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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Review - Top middle class

by 1. October 2018
After a long wait, the time has finally come! Probably the most popular Xiaomi smartphone middle class, the Redmi Note smartphone series, has been released in a new version. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 has not only a design upgrade but also a decent hardware upgrade. In the test lasting several weeks, I took a closer look at the global version of the smartphone. My experiences made in the following review!
Overview
Manufacturer/Model

Xiaomi

Product

Xiaomi Note 5 Redmire

Specifications

Processor and memory
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
GPU: Adreno 509
RAM: 3GB / 4GB (LPDDR4X)
Internal memory: 32GB / 64GB (eMMC5.1)
Memory extension: Yes

Display
Display Type: LTPS
Display diagonal: 5.99 inches
Display resolution: 2160 x 1080 pixels
Screen Protector: Unknown
Multitouch: 10 fingers

cameras
Main Camera: 12 Megapixel Samsung ISOCELL S5K2L7 + 5 Megapixel Samsung ISOCELL S5K5E8
* Auto-HDR
* bokeh
* Autofocus
* LED flash
Front camera: 13 Megapixel OmniVision OV13855

Network
Dual SIM: Yes
SIM size: Nano SIM

Ribbon
2G: GSM 2/3/5/8
3G: WCDMA 1/2/5/8
4G: TD-LTE 38 / 40
4G: FDD-LTE 1/3/4/5/7/8/20

wireless
WiFi: 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac
Bluetooth: 5.0
GPS: Yes

sensors
* Ambient light sensor
* Accelerometer
* Proximity Sensor
* Hall sensor
* E-Compass
*Gyroscope
* Infrared transmitter
* Fingerprint Sensor

Accumulator
Battery: 4.000 mAh
Quick Charge Function: Quick Charge

other
Connection: MicroUSB, 3.5 mm jack
Operating system: Android 8.1 (MIUI 9.5)
Size: 158.6 75.4 x x 8.05 mm
Weight: 181g

What's in the box

1x smartphone
1x protective cover
1x SIM needle
1x charging cable
1x charger
1x user manual

Foreword: Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

Long-awaited and finally available - The Xiaomi Note 5 Redmire is in one Global Version appeared. The smartphone is delivered with the MIUI Global ROMwhich, among other things, enables German language selection and has already pre-installed the Google Play Store. Furthermore, only the Global version supports the country's often represented LTE band 20so that unlimited LTE mobile use is possible. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Global can be recognized by the Model number "M1803E7SG".

Design, workmanship and delivery

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 sets in classic design with metal case back and one too metal case frame, For a better (mobile) reception, the up and down final antenna area consists of plastic. The Dimensions be 158.6 x 75.4 x 8.05 mm. Das Weight is 181 g, The smartphone is available in the colors black, blue, gold and rose gold.

Front of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is constructed as follows:

A majority of the front is covered by the 5.99 inch display, which is rounded towards the edges. So-called 2.5 Curved Glass provides a better feel and look. The loudspeaker is typically centered above the display, the front camera to the left, the distance and brightness sensor to the right, a front LED and a monochrome notification LED to the right. Physical control keys are looked for in vain on the plain front. Operation is via virtual display keys and gestures.

Back of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

The housing frame includes in the left, upper part of the dual SIM slot. On the opposite side are the volume rocker and the underlying power button. The frame top is equipped with a microphone and an infrared transmitter. On the underside there is a (no longer up-to-date) micro USB socket in the middle, to the right of it the mono speaker, to the left next to it another microphone and next to it an 3.5 mm jack audio output.

The back is rounded off to the sides and edges, so that the smartphone fits well in the hand. In the upper third of the back is a circular fingerprint sensor. Top left, the dual main camera was placed, the sensors were arranged vertically with central LED flash. The main camera protrudes slightly from the back of the case, which is why the smartphone rests on the back of the camera.

Front of the Redmi Note 5

Xiaomi-typical convinces the quality of workmanship of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5. The individual housing elements are composed without irregularities or unsightly gaps. Haptic the smartphone is very good in the hand. The metal buttons are easy to reach, sit firmly in the case frame and provide a pleasant pressure point. Of the What's in the box includes the smartphone, a silicone protective case, a charger (5V 2A), a MicroUSB cable, a SIM needle and a user manual.

Scope of delivery of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Global with protective cover, charging cable, charger, SIM needle and manual

Display

Display solve one Diagonal of 5.99 inches with an 2160 1080 x pixels on. The aspect ratio is 18:9, the dot density is razor sharp PPI 403.

display measurement

Display measurements showed a maximum luminance the display of about 487 cd / m², The measured Black Level revealed 0.22 cd / m², The illumination of the display is even, without visible irregularities. The sRGB color space The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is still acceptable in standard color mode.

Display in everyday life

The presentation convinces by strong colors, albeit with slightly cooler note. Viewing angles is not to complain about. Even from shallow angles, there is no serious deviation in the presentation. Outdoors, with high ambient brightness, the display is still easy to read, even if the display glass reflects slightly and fingerprints and streaks are visible.

Display settings and functions

Within the Display settings The color temperature can be changed between "Warm", "Standard" and "Cool". A stepless color adjustment is not possible. On automatic contrast mode Adjusts the contrast according to the ambient brightness. Another display feature is the Reading and night mode, This mode automatically filters blue light on a timed basis, which has a negative effect on our sleep-night rhythm. With "Tap-to-Wake" The screen can be activated by tapping twice.

Touchscreen

The Touchscreen recognizes maximum 10 simultaneous inputs (multitouch), Inputs are detected precisely. Unintentional "Ghost Touches" do not occur. A special coating of the display glass ensures good lubricity. However, the display glass is not spared from fingerprints and streaks. The used display glass is not a more specific name brand glass, but proved in the test to be extremely scratch resistant. After several weeks of use without protective film, no scratches are detectable.

Performance

Qualcomm Snapdragon 636

Inside the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 works one Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 system-on-chip (SoC), The CPU of the mid-range SoC is among others 8 Kryo 260 processor cores together, the with up to 1.8 GHz overclock. The GPU the SoC is of the type Adreno 509, Furthermore, the system offers a fast LPDDR4X memory connection (~ 4925 MB / s) and one, common in middle-class systems, eMMC5.1 Data Storage Connection (~ 206 MB / s Read - ~ 229 MB / s Write), A memory expansion by means of a MicroSD memory card is possible. Because of the "Hybrid slots" the memory extension is only possible at the expense of one of the two SIM slots.

Performance in everyday life

The everyday use the Redmi Note 5 wins. The Snapdragon 636 delivers enough power around fluid user experience to allow. Apps are opened swiftly, without major delays and also in the multitasking, with several apps open at the same time, the smartphone does not noticeably slow down. By the lush 4GB or 3GB memory (depending on the model), the smartphone is able to store open apps in memory so that they are immediately available on demand. Animations of the user interface are displayed fluidly. Fast scrolling movements are done without larger hangers.

Gaming

Restrictions exist regarding the Gaming performance, Especially in graphically demanding games, such as the recently published PUBG, you feel that you do not have a high-end smartphone in front of you. The performance-hungry PUBG is quite playable with low graphics settings. However, in the battle it can come to break in the image repetition rate and a delayed reloading of the textures. After a one-hour continuous load, the smartphone achieved a noticeable, but overall unproblematic Temperature of 38 ° C.

PUBG on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 smartphone

User Interface

The entire Xiaomi smartphone series uses MIUI. So also the Redmi Note 5. This is an in-house custom ROM, which is visually and functionally different from Stock Android. The pre-installed MIUI 9.5 Global is already based on Android 8.1 (Oreo).

MIUI is quite a entry-level user interface, Due to the abundance of functions, MIUI hardly relies on additional, system-extending apps. An extensive settings menu enables profound settings options for the system, the network, the display and the apps.

The Global version of MIUI has been specially adapted to the Western market. Accordingly, the System language, inter alia, in German be converted. Chinese bloatware or Xiaomi apps designed primarily for the Chinese user have been removed. Instead, MIUI Global already offers pre-installed Google Apps, especially the Google Play Store, as well as a selection of Microsoft apps, such as Word, Excel or PowerPoint. A big advantage of the MIUI is the regular Updates, the OTA (Over The Air) be distributed.

camera

The main camera forms one 1 / 2.56 inches great and natively with 12 Megapixel resolution Samsung ISOCELL S5K2L7 Image sensor. The pixel size of the sensor 1.4 μm. cover it has a value of f / 1.9. The second sensor with an 5 Megapixel Resolution is also from Samsung and bears the name ISOCELL S5K5E8. sensor size is 1 / 5 inches, at a pixel size by 1.12 μm, It is purely an auxiliary sensor, which allows the so-called "bokeh effect". The front camera forms one OmniVision OV13855 PureCel Plus image sensor, the one with 13 Megapixel dissolves.

Tip: You want to find out which image sensors are installed in your Xiaomi smartphone? Go to Settings> My Device and click on "Kernel-Version". The "HW Test" window opens. Under "Software Version" you will find all information about individual hardware drivers.

Practical test of the main camera

Photo mode

The dual main camera of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 belongs to the currently best camera solutions in the price range below 200 €. Farben are shown in good lighting conditions. From the center of the picture to the edges of the picture, pictures show a picture uniform distribution of sharpness. The level of detail is not outstanding, but convinces in normal picture view.

More full-resolution test shots can be found at this one article

The dynamic Range falls, as so often with smart phone cameras, rather narrow. Accordingly, high-contrast scenes are sometimes over- or under-exposed, causing details to be lost. To compensate, the Redmi Note 5 is with a HDR mode equipped, which automatically becomes scene-appropriate. serious aberrations in the form of chromatic aberration may occur sporadically, but rather belong to the rarity.

Under bad lighting conditions Increasingly decreases the quality of recording. Noise is noticeable early on, details are lost and the color reproduction is falsified, if only slightly.

A lossless tele zoom is waived. Instead, one arrives 8-times digital zoom to disposal. Accordingly, the zoom in terms of recording quality is very limited, so even at two times magnification fine details are lost and a slight noise occurs image.

A feature of the main camera is the so-called "Bokeh mode", a photographic sharpness effect of people and objects comes to the fore. The background should blur unfocused. The implementation is Xiaomi Although succeeded in the bokeh mode of smartphones of higher price categories, such as the Xiaomi Mi 6However, the Redmi Note 5 does not come close. Rough outlines are extracted cleanly. Fine detail outlines, such as hair or leaves are often packed in the blurred background. Serious extraction errors do not occur.

Surprisingly well presented Dual pixel autofocus, Focus changes succeed precisely and quickly. The trip time is slightly delayed, but still within an acceptable range. Of the LED flash provides sufficient illumination, so that even portraits at night succeed.

video mode

Videos takes the main camera with the MIUI Camera App in 480p, 720p and maximum 1080p resolution on. The refresh rate is on 30 pictures-per-second limited.

High-resolution 4K are at least in the MIUI camera app (yet) not available to choose from! Alternative Camera Apps can also record 4K video. Stabilize recordings by means of electronic image stabilization (EIS).

The video recording quality does not quite come close to the picture quality. Useful video recordings are still possible in good light conditions. In low light conditions, there is a fairly strong image noise. Focus problems and frame rate break-downs do not occur in video mode. The EIS has a good side and compensates for fast movements precisely. To criticize is again the weak dynamic rangewhich is subject to contrasting scenes and recordings can be structureless. Another criticism is there regarding the recording quality, This sounds very harsh and slightly tinny.

Practical test of the front camera

The Front camera mode The MIUI camera app comes with numerous Beauty Filter fitted. Furthermore, stand Auto-HDR mode, Portrait mode (bokeh effect) and different (Color) Filters to select.

With the 13 megapixel front camera made recordings show a pleasant picture sharpness and a neat degree of detail. Unfortunately, recordings are often overexposed, resulting in distorted hues. Especially in selfies that leads to pale faces or skin tones.

connectivity

Telephony

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Global supports all common mobile frequencies and bands in this country. Besides LTE tapes 3, 7 and 20, will also be in the expansion LTE Band 8 (Telekom) supported. In mobile communications, the smartphone proves to be powerful and convinces with a good signal quality. Spoken words are transmitted clearly and understandably.

Dual-SIM allows two nano SIM cards to use at the same time. Both SIM slots are capable of 4G LTE. An improved voice quality is through Voice-over-IP over LTE (VoLTE) allows.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Meanwhile arrived in the middle class area, the WiFi protocols 802.11a / b / g / n / ac (dual-band) supported. The data throughput achieved in the WLAN is average. A high connection range as well as a consistent connection stability are maintained even through several walls. device is in current version 5.0 to disposal. Again, the Redmi Note 5 shows a good connection quality without dropouts.

GPS and sensors

A GPS fix will be set up within a few seconds. The positioning proves to be accurate and remains constant during navigation. Even a location within the building is accurate to within a few meters. On E-Compass helps to determine the direction of the compass so that precise pedestrian navigation is also possible.

The sensory equipment amounts to a proximity sensor, a gyroscope, an accelerometer, an e-compass, an ambient light sensor and a Hall sensor. NFC does not exist. By the Infrared transmitter The smartphone is able to act as a remote control to operate, for example, a television. The "Mi Remote" app is already pre-installed on the smartphone.

A secure unlocking allows the back Fingerprint scanner, This unlocks the smartphone reliably and without much delay. The Face-Unlock Feature was not included in the Global Version of MIUI 9.5 at the time of testing. If you still want to view the function, it is sufficient to change the region to "India" within the system settings.

Audio

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is with a Mono speaker and a 3.5 mm jack audio jack fitted. The sound quality through the speaker is acceptable, if a bit flat. The maximum volume is pleasant without being distorted. Music played through the audio jack sounds full and playback is smooth. Various sound profiles, a sound enhancer and an equalizer are already integrated in MIUI and can be configured via the settings.

Accumulator

The Accumulator owns one Capacity of 4000 mAh, In everyday life, the smartphone proves to be extremely economical. Under normal usage conditions, the screen-on-time is approximately 9 hours. That's enough to come loose with a battery charge throughout the day.

The smartphone is charged via a (not up-to-date) Micro-USB connector, A quick-charging feature is not mentioned separately by Xiaomi, nevertheless Qualcomm's Quick Charge supported. The included charger is not Quick Charge compatible. A complete charge takes approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes with the included charger. Wireless Qi charging is not possible.

Price Comparison

Price history

Current prices

Amazon
1-5 working days
162,88€
Geekmaxi
1-5 working days
169,00€
Banggood
10-30 working days
181,80€
Buy geekbuying
10-30 working days
228,54€
TOMTOP
10-30 working days
230,47€
Gearbest
10-30 working days
250,95€

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Prices last updated on: April 5st, 2020 11:00

Price history

Current prices

Banggood
10-30 working days
149,99€
Amazon
1-5 working days
181,36€
Buy geekbuying
10-30 working days
185,35€
Gearbest
3-7 working days
233,65€
Gearbest
10-30 working days
235,65€

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Prices last updated on: April 5st, 2020 11:00

Final Words

rating
Positive

Handy design
Good workmanship
Bright display with good color rendering
Good everyday performance
Current MIUI 9.5 Global (Android 8.1)
Image recording quality of the main camera under good lighting conditions
Good cellular coverage and quality
Strong signal WiFi and Bluetooth
Precise GPS module
Good battery life

Negative

No USB-C
Single color notification LED only
Weak dynamic range
Heavy noise in poor lighting conditions
Sound recording quality in videos
Missing 4K video recording function in the MIUI camera app
Overexposure of the front camera
Average battery charge time

First impression
9.0
9.5
application
9.0
9.0
Design
8.0
9.0
Display
8.5
8.5
Performance
7.5
8.0
User Interface
8.0
8.5
camera
7.5
6.6
Fingerprint scanner
7.5
8.0
connectivity
8.5
8.7
GPS & sensors
8.5
6.9
Audio
7.0
8.6
Accumulator
8.5
8.5
Summary

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is a consistently well-equipped mid-range smartphone. Externally, the smartphone shines through its handy design and a good build quality. The high-resolution 18: 9 display convinces with a pleasant color rendering and a high display brightness, so that nothing stands in the way of use in bright surroundings.

In terms of performance, the device has a lot to offer. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset is particularly energy efficient while providing enough power to keep you liquid everyday. Multitasking is not a problem due to the lush and fast memory connection. Only in gaming, the Redmi Note 5 occasionally shows weaknesses, which can lead to image degradation in games like PUBG even at low graphics settings.

Pluses the Redmi Note 5 also with regard to the recording quality of the main and front camera. In good lighting conditions, the smartphone conjures up particularly color-accurate, sharp and detailed images. There are weaknesses in the dynamic range and a comparatively rapidly increasing image noise under poor lighting conditions. The MIUI camera app is still upgradable. High-resolution 4K video recordings could not be recorded at the time of the test. The sound recorded with videos unfortunately sounds too harsh and tinny.

In mobile communications, the smartphone supports all common mobile frequencies and bands in this country. The voice quality is convincing. The WLAN and Bluetooth connection strength and connection range are not objectionable. Precise navigation is possible without any problems. The 4000 mAh battery ensures long-lasting battery life. It is a pity, however, that Xiaomi has opted for a no longer up-to-date MicroUSB jack.

All in all, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is a successful midrange smartphone that lives up to its price. If you decide for the mobile device, you should pay attention to acquire the global version, because only this supports the LTE band 20 which is common in this country and is delivered with global MIUI ROM!

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Jochen
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Jochen

Hello super Review I can only agree. I have already ordered the RN5 before 3 weeks and hold it in my hands for a few days now. Of course the Global. For almost 180 € this is a really great smartphone. I can only recommend it. I am now looking for a new offer for my wife for the RN5 in gold. Is there currently a good one? LG

Slither
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Slither

Hello, where did you buy your Redmi Note 5? The voucher for Geekmaxi is unfortunately no longer available. Have now thought to order at GearBest. Does anyone have experience with the shop?

Steff
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Steff

I ordered mine from Gearbest. Came from China and did not even last 2 weeks. It was delivered with Hermes. I did not have to pay customs. Can highly recommend the shop!

Slither
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Slither

Thank you, then will order there too.

Christian Schmidt
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Christian Schmidt

Will buy the smartphone, too. What do I have to watch out for if I want the version with German and LTE band 20? Thanks, LG.

erik
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erik

Is there any information about the SAR value? Thank you!!!

Tim
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Tim

Super Review! Helped me a lot in my purchase decision. I also ordered the Global. Do you happen to know where to get suitable covers and foils?

trend
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trend

Had already two unexpected reboots in two weeks. Which ROM do you have on your device? The Global does not seem to be so stable ...

Bergmann
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Bergmann

Can the RN5 besides VoLTE also Wifi Calling? Somehow I find there no information about ... ..

Peter
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Peter

Hello!
Most important to me is the connectivity via Bluetooth audio - that is, which connections are possible?
Although it was said that in Android 8.1 aptx HD and LDAC would be an integral part - but actually not usable now in ettlichen devices ????
What about the note 5?
LG

Phlip
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Phlip

hi I have the device before now 3 weeks ordered at gearbest, is still not there, who has experience or I have to worry that my device has fallen out of the plane?

hyp
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hyp

Got mine before 14 days at Gearbest. Germany Express selected as shipping. Yesterday it was delivered with Hermes. No idea why this takes so long with you.

Carmen Walpen
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Carmen Walpen

Hello, I would like to order a leather case from Wish or Aliexpress. There, but only Rm5 Pro or A. Which is the right thing for the European Global version?

Frank66
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Frank66

Hello ! I got my Redmi Note5 today, but I'm in doubt with the version. I have ordered the Global Version, but there is no hint anywhere on the pack, there are only Chinese characters everywhere. I did not find the Global Version # (from below) here on my mobile.
Is there a clear mark, I have not turned it on yet.
LG Frank