Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera features dual-VoLTE, Android 8.1 Oreo, Quick Charge 3.0 and better camera than Redmi Note 5 Pro


After unveiling the Redmi 5 and the Redmi 5 Plus smartphones in China last year, Xiaomi released the Redmi 5 Plus as the Redmi Note 5 (review) in India. In addition, the company also unveiled the Redmi Note 5 Pro (review) in the country. Today, the company has announced yet another variant of the phone named Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera in China.

Basically, the new Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera is a beefed up variant of the Redmi Note 5 Pro, and it brings a few important improvements, including dual 4G LTE and VoLTE support, Android 8.1 Oreo, and Quick charge 3.0 support. Let’s check what else this new phone has to offers and how is it different than the Redmi Note 5 Pro.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera: Features, Specifications

The Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera uses the same 5.99-inch IPS LCD screen as that of the Redmi Note 5 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro. The screen has Full HD+ resolution (2160×1080 pixels), 18:9 display, and Corning Gorilla Glass protection. It has a peak brightness of 450 nits, 1500:1 contrast ratio, and 84% NTSC colour gamut coverage. The phone has a metal design, and it features a rear-mounted fingerprint reader.

The Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset, which uses 1.8GHz octa-core CPU and Adreno 509 GPU. The phone comes three memory variants:

  1. 3GB RAM + 32GB eMMC 5.0 storage
  2. 4GB RAM + 64GB eMMC 5.0 storage
  3. 6GB RAM + 64GB eMMC 5.0 storage

All three variants of the phone support storage expansion through a microSD card slot (compatible up to 256GB microSD cards). Interestingly, the Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera runs Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box compared to Android 7.1 Nougat that comes pre-installed with the Redmi Note 5 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro in India.

The imaging capabilities of the phone have been given a boost as well. The phone features a dual-camera setup, consisting of a 12MP primary sensor with ƒ/1.9 aperture, 1.4μm pixels, dual-pixel phase-detection autofocus (DP-PDAF), and a 5MP secondary sensor. In comparison, the Redmi Note 5 Pro which is available in India features a 12MP+5MP dual-camera setup with ƒ/2.2 aperture and phase-detection autofocus.

At the front, the phone uses a 13MP front-facing camera with front-facing LED soft flash compared to the 20MP sensor with soft LED flash used in the Redmi Note 5 Pro in India. Since the terms AI has been used in the phone’s name, the camera is claimed to feature artificial intelligence (AI) features so that it can recognise scenes automatically and apply the best possible settings for excellent images. The phone can also click images with background blur using the selfie camera.

Connectivity-wise, the Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera features support for dual-4G VoLTE, which means that you can use 4G LTE networks using both the SIM card slots, something that’s missing from the Redmi Note 5 Pro in India. There’s dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, GLONASS, microUSB port, and a 3.5mm audio port. The phone comes packed with a 4000mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera: Price, Availability

The Redmi Note 5 AI comes in Black, Blue, Gold and Rose Gold colour options. The entry-level variant of the phone which comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage is priced at CNY 1,099 (Rs. 11,270). The mid-tier variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage costs CNY 1,399 (Rs. 14,345). The priciest variant of the Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera which is equipped with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage will be sold for CNY 1,699 (Rs. 17,420).

All the variants will go on sale in China from March 20, 2018. Whether or not the phone will be released in India remains to be seen, but we have a gut feeling that it won’t be launched in India.