Xiaomi is playing it safe with the Redmi Note 5, but there are a few upgrades to be excited about.
At a media event in New Delhi, Xiaomi introduced the Redmi Note 5 for the Indian market. The phone is a re-branded version of the Redmi 5 Plus, which made its debut in China last December.
The Redmi Note 5 shares the same internal hardware as its predecessor, including a Snapdragon 625 chipset, and 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage. The biggest change is the 18:9 display, which has a resolution of 2160×1080. Xiaomi also introduced a 12MP camera at the back with larger 1.25um pixel size, and while the phone has the same 5MP front shooter as last year, it is now accompanied by an LED flash.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 specs
MIUI 9.2 based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat
5.99-inch 18:9 FHD+ (2160×1080) IPS LCD panel403ppi pixel density450nits maximum brightness
Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Eight Cortex A53 cores at 2.0GHz 14nm
Adreno 506 with Vulkan API, OpenCL 2.0, and OpenGL ES 3.1 650MHz
32GB/64GB microSD slot up to 128GB
12MP with 1.25um pixel size and f/2.2 lensPDAF, LED flash 1080p video recording
5MP with LED Selfie light1080p video recordingBeautify 3.0
LTE with VoLTEWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, GLONASS Micro-USB, 3.5mm audio jack, IR blaster
LTE: 1/3/5/40/41GSM: 2/3/5/8WCDMA: 1/2/5/8
4000mAh battery Fast charging (5V/2A)
Rear fingerprint sensor
Gold, Rose Gold, Blue, Black
As the internal hardware is identical to what we saw last year with the Redmi Note 4, Xiaomi is launching the Redmi Note 5 at the same price point. That means the variant with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage will retail for just ₹9,999, and the model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage set to cost ₹11,999 in the country.
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