Since its inception eight years ago, Chinese tech giant Xiaomi has been living by the motto of creating premium products with wallet-friendly price tags – and its latest device is the true epitome of that
The Redmi Note 5 is the fresh addition to Xiaomi's Redmi line, which focuses on creating affordable mid-range smartphones
The Redmi Note 5 has a tough act to follow because its predecessor the Redmi Note 4 was widely praised, receiving four and five-star ratings across the board.
But it appears Xiaomi is not one to shy away from a challenge as it beefs up the Redmi Note 5 by focusing on core upgrades in major areas.
For starters, the Redmi Note 5 features a 5.99-inch Full HD+ display with minimal bezels for an immersive on-screen experience
Under the hood lies the good stuff.
The phone runs on a Snapdragon 636 processor capable of withstanding demanding and graphic-heavy apps
According to Lowyat.net, the Redmi Note 5 is the first Snapdragon 636 smartphone to be available in Malaysia.
Just like the Note 4, the Redmi Note 5 comes with either 3GB RAM + 32GB of storage or 4GB RAM + 64GB of storage. A dual-card slot lets you top up the storage space, should you require more room for images, videos, and apps.
Xiaomi said in a press release that the Redmi Note 5 is the first device in the Redmi family to use LPDDR4X DRAM, which is usually only available on flagship smartphones. With up to 4GB of DRAM, Redmi Note 5 can run more apps simultaneously and switch between programs with ease.
Meanwhile, a 4,000mAh battery pack capable of fast charging is expected to last up to 2 days with average use.
The dual-lens camera setup is a familiar look that's slowly becoming a staple in current smartphones. The Redmi Note 5 is no exception, as you can see from the 12-megapixel + 5-megapixel rear shooter.
The combo houses an auto-focus feature and a faster f/1.9 lens for low light photography.
The front camera of Redmi Note 5 sports a 13-megapixel sensor, complemented by an LED Selfie light. When Portrait Mode is engaged, both the front and rear cameras come with Xiaomi's latest Beautify 4.0, which has different effects enhanced by AI calculations.
The Redmi Note 5 is officially priced at RM799 for the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage variant, while the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage is priced at RM999. It will be available in three colours: Blue, Gold, and Black.
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