Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 FAQ, Doubts, Pros and Cons

Xiaomi has launched their latest smartphone, the Redmi Note 5 which is the successor to their popular Redmi Note 4 launched in January last year. The Redmi Note 5 has some minor upgrades when compared to its predecessor in terms of Processor, RAM etc but comes with major changes in terms of hardware like 18:9 aspect ratio display with minimal bezels which has become a must have feature in today’s phones. Xiaomi has also launched a higher end variant of the device – Redmi Note 5 Pro which comes with Dual Rear camera set up (similar to iPhone X) and 20MP front facing camera.

Xiaomi has launched the Redmi Note 5 in India in two variants – 3GB RAM and 32GB storage at Rs. 9,999 while the 4GB RAM with 64GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 11,999. Both the devices will be available on Flipkart.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

Specifications of Xiaomi Redmi Note 5:

Display: 5.99-inch FHD+ 18:9 display having 403ppi pixel density with a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels

Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 2.0GHz with Adreno 506 GPU

RAM and Storage: 3GB RAM + 32GB storage and 4GB RAM + 64GB storage

Camera: 12MP rear camera with 1.25um pixel size with LED flash and a 5MP front facing camera with LED selfie light

OS: Android N OS with MIUI 9

Connectivity: 4G VoLTE, WiFi, GPS, Fingerprint sensor, 2 hybrid SIM cards.

Battery: 4000mAh


How is the Display in Xiaomi Redmi Note 5?

It comes with a 5.99-inch Full HD IPS Display with 2.5D curved glass IPS LCD display. The device comes with a screen resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels and features an 18:9 aspect ratio which means it offers a full-screen display with minimum bezels on each side.

Does Redmi Note 5 come with Adaptive or Auto brightness option?

Yes, it comes with adaptive or Auto brightness option which is useful if you are person who moves around a lot.

How is the build quality of Xiaomi Redmi Note 5?

It comes with a metal unibody design and with the slightly rounded edges on the back panel it is easy to hold but slippery at the same time. The build quality is a sure improvement when compared to its predecessor and the feel of the feel is premium as well.

Are the Navigation keys backlit and located below the display?

No, the navigation keys are backlit and present On the bottom of the display because of the 18:9 aspect ratio and minimal bezels.

Can you play 2K or 4K videos on Xiaomi Redmi Note 5?

No, you can only play Full HD videos or videos up to resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels.

Does the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 have a Dual SIM slot and does it support microSD card?

Yes, it comes with a hybrid dual SIM slot. 1st SIM is a Micro SIM and the 2nd SIM is the hybrid one supporting a Nano SIM or microSD card. Redmi Note 5 supports microSD card expansion up to 128GB.

Does the Redmi Note 5 come with a 3.5mm headphone jack?

Yes, it comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack on the top of the device.

What are the Sensors present in Redmi Note 5?

It comes with Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, Light sensor, Compass and Fingerprint sensor.

What is the processor and how is its performance?

It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC clocked at 2.0GHz with Adreno 506 GPU.

How is the Rear camera performance in Xiaomi Redmi Note 5?

12MP primary camera with f/2.2 aperture, PDAF, LED flash for improved focusing and low-light performance. The rear camera also has features like HDR and panorama. The camera can record videos at 1080p @30fps.

How is the Front camera in Xiaomi Redmi Note 5?

It sports a 5MP camera. The front camera also comes with an LED flash and Beautify 3.0. It can also record 1080p video at 30fps.

Does Redmi Note 5 support HDR mode and capture 4K videos?

Yes,  it supports HDR mode but it does not capture 4K videos.

What is the OS and when will Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 get Android Nougat OS update?

It comes with Android 7 Nougat based MIUI 9 out of the box.

What are the RAM and Storage options in Xiaomi Remdi Note 5?

It comes in three options based on RAM and Storage – 3GB / 32GB and 4GB / 64GB

How is the gaming performance and does the Redmi Note 5 heat up?

Gameplay in most games was impressive without any frame drops or visible lag, the battery also supported long gaming sessions pretty well and the heating issue was not much of a problem as it got just warm which was acceptable with a metal body smartphone.

What is the battery capacity and does Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 support Fast Charging?

It comes with a 4000mAh battery and is said to give similar battery life as the Redmi Note 4. Yes.

Does it Supports 4G VoLTE?

Yes, it supports 4G VoLTE

What is the pricing of Xiaomi Redmi Note 5?

It comes in three options based on RAM and Storage – 3GB / 32GB for Rs. 9,999, 4GB / 64GB – Rs. 11,999.

What are the competitors to Xiaomi Redmi Note 5?

There is some heavy competition in the market for the Redmi Note 4 with the likes of Honor 9 Lite, Honor 7X priced in a similar price bracket and having an upper hand in the camera aspect sporting Dual Rear camera lenses.

Does the Redmi Note 5 support NFC Connectivity and USB OTG?

Yes, it supports both USB OTG and NFC Connectivity.

What are the color options available in Xiaomi Redmi Note 5?

It is available in Black, Gold, Rose Gold and Blue colors.

Where can be Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 be purchased?

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 can be purchased on Flipkart starting from February 14th and will be available Offline as well from Mi Home Stores.

Pros of Redmi Note 5:

  • 18:9 Aspect Ratio Display with FHD+ resolution
  • Metal Unibody design
  • 4,000mAh battery

Cons of Redmi Note 5:

  • Same Processor as the Redmi Note 4
  • Android 7.1 Nougat OS
  • Camera not much improved in comparison to competition

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