The much talked about Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 was unveiled in March 2018 in China. It turned out that the Redmi Note 5 is the same as the Redmi Note 5 Pro launched in India with an exception in the Note 5 comes which has a touched up camera and a few software tweaks. And yes, the China Redmi Note 5 is the global version as it comes with global bands.
The Redmi Note 5 has aluminum unibody with an AI-driven dual rear camera arrangement at the top left corner which can be find on the rear side of the smartphones. The camera is in a vertical position with the LED flash sitting between both rear shooters. The smartphone AI Dual Camera sports a12MP primary sensor that has a pixel size of 1.4micron and f/1.9 aperture along with a 5MP secondary depth of field sensor. It is equipped with features like dual autofocus, EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization), HDR, Burst Mode and Panorama. The dual rear cameras can also capture amazing AI driven portrait shots by naturally blurring the background. Apart from shooting full HD videos, it can also record 720p slow-motion videos.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is embedded with a 5.99-inch FHD+ display packing a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels. A 2.5D curved glass to provide some bit of protection and aesthetics for the screen. The front panel of the Redmi Note 5 includes a soft LED flash-enabled 13MP selfie camera that carries support for AI portrait mode. This is quite different from the Redmi Note 5 Pro’s 20MP selfie shooter. The inclusion of pre-HDR allows it to intelligently detect the background light to capture amazing selfie shots in dim-light conditions by accordingly configuring the front LED flash. The front-facing camera can also capture full HD videos.
The Redmi Note 5 was the first Snapdragon 636-powered smartphone to launch in China. It uses an octa-core architecture and is based on a 14nm process node. Thanks to them, the SND636 scores over 117K at AnTuTu. Thus the performance is stable, smooth, and fast. The SoC is also paired with a 3/4/6GB LPDDR4X RAM and a 32/64GB of native storage. Under the hood is a 4000mAh. Of course, it comes with MIUI9 based on Android 8.1 out of the box.