You live in Bangladesh or India but you haven't heard the name of this smartphone brand called Shaomi. It is almost impossible. Xiaomi is the fourth largest smartphone manufacturer in the world when it comes to the global smartphone market. The budget smartphone Redmi Note 4 released by Shaomi last year was the best selling smartphone of 2018 in our neighboring country India. In Bangladesh too, this smartphone has received a huge response and is selling much more than other smartphones in the market.
This smartphone is also sold so much in Bangladesh that in many groups or pages on social media, this smartphone was named the national smartphone of 2017. The main reason this smartphone got so much response was its specs and pricing. Last year, no other brand offered such a well-configured smartphone Xiaomi in such a low price range. This is basically Shaomi's main marketing policy every year.
However, after seeing the huge response to the Redmi Note 4 last year, this year Xiaomi has announced the successor of their Redmi Note 4, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and Note 5 Pro. Shaomi claims that the Redmi Note 5 will be a better device overall than last year's Redmi Note 5. The Redmi Note 5 and Note 5 Pro are the two devices that Xiaomi announced on February 14, 2017, Valentine's Day. Let us know what is in this new smartphone of Xiaomi and in which sections or Xiaomi has brought improvement from before.
This is the smartphone that Xiaomi will launch as the successor of their last year's model Redmi Note 4. But the funny thing is, the Redmi Note 5 is a rebrand of the Redmi 5 Plus released by Shaomi a few months ago that they are bringing to the Indian market. In other words, this smartphone is known as Redmi 5 Plus in China and Redmi Note 5 in India. In terms of improvements, this phone did not bring much improvement in any other sector except last year's model, Redmi Note 4, in the display section. This smartphone is using the 2017 smartphone trademark i.e. slim bezel display of 18: 9 ratio. And Shaomi claims that they have also improved the camera of this phone this year so that the Note 5's camera will perform better than the Note 4 in low light. Besides, there is no noticeable difference between Note 4 and Note 5.
In technical terms, this phone is made entirely of metal unibody. This phone has a 16: 9 aspect ratio 5.99 inch IPS LCD display with a display resolution of 1080x2160 pixels. This phone uses the same Snapdragon 625 chipset as last year's Redmi Note 4 which is basically a balanced chip. This chipset can give fairly good performance and much better battery life at the same time.
But still I didn't find it very admirable to use the same processor as last year without using a better or more powerful processor this year than last year's model. And as a GPU, Xiaomi uses the same GPU that other Snapdragon 625 smartphones use. That is, the Adreno 506 GPU. Similar to last year's Note 4, two versions of this smartphone will be available in the market. 3/32 and 4/64. However, as there is a hybrid SIM slot, there is a facility to use micro SD card up to 256 GB. As for the camera section, there is no dual camera setup.
Like last year's Redmi Note 4, it has a 12-megapixel single camera with an F2.2 aperture on the back that will perform slightly better than the Redmi Note 4, according to Shaomi. And like last year, there is a 5 megapixel camera on the front which is capable of capturing 1080p video. The battery is a 4000 mAh lithium polymer battery. And the software is Shaomi's Chirchena MIUI9 which is running on Android 8.1. And, giving last year's software on a smartphone released in 2016 is also not a praiseworthy thing. However, it is expected that this phone will get the Android Orio update in the next few months. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is available in 4 colors. Black, Gold, Light Blue and Rose Gold.
You can see the full specification of the phone here. The exact price of this phone is not yet known. Because this phone is not yet available in Bangladesh. However, in India, the price of 3/32 variant of Redmi Note 5 is 10 thousand rupees and 4/64 variant is 11 thousand rupees. Accordingly, it can be assumed that if this phone is available in Bangladesh, the price of 3/32 variant will be between 13 to 14 thousand and the price of 4/64 will be between 16 to 17 thousand.
Xiaomi also announced this phone with the Note 5 on February 14. It's basically a pro version of the Redmi Note 5 or a better version, which is literally true. This phone is much better than last year's Redmi Note 4 and this year's Redmi Note 5. In my opinion, this phone has a lot more than what a budget smartphone should have in 2018. 16: 9 slim bezel display, dual camera, good front camera, power processor, etc., this phone is perfect in almost all aspects. The first thing to talk about this phone is its design. Because, the first thing that comes to your mind when you take this phone in hand is iPhone X or iPhone 10. Because, the design of the back side of this phone is almost exactly like the iPhone 10. The two cameras of this phone are set up vertically on the top right of the setup phone which has made it look almost like the iPhone 10.
The whole body of this phone is made of aluminum. This phone also has the trademark of 2017 i.e. 18: 9 display which is not bezelless at all but has a very slim bezel. Its display size is 5.99 inches like the Note 5 and the display resolution is 1080x2160 pixels. In my opinion, the biggest improvement of this phone is its processor. The Redmi Note 5 Pro uses Qualcomm's new budget processor, the Snapdragon 636.
Just as Xiaomi was the first to use the Snapdragon 625 processor on their Redmi Note 4 phone last year, so this year Xiaomi was the first to use the Snapdragon 636 processor on their Redmi Note 5 Pro smartphone. This processor is much more powerful than last year's Snapdragon 625. The Snapdragon 636 processor uses some of the same technology used in the Snapdragon 600 series processors. This chip is at the same time much more powerful than before and is quite power efficient.
And because of this processor, there is no doubt that the performance of Redmi Note 5 Pro will be much better than that of Note 4 and Note 5. GPU also has Adreno 509 which is more powerful than the previous year. Two versions of this phone will be available in the market. 4/64 and 7/84. In other words, one will have 4 GB RAM and the other will have 8 GB RAM. But both the variants will have 64 GB internal storage, which can be expanded up to 256 GB with the help of micro SD card. And as software, there is also Xiaomi's Chirchena MIUI9 like Note 5 which is running on Android 8.1. And this whole system is backed up by a 4000 mAh lithium polymer battery.
Speaking of the camera section, the rear of this phone has a dual camera setup, one with 12 megapixels and 2.2 apertures and the other with 5 megapixels and 2.0 apertures. The secondary 5 megapixel camera is basically a depth sensor that helps to take pictures by blurring the background which we call portrait pictures. The camera of this phone is much better than the Redmi Note 4 and Note 5. However, the portrait images clicked on this phone are not as good as the Xiaomi Mi A1 as it does not have a primary camera like the Xiaomi Mi A1 as well as a telephoto lens. However, according to the initial impression and Shaomi's claim, the camera of this phone will not disappoint any user. The funny thing is that this phone has a 20 megapixel camera on the front. So I can't wait to tell you what it will be like to take a selfie on this phone. And yes, there's also an LED flash on the front and a selfie portrait.
You can find the full specification of the phone here. This phone will be available in the market in 4 colors. Black, Champagne Gold, Rose Gold and Blue. As the phone has not been released in Bangladesh yet, it is not yet known what the Bangladeshi price of the phone will be. However, in India, the 4/64 variant of the Redmi Note 5 Pro is priced at Rs 14,000 in Indian currency. So in Bangladesh, the price of this phone can be between 18 to 10 thousand. However, nothing can be said about the price of this phone until it is available in Bangladesh.
So this was an overview of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro. Since this phone was announced on February 14 and is not yet available in Bangladesh, it is by no means a full hands on review. If the two phones are available in Bangladesh, I hope we will be able to review the phone hands on. I am ending here like today. I hope you like today's article. If you have any questions or comments, please let us know in the comments section.