After extensive leaks and rumours, Xiaomi’s new smartphone, the Redmi Note 5 has finally arrived in India. The handset which is a rebranded version of the Redmi 5 Plus tags a compelling price starting at Rs 9,999 and it will be available on Flipkart and mi.com as well.
The new Redmi Note 5 series has received an upgrade over its predecessor in terms of display size and screen resolution. The Redmi Note 5 now features a tall 5.99-inch Full HD+ display instead of the 5.5-inch Full HD IPS panel found on the popular Redmi Note 4.
The front camera sports a LED-selfie light for better photography in low light. We spent a few hours with the new Redmi Note 5 smartphone and here’s what we have to say in our initial impressions.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 features a 5.99-inch FHD+ (2160 x 1080 pixels) 18:9 display like its big brother, the Redmi Note 5 Pro. The phone sports a 5MP front facing the camera with LED-selfie light. While these are some of the notable upgrades on the new Redmi smartphone, few innards remain the same as the Note 4.
The Redmi Note 5 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset and runs Android Nougat OS. It comes in two RAM and storage variants – 3GB/32GB and 4GB/64GB. There’s a microSD card support for additional storage.
Xiaomi has shrunk the battery capacity from 4100mAh to 4000mAh and the new Redmi handset still has a micro-USB charging port and not a type-C. In the short span of time spent with the Redmi Note 5, we found the device to be a decent performer.