Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 short review

After the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus was released, the excitement in the steadily growing Xiaomi fan community was great: Did the manufacturer bury the very popular Redmi note series with the Redmi 5 Plus? Is the Redmi 5 Plus now the new Xiaomi Redmi Note 5? We immediately said that this is very unlikely, as the Chinese technology giant is well aware of the popularity of its Redmi Note smartphones. Now our assumption has come true and the Xiaomi Redmi grade 5 is approaching. We’ve collected the latest leaks and summarized them for you, which is probably what we’re expecting in the new Xiaomi Redmi Note 5.

Versions, Leaks and Release Date

It is very likely that the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 will be achieved. The manufacturer advertises the launch event on mi. com/in, the Indian website under the slogan #GiveMe5. The release date is announced with a Coutdown and reveals that the new Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 will be released on 14.02 2018 at 19:30 (Central European/German time). Anyone who has speculated that the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 will see the light of day for the first time athe Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (26 February – 1 March) is mistaken. In the best case, however, the Redmi Note 5 Global is presented there – but this is pure speculation.

Design

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From the design point of view, a mobile phone awaits us, which will be at least visually very similar to the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus. It will probably also get the Redmi Note 5 Plus a modern 18:9 display with 6 inch, which will undoubtedly make the mobile phone a very large smartphone. In order to keep the note 5 as compact as possible, the margins are reduced to a minimum. This worked well with the Redmi 5 Plus, which measures 158.5 x 75.45 x 8.05 mm and is only slightly larger than the Redmi Note 4, the weight should be around 180g. On some of the Leak photos that are circulating on the Internet, you can see the Redmi Note 5 with an edgeless display that has almost no edges around the display. However, we suspect that these pictures are a bit exaggerated.

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The housing of the smartphone will still be made of metal and plastic caps on the back to increase reception. Nevertheless, there is a surprise here: On the back of the camera there is a dual camera, which, apart from the large display, is the biggest innovation of the Redmi Note 4. In addition, there is of course the obligatory fingerprint sensor, which will still be installed on the back and of course a dual LED flash. Overall, the design is reminiscent of the old Xiaomi Redmi Pro.

Display

The display will provide plenty of room for content, just like a note phone. The most likely size of the display is 6 “or 5.99” minus the rounded corners. It can also be considered certain that the device will appear in 18:9 format with a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels. A classical IPS panel is probably used as the display technology. The Full-HD resolution is also an optimum of sharpness and energy efficiency even with a large mobile phone like the Redmi Note 5 and offers with 402ppi a completely sufficiently high pixel density without individually visible pixels.

As with the Redmi 5 Plus, the touch screen will be able to recognize 10 touch points at the same time. The display glass will be slightly rounded at the sides (2.5D glass) to create a pleasant feeling when operating. Xiaomi will also be installing a scratch-resistant glass again, and the manufacturer has proven for a long time that this property can be achieved without the brand name “Corning Gorilla Glas”.

Performance and Operating System

Which processor will be installed in the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 was already the reason for numerous speculations. The fact is that Redmi Note 5 can only be used as an upgrade to the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus and therefore needs a faster processor. A new entry of Xiaomi in China’s China Compulsory Certificate (CCC) product safety certification database now reveals that the manufacturer has registered two smartphones with a 5.99-inch display and Snapdragon 636 and Snapdragon 630 CPU. We regard this as a very reliable indication that these processors will be built into the different models of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5. The Snapdragon 636 is located in Qualcomm’s product portfolio as a slower-clocked version of the Snapdragon 660, with which the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is located below the Xiaomi Mi Note 3 in terms of performance. This makes sense because a Snapdragon 660, which was also suspected as a potential CPU of Redmi Note 5, would move the smartphone too close to the Mi Note 3 in terms of performance, which would not be in the sense of Xiaomi’s product hierarchy.

Snapdragon 636 CPU

The Snapdragon 636 is a brand-new chip from market leader Qualcomm, which is in the upper mid-range range in terms of performance. It promises up to 40% more power than the Snapdragon 630. It works with 8 cryo? 260 cores, each with 1.8 GHz computing power. The chip also has the new Adreno 509 GPU on board, which also offers about 10% more power than the Snapdragon 630’s Adreno 508 GPU. The chip is manufactured using the 14-nanometer process and delivers phenomenal energy efficiency, which should provide the necessary endurance for the battery life of the Redmi Note 5. As far as the built-in memory is concerned, there will probably be several versions again. Probably a version with 4 GB RAM and 64GB memory as well as another version with 3 GB RAM and 32GB memory. Furthermore, it would not be unlikely if Xiaomi would include a low-budget version with 2/16GB, which may have the slower Snapdragon 630 processor. In any case, it is clear that the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 with a MIUI system of version 9 will be launched on the market. There may even be an Android 8 base for the system. However, since MIUI is an extremely heavily modified system, the Android base is not too important anyway.

Camera

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It can be considered relatively safe that the new Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 will have a dual camera. A 16 megapixel sensor with a further 5 megapixel sensor is to be used. As is typical for Xiaomi, the second sensor will also be a color sensor. Due to the low megapixel number of the second sensor, there will probably be no double zoom function, but only the popular portrait mode. In our opinion, however, this is not a bad thing, as the highlight of Xiaomi’s dual camera smartphones is still the protriatic shots. Actually, no other manufacturer apart from Samsung and Apple manages to deliver so well here. In this respect, we are particularly excited about the dual camera.

Connectivity

About the area of connectivity is still little known. Probably the first version of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 will not be designed for use in Europe. Therefore you will probably have to live with limited LTE reception without band 20. However, it is highly probable that there will be a global version of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 later on, which will have all the important LTE frequencies in Germany. This is very plausible, especially in view of the manufacturer’s continuing expansion into Europe. A highlight of course would be, if the Xiaomi Redmi Grade 5 Global would be presented at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Otherwise, the phone will probably have the typical connection standards of its price range. Dual-band WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2 are very likely. Of course, the smartphone will have the dual SIM function again. It is to be hoped that the memory can also be extended by a MicroSD. A headphone connection will hopefully be installed as well. In the network it is further stated that the Redmi Note 5 will continue to have a classic MicroUSB connection and therefore does not yet have the new USB Type C standard.

Battery life

The great battery life has always been a feature of the Xiaomi Redmi Note models. This will probably be the same with Redmi grade 5. The battery will presumably cover between 3800 and 4100 mAh and will achieve optimum values in conjunction with the economical CPU. At the same time, it is to be hoped that a Qualcomm Quick-Charge standard will finally find its way into the Redmi Note 5. The Snapdragon 636 even supports the new Quick Charge 4.0.

Price

For the price of the new Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, there is still no reliable information available. On the Internet it is partly reported that the mobile phone for converted 193€ is to appear on the market. Probably this price refers to the most expensive version with 4/64GB. Even if this information is anything but certain, we still consider it likely. Xiaomi is known to market its smartphones at an aggressively low price and the 190€ seems realistic to us here. Please note that the Redmi Note 5 will be a bit more expensive as an import smartphone. We assume a surcharge of about 30€ for the well-known online shops.

Summary

If you look at all the leaks that now exist for the Xiaomi Redmi Grade 5, it seems very plausible that a mobile phone will appear in a similar way to the one described above. Of course, in retrospect, everything could disintegrate as a big fake and Xiaomi only introduces the Redmi 5 Plus in India under the name Redmi Note 5. However, this is unlikely given the registration of two 5.99-inch and Snapdragon 630/636 phones. One thing is certain, however, that the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 will once again have a tremendous impact on the market. Last year the Xiaomi Redmi Grade 4 set the bar for mobile phones in the price range below 200€ and if you're honest, no other manufacturer has managed to produce a better mobile phone at this price. We are curious to see if the Xiaomi Redmi Grade 5 will raise the bar even higher.
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