Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (3GB RAM, 32GB)  +1 variation

price₹ 10,499 onwards

launchFeb, 2018

31.6

excellence score

79.7

value for money score

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Design

  • Nice design (although it's largely recycled from the Redmi Note 4) - with a polished and minimalist feel - and good build quality
  • Good, fast fingerprint sensor
  • Recycled design - continues the same design language as the Redmi Note 4

Display

  • One of the major improvements over its predecessor is the modern bright, tall, 5.99-inch Full HD+ 18:9 display, with minimal bezels - bringing the Redmi Note series on par with the current display trend
  • Apart from the form factor of the display, it is otherwise pretty good too - in terms of brightness levels, sunlight legibility, customisable color modes, and a nifty reading mode (that puts a monochrome tint over the display much like an e-ink panel)

Software

  • The MIUI interface over Android is snappy, minimalistic and packed with nifty features - the MIUI 9 brings in a bunch of optimisations including the newer F2FS file storage format, real-time defragmentation and dynamic resource allocation, among other things - the nifty ‘Quick Ball’ offers another way to navigate the phone while ‘Dual Instance’ allows two accounts of the same app to run on the phone
  • MIUI is one of the better Android UIs but there is still some unnecessary bloat - for instance, there are also two apps for the same thing — Music, Gallery, Browser, etc. which takes up precious storage and cannot be deleted

Performance

  • Good speed/performance, based on the same hardware as the Redmi Note 4 - feels snappy to use - apps don’t take much time to load and games run just fine with minimal stutters

Camera

  • The other (small) improvement over its predecessor is in terms of a slightly better camera - the combination of the larger pixel size and lower aperture allows more light to fit into individual pixels with lesser spillage - the results are slightly better detail reproduction, improved dynamic range and deeper contrasts - the camera on the Redmi Note 5 is also high on contrasts, and this helps with indoor shots too
  • The camera app also has a good bunch of filters
  • Overall, the rear camera is pretty good (though not the absolute best in this price bracket)
  • Decent selfie camera too

Battery

  • Also continues the stellar battery life performance of its predecessor, with the same 4, 000mAh battery - the battery life lasts way over a day and then some - if you need a phone that lasts really long, this is without a doubt the phone to get
  • Decent (though not exceptional) charging speed - takes about 2 hours to charge fully

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  • On the whole, the Redmi Note 5 is a solid upgrade over its super popular predecessor - if there’s any company that knows how to strike a balance between performance, imaging and battery life, it has to be Xiaomi and the Redmi Note 5 is one of the best example of the fact
  • When pitched against the competition, the phone wins particularly in terms of battery life and the display quality - the camera quality is also good, although it may not be at par with what the Honor 7X or the Moto G5 Plus has, but it’s enough to get appreciated on social media, and that’s mostly what people want
  • Overall, if you're looking for a no-nonsense device that offers the right mix of battery life and performance, you can't go wrong with the Redmi Note 5
  • Still continues with the old micro-USB port instead of a USB-Type C which is quickly becoming the modern standard
  • Unlike when the Redmi Note 4 was launched, there are now other phones in this price bracket that can offer pretty solid competition to the Redmi Note 5 - the likes of Honor 9 Lite for instance - it comes with a similar 18:9 display, front and back glass design, dual cameras at the front and back that let you add DLSR-like bokeh effects to your selfies, and ships with Android Oreo out-of-the-box

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  1. Redmi Note 5 takes a solid foundation and improves on it, giving Xiaomi another good all-rounder
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  2. If there’s any company that knows how to strike a balance between performance, imaging and battery life, it has to be Xiaomi and the Redmi Note 5 is one of the best example of the fact
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  3. Overall, if you’ve been using the Note 3, then the upgrade to the Note 5 will be completely worth it
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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (3GB RAM, 32GB) Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size5.99 inches
Screen Resolution1080x2160 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
Display Features
  • 2.5D Curved Glass
  • FullView Display
  • Sunlight display
  • Night display
  • Reading mode
  • Color temperature adjustment
  • Standard mode
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Sensors
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Gyroscope
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Hall Sensor
Fingerprint sensorYes
Processor/RAM
Processor1.8 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 625Ranked #36 in Mobile Procesor Benchmarks
GPUAdreno 506
RAM3 GB
Memory
Internal Memory32 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 256 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity4000 mAh
Battery Standby408 hrs
Other Battery Parameters
  • Music Playback Time: 165 hrs
  • Video Playback Time: 15 hrs
  • Gaming Time: 9 hours
Dimensions
Weight180 gm
Thickness8.05 mm
Camera
Primary Camera12.0MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (4K)
Other Camera Features
  • F/2.2 Aperture
  • 1.25 um Pixel Size
  • 5P Lens
  • Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF)
  • Low light enhancement
  • HDR
  • Panorama
  • Burst mode
  • Face recognition
Secondary Camera5.0MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • LED Flash
  • Beautify 3.0
  • Selfie countdown
  • Face recognition
  • Full HD Video Recording
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB
USB On-The-GoYes
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou
CompassYes
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App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Noise FiltrationYes
FM RadioYes

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