The phone is quick to lớn focus which is helpful when shooting macros. We found that macros turned out better than we had expected, with a good amount of detail. Photos taken with HDR enabled had more detail in darker areas, but brighter spots could appearburnt out. We also saw that reds were a little too saturated with HDR enabled.

In low light, the camera automatically switches to lớn night mode. Landscape shots had low noise & very fine grain, which was only visible when zooming in khổng lồ full size. The Redmi chú ý 5 managed to lớn capture details fairly well,and even text at a distance was still legible. Macro shots needed a steady hand but the output was pretty good as well.

The Redmi cảnh báo 5 has a diffused selfie flash which is handy in low light. The phầm mềm has a beauty mode which can be set to alter shots automatically, or you can also manually phối the cấp độ of beautification. Selfies are a little grainy but usable for social media. đoạn clip recording maxes out at 4K for the rear camera and 1080p for the front one. We found that the output đầu ra was a little warm at 4K, while 1080p footage was good enough. There is no stabilisation,but that is not a problem for a phone at this price.

VerdictXiaomi has been quite innovative with its Redmi lưu ý series. The Redmi lưu ý 3(Review) showed us how powerful a phone could while still remaining affordable, and the Redmi cảnh báo 4(Review) impressed us for being nguồn efficient as well. Mi seems lớn have played it safe with the Redmi cảnh báo 5, and it feels like a Redmi note 4 with a better screen và lower price to lớn keep up with the times, which is not a bad thing at all. It takes a solid foundation and improves on it, giving xiaomi mi another good all-rounder. With a starting price of Rs 9,999, the Redmi cảnh báo 5 offers tremendous value for money. Those with a higher budget who want a little more in terms of features và power can take a look at the Redmi cảnh báo 5 Pro.

We spoke about the xiaomi mi Redmi note 5, Redmi note 5 Pro, & the ngươi TV 4 on Orbital, our weekly công nghệ podcast, which you can subscribe khổng lồ via táo khuyết Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.