Xiaomi has just announced the Redmi Note 5 in India, and it turns out that it's not just a rebranded Redmi 5 Plus. The Redmi Note 5 is a completely new smartphone, and India is the first market that Xiaomi decided to announce it in. This handset comes with rather thin bezels, while its display sports rounded corners. The Redmi Note 5 look considerably different than the Redmi Note 4, at least its front side does, and a set of on-screen buttons is also included here, just like on the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus, as it seems like Xiaomi is looking to ditch capacitive keys altogether.
All the physical keys are located on the right-hand side of the Redmi Note 5, while the phone's SIM card tray lies on the left. A single camera lies on the back of the Redmi Note 5, below which you will notice a fingerprint scanner. A dual-LED, dual-tone flash is also included on the back of the Redmi Note 5, and the same can be said for the company's branding, The back side of the Redmi Note 5 is curved, and it's actually reminiscent of the Redmi Note 4's back side. Having said that, let's take a look at the phone's specs, shall we. The Redmi Note 5 features a 5.99-inch fullHD+ (2160 x 1080) display with a 2.5D curved glass on top of it. The device is fueled by the Snapdragon 625 64-bit octa-core processor, while it includes 3GB or 4GB of RAM, along with 32GB or 64GB of storage, respectively. Both of those variants of the device offer expandable storage, you can expand the Redmi Note 5's storage up to 128GB via a microSD card. There are two SIM card slots included inside of this phone, two nano SIM card slots, one of which you can use in order to expand the phone's storage (hybrid dual SIM setup).
A 12-megapixel snapper (1.25um pixel size, f/2.2 aperture, PDAF) is placed on the back of the Redmi Note 5, while a 5-megapixel camera (f/2.0 aperture) can be found on the phone's front side. An IR blaster is also a part of the offering, while the phone comes with a 4,000mAh non-removable battery. Android 7.1.2 Nougat comes pre-installed on this smartphone, along with Xiaomi's MIUI 9 skin. The phone measures 158.5 x 75.45 x 8.05mm, while it weighs 180 grams. The Redmi Note 5 comes in Black, Gold, Rose Gold and Lake Blue color variants, while the two models of the device (3GB and 4GB RAM variants) are priced at Rs. 9,999 ($156) and Rs. 11,999 ($187) in India. During the press conference, it was announced that the phone will be available exclusively from Flipkart soon, while a regular silicone case will ship inside of the phone's retail box.
UPDATE: first (flash) sale for this smartphone will kick off on February 22.