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24 mayo, 2021

Xiaomi’s mess with all its mid-range devices continues. Now the new Redmi Note 5 arrives in Spain, a mobile that is positioned as the model of the Redmi range with more power and better quality. During the past MWC we could already have a first contact, but it has been during these weeks that we have had it to analyze it thoroughly, test its autonomy and check what it offers us compared to other Xiaomi such as the Redmi 5 Plus, with whom it keeps a great resemblance.

Waiting for the future Mi A2, this Redmi Note 5 is the most advanced Xiaomi mobile in the mid-range and will be expected until the second half of the year. In India it was presented as Redmi Note 5 Pro, but in our market it does so as Redmi Note 5. A terminal that is characterized by a six-inch screen in 18: 9 format, Snapdragon 636 processor, double rear camera, a front camera of 13 megapixels and a generous 4,000 mAh battery, a similar amount to the previous generation.

Here we leave you with our Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 review, an Android smartphone for those who are looking for a mobile with the latest from the first half of 2018 but do not want to spend much more than two hundred euros. We are going to see what results we have achieved with it during the day to day.


Xiaomi Redmi Note 5: technical characteristics

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

Screen

5.99 inch 18: 9

2,160 x 1,080 pixels

450 nits, ratio 77.4%

Processor

Snapdragon 636

Octa Core Kryo 1.8 Ghz

GPU Adreno 509

RAM

4 GB LPDDR3

Storage

64GB + microSD (up to 128GB)

Drums

4,000 mAh

Rear camera

12 + 5MP, f / 1.9 + f / 2.0, dual flash, PDAF, FullHD videos

Frontal camera

13 MP, f / 2.0, beauty mode, selfie light

Dimensions and weight

158.6 x 75.4 x 8.1 mm

181 g

software

Android 8.1 Oreo

MIUI 9.5

Others

Rear fingerprint reader, LTE, Dual SIM, WiFi ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, FM radio, microUSB, minijack

Price

€ 177

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Full HD Smartphones 5.99 "Screen 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM Snapdragon 636 Octa Core Dual SIM 13MP Front + 12MP 5MP 1.4μm Large Pixels Dual Rear Camera Cell Phones Phone (Black)

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Smartphones Full HD 5.99 “Screen 4 GB RAM + 64 GB ROM Snapdragon 636 Octa Core Dual SIM 13MP Front + 12MP 5MP 1.4μm Large Pixels Dual Rear Camera Cell Phones Phone (Black)

A robust aluminum body with great finishes

Redmi Note 5 Design Back

After having tried all the Xiaomi Redmi, I had doubts if this Redmi Note 5 was going to be an advance compared to other terminals with a 5.99 “screen and the same 18: 9 format. But the main difference compared to other mid-range is the battery. And this determines the entire design of the device. The good work of the Chinese manufacturer has been take advantage of the extra weight of the 4,000 mAh battery for a more premium feel.

When we have the Redmi Note 5 in hand it feels very solid and with sensations that remind us of a higher range. In fact, it is the combination of the weight, the aluminum body and the design that sometimes causes you to confuse it with other devices. It is true that nowadays all mobile phones are more alike and it is difficult to find a certain personality, but this Redmi Note 5 already resembles more that premium mid-range where the finishes are an extra step compared to what is seen in the Redmi 5 Plus or the popular Mi A1.

The upper and lower edges are normal compared to what we have seen in the mid-range with an 18: 9 screen. The corners are slightly rounded, which gives it a look of more rectangular mobile. The compaction work is good but more than in size, we must emphasize how well compensated it is. The thickness is only 8.1mm and it shows that Xiaomi has chosen to improve the design but not increase the battery despite the increased screen.

The design of the Redmi Note 5 is very good. In hand it feels solid, balanced and the back cover feels nice. It is not an ultra compact terminal, but inside it hides a generous battery without sacrificing aspects such as thickness.

Mobile

The Redmi Note 5 is a mid-range for those looking for intensive mobile use. We are not facing a terminal to carry in your pocket and forget, but an economical and balanced phablet but with a logical increase in weight due to its battery. In the comparison with other terminals of its style, we see that the Redmi Note 5 basically traces the data of the Redmi 5 Plus, achieves a better compaction than the Moto G6 Plus, it is lighter than the Galaxy A8 + despite having more battery and it is less thick than the Zenfone Max Pro M1, who does manage to add more battery without increasing weight.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus

Motorola Moto G6 Plus

Samsung Galaxy A8 +

ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1

Screen and ratio

5.99 FHD + (77.4%)

5.99 FHD + (77.4%)

5.9 “FHD + (74.4%)

6 “FHD + 18.5: 9 (75.5%)

5.99 “FHD + (77%)

Dimensions

158.6 x 75.4 x 8.1 mm

158.5 x 75.4 x 8.05 mm

160 x 75.5 x 8 mm

159.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm

159 x 76 x 8.5 mm

Weight

181 g

180 g

167 g

191 g

180 g

Drums

4,000 mAh

4,000 mAh

3,200 mAh

3,500 mAh

5,000 mAh

The front is quite smooth. At the lower edge we have nothing, since the buttons will be inside the screen. Fortunately, through the gesture option they can be hidden, so we will make the high ratio of 77.4% usable. On the upper edge we find the front camera, the LED flash, the notification LED and the earpiece.

Redmi Note 5 Vs Design Redmi Note 5 (left) vs Redmi Note 4X (right)

The right side edge has the volume button on top and the on / off button slightly lower. The route is good although it does not stand out especially. The other side is smooth and the aluminum only hides the slot for the dual nanoSIM and microSD. At the top we have a microphone and infrared. The bottom is the most overloaded and we have the microUSB port, 3.5mm jack, another noise canceling microphone and the speakers.

The back cover is aluminum with a touch that resembles that of the Pixel 2 XL and although it does not easily impregnate with fingerprints, then they are not so easy to clean. Two stripes at the top and bottom delimit separate areas with a less slippery feel but the entire device feels great in hand despite not being fully unibody.

The fingerprint reader is placed in the usual central position and is quite accurate and fast. In the upper left corner we have the double rear camera that sticks out a bit more than desired. Despite this, the mobile does not dance practically at all when we leave it on the table.

Redmi Note 5 Design

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 incorporates a very thin silicone case and that fits perfectly. We do not believe that it is the most resistant but it does not increase the weight, the buttons are easily pressed, there is space for all the holes and connectors it has a small inscription of ‘Designed by MI’.

It is not a waterproof terminal, we do not have USB type C and it is not exactly light. Even so, the Redmi Note 5 is a device with an excellent design, it feels like some high-end in hand and is a perfect example of how Xiaomi has also been raising the level of the mid-range beyond incorporating a better processor and improving the camera.

5.99 “LCD screen with good brightness and contrast

Redmi Note 5 Vs Note Redmi Note 5 (left) vs Redmi Note 4 (right)

It is a panel that we have already seen on other occasions, although in the end each shipment is different. With the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 you opt for a screen of 5.99 inches and FullHD + resolution 2,160 x 1080 pixels, which gives us a density of about 403 pixels per inch. The technology offered is IPS LCD, something quite common in the mid-range so we will not find big surprises.

We grow from the 5.5 inches of the Redmi Note 4X to the 5.99 inches in this Redmi Note 5. An increase that is greatly appreciated on a day-to-day basis, although as we will see later it has its consequences.

Xiaomi continues to hit the mark with its LCD panels for the mid-range: good brightness, contrast and sharpness.

The Chinese manufacturer remains conservative and is good news for now, as the screen is of a good level. The sharpness we have is high and that is appreciated. In smaller terminals this section may not be so relevant, but whoever buys a device with a six-inch screen is because they will spend time using their mobile, reading pages or documents, watching videos or playing games. And in all these uses, having a good level of detail always comes in handy.

Redmi Note screen Redmi 5 Plus (top) vs Redmi Note 5 (bottom)

The auto brightness is usually right and in few occasions it is necessary to adjust it manually. We have 450 nits of maximum brightness and they are sufficient. Outdoors the screen can be used and reflections from the glass will not be an impediment either. The viewing angles are good and the panel is uniform, so we will not notice any color degradation.

The color reproduction of this LCD is correct, with fairly faithful tones and a good balance, without tending towards warm or cold colors. While it is true that there are differences compared to the Redmi 5 Plus screen. The contrast is somewhat better, but colors are also slightly more saturated. All this in the same screen mode.

Redmi Note 5 screen

MIUI lets us choose from the Settings> Screen menu between warm, standard and cool colors. In addition to the fact that the contrast varies between the automatic adjustment, which we will use normally, the contrast somewhat and the neutral. The tactile response is also good and in short, although we are not facing a first-class panel, it is one more than enough for most tasks.

A correct sound and we keep the 3.5mm jack

Redmi Note 5 Sound

For the sound section we have a speaker at the bottom of the device. It is heard with good power and no big distortions, although without a particularly remarkable fidelity. Many mobiles incorporate a double speaker at the bottom, but really the sound only comes out from one of the two sides. In this Redmi Note 5 we only have holes in the lower right, but its quality is good.

The Redmi Note 5 has a speaker on the bottom that produces vibrant sounds without great distortions, although somewhat hollow.

Headphones are not included in the box, but we do have 3.5mm jack on the bottom. A hole that seems predestined to disappear but that in this top of the Redmi range they still maintain.

As for the calls, they are also heard clearly in both directions and here we have noise cancellation via dedicated microphone. Small additions that are not so common to find in the mid-range and the Redmi Note 5 does incorporate to offer a sound slightly above the cheaper mid-ranges.

The Snapdragon 636 is a step up

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