Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 review

8.1/10 AVG.
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8.1/10
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The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 currently has an Informr score of 8.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 10 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Android
Processor
2 GHz
Screen Size
5.99"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Tech Advisor

A big screen and a low price are paired with decent battery life, usable performance and an enhanced dual-camera in the Redmi Note 5. There are some drawbacks, such as the old Micro-USB port, lack of Quick Charge support and partly plastic build, but in other respects budget phones don't come much b...

- Marie Black, Tech Advisor
Good Gear Guide

Between the solid material design and build-quality, performance that swings above its price-bracket and slick software experience, the Redmi Note 5 is a smartphone that’s very easy to recommend.

- Fergus Halliday, Good Gear Guide
Notebookcheck

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is great value for money. The device has excellent performance for its price while delivering a bright display among other highlights.

- Florian Wimmer, Notebookcheck
Firstpost

Ticks all the right boxes and offers a great package at a great price. For the very first time in years, Xiaomi has competition breathing down its neck. The Redmi Note 5 is no longer the budget king. That honor, punnily enough, goes to the Honor 9 Lite.

- Anirudh Regidi, Firstpost
Gizbot

A great value for money deal for price conscious consumers. However; if we take a closer look, Redmi Note 5 Pro is the reasonable upgrade to the last year's Redmi Note 4.

- Rohit Arora, Gizbot


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Xiaomi released the Redmi Note 5 on February 22, 2018.


Xiaomi backs up the Redmi Note 5 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
5.99"

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5's screen size is 5.99 inches with 1080 x 2160 pixels resolution.

Processor
2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 Octa core 2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 7.1.2 Nougat operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
32/64 GB

Internal memory is 32/64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
4000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4000 mAh battery. Xiaomi's performance ratings are 1336 minutes, 816 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Redmi Note 5 Specs

Overview
Release date February 22, 2018
Regions available UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
2100/850/1800/2300 /2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 7.1.2 Nougat

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 Octa core 2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 32/64 GB
RAM 3/4 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Unknown
TTY/TDD Unknown
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 900 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 816 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1336 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 17 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Black, Gold, Lake Blue, Rose Gold
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.85 x 7.55 x 0.81 cm (6.2 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 180 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2160 pixels
Pixel density 403 pixels
Size 5.99 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Unknown
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Scratch-resistant glass, Corning Gorilla Glass
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Unknown
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Unknown
NFC Unknown
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Unknown
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 2.2
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, Panorama, Self-timer, Smile detection, HDR
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AMR, MIDI, MP3, M4A, OGG, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Weather Unknown
Stocks Unknown
Maps Unknown
NotePad Unknown
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus

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Critic Reviews


Tech Advisor

A great all-rounder

from Tech Advisor

A big screen and a low price are paired with decent battery life, usable performance and an enhanced dual-camera in the Redmi Note 5. There are some drawbacks, such as the old Micro-USB port, lack of Quick Charge support and partly plastic build, but in other respects budget phones don't come much better than this.

Read full review

A big screen and a low price are paired with decent battery life, usable performance and an enhanced dual-camera in the Redmi Note 5. There are some drawbacks, such as the old Micro-USB port, lack of Quick Charge support and partly plastic build, but in other respects budget phones don't come much better than this.

Read full review

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Good Gear Guide

A budget phablet that swings above its weight

from Good Gear Guide

Between the solid material design and build-quality, performance that swings above its price-bracket and slick software experience, the Redmi Note 5 is a smartphone that’s very easy to recommend.

Read full review

Between the solid material design and build-quality, performance that swings above its price-bracket and slick software experience, the Redmi Note 5 is a smartphone that’s very easy to recommend.

Read full review

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Notebookcheck

Red and affordable

from Notebookcheck

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is great value for money. The device has excellent performance for its price while delivering a bright display among other highlights.

Read full review

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is great value for money. The device has excellent performance for its price while delivering a bright display among other highlights.

Read full review

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Firstpost

Evolutionary updates just aren't enough anymore

from Firstpost

Ticks all the right boxes and offers a great package at a great price. For the very first time in years, Xiaomi has competition breathing down its neck. The Redmi Note 5 is no longer the budget king. That honor, punnily enough, goes to the Honor 9 Lite.

Read full review

Ticks all the right boxes and offers a great package at a great price. For the very first time in years, Xiaomi has competition breathing down its neck. The Redmi Note 5 is no longer the budget king. That honor, punnily enough, goes to the Honor 9 Lite.

Read full review

Less

Gizbot

Big value for money deal

from Gizbot

A great value for money deal for price conscious consumers. However; if we take a closer look, Redmi Note 5 Pro is the reasonable upgrade to the last year's Redmi Note 4.

Read full review

A great value for money deal for price conscious consumers. However; if we take a closer look, Redmi Note 5 Pro is the reasonable upgrade to the last year's Redmi Note 4.

Read full review

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India Today

It feels really premium, and sturdy, and expensive

from India Today

The Redmi Note 5 has some big shoes to fill, and it does where it can, mostly because it keeps (intact) all the things that made the Redmi Note 4 so (very) likeable, and tries to add a modern twist to it, courtesy its near bezel-less design.

Read full review

The Redmi Note 5 has some big shoes to fill, and it does where it can, mostly because it keeps (intact) all the things that made the Redmi Note 4 so (very) likeable, and tries to add a modern twist to it, courtesy its near bezel-less design.

Read full review

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NDTV

Good all-rounder

from NDTV

Xiaomi seems to have played it safe with the Redmi Note 5, and it feels like a Redmi Note 4 with a better screen and lower price to keep up with the times, which is not a bad thing at all.

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Xiaomi seems to have played it safe with the Redmi Note 5, and it feels like a Redmi Note 4 with a better screen and lower price to keep up with the times, which is not a bad thing at all.

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Android Authority

An evolutionary device, not a revolutionary one

from Android Authority

Not a significant upgrade to the Redmi Note 4 yet is a well-rounded package that is absolutely recommended for anyone looking for a budget smartphone. It performs great and is a compelling value-for-money proposition.

Read full review

Not a significant upgrade to the Redmi Note 4 yet is a well-rounded package that is absolutely recommended for anyone looking for a budget smartphone. It performs great and is a compelling value-for-money proposition.

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BGR

A solid performer

from BGR

Still a budget smartphone, just like its predecessors. The smartphone comes with a better, brighter and taller display, along with improved cameras. Xiaomi has also upgraded the base storage and RAM, while keeping the price intact.

Read full review

Still a budget smartphone, just like its predecessors. The smartphone comes with a better, brighter and taller display, along with improved cameras. Xiaomi has also upgraded the base storage and RAM, while keeping the price intact.

Read full review

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TechPP

Trying to fill big shoes with a tall display

from TechPP

While the looks department of the Redmi Note 5 may be a little conflicting with major changes on the front and next to no changes on the back, there is no real conflict when it comes to performance.

Read full review

While the looks department of the Redmi Note 5 may be a little conflicting with major changes on the front and next to no changes on the back, there is no real conflict when it comes to performance.

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