We finally have Xiaomi’s first launch of 2018 in the highly anticipated Redmi Note 5 series today in India. After doubts and rumours that Xiaomi might not launch the series, the company has not only launched a Redmi Note but also a Pro variant for the first time ever.
Now, we wouldn’t say that we didn’t have our fair share of leaks of the Redmi Note 5.
A day back, a massive leak involving an official render of both Redmi Note 5/Note 5 Pro broke out online. A late night leak also supposedly leaked the price of both the handsets. Apart from the hot-selling series, Xiaomi also launched a smart Mi LED TV 4 (55) in India.
Coming to the launch, Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 5 as well as a Redmi Note 5 Pro. If anything, the Redmi Note 5 Pro is where all the fun is. Xiaomi fans will be a bit disappointed to see the Redmi Note 5 left almost untouched in hardware specs, save for the display.
Redmi Note 5 Pro Specs
The Redmi Note 5 Pro features a metallic unibody design clearly taking design lessons from the Redmi Note 5. Not much has changed there. The hardware is where the differences are. The distinguishing features of the Redmi Note 5 Pro dual cameras, improved selfie snapper, a better processor, and 6 GB of RAM.
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The Redmi Note 5 Pro shares the same display as the Redmi Note 5. Or shall we call it the Redmi 5 Plus? It sports a 5.99-inch Full HD+ display with on-screen navigation buttons. Under the hood, Xiaomi has endowed the handset with a strong Snapdragon 636 SoC.
The handset sports a dual camera setup on the back for the first time. The iPhone X resembling setup consists of a 12MP + 5 MP duo with a f/2.2 and f/2.0 aperture respectively. The front snapper is also a 20 MP Sony IMX376 shooter that has Beautify 4.0 and LED Selfie-light. Redmi Note 5 Pro also promises a Face Unlock feature. However, it doesn’t come out of the box. It will arrive via an OTA update by the end of March 2018.
The battery, however, doesn’t get an upgrade and remains the same 4,000mAh capacity for both the models. Moreover, Xiaomi doesn’t add fast charging with either of the variants nor a USB Type C port even this year. The Redmi Note 5 Pro has a 4 GB/6 GB variant. Both the two models get 64 GB of expandable storage.
Both the Redmi Note 5/ Note 5 Pro are Flipkart exclusives. The Redmi Note 5 Pro starts at Rs 13,999 for the 4 GB variant while the 6 GB variant costs Rs 16,999.
Redmi Note 5 Specs
As for the Redmi Note 5, it possesses the same processor as the Redmi Note 4 and has a 3 GB and a 4 GB variant. It comes with the same display as the Redmi Note 5 Pro and has much less impressive 5 MP selfie shooter. The rear camera continues to be a 12 MP shooter with f/2.2 aperture.
The Redmi Note 5 is priced Rs 9,999 for the 3 GB model while the 4 GB model will cost Rs 11,999. It comes in Gold, Black, Rose Gold, and Lake Blue.