Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Mi5 is a slightly better phone, but the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much your want to spend!

Xiaomi Mi5  Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Xiaomi Mi5 Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
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Excellence Score
30.3
28.4
Value for Money Score
50.2
67.1
Price ₹ 24,999 onwards ₹ 12,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Apr, 2016 Jan, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.15 inches 5.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x1920 pixels (~ 428 pixels per inch) 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels
Scratch Resistant Display
Display Features Sunlight Display, Night Display, Reading Mode, Color Temperature Adjustment, 95% NTSC Color Gamut IPS LCD, 2.5D Curved Glass, Reading mode, Colour Temperature Adjustment
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Quad Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 820Ranked #17 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 625Ranked #34 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 530 Adreno 506
RAM 3 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB
Primary Camera 16.0MP 13.0MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features Sony IMX298 sensor, F/2.0 Aperture, Phase Detection Auto Focus, 4-axis Optical Image Stabilization, 6-Piece Lens, Sapphire Glass Lens Cover, Two-tone Flash, DTI Image Enhancement, 32s Manual Exposure, Qualcomm 2nd-gen Spectra ISP, Low light Enhancement, HDR Adjustments, Panorama, Auto HDR, Burst Mode, Face Recognition F/2.0 Aperture, BSI Sensor, 1.12um Pixel Size, 5P Lens, Phase Detection Autofocus, Dual-LED (dual tone) Flash, Geo-tagging, Face Detection, Smile Detection, HDR, Panorama
Secondary Camera 4.0MP 5.0MP
Secondary Camera Features 2um Pixel Size, F/2.0 Aperture, 80-degree Wide-angle Lens, Beautify with 36 Smart Beauty Profiles, Large 2-Micron Pixels, Mi Video Call with real-time Beautify, Selfie Countdown, Face Recognition F/2.0 Aperture, Smart Pro Beautify, Face Recognition, Full HD Video Recording
Internal Memory 32 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 128 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.25 mm 8.4 mm
Weight 129 gm 165 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 4100 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes, Quick Charge 3.0
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Fast Battery Charging (Quick Charge 3.0); Curved 3D Ceramic glass; NFC; Noise Filtration WiFi Display; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Excellent build quality
  • Beautiful, premium, stunning design with a curved backing - this phone is a looker
  • Rounded rear makes it comfortable to hold
  • Compact and light-weight - fits snugly in your pocket
  • Good fingerprint scanner
  • Excellent display with good brightness levels, high contrast, and outdoor readability
  • MIUI is one of the better, and neater Android UIs around and has useful customization options
  • Excellent performance with top-of-the-line hardware, that stands up against the very best, including the Galaxy S7 which is at a much higher price point
  • Very good camera performance with instant focus, fast shutter speed, better than expected low-light performance, plenty of resolved detail, high dynamic range, and excellent colors and contrast
  • Excellent audio quality
  • Very good battery life, with fast charging support
  • High-end, premium metal design, and excellent build quality - befitting a much more expensive phone
  • Fast fingerprint reader
  • Impressive, bright display, with great color accuracy
  • MIUI on top of Android works great, runs fast, and has excellent theming and customization options, making it easy to find the look you want
  • Powerful Spandragon 625 chipset ensures smooth, effortless performance all throughout
  • Pretty decent camera - although it tends to produce photos a little bit on the soft side - but overall it's good, and a significant improvement over the Redmi Note 3
  • Good loudspeaker
  • Top-notch battery life - again, improved even over the already very good Redmi Note 3 - even with heavy usage, you can get close to two full days out of it
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Video recording quality is underwhelming
  • Audio quality via headphones is average
  • Doesn't use the new USB-C standard
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