“With unmatched processing power and hardware for the price offered at, Xiaomi is by default the go-to brand for many.

Xiaomi

Xiaomi, also known as the Apple of China, founded in 2010, set out to prove that high-quality technology need not cost a fortune. Commencing with its incredible MIUI firmware and then its first ever smartphone, MI 1, it is currently the fifth largest smartphone manufacturer worldwide holding 6.3% market share.

Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 3 launch in 2016 ignited the Indian Market with the demand for ‘bang for your buck’ smartphones and the Redmi note 4 sold like crazy becoming India’s highest selling smartphone in Q1 2017. For the first half of 2017, Xiaomi was the 1st runner-up in India’s smartphone segment after Samsung and ended up outselling it in Q4.

With quite a few varieties and configurations, Xiaomi has captured the budget segment under Rs20,000 and has a strong grip. Although available online exclusively at first, the company is expanding into offline retail and it was one of its boldest moves last year. It has also opened MI homes in some major cities across India and plans to open many more this year to showcase and sell its products offline.

Redmi Note 5

“This Valentine’s day, get ready to lose your heart as love personifies in the best way ever with Xiaomi unveiling two new models of the REDMI NOTE 5.”


Those who can’t wait for the announcement will be glad to know that full specs of both the phones have already LEAKED and are tabularized below:

 

Redmi Note 5 Pro

Redmi Note 5

Redmi Note 4

Display 5.99” 18:9 Full-screen display 5.99” 18:9 Full-screen display 5.5’’
Resolution 2160×1080(FHD+) 2160×1080(FHD+) 1920×1080
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
RAM 4/6GB 3/4GB 2/3/4GB
ROM 64GB 32/64GB 32/64GB
OS Android N, MIUI 9 Android N, MIUI 9 Android N, MIUI 9
Rear Camera 12+5MP 12MP 13MP
Front Camera 20MP 5MP 5MP
Battery 4000mAh(typ) 4000mAh(typ) 4100mAh(typ)
Dimensions 158.6×75.4×8.05mm 158.5×75.45×8.05mm 151x76x8.45mm
Weight 181g 180g 165g

Looking at the spec sheet above the successors do seem to be quite promising with Xiaomi stepping up its game in almost every aspect of its Pro Variant. The 6GB ram variant of the Note 5 Pro will be one beastly performer. The phones should be a great buy keeping Xiaomi’s aggressive pricing strategy in mind. The original Note 5, however, misses out on a processor update, retaining the Snapdragon 625 found on the Note 4. Although this does seem to be a lateral move, the 625 is still powerful enough for daily tasks.

Redmi Note 5

The camera design on the Pro Variant does seem to be borrowed from a company Xiaomi occasionally looks up to for design, but nevertheless, both these mid-rangers look gorgeous in the pictures. Based on the leaks, the only essential features these phones seem to be missing out on is fast charging, which is increasingly in adoption even in the budget segment.


Redmi Note 5 Pro

To sum things up, the Redmi Note 5 Pro should sell like hot cakes, but the original note 5 is more like a refreshed note 4 with an 18:9 display. While both the models seem great, it would only be justifiable for existing Redmi note 4 users to upgrade to the pro variant.

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