I bought this device almost a year ago and now decided to make Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 review.
What’s good about the device?
- An impressive lifetime of the battery
- Solid quality build
- Overall good performance
- Bright display with 18:9 ratio
What’s that not good about the device?
- Medium quality camera
- Fast charging not present
- Only micro USB, no USB Type-C
The Redmi Note 5 is the new entrant into the market this year. Note 5 is a successor of the best selling smartphone “Redmi note 4” in the budget segment of the year 2017 for Xiomi. Now, the company has launched its successor as the Redmi Note 5 in India.
The Xiaomi has become the best smartphone selling manufacturer in India by outpassing Samsung and other brands in the budget segment market. And now to continue the same the company has launched the Redmi Note 5 in the Indian market which is called as Redmi 5/ Redmi 5 Plus in China.
Redmi Note 5 design and build
Redmi Note 5 comes with an all-metal unibody design with the 18:9 aspect ratio of screen size and has a 5.99 inch of full HD plus display, the design is same as the other budget smartphone from the company.
It features a 12 Mega Pixel primary camera and a 5-megapixel selfie shooter and LED flash for the front-facing as well as the rear cameras. The fingerprint scanner is placed right below the camera module and can be reached easily to unlock the device.
At the top of the device, there is a 3.5 mm audio headphone jack, noise cancellation mic, and IR blaster for controlling the smart devices like ACs or Smart TVs. On the left, there is a hybrid slot for SIM card and external memory card. However, you can choose if you want to use the dual SIM cards on the device or a sim and microSD card slot for memory expansion.
The right side of the device carries the volume rockers and the power key, and the bottom of the device has the speaker, a USB port for data sync and charging the device and a mic. Overall the device looks simple and well designed with the solid build quality.
Performance of Redmi Note 5
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa-core processor is powering the device which is clocked at 2.0ghz and backed by the Adreno 506 GPU and has the 3/4GB of RAM and 32/64GB of storage, and can be expanded up to 256GB via microSD card slot.
The device performs all the day to day tasks efficiently, and there is no noticeable lag while doing so. However, when you push the device to the limits with multitasking and the high-end graphics intense games like Asphalt 9, Modern Combat or the PUBG you will see the lag, and the frame drops are quite evident, the device gets warm after heavy usage which is common in all the smartphones these days.
The RAM management of the device is decent, and it will store the small apps like Whatsapp, etc., in the memory and the large apps start getting reloaded when you open them. There is not much to complain about the performance of the device in this price segment.
Display of Redmi Note 5
The handset flaunts a tall 18:9 aspect ratio screen size of 5.99 inch IPS LCD Full HD plus resolution of 1080×2160 with 403 pixels per inch, which is covered by corning gorilla glass 3 to avoid minor damage and scratches. The color reproduction and viewing angles of the device are spot-on, the sunlight visibility is also excellent.
Redmi Note 5 comes with the reading mode, which is nothing but a blue light filter which helps in reducing the strain of the eyes during night usage, which is a handy feature to have nowadays. There are three different contrast modes are also available (Warm, cool, and standard) to choose to according to your preference.
Software and UI of the device
The Redmi Note 5 came with the old Android Nougat 7.1 Operating system with it custom skin MIUI 9.5 on top of it and now, the device is upgradable to Android 8.1 Oreo with the OTA update with the company’s latest MIUI 10 version which offers plenty of features like full-screen gestures and has more customization option available and the UI is very fast, smooth efficient than the previous MIUI version.
The device runs MIUI 10, and the software optimization is efficient, the device performs smooth and feels faster than the previous UI. However, there are a few pre-installed apps on the device which can be uninstalled.
The one annoying factor about the Xiaomi’s MIUI is the ads that pop up on the screen when you are using apps like the browser, file manager and few other apps which is really a downside with which you have to live if you are planning to purchase the device.
Overall the software optimization on the device is good, and if you can ignore the ads that come on the screen, then this will be an excellent option to be considered.
Let us check the camera
Redmi Note 5 has a 12 Megapixel primary camera with f2.2 aperture with the size of 1.25um pixel, the rear camera autofocus is quick on the subject and captures good quality pictures with a decent amount of details under the daylighting conditions, and under the low lighting conditions, the images are grainy and lacks punchiness and the details. The HDR mode on the camera has more details, and the macro shots are great with steady hands.
The selfie camera comes with a 5 Megapixel shooter which comes with LED flash as well to capture the images under low lighting conditions. The image quality is decent, and there is also a portrait mode which is only available on the selfie shooter.
The rear camera record 4k videos at 30fps and Full HD 1080 at 60fps, the video quality is good, but the downside is that the device lack any sort of stabilization it does not have either EIS or OIS which could have made the video quality better. The videos taken from the front camera are at 1080p at 30fps.
Amazing battery life
The Redmi Note 5 gets fueled by the massive 4000mAh battery, it has excellent battery backup and will last a day and a half with moderate usage. The onscreen time during the test was about 8 hours, which is fantastic. The battery manages to get fully charge in just more than 2 hours.
The phone does not support any fast charging, and neither comes with the USB Type-C port, which is a big miss in 2019. Instead, it has a micro USB port. But as the device comes in the budget segment, it is acceptable.
The Redmi Note 5 is a fantastic smartphone which covers all the basics and performs better in the budget market segment.
It has a solid build quality, excellent battery backup, large display, and decent specs to stand tall in the budget market.
If you need a right screen size to fit in your hand with tremendous battery life, then this might be the right option to be considered.