Xiaomi, the Chinese brand, has preferred India over its home country to unveil its highly anticipated Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro smartphones. With this, Redmi Note 5 becomes the first device amongst Redmi lineup to bring 18:9 display for Indian customers. Since it comes with compelling features, Xiaomi has dubbed it as “India’s all-rounder.”

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On the other hand, the Redmi Note 5 Plus becomes the first Redmi phone to feature 18:9 display and dual rear cameras. Since it comes with stellar rear and front cameras, Xiaomi has dubbed the Note 5 Pro as “India’s camera beast.”

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Redmi Note 5 Features

The Redmi Note 5 brings a 5.99-inch IPS LCD display sporting Full HD+ resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels, that too protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass. The device measures 158.5 x 74.45 mm in overall dimensions while it weighs 180 grams. The Note 5 can be availed in color choices like Black, Gold, Rose Gold and Blue.

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The Redmi Note 5 is preinstalled with MIUI 9 based Android 7.0 Nougat and powered by a Snapdragon 625 chipset; the same old one as embedded in Redmi Note 4, Mi Max 2 and Mi A1. However, the smartphone is offered in two combos of storage options; 3GB/32GB and 4GB/64GB. The handset features a hybrid SIM slot which also supports a microSD card.

On photography front, Xiaomi has included a 12MP rear camera with f/2.2 aperture enriched with fast autofocus and PDAF. There is another 8MP lens sitting on the front to capture good quality selfie shots in low-light conditions. The front shooter is equipped with an LED flash and Beauty 3.0 for snapping enhanced selfie shots.

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Xiami has incorporated a by 4,000 mAh battery unit for Redmi Note 5 that comes with 5V/2A charging support. The connectivity features available on the Redmi Note 5 include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, microUSB and 3.5mm audio jack. The fingerprint scanner is located on the backside of the phablet.

Redmi Note 5 Pricing and Availability

Xiaomi India has announced availability of the 32GB variant of Redmi Note 5 for INR 9,999 (~$155) and the 64GB model for INR 11,999 (~$187) exclusively through Flipkart. Xiaomi has confirmed that it will begin the first sales of the phone on Feb. 22 through Flipkart, Mi.com and Mi Home stores. It will be also available through other offline channels soon.

Redmi Note 5 Pro Features

Like its younger sibling, the Redmi Note 5 Pro brings the same 5.99-inch IPS LCD panel with FHD+ features that offers resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels. The display is placed under a layer of 2.5D curved glass. It features an aluminum unibody design measuring 158.6 x 75.4 x 8.05 mm in overall dimensions while it weighs 181 grams.

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The Redmi Note 5 Plus is preloaded with MIUI 9 flavoured Android 7.0 Nougat OS and fuelled by Snapdragon 636 – the first in Redmi lineup. However, the smartphone comes in 64GB native storage with two RAM options; 4GB and 6GB. The handset features a hybrid SIM slot which also supports a microSD card.

The Redmi Note 5 Pro brings a dual camera setup at the rear that features an f/2.2 aperture 12MP Sony IMX486 sensor and an f/2.0 aperture 5MP Samsung sensor for capturing depth information. Since it is driven by AI -based deep learning algorithm that can accurate detect edge for capturing marvellous portrait shots.

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Xiaomi claims to introduce even better front camera than the rear one. The front side of the Redmi Note 5 Pro features 20MP Sony IMX376 camera sensor equipped with an LED flash and Beautify 4.0 to capture AI driven beautified photos based on the skin tone of the subject. Xiaomi has optimized the selfie snapper to shoot impressive images in dim-light conditions.

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Another cool feature that has been added on the Redmi Note 5 Pro is AI-based Face Unlock feature along with a rear mounted fingerprint scanner. Xiaomi has kept the same-sized battery of 4,000 mAh sporting 5V/2A charging for the Note 5Pro. It is equipped with other features like4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, microUSB and 3.5mm audio jack.

Redmi Note 5 Pro Pricing and Availability

Xiaomi has made the Redmi Note 5 Plus available through Flipkart having price tag of INR 13,999 ($218) for the 4GB model and that of INR 16,999 ($265) for the 6GB variant.

It will be available on sale starting from on Feb. 22 through Flipkart, Mi.com and Mi Home stores and also through other offline channels soon.

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