Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and Note 5 Pro: everything you need to know
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Xiaomi has upgraded its Redmi Note line-up with two new smartphones—Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro. The former will be available at Rs9,999 (3GB plus 32GB) and Rs11,999 (4GB plus 64GB), while the latter is priced at Rs13,999 (4GB plus 64GB) and Rs16,999 (6GB plus 64GB).
Successor to the popular Redmi Note 4, which was launched last year at a starting price of Rs10,999, and was one of the highest selling smartphones in India, the Redmi Note 5 and Note 5 Pro will be available in four colours—black, gold, rose gold and lake blue at Flipkart.com and Mi.com from 22 February 2018 at 12 noon. Here are the key features of the two phones.
■The Redmi Note 5 and Note 5 Pro belong to the new generation of big-screen smartphones which come with thinner bezels and do not look or feel very big in the hands. Both come with a 5.99-inch screen, yet look as big as the Redmi Note 4.
■The 5.99-inch screen offers more room for games, movies, reading and typing without having to scroll too much. It packs a resolution of 2,160x1,080p and a wider than usual aspect ratio of 18:9. This gives the screen a more immersive look than the predecessor, which offers a resolution of 1,920x1080p on a 5.5-inch screen.
■Both smartphones come with metal back design and back-facing fingerprint sensor. The side panel carries a hybrid SIM tray, which restricts users from taking advantage of the SIM card and microSD card simultaneously.
■Despite their slim 8.5mm thick form factor, both smartphones pack in a 4,000mAh battery. Xiaomi has used a dual layer graphite sheet to keep the device cool while playing games and using the camera app.
■ The new Redmi smartphones won’t be offering Android Oreo out of box. Both run Android 7.1 with MIUI 9 on top. While the fundamental layout of the interface is the same as that of the predecessor, the app icons look smaller and more symmetrical due to the bigger screen size. Also, due to the thinner bezels, the navigation keys have been integrated within the interface and not on the lower bezel.
■What differentiates the Redmi Note 5 from the Redmi Note 5 Pro is the performance and camera hardware. The former runs on the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor and a single 12-megapixel camera, while the latter runs on a more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 octa-core processor, pairs it with up to 6GB RAM and offers dual 12 plus 5-megapixel cameras powered by Sony sensors and a bunch of AI tools to enhance the picture quality in low light.