Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 vs Redmi 5, which one should you buy

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Xiaomi has launched the Redmi Note 5 and Redmi 5 in India a few weeks ago, the phone are quite different from each other and are targeted towards different type of audience.

There are a few common things between the phone which makes it confusing for the consumer who is looking to buy a smartphone in the market.

In this article, we are going to clear out the confusion and help you decide which phone is better for you.

Talking about physical differences between Redmi 5 and Redmi Note 5

The Redmi 5 is a 5.7 inch smartphone while the Redmi note 5 is a 5.99-inch smartphone, both the smartphone have got 18:9 aspect ratio screen.

Apart from having the similar aspect ratio screen, the device also share similar design sense, if we take a look at the back of both the phones, they are identical.

With all the button and their placements, like the volume rocker, the power key, and the fingerprint placement, all are same bwtween the phones.

We compared the spec sheet of both the phones, and it looks almost identical with little differences between the phones which we will talk about below.

Talking about the internal differences between Redmi 5 and Redmi Note 5.

Internally also there are things like the camera which is both 12-megapixel Rear camera and 5-megapixel Front camera in both the phones.

There are two major differences between the phones, which is the screen resolution and the battery capacity.

The Redmi 5 has a screen resolution of 720×1440 pixels,whether Redmi Note 5 has 1080×2160 pixel. The screen density of Redmi 5 is 282ppi while the Redmi Note 5 has a screen density of 403ppi, which means the Redmi Note 5 screen is a lot sharper.

The Redmi Note 5 gets the 4000mAh battery like it’s predecessor, while Xiaomi decided to put a 3300mAh battery in Redmi 5.

But it also claims that Redmi 5 has the same battery performance in comparison to Redmi 4. But having a larger battery will help, and probably give more back up to the Redmi Note 5.

The Major difference between the phones is of course the processor, which is the reason they have been priced differently.

You get Snapdragon 625 in Redmi Note 5, where as the Redmi 5 has Snapdragon 450. It is needless to say that the Redmi Note 5 will perform better with a higher Snapdragon chipset.

But for normal activities, like casual browsing, social networking, and messaging, there won’t be much of a difference and I can say that after using the Redmi 4 as my primary phone for a couple of months, which had Snapdragon 435.

The Redmi 5 comes with an even better chipset which is set to improve the performance of the phone.

So which phone should you buy?

I have stated the differences between the phone and the question whether you should buy Redmi 5 or Redmi Note 5 comes down to your preference.

If you want a handy phone, just for casual browsing, not for any kind of hard core thing, such as gaming or multitasking, you will be happy with the Redmi 5.

But, if you are looking to do more, such as watching videos or maybe movies on your phone, and you do not worry about handling your phone with both hands, then you can surely go for the Redmi Note 5.

The price difference between the 32GB/ 3GB RAM variant for both the phones is just Rs 1000. You can get the Redmi 5 for Rs 8999 where the Redmi Note 5 can be bought for Rs 9999.

The 16 GB / 2 GB RAM variant of Redmi 5 comes even cheaper at Rs 7999, but there is no 16GB variant for the Redmi note 5, and I would recommend you go for the 32GB variant at least, because the storage fills up way too quickly these days.

There is a similar difference between the higher variant, the 64 GB / 4 GB RAM variant of Redmi 5 is priced at Rs 10999 and the Redmi Note 5 is priced at the base 11999.

While I don’t recommend you buy the 16 GB variant of Redmi 5, I also don’t see why would anyone buy a 64 GB variant of the Redmi 5, because, ‘budget’ is one of the key factors for buying an Redmi 5.

So the real competition is between the 32GB variant of both the phones.

Just for convenience, I would like to mention what better things you would get in Redmi Note 5 for those extra Rs 1000.

  • A full HD resolution screen,
  • A better screen display with 403ppi.
  • A bigger screen (though just 0.2 inches)
  • A better processor (Snapdragon 625)
  • A bigger battery (4000mAh)

I hope this article clears out your confusion regarding which phone you should buy.

If you are confused between Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 vs Redmi Note 5 Pro, we have compared the phones to clear out your confusion for these two phones as well.

The Redmi Note 5 is available exclusively on Flipkart, Mi Store and Mi Home (in selected cities), while the Redmi 5 is available exslusively on Amazon.in, Mi Store and Mi Home (in selected cities). I’ll put the product links below.

Redmi Note 5 (32 GB)  (3 GB RAM)

Check out Redmi 5 on Amazon.in

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