MI NOTE 5
MI Note series is our value for money smartpjone. As a rule of thumb the phone have offered exceptional performance in their class and are usually paired with an above average display and camera.
These phones were not marvels of engineering, but they represented an incredible value in a market where the lower segment was just about compromises on all fronts.
In 2018, this is no longer true. Heavy-hitters like Huawei have realised the importance of the budget and mid range.
Build and Design: 8/10
Dual-cameras and tall displays. While the Note 5 misses out on the former, it has ably adopted the latter.
The phone is tall, with a 5.99-inch 18:9 display, and has a well-made metal body. There are no rough edges and the fit and finish are impeccable.
The rear camera and fingerprint sensor are aligned to the centre of the rear of the device. A dual-tone LED flash sits between them.
mi manages to pack in some great hardware at a reasonable price point. Your money gets you a Snapdragon 625-powered device with 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage, a 5.99-inch 18:9 LCD display with an FHD+ resolution (2160×1080), a 12 MP f/2.2 rear camera, a 5 MP f/2.0 front camera and finally, a 4,000 mAh battery.
Xiaomi’s MIUI is iOS inspired. You’re not going to see sweeping changes with each iteration, but present is constantly being tweaked and improved upon. It’s among the better skins for Android, but given that MIUI 9.2 is still based on Android 7 Nougat
The Snapdragon 625, while almost two years old now, still sets the bar in this price segment.
The only stand-out feature of the Redmi Note 5’s display is that it is tall. Colours are decent and the FHD+ resolution on a 5.99-inch display is good enough for sharp images and text.
Given the hardware, the performance is virtually unchanged from that of its predecessor. The phone feels fast and is quick to respond to input. The animations were also always fluid in synthetic benchmarks, the phone was faster than similarly-priced phones.
Xiaomi’s gone for a bog-standard camera layout on the Note 5. There is not any oversized front sensors, large apertures or dual-cameras to be found 12 MP f/2.2 rear camera and a 5 MP f/2.0 front camera.
Battery Life: 8/10
The Snapdragon 625 powering this phone is an inherently efficient chip. My daily usage, which consists of dozens of mails, over a hundred messages, a few dozen calls and at least a couple of hours of video sees the phone lasting me a day and a half or more.
The Redmi Note 5 ticks all the right boxes and offers a great package at a great price. For the very first time in years, Xiaomi has competition breathing down its neck. The Redmi Note 5 is no longer the budget king. That honor, punnily enough, goes to the Honor 9 Lite.
|Screen Type||FHD+ Capacitive Touchscreen|
|Screen Size||5.99 Inches|
|Screen Resolution||2160 X 1080|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass|
|Internal Memory||64GB, 4GB RAM|
|Features||Dual LED Flash, PDAF, Low Light Enhancement, HDR, Panorama, Burst Mode, Face Recognition|
|Front Facing Camera||5MP|
|OS||Android 7.1 (Nougat)|
|Dual Sim Support||Yes|
|Messaging||SMS, MMS, Email|
|GPS||Yes, With A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou|
|Available Colours||Black, Gold, Lake Blue, Rose Gold|
|2G||GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz|
|3G||WCDMA 2100 MHz|
|Dimensions||75.45 X 8.05 X 158.5 Mm|