Redmi Note 5: Can the new smartphone repeat the magic of the Redmi Note 4?

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

Rumours of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 are picking up heat – after image leaks from unknown sources to listings on Chinese telecom sites, buzz about the upcoming Xiaomi smartphone is really picking up online. We shared a new image earlier of a phone that is most likely the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 – the picture that was shared by Redmi’s Weibo account indicated a full-view screen that closely resembles the leaked images of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5.

Redmi Note 5: Follow up to the Note 4

The Redmi Note 5 will be the successor to the extremely popular Redmi Note 4. Since the Redmi Note 4 was the number one selling smartphone in 50 cities of India, Xiaomi will be looking to repeat its success. The Note 4 was popular for a host of reasons – it had a very appealing price tag, it had features that were normally available only on mobile phones that were much more expensive, it had great build quality, and it had respectable specs. So let’s take a closer look at the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4.

Redmi Note 5 Vs. Redmi Note 4: Can it win?

Announced in January this year, the Redmi Note 4 has a 5.5-inch IPS LCD capacitive display, with a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels and a screen density of 401 ppi. The phone comes in 3 versions – a 2GB 32GB variant, a 3GB 32GB variant, and a 4GB 64GB variant. Handling all the processing is a Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor, paired with an Adreno 506 GPU to run the graphics. The phone offers a hybrid dual-SIM port, but if you skip the second SIM card, you can push the memory up to 256GB. The phone first came with Android Marshmallow, but can currently be upgraded to Nougat. We wouldn’t recommend waiting for an Oreo update – it’s extremely unlikely.

The Redmi Note 5 announcement is being eagerly awaited as rumours about the new phone started doing the rounds a few weeks ago. First came a listing on JD.com followed by leaks from various sources. While the website listing didn’t show a picture of the phone, a Weibo user shared a picture showing the phone’s specs. Putting together the various news gives us a fairly accurate idea of the phone – but Xiaomi is yet to confirm the phone, officially. But here is what we know so far.

Redmi Note 5: Specs and Performance

Word of the new phone started with a listing on TENAA (an agency which is China’s telecommunication authority), which indicated two models – code-named MEE7 and MET7. Soon after, the specs were available – the phone would be a bezel-less phone with an 18:9 display ratio. The phone will most likely have 4GB or even 3GB RAM and will be powered by the Snapdragon 625 octa-core SoC. The model in the leaked pictures had an onboard storage of 64GB, but we can safely assume there will be a slot for expandable memory.

The display is 5.99-inches (why not just call it a 6-inch screen?) and has a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels. The battery is an impressive 4000 mAh, and the phone runs on MIUI version 9.7.9.26, which is the equivalent of Android 7.1.2 Nougat (Xiaomi recently rolled out MIUI 9 for a host of devices, which included the Redmi Note 4). The device has a 12MP single camera setup on the back and a fingerprint reader just below it. The news will be disappointing for Xiaomi fans who were hoping for a dual-camera setup.

Redmi Note 5: Price in India

While the company is yet to make an official announcement regarding the phone, we are fairly sure the product should be priced as much as the Note 4, more or less. Xiaomi recently announced a ‘Desh Ka Smartphone’ on Twitter, and we’re assuming we won’t see a new phone announcement for a while after. But stay tuned for more news and updates as we wait for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5.



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Pradeep started his career as a tech writer while finishing off his computer science degree from Mumbai University, writing articles for TechTree, RSJ, and Cleartrip. He then branched out to other fields in media like audio and video production, working on some of the top projects in India, in the process. He last worked for Trivone as its Creative Head, where he led the copy, design and video team. With over 12 years of work experience in media, he now manages the video department at MySmartPrice. Catch his tweets at @st_rzx.