February 14, Wednesday, Xiaomi has finally launched the highly awaited Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro in India. The man highlight of both these devices are the almost bezel-less display on the front for a price starting at INR.9,999/- for Redmi Note 5 and INR.13,999/- for Redmi Note 5 Pro.
The Redmi Note 5 is a re-branded Redmi 5 Plus, which was recently launched in Nepal. It features a 5.99-inch FHD+ 18:9 aspect ratio display. Under-the-hood the device runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 coupled with 3GB or 4GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB of internal storage.
On the back, there a 12MP f/2.2 camera while there is a 5MP front camera for the selfie lovers. Both cameras however support LED flash which is a nice touch. The device comes running on MIUI 9 on top of Android 7.0 Nougat and is powered by a monstrous 4000mAh battery.
The Redmi Note 5 Pro on the other hand is a completely new device making its global debut with its launch in India. This device features the same display as the Redmi Note 5 but the similarities of the devices end there. Under-the-hood the device runs of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636 with 4+4 Kyro 260 CPU coupled with 4GB or 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.
One the back there is a vertical dual camera system featuring a 12MP f/2.2 primary and 5MP f/2.0 secondary sensor which gives the device a look of iPhone X from the back.The front camera also packs a punch featuring a 20MP Sony IMX376 sensor, which is more than enough for any selfie lovers out there. The device runs on MIUI 9 based on Android 7.0 Nougat which is bit of a downside. Powering the Redmi Note 5 Pro is a 4000mAh battery which will absolutely last through a day.
The launch of Redmi Note 5 Pro as an upgrade to Redmi Note 4 signifies that Xiaomi is upping its game and no longer plans to stay low on the ground. Time will tell though whether these new smartphones will be able to follow the footsteps of their predecessor and helps to capture huge market share in India for Xiaomi.