India, today, is the second biggest market for Xiaomi after China, where Xiaomi is also selling other products such as smartwatches, air purifiers, water purifiers, etc. Unlike the Redmi Note 5 Pro which has been launched alongside, the Redmi Note 5 is a small upgrade starting with its large 5.99-inch FullView 18:9 screen, an ergonomic design, a front LED selfie light.
Since its entry in the Indian market in 2014, Xiaomi has been primarily engaged in smartphone manufacturing.
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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro also highlights a 5.99-inch full-HD (1080×2160 pixels) display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, and 2.5D rounded glass. The smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor. As we mentioned, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 comes in two storage variants - 32GB and 64GB - both of which are expandable via microSD card in a hybrid dual-SIM format.
To start with the cashback offer, Reliance Jio users get a cashback of Rs 2,200 on the purchase of Redmi Note 5 Pro and Redmi Note 5. The new sensor has a larger 1.25-micron pixel size which is said to perform better in low light compared to the Redmi Note 4. Over at the rear, you get this iPhone X style camera bump which houses a 12MP f/2.2 main camera and a secondary 5MP f/2.0 shooter for depth of field effects.
The device runs Android 7.0 Nougat operating system and is topped with the company's own MIUI 9. It is powered by a 4000mAh battery that's rated to deliver up to 14 hours of continuous video playback, with 5V/2A fast charging. The company has launched both variants with different price tags. The 3GB RAM + 32GB storage model is priced at RM749, while the higher-spec 4GB RAM + 64GB storage option will be coming soon at a later date. Colour options are Black, Gold, Lake Blue, and Rose Gold.
A huge battery is another plus for the Redmi Note 5, and it's good to see the headphone jack still there.
Connectivity options on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, 3.5mm headphone jack, and Micro-USB. There are 4GB as well as 6GB RAM variants. The device comes with the first dual-camera setup in a Redmi device. The 12MP camera has f/2.2 aperture while the 5MP camera has f/2.0 aperture. For low-light situations, Xiaomi has included an LED selfie light. The price of 6GB RAM variant is Rs.16,999. Moreover, with its ability to sustain this high-level performance, the Snapdragon is likely to keep the Redmi Note 5 Pro in top order for an extended period of time. The newly launched Mi TV 4 will take on the likes of Samsung, Sony and LG in an all-new segment in the country. It is also added with AI (artificial intelligence) based recommendations UI called PatchWall.
At Rs. 39,999, the Mi TV 4 is one of the cheapest 55-inch 4K TVs available in the Indian market. The devices will be available across Xiaomi's official website, Flipkart and even Mi Home.