When the smartphone arm of Xiaomi was still in its early stages, the OEM had its market only in the Chinese market. Interestingly, not the same can be said today. The OEM have paved way for itself not only in its native Chinese market, but in large and saturated neighboring countries like India and even trickled its way up the ladder of acceptance and popularity of other continent.
2017 saw the OEM released stunning devices like the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, Xiaomi MI 6, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 among others. 2018 is still in the first quarter and Xiaomi, just like many other smartphone makers, isn’t wasting time to unveil what they have in the bags for customers for the year.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is the latest cat off Xiaomi’s 2018 bag and we shall be highlighting some major specs of the Redmi Note 4 upgrade.
On the subject of design and construction, you might have a hard time differentiating this device from its predecessor, the Redmi Note 4. Why? Both devices come in the same design, particularly on the rear; where the camera arrangement, position of the fingerprint sensor, and LED are the same. However, Xiaomi have made some modifications to different the Mi Note 5 from the Note 4.
First, the device comes in the trending 18:9 aspect ratio which leaves the Mi Note 5 with a wider 5.99-inch FHD+ display with slimmer bezels than the Mi Note 4. The Mi Note 5 is also slimmer, lengthier and easily operable with one hand – still a result of the 18:9 aspect ratio design. Coming in at 180 grams, the Redmi Note 5 is tidbit heavier (read: 15 grams heavier) the Mi Note 4…and it is negligible, really. heavier (read: 15 grams heavier) the Mi Note 4…and it is negligible, really. You probably won’t notice the weigh difference when you hold the two devices.
Overall, save for the 18:9 aspect ratio design, there really isn’t any significantly exciting about the design of the device. Again, this is negligible.
Moving to the internal (hardware and software) parameters of the Mi Note 5, you would expect to be blown away, yeah? Well, I guess you will. Xiaomi opted for a Qualcomm (not MediaTek) SoC on the Redmi Note 5 and this may be a turn off for lovers and loyalists of phones with MediaTek chips. The chip used on this device is the mid-range Snapdragon 625 SoC which isn’t a go-to SoC for high-end and heavy usage and performance but with 3GB of RAM on board, you would get some gaming and multitasking work done smoothly without glitches. And should you own the 4GB RAM version, you need not worry about the multitasking and device performance.
Storage wise, the 3GB version of the device is accompanied by 32G of internal memory while the 4GB RAM variant has double of that – 64GB. The storage of both variants can be expanded by 128GB via the hybrid slot of the device. In addition to the regular Champagne Gold, Black, Rose Gold, and Gray colours of Xiaomi’s Redmi devices, the Redmi Note 5 comes in a new additional Lake Blue colour.
On the rear, a 12-megapixels sensor capture images and the dual LED flash assists in brightening up images while the 5MP selfie camera has no LED flash. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is powered by a fast charging 4,000mAh non-detachable Lithium polymer battery.
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