Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 with AI dual camera, Android 8.1, 6GB RAM launched

Xiaomi has introduced the Redmi Note 5 smartphone in China today with some distinguished features. The handset which launched in India first comes with AI Dual cameras as the highlighted feature. Most of the specs of the handset are borrowed from its Indian counterpart but there are some key differences.

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Design-wise, the Redmi Note 5 is every bit the same as the Redmi Note 5 Pro. However, instead of micro-USB, the Redmi Note 5 comes with a USB Type-C that supports fast charging. More specifically, the handset supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0.

There has been some confusion on this but Xiaomi (with the help of Yash Garg solved it) and we now know that the device comes with micro USB port and not USB Type-C.


As for the specifications, the Redmi Note 5 features the same display as the Redmi 5 Plus. The processor in the driving seat is the Snapdragon 636 SoC assisted by an Adreno 509 GPU.

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But here are the key differences. The Redmi Note 5 rear camera does have the same sensors as the Indian variant. However, the primary 12MP sensor has a f/1.9 aperture whereas the Indian variant has a f/2.2 aperture. The Chinese version also has Dual PD dual-core speed focus for fast autofocus. The rear camera is packed with EIS, HDR, Burst Mode and Panorama. There’s also support for 720p slow-mo videos.

Another big change is the front camera that is of 13MP. The Indian variant has a 20MP selfie shooter. Both the front and rear shooters support AI Portrait modes.

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Moreover, Chinese netizens get to play with Android 8.1 Oreo all packed with Treble support. Of course, there’s MIUI as well on top of it. Another difference is dual SIM 4G VoLTE which is not in the Indian version.

The Redmi Note 5 has gestures out of the box, the company announced at launch. It has dual SIM support, 3.5mm jack, Bluetooth 5.0, and hybrid microSD slot.

The Redmi Note 5 has three variants. Refer to the below image for price details. It is available in Black, Blue, Gold and Rose Gold colours. The handset goes on sale on March 20 at 10 AM on the official website.

3 GB RAM + 32 GB storage 1,099 Yuan (~$173)

4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage 1,399 Yuan (~221)

6 GB RAM + 64 GB storage 1,699 Yuan (~$268)

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  1. Guest
    March 16, 2018

    Camera sensor is not the same, the indian version is a IMX486 1.25 μm, the new China version is with a sensor with 1.4 μm maybe a imx362 og something like this.

  2. Guest
    March 16, 2018

    Please take my money!

  3. Jay
    March 16, 2018

    That was a very detailed article with all differences laid out! Great work Abdul.

  4. Guest
    March 16, 2018

    lol STILL no type C !

    please die !

  5. Guest
    March 16, 2018

    Does it have LTE Band 20?

  6. Leon Borin
    March 16, 2018

    1. Still no usb C
    2. Fast charger sold separately (only normal adapter in box)

    Okay for this time though

  7. Urban falkman
    March 16, 2018

    To bad it doesn’t come with typ-c.2018 i think you must have it.

  8. Sansa
    March 16, 2018

    Take my money! Hmmm wait… no usb type-c?! Fu**, let me call my bank now!