Chinese OEM Xiaomi today announced two new mid-range devices for the Indian market. The Redmi Note 5 is essentially a rebranded Redmi 5 Plus, launched at the end of last year, and the Pro variant has the same 5.99″ display but adds a dual camera module, a slightly more powerful processor, and a 6GB RAM option. Let’s take a look at what each phone has to offer.
Redmi Note 5
Those internals aren’t bad for a mid-range device, especially given the low price. The 3GB/32GB variant starts at INR9,999 while the 4GB/64GB option costs INR11,999. You’ll also get an 18:9 FHD+ screen with rounded corners and generally decent looks, so this could be another great value device from Xiaomi.
A huge battery is another plus for the Redmi Note 5, and it’s good to see the headphone jack still there. There are a few downsides, however, such as Micro USB for charging and the phone will launch with Nougat out of the box. By this point, you would expect Oreo for a new device, even in the mid-range tier.
The Redmi Note 5 will come in 4 different colorways: Black, Gold, Blue and Rose Gold. It will be available from 12 pm on the 2nd of February, exclusively in India.
Redmi Note 5 Pro
The Redmi Note 5 Pro is visually almost identical to its sibling, except for the dual camera module on the rear. It’s the first smartphone to use Qualcomm’s latest mid-range chip, the Snapdragon 636, and other improvements over the standard Note 5 include Bluetooth 5.o and a 20MP front-facing cameras for those all-important selfies.
It has the same large battery, but unfortunately, it also sticks with MicroUSB for charging. The spec bump means a slight price increase, too. The Note 5 Pro starts at INR13,999 for the 4/64GB model and tops out at INR16,999 for the 6/64GB variant. That’s still pretty good value by all accounts.
The same four colors are on offer for the Pro: Black, Gold, Blue and Rose gold. It’s also available starting Feb 22nd, and you’ll be able to buy it directly on the Xiaomi India site.