Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 goes on sale along with Redmi Note 5 Pro on February 22. But what are the main differences between the new Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 4? Here’s a quick look.
Redmi Note 5 goes on sale on Flipkart, Mi.com and Mi Homes from February 22 at 12 noon for a starting price of Rs 9,999 going up to Rs 11,999. There’s Redmi Note 5 Pro on offer as well for a price of Rs 13,999 for the base 4GB RAM option, and Rs 16,999 for the 6GB RAM/64GB storage variant. Xiaomi is also introducing its Mi LED TV 4 in India for a price of Rs 39,999. Given this is Xiaomi’s first smartphone in India this year, there’s a lot interest around the new Redmi Note 5.
So how much of an upgrade is the Redmi Note 5 over the Redmi Note 4 series? Is it worth the starting price of Rs 9,999 and is Xiaomi offering enough new features to justify an upgrade? Here’s a quick comparison of the two phones. For our detailed comparison of the Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro, read more here.
Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 4: Difference in Design and Display
In terms of design, the most noticeable change on the Redmi Note 5 is the display, which is now 5.99-inches with an 18:9 aspect ratio. The Redmi Note 4 sports a slightly smaller 5.5-inch display with prominent bezels on the side, top and bottom. The older Redmi Note also came with on-screen buttons. But with the new Redmi Note 5 series, Xiaomi has reduced the bezels on the side, though these are not entirely gone, and it comes with on-screen buttons.
The newer Redmi Note series also has an 18:9 aspect ratio compared to the standard 16:9 seen on the previous Redmi Note 4. The newer, bigger display is taller and allows for a wider viewing space on the Redmi Note 5, which is what we are seeing most new smartphones these days. In addition, the display resolution is 2160 x 1080 pixels which is FHD+, while the Redmi Note 4 had a 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution. Both smartphones have an LCD IPS display. For those who prefer a taller display and want more viewing space, then Redmi Note 5 makes a good option for upgrade.
In terms of design, both Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 4 have a metal unibody design with prominent antenna bands at the back. The Redmi Note 5 is obviously bigger in dimensions given the new display. Both also come with a single rear camera at the back and the fingerprint scanner is still at the back of the device. This time, the Redmi Note 5 will come in black, gold, rose gold and blue coloured variant as well.
Read more: Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 vs Redmi Note 5 Pro: What’s the difference?
Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 4: Difference in processor, RAM, storage
When it comes to the processor, Redmi Note 5 continues with the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 with the Adreno 506 GPU as the previous Redmi Note 4. Xiaomi has not upgraded the processor for the regular version of the Redmi Note 5; instead, the Pro variant has the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor. With Redmi Note 4, Xiaomi managed to offer consistent performance, and based on our review, the Redmi Note 5 has no issues with performance either. However, not all Redmi Note 4 users might see the point of upgrading.
Redmi Note 4 was launched in three variants: 2GB RAM and 32GB storage, 3GB RAM and 32GB storage and 4GB RAM and 64GB storage option. With Redmi Note 5, the company is sticking with only two options: 3GB RAM and 32GB storage and 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The Redmi Note 5 like the previous phone comes with 128GB microSD storage supported. Both Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 4 come with dual-hybrid SIM slots. This means the phone can run a nano-SIM and a micro-SD card or nano-SIM and a micro-SIM at the same time. The Redmi Note 5 series does not have a dedicated expandable storage slot like the Redmi Y1 phones.
Also read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 review: At Rs 9,999, the new budget smartphone to beat
Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 4: Difference in camera, battery
When it comes to the camera, the Redmi Note 5 series does not support two sensors at the back like the Redmi Note 5 Pro. However, Xiaomi says it has made improvements to the camera of the newer Redmi phone. Last year’s Redmi Note 4 came with a 13MP rear camera with PDAF and f/2.0 aperture, while the front camera was 5MP with f/2.0 aperture and no selfie flash.
The Redmi Note 5’s camera is 12MP with a larger pixel size of 1.25 micrometre, which the company says will allow better low-light performance. However, the rear camera’s aperture is f/2.2.The front camera is still 5MP, though there is a new Beautify 3.0 Software feature as well with cutomisations for India. The front camera also gets LED flash for better selfies.
For battery, Redmi Note 5 continues with the 4000 mAh one similar to Redmi Note 4 which had a 4100 mAh battery. The new phone also relies on micro-USB Type 2.0 port for charging, and comes with the standard 5V/2A charger like the older variant. Fast charging is not yet an option on the Redmi Note 5 or the Redmi Note 5 Pro.
Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 4: Difference in OS
The Redmi Note 5 comes with MIUI 9 based on Android Nougat 7.1.2. There is no Android Oreo on this newer phone and Xiaomi has not confirmed when it will start rolling out the update for the phone. The older Redmi Note 4 was launched with Android Marshmallow out of the box, but MIUI 9 build based on Android Nougat is now available for users. The update was launched last year. Once again, there’s no word on when this phone will be upgraded to Android Oreo.