One of the most anticipated devices of 2018, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 has finally been launched in Nepal. Mi Nepal (Vatsal Impex Pvt. Ltd.) released the first teaser of the device on 15th of May and after 5 days of the first tease, they have officially launched the device.
In 2017, many Android flagships featured a taller screen with near bezel-less display as their headlining feature. Naturally, we started seeing this trend trickle down to the mid-range and entry-level segments. Xiaomi has been a favorite in the budget space and now it’s joining the party! The new Redmi Note 5 AI has big shoes to fill from what we’ve seen with the Redmi Note 4.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI is one of the affordable Redmi series to feature an 18:9 display. There’s a decent-sized bezel around the display, but the curved corners make up for a larger size. From the front, the Redmi Note 5 AI looks just like the Redmi 5 Plus, but at the back, there’s a vertical dual-camera setup with a noticeable camera bump. There aren’t any capacitive buttons, this time around, as Xiaomi has gone with on-screen navigation buttons.
The Redmi Note 5 AI sports a 5.99-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD display of 2160 x 1080p resolution translating to a pixel density of 403ppi. Xiaomi boasts of it having a maximum brightness of 450 nits. This in the real world means easy display visibility even under direct sunlight. The 18:9 aspect ratio display is edged out by a 2.5D and is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass (undisclosed).
One of the highlights of the Redmi Note 5 AI is its camera! It is the first Redmi Note to sport a dual camera setup. The phone packs a dual-camera set up made by a 12MP and a 5MP sensor. The secondary 5MP camera remains unaffected with the same f/2.0 aperture. The primary camera is still 12MP but it now comes with an f/1.9 aperture compared to f/2.2 on the Indian variant. The sensor size is also increased to something in a pixel size of 1.4µm compared to1.25µm on the Indian variant.
The phone’s front-facing camera is also different compared to the Indian variant of the Redmi Note 5 with a 13MP front snapper. The front camera for the first time also gets an Artificial Intelligence backing. This AI helps support the effects of bokeh, beauty mode and also face unlock. This new handset features a dual pixel phase detection autofocus, which the Indian model doesn’t come with.
When it comes to features, the Redmi Note 5 once again seems to be ahead of the competition. Xiaomi debuted the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC in India with the launch of the Redmi Note 5 Pro. This houses an 8x Kryo 260 CPU clocked at 1.8 GHz along with Adreno 509 GPU. The same processor is used in the Redmi Note 5 AI that is launched in Nepal.
The new chipset is paired with 3GB, 4GB and 6GB LPDDR4X RAM modules along with 64 GB internal storage as a standard. However, only the 4GB RAM variant is currently available here in Nepal. That said, we do hear rumors that the company will soon bring the 3GB RAM variant of the phone.
Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, 4G with support for VoLTE on both SIMs and a micro USB port (USB 2.0) at the bottom. Powering all of the above is a non-user removable 4000mAh battery with 5V/2A charging. The phone also supports Quick Charge 2.0 for fast charging. The processor and battery combination also delivers a pretty good battery life, all thanks to the 14nm manufacturing process. As for the software, it’s the usual MIUI 9 with latest Android 8.1 Oreo as the base.
Redmi Note 5 AI price and availability
The phone is priced at Rs. 28,499 and is available for pre-booking on Mi Nepal’s official website. The phone was launched in four color options, Black, Gold, Rose Gold and Blue. But currently, the only color option available is Black.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI will be available to purchase from both online and offline starting next week. It can be purchased from Mi showrooms located at LABIM Mall and Pako New Road, and Mi Nepal’s official website. According to the company, the phone comes in limited stock so hurry up if you want to grab yourself a brand new Xiaomi Redmi Note AI. And for those expecting to get a discount on the retail market, you sadly won’t get much of it. Since the price is fixed at MSP and not MRP, the chance of getting a discount is low.
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