Redmi Note 5 Review – Crazy Good For The Price!
Note 5, so i've been using it for over a week, and this truly is, in my opinion, the best budget phone that you will find priced around 220 us, at least this is the cost of my model here with the 4 gigabytes of RAM 64 gigabytes of Storage now this has qualcomm's latest you could say super efficient chip with reasonable power it's. The Snapdragon 636 now that's got eight cryo 260 cores on it. Adreno 509 GPU it's pretty much a GPU for everyone out there, because it's going to have enough power to play. All the games it won't, be the fastest, so you won't get the smooth frame rate, but in general a very good chipset that is quite power efficient, so it's really easy on the battery. So this phone right here has an 18 by 9 aspect. Ratio screen, which is 2160 by 1080 or 2 by one ratio. Really I don't know why anyone's not calling it that it seems to be all the manufacturer, so it's, 18 by 9, that's, 2 by 1. So the screen here has a maximum brightness of almost 500 Lux about 489, a mishit and then it's really decent. Now the sunlight legibility, as you can see here, isn't, wonderful, so it's, not as good as say a Super AMOLED panel, so that blacks as well they're, not gon na be as deep but overall the color reproduction seems quite good. You can't took that in the settings as well to your own personal preference and the viewing angles are good now, they're, not, I would say not as good as I have seen.
I mean, I even think the readme Note 4 has a slightly better IPS panel in it, but overall, a very decent screen that this has now some of the changes with this new model. Here, since the Chinese Edition is that Xiaomi decided to change things up a little bit when it comes to the cameras, so we still have that 5 megapixels, since a use for the depth photo so that's going to grab the background. So you get the blurred background, but they decided to change the 12 megapixel sensor. This one here has a slightly different lens on it, so it's f, 1.9, and it has a one point. Four millimeter pixel size two sensor on here, which is a sensor that has dual pixel, face: detection autofocus. So what does that jargon mean? It basically means the focus on this. Mobile phone is really quick. It is very very fast indeed, and this finally kills the focus hunting issues that has been plaguing, showing these phones for quite some time. So we don't have any issues with that anymore and it really is a step up and camera performance as you'll see later on. In the review, when I get to my camera part and look at the performance of the cameras on it, so the front camera we have up here this one's 13 megapixels as a downgrade. You could say from the Indian version, which is the redmi note. 5 pro. We now have 13 megapixels, but it supports now and it has depth.
So you can take those dips, fake photos with your blurred, bokeh backgrounds, and it does a reasonable kind of job of that it does tend to get the stitching a little bit wrong at times. It also has an LED flash which shy in the beginning falsely mistaken for as perhaps the secondary camera, but it kind of looks like one, but it isn't it's a secondary flash which is great to have so they can light up your face for those selfie lovers Out there, so raw Delft is quite a bit now in terms of build quality. You can see. We'Ve got a full, not quite a full metal, unibody it's, the back of its all metal, but the tops and the bottom are made out of plastic. This to me is a slight con slight disappointment. I would've liked them to view say the Uni body from the me 5x, or even my MMX that's, quite a good unibody, and we don't have a type C port on here, which I feel is a huge error. I mean come on. Show me this is 2018 what's, the problem with them. Why can they not use type C? They think it's only for flagships, but my guess is they probably have like a billion micro USB ports that they still need to use up in these phones, so that's, why that is happening so we've got dual SIM support now this model, because it's the Chinese one, Does not support LTE band 20, which is a bit of a con, so wait and get the global version or the local EU version that will be coming out in Portugal and Spain, hopefully soon that's supposed to be coming out.
So it will take to nano Sims. As you can see, with the sim tray there or a micro SD card, if you give up one of those nano Sims there, so my storage here I've got 64 gigabytes. Of course you can put up to a 256 gigabytes of micro SD card storage in there. So it's great to have that option there now the volume buttons that are on the right hand, side here, so these are made out of meets all they've, got a good feel to them. They don't rattle around and overall, the position of them to get them get to. The one handed is perfectly fine and it's quite a comfortable phone to use now because the longer screen – perhaps maybe it's there's a little bit harder to swipe, but really I don't find it too much of an issue you can get used to that. So the UI. Now is shipping this phone, at least with Android 8.1, which is really good and is and being no over the air updates yet, which is a little bit strange, but perhaps with all the Chinese holidays, they've had lately that's. Probably why but hopefully there's going to be a patch coming out, because I have encountered a few problems with the ROM that now and then you will see a little bit of stutter. This happens mostly in the fullscreen gesture mode, which is something they recently added with the new UI 9.5, and it just lets you use the screen to the full advantage here.
You don't have to have the on screen navigation buttons, showing all the time it's very easy to do you just swipe from the side to go back or you can swipe up and then pause, and that brings you to recent apps and then, of course, if you Just swipe straight up, then that's to take you back to the home screen and I've been using that now for a week and it's perfectly fine, and I found that when I use my max, I ended up doing that on that phone there so very easily get Used to those swiping gestures and everything so let's take a look now at the face, unlocking so using the front facing camera can unlock quite quickly. Now I found that it works okay, but sometimes when it should work in good light it just doesn't. Okay, there, it worked quite quick, so it's only really in low light that it doesn't work as you'd expect the face, unlocking I'll, try it again and it's. Just sometimes couldn't recognize you there. It goes okay, a little bit slower than but the fingerprint reader. On the back I mean this takes under a second to unlock it's, very quick, just like other redmi devices. Like the redmi note, 5, the redmi note 4 really good there. Moving on to battery life. Now, but before I mention that charge time, so it is two hours and five minutes to fully charge it from 5 battery life using the supplied charger.
Now, if you use a Qualcomm quick charge 3 charger, then you can drop that down to this one hour and 49 minutes which isn't bad so also talking about not bad is 9 hours and 15 minutes of on screen time. Here. This is what the wireless on with the data enabled as well. Yes, data a little bit, but most the time was actually just Wireless. Now this figure is very decent, so it's about two days for most people but it's, not quite as good as the readme five plus I managed to get ten hours of that so moving from the snapdragon to six to five and then to the six three six. You lose about ten percent battery life, but I feel it's a welcome trade off. No. This is quite heavy use as well. So I was playing hit chrome. I used quite a bit as well and pub G, so pub G for one hour and 53 minutes and you can see here hit for just over two hours and then chrome for an hour and 32 minutes during that time there. So the Snapdragon 636 is a relatively new chipset. I mean it only just came out I'm very interested to see how it performs and synthetic benchmarks. So we get a score here that is quite a bit higher than a Snapdragon six to five, so the 65 gets about 70000 and here we're getting at times almost close to a hundred and twenty thousand.
This is what the latest version of antutu so not a bad result at all, a huge step up really from the previous generation of the chipset here's, the Geekbench full score. Now I did test out the internal storage, so it's e MMC 5.1 speak here, and these speeds are okay kind of to be expected really for the spec of Drive. It does not have that fast. U FS! 2.1 storage that comes on mid range and flagship devices. Of course, GPS performance i've noticed that it's quite good, just like most of the qualcomm chipsets, really it's. Only media tech that was having trouble with GPS accuracy is always around about three and four meters, so not bad, and i did test out my wireless speed so testing the maximum that this wireless AC can output is close to 300 megabits per second here. But then, when i tested out 4g not really too happy with the results here, so i couldn't really get what I would call the normal kind of speeds out of here no tested over different days. And maybe this is down to the fact that I have the Chinese version and hasn't got the optimal band of LTE that I'm currently running on, and this is probably the best residing managed to get with the wireless here so 134 and then thirty four upload. Again. Not as fast as other mobile phones that are pushing more around 160 download and about a hundred and fifty upload as well so not too sure waters up with the wireless and the 4G performance.
Hopefully software updates will address this just down. The bottom you'll find the 3.5 millimeter headphone jack and the loudspeakers. It is just one of them and the volume of it it's actually quite decent I'll, give you a sample that of just a second, but I wanted to mention that the sound output from the 3.5 millimeter headphone jack it's good, no issues with it. It'S not super high quality. It doesn't have a high quality deck on there. Anything like that, but it's, good it's, decent nice volume output as well, and the core quality as well is really good. But let's have a listen to that loudspeaker now so decent volume coming out of that it's not super high quality either. The loudspeaker is a tiny little bit of bass a little bit of meds but overall for the price of the phone. I find it to be good and yes on this mobile, you also get FM radio with a hardware FM radio tuner, so it's, not using any of your data it's great to have this on here still on mobile phones, so let's move over to the cameras. Now I covered the camera in depth and did a comparison against the Samsung Galaxy s7. So please check out my video of that I've got way more samples and even more video samples as well. But you can see that this phone here can take some really good images in daylight and it can even match – or even sometimes better, the quality of photo produced by the Samsung Galaxy s7 a two year old flagship, and that is really something that's amazing results here.
You can see, look at these photos just check out. The clouds still got some details of the clouds still have some details in the shadows there, so the dynamic range on the rear camera is really good, and what impresses me is the focus and you could still take a decent macro to with this camera now, where It isn't so good, as always, is low light. So I'm, only gon na give you just a few samples here. You can see here that it's, but to get a bit of grain pixel II it's over sharpening so hopefully maybe with a little bit of tweaking Xiaomi. Can improve the quality of low light photography so on the rear, camera and the front camera we can take. Those dips effect photos, you know, were the ones with the blurred background that seemed to be very popular, so portrait mode on the rear camera does a much better job than the front facing camera when it comes to stitching, as you can see here now, if you Zoom in close, especially with the front facing camera, you can see that at first glance this photo looks good zoom in and oh hang on the stitching just around the side of my face there, not so great. So hopefully this will be improved. So, with the native camera app, you can shoot in 1080p with electronic image. Stabilization now just check out how steady this is you're, probably thinking well, you must be using your gimbal.
Surely, but no yes, a budget phone with this level of stabilization pretty much unheard of until now, and it really is impressive. Considering that I'm, just holding this with two hands so handheld walking along and it's doing a really really good job, and not only that for 1080p video, I find the quality to be good. There is some improvements as well to the audio, although the bitrate is still quite low. It is a little bit louder than most phones you'll, see here now, because we have that phase detection autofocus the dual pixel phase: detection autofocus, I should say just like the Samsung Galaxy s7. You find that the focus is pretty much rock solid, very good. No more focus hunting, so Xiaomi have done an excellent job here, with this really good and overall I'm really impressed, considering that this is about a 220 US mobile phone. Now, if you want to shoot in 4k, you can do this, but you need to use open. Cam I'll, give you a sample of that now now with open camera. It'S not perfect, because I do have the electronic image stabilization enabled as well, because the hardware support is there now you notice that it might drop a few frames now and then it depending on what bitrate you set. So if you set a really high bitrate, it will tend to drop more frames. But to me this quality is excellent. It is really really good. I mean I even walked down these steps here, to show you just how that image stabilization is going to work, and I used to be a really strong believer that you must have optical image stabilization, but that really is only needed now for low light photography and Not so much for video, because you have a lot of the killed with Google pixel and now this kind of stabilization, I feel the electronic image stabilization or digital is all.
You really need video sample now in low light, and you can see it's not very good. At all there's a lot of grain, it actually looks so much brighter than it really is and there's a quick sample as well. What the front facing camera looks like in low lights. You can see it's not great again lots and lots of grain alright, so that wraps up my video here Xiaomi has set the standard yet again for a budget mobile phone under 250 u.s.. This sells for about 220 and really it just offers so much so. The Snapdragon is six three six. This is my new favorite chip, see because it's got a real, almost a perfect blend of performance features and efficiency, so it's not quite as efficient as a Snapdragon 625 it's about 10 percent, less efficient uses about 10 percent more power in my testing. So I got eight to nine hours on screen time. With this, with the xiaomi redmi v plus I managed to get about 10 hours, so we're losing about an hour there. You can see. Tim percent really is what it is. But overall the build quality is decent. That'S solid, the screen is fine. I mean 1080p IPS panel with maximum brightness of 500. Lux is very good and we are getting better cameras than you'll ever find really in most other budget phones around this price find me a mobile phone, at least at the time of this review.
That will take a bit of photo than this one and you will struggle because this has a sensor on the rear of it. That has features from Fletcher flagship mobile phones. So we've got that dual pixel phase detection autofocus, which is very fast, so the same focus technology used in the Samsung Galaxy s7, s8 and even the s9 is using that the dual pixel technology for the focus really good. But what surprised me is, if you put photos side by side in certain conditions, the redmi note 5 can take a better photo than my samsung galaxy s7 and then is a huge and amazing feat for 220 mobile phone. Just let that sink in that's kind of amazing now low light no low light. The galaxy s7 would absolutely kill this mobile phone here. Well, not absolutely, but there's. A huge difference, it's a lot better. So it's it's not perfect there's. A couple of things I'm, not too happy about so first off there's, a couple of UI stutters. So when you swipe up sometimes especially in the full screen gesture mode, you will see a couple. Little tiny micro stutters a little a little bit of lag there, but it's not a deal breaker and show me. I believe, we'll be able to patch and fix that, because I feel the roms quite new there and that's. Probably the reason why so we've got Android 8.1 out of the box, which is great to have so very recent version, and of course this has me you a 9.
5 1 of it. Their latest builds as well too so there's also good to see so overall as a package as a phone for the price really good, highly recommended from me. I really don't think Chumlee could have bettered this unless, of course, they put a type C port on here. Unibody and NFC, and then it would be a mid range phone and they'll be charging an extra hundred or 150 US more thanks a lot for watching this review and please do check out my camera comparison of the Remy. Note.