Article Summary – New Redmi Note 5 Specs, Price, Features, and Details. What’s different Vs the Redmi Note 4 and is it better than the Huawei Honor 9 Lite? Which storage version to buy?

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 – Incredible Budget Phone Arrives

Xiaomi has today launched 2 new phones in the Indian market, the Redmi Note 5 and Note 5 PRO.

While the new Note 5 is the successor to the Redmi Note 4, the PRO variant is significantly different.

The Redmi Note 4 was launched in India back in January 2017, and almost a year later it gets a refresh.

Notably, the Note 4 is top-selling mobile in India in 2017, over 5 million happy users have chosen it over rivals.

A pivotal product that has help Xiaomi win over Samsung in the India market.


Let’s check out the essential details about the new Redmi Note 5.

Price and Availability

For starters, the Redmi Note 5 comes in two variants:

  1. The 32 GB Storage and 3 GB Ram, price Rs. 9,999.
  2. The 64 GB Storage and 4 GB Ram, price Rs. 11,999.

Going by the price, it is similar to the Note 4 and Xiaomi has kept the price rationale for both the versions. You can’t be wrong choosing either of these. In fact, for additional Rs. 2000 you are getting a good upgrade both in terms of Ram and storage.

Also, the device will go on sale on both the and Flipkart starting 22 February (Thursday) @ 12:00 pm (noon) in India.


First things first, the new phone comes with an FHD+ (2160*1080 pixels) bezel-less display, perhaps the most significant upgrade in comparison to its predecessor.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

The bezel-less display is becoming ubiquitous and latest phones will have this essential feature. Notably, most popular budget phones like Infocus Vision 3 and Infinix Hot S4 offer this voguish feature.

Besides, the 5.99 Inch display, comes with 84% NTSC and 450 nits maximum brightness.

Moreover, if you observe the display, it has rounded corners, like the LG G6, which improves display strength and prevents it from breaking easily.

Further, the company says it has Corning Gorilla Glass protection and 2.5D curved glass.


The front side, as we know comes with the 18:9 bezel-free display and is mostly the screen.

The back side looks similar to the older Redmi Note 4 with a familiar camera and fingerprint placement.

The back cover is metallic and looks premium and robust. The phone is available in 4 color choices black, gold, rose gold and refreshing blue color.

At the top, there is IR sensor and 3.5 mm audio jack whereas, the bottom side has a micro-USB port and speaker grill.

Unlike the Mi A1, Xiaomi is not switching to the USB Type C port on the Redmi Note 4.

The phone weighs 180 grams and measures 8.05 mm in thickness.


There are no upgrades to performance, and it comes with the Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor with 1.8 GHz clock speed.
Also, there is Adreno 506 GPU which is fast as well as efficient.

A lot of leaks pointed that Xiaomi may use the Snapdragon 630 in the Note 5, but it still comes with the old SD 625.

Aforementioned, it comes with either 3 GB ram or 4 GB ram.


The Note 5 comes with an improved camera in comparison to the Redmi Note 4.

For photography, it comes with a 12-megapixel single rear shooter with a 1.25μm large pixel, 5-element lens, and ƒ/2.2 aperture.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

Moreover, it comes with the popular Face Unlocking feature like the Oneplus 5T or the Oppo F5.

Post-iPhone X launch, the face unlocking is gaining more traction, and most future phones are bound to use it or even more cutting edge in display fingerprint scanning technology.

For selfies, it comes with a standard 5-megapixel camera with dedicated LED flash and Beautify-mode 4.0.

Battery Life

Xiaomi always focuses on providing adequate battery life and Note 5 is no different as it comes with a hefty 4000 mAH capacity battery.

However, it is 100 mAH lower in comparison to its predecessor but nothing to worry. You can easily use this device with all day without a need for charging.

Additionally, it comes with a 5V/2A charger without fast charging support.

OS and Features

The phone runs on the MIUI 9.2 along with the Android Nougat 7.1.1 and may get the Android Oreo update in the coming months.

Xiaomi in a recent Twitter poll was embarrassed when they asked people which is better between Stock Android and MIUI? In fact, more users want the stock Android experience in comparison to MIUI.


The bad news is it comes with a hybrid sim slot so that you can use 1 sim along with the memory card or 2 sims without the micro-sd card.

Moreover, it has all essential connectivity options like 2G/3G/4G/ VOLTE, WIFI, and Bluetooth 4.2.

Let’s Check the Key Specs Comparison of Redmi Note 5 Vs Redmi Note 4.

Key Specs Xiaomi Redmi  Note 5Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
DesignMetallic BackMetallic Back
Display5.99 Inch FHD+ Bezel-less5.5 Inch FHD Display
ProcessorSnapdragon 625 Octa-CoreSnapdragon 625 Octa-Core
Storage32/ 64GB GB Internal storage32/ 64GB GB Internal storage
OSMIUI 9 and Android Nougat 7.1.2MIUI 9 and Android Nougat 7.1.2
Rear Camera12 MP with f/2.2 aperture13 MP with f/2.0 aperture
Front Camera5 MP5 MP
Battery Capacity4000 mAH4100 mAH
Fast Charging SupportNoNo
Water and dustproofNoNo
IR BlasterYesYes
USB Type C PortNoNo
Bluetoothversion 4.2version 4.2
Fingerprint ScannerAt the backAt the back
Thickness8.05 mm8.3 mm
Weight180 grams175 grams
PriceRs. 9,999, 11,999Rs. 9,999, 11,999


Also, the new Honor 9 lite is an impressive device that is available in the similar price range. Let’s have a quick glance at the specs comparison of Honor 9 Lite Vs the Redmi Note 5.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Vs Huawei Honor 9 Lite
Key Specs Xiaomi Redmi  Note 5Honor 9 Lite 
DesignMetallic BackGlass Back 
Display5.99 Inch FHD+ Bezel-less5.65-inch FHD+ Display
ProcessorSnapdragon 625 Octa-CoreHiSilicon Kirin 659 Octa-Core
Storage32/ 64GB GB Internal storage32/ 64GB GB Internal storage
OSMIUI 9 and Android Nougat 7.1.2Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 8.0
Rear Camera12 MP with f/2.2 aperture13MP + 2MP
Front Camera5 MP13MP + 2MP
Battery Capacity4000 mAH3000 mAH
Fast Charging SupportNoYes
Water and dustproofNoNo
IR BlasterYesYes
USB Type C PortNoNO
Bluetoothversion 4.2version 4.2
Fingerprint ScannerAt the backRear facing
Thickness8.05 mm7.6 mm
Weight180 grams149 grams 
PriceRs. 9,999, 11,999Rs. 11,000 , Rs. 14,999
Redmi Note 5 and Note 5 Pro – 100% Made in India

As per the latest report by ET, Manu Kumar Jain (India Head Xiaomi) says they are going to manufacture the Redmi Note 5 and Note 5 Pro in India. Xiaomi has a manufacturing plant in the SRI City, Andhra Pradesh and company plan to make 100% of these devices there.

Notably, since the company is now the number 1 player in India, it is an excellent time to show solidarity with the ruling government’s “Make in India initiative.”

To understand the truth of Made in India phones can read this post.

Concluding Thoughts: Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Offers Better Display, Camera

The Redmi Note 5 comes with some pros/cons in comparison to the predecessor.
  1. Significantly Better Bezel-less FHD+ 5.99 Inch Display.
  2. Slightly Better Rear Camera.
  3. Face-unlock feature.
  1. No performance upgrade.
  2. No USB type C port.
  3. Same old design.

Xiaomi has added some beneficial upgrades to the Redmi Note 5, and it is undoubtedly, a killer deal for the price.

In fact, it is a no-brainer that it is one of the best devices to buy in this price range.

Noticeably, the Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with significant improvements especially in performance and camera in comparison to the standard version. You can read a detailed article about Redmi Note 5 PRO here.

Hope You liked this article, please share your thoughts about the new Xiaomi phone in the comments.

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