Considering that the Redmi 5 costs Rs 8,999 and the Redmi Note 5 costs Rs 11,999, the price difference should be justified, right? The gap of Rs 3,000 should offer something that’s worth its value.
Maybe the difference in price might even seem unnecessary to some users if they prefer a small phone that’s optimal for single-hand usage as compared to a 5.99-inch screen. Others may say that the since the Snapdragon 625 is a better chipset than the Snapdragon 450, they wouldn’t mind shelling out the extra bit.
We’ve compared all the aspects of the phone below, so that you can see for yourself whether the bargain is worth its bluster.
Build and display
Both, the Redmi Note 5 and Redmi 5, look more or less similar on the outside. Even the camera, flash and fingerprint sensor placement on the back of the phone is in identical proportions. They’re both build on an aluminium frame with a plastic casing.
The only significant factor that stands out is that the Redmi 5 looks like a smaller counterpart of the Note 5 with dimensions of 151.8 x 72.8 x 7.7 mm. It goes without saying that due to the same reason, the Redmi Note 5 is a little heavier as well.
The Redmi Note 5 does have sharper edges than the Redmi 5. Though it doesn't make a big difference for gaming, or videos, but when making calls and holding the phone to your ear, the grip will matter. The sharper edges aren't a deal breaker, but a tad inconvenient.
Overall, neither phone feels flimsy in hand.
The one very obvious difference on the phones is that the Redmi 5 has a dull, off-white display where as the Note 5 is more red-tinged. This is probably due to the fact that former has better saturation and contrast than the latter.
The Note 5, since it has a bigger screen, supports a higher resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels.
Considering that the Redmi 5 runs on the Octa Core Snapdragon 450 and the Redmi Note 5 runs on the Octa Core Snapdragon 625, you’d expect the latter to be faster. In actuality, there really isn’t much of a difference between the two chipsets. In fact, both the SoCs even run on the same 64-bit ARM Cortex A53 CPU. The Redmi Note 5 is capable of clocking up to 2.0GHz and the Note can go as fast as 1.8GHz.
The Snapdragon 450, though being an entry-level chipset, has specs that will support any mid-range device. So it terms of power and how much your phone is capable of, the difference in chipsets isn't the diverging factor… For this particular case, anyway.
The Note 5 does have 4G RAM with 64GB storage while the Redmi 5 has 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. So the differences in efficiency will become more and more apparent as you start running out of space on your phone, which is sooner for the Redmi 5 than the Redmi Note 5.
Even in terms of operating systems (OS), both the phones run on Nougat out-of-the-box with MIUI 9.0 running. According the reports, the MIUI 9.5 update should be rolling out later this month for both the phones.
The difference in battery sizes, not only stand out, but are painfully obvious when you’re using the phones. The Redmi Note 5 lasts considerably longer than the Redmi 5 under heavy usage.
When it's 4,000mAh battery against a 3,300mAh battery, the usual first reaction is to just towards the bigger battery but in reality, battery size isn't determining factor for battery life.
Under normal use, nothing too heavy, both phones have comfortably functioned for a little longer than 24 hours. The Redmi Note 5 is actually somewhere between 24hours and 48hours.
The primary cameras on both the phones are 12MP with auto-focus (AF) .Since the cameras are the same, the pictures should come out the same as well, right?
When taking photos in natural light the results are pretty similar, but under artificial light the Redmi Note 5 captures more details and the differences in colour are more perceptible. When taking photos against the light, the bigger phone’s images have better saturation and background details are greater.
There is such a thing as over saturated, but that isn't the case here. By better saturation it's implied that the hues of the objects are captured more accurately rather than being dulled out or appearing like a shadow.
On the other hand, the Redmi 5 performs better under low light conditions. The images are relatively more crisp and gradient shifts can be seen, whereas the Note 5 muddies the colors and the focus object melts into the background.
The Redmi 5, on its own, isn’t too impressive in the low light department but it is better in comparison to its counterpart. It captures more details and colors, but edges of objects are too smooth. The Note 5 keeps the edges sharp.
The secondary cameras have the same 5MP sensor on both the phones, but the Redmi 5 comes equipped with a front camera flash. Though the selfie comparison was clicked during the day, where the flash feature should have no bearing on how the picture turns out, the Redmi 5 camera produced a smoother image whereas the Redmi Note 5 camera had more detail and the edges are better defined.
When it comes to recording videos, the Redmi 5 can support Full HD frames whereas the Redmi Note 5 can record in 4K.
The Redmi 5 may be the budget phone most users are looking for, but the results of the Redmi Note 5 speak for themselves. The superior battery, processor, RAM and storage cumulatively deliver better performance and usage experience.
The extra Rs 3,000 is well worth its value when it includes more than double the battery capacity, double storage and a bigger screen. The Redmi Note 5 is automatically a better device because you’ll be able to do more with it.
This isn’t to say that the Redmi 5 isn’t worth its salt. For Rs 8,999, it’s still one of the better phones in the market, it just depends on what your requirements are as a user.
If you’re one that loves freebies, then the Redmi 5 comes with its own cover. But sadly, no out-of-the-box headphones with either device.