Xiaomi redmi note 5 ai dual camera review

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Packs a big screen, battery và power-efficient processorImpressive dual cameras deliver chất lượng images

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XIAOMI has proven yet again that it pulls no punches when it steps into the smartphone arena. The company"s latest offering, the Redmi cảnh báo 5 is an aggressively priced mid-range phone that hints that the company is not letting up on its upward momentum.

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Speculation was rife that the new model would go for well above RM1,000 but what we got was an RM999 mã sản phẩm with more bells & whistles than we expected.

But price alone doesn’t necessarily mean xiaomi mi has won but it is a compelling point lớn seeing just what the Redmi cảnh báo 5 is really made of.

Design

You may be excused for mistaking the Redmi chú ý 5 for its older sibling, the Redmi lưu ý 4. After all, they both sport a very similar chassis that is in line with Xiaomi’s recent models such as the Redmi 5.

To no surprise, the Redmi chú ý 5 crammed in a big 5.99-inch Full HD+ (2,160 x 1,080 resolution) display into a phone that typically houses a 5.5-inch screen. The large format 18:9 ratio, found on nearly every new phone this year, does not disappoint with sharp and colour-accurate images.

The phone has a sturdy build quality and is actually slimmer, by 45mm than its predecessor though slightly heavier at 180g.

Honestly, it isn’t a bad-looking kiến thiết yet it does not strike as something groundbreaking or fresh.

Flip it around & it is apparent that the two are not the same as the Redmi lưu ý 5 sports an iPhone X-esque dual camera system that is off centre lớn the left, leaving the fingerprint reader in the centre.

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The side button layout remains largely the same and it still sports a 3.5mm tai nghe jack, which is good news for wired tai nghe users. But the biggest gripe we have is the choice of a micro USB port instead of the now common Type-C USB.

Popping xuất hiện the SIM tray, you will find that it is the of the hybrid variety where you can use both SIMs or delegate one to a microSD thẻ to expand the memory. Whether you choose lớn permanently embed a microSD thẻ into one tray depends on your appetite for content and whether you opt for the 64GB variant over the 32GB one.

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Performance

Taking a peek under the hood, the Redmi note 5 comes with Qualcomm’s new mid-segment Snapdragon 636 octa-core processor, that is said lớn be 40% more powerful than its predecessor.

Our review unit was the vị trí cao nhất line variant that comes with 4GB of RAM và 64GB of internal storage. Below are the benchmarks that we ran on the Redmi lưu ý 5.

Judging from the results, these are some very solid numbers that hit well above its weight class.

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Across the board, scores from Antutu, Geekbench và PCMark all look lớn be well above what a budget phone should be.

The 3d Mark score is to be expected, not mind blowing but it is very good for a điện thoại in this category.

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Under real-world conditions, the Redmi note 5 didn’t give us anything to lớn complain about at all, offering a good balance between performance & power efficiency. Everyday tasks felt smooth và responsive for the most part.

Switching between multiple applications and browsing on numerous tabs proved to lớn be no trouble at all for the phone, no doubt helped by the 4GB of RAM.

Though it is not marketed as a gaming phone, the Redmi lưu ý 5 held its own when we threw a plethora of games at it. Our go-to racing game, Asphalt 8 ran smoothly without any noticeable frame dips. The same could be said of more popular games lượt thích Arena of Valor và Mobile Legends.

The one trò chơi that proved to be too much for the Redmi chú ý 5 was Into the Dead 2, as we had to tone the graphics settings down to lớn Medium in order for the trò chơi to run smoothly.

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 series processors are typically known for their power nguồn efficiency, and this latest System on cpu (SoC) is no different. Paired with a massive 4,000mAh battery, the Redmi chú ý 5 easily lasted more than one standard working day, well into the second day with enough juice to last at least for another half a day.

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Camera

The Redmi chú ý 5 has one more surprise up its proverbial sleeve, & that’s it"s shockingly good camera. Most budget phones typically have poor cameras but xiaomi mi spared no expense to improve the Redmi chú ý 5’s camera.

The dual rear cameras, consisting of a 12-Megapixel primary camera that features large pixel size of1.25um pixels (Correction: 1.4um pixels), coupled with a 5-Megapixel secondary camera for adding ‘bokeh’ effects in photos. In practice, the image chất lượng is surprisingly very good when we tested it out in bright và sunny conditions.

The camera is able to capture a high degree of detail, sharpness and colours. Focusing was quick & accurate, good at taking moving subjects.

Granted the Redmi note 5 does not excel at low light shooting, it still managed to lớn produce decent looking photos when we took it out for a walk in a night market.

Videos may be limited khổng lồ Full HD but the chất lượng is good enough for basic shooting. The electronic image stabilisation (EIS) works terrifically in keeping videos looking smooth.

It has a 13-Megapixel front-facing camera for snapping selfies. Xiaomi claims that it has an AI Beauty Mode 4.0 to enhance one’s looks. Quite honestly though, the ‘beautification’ mode is too aggressive and results in rather ‘unrealistic’ looking subjects. If you must use it, tone it down khổng lồ the minimum to lớn avoid looking lượt thích a Barbie doll.

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Conclusion

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One can’t help but admire the amount of value mi managed to lớn cram into the Redmi chú ý 5. While the thiết kế doesn’t blow anyone’s socks off, it delivers all you could want in a modern điện thoại cảm ứng thông minh from 2018.

A large FullView display? Check. Dual cameras? Check. Power nguồn efficient processor? Double check.

Yes, the Redmi note 5’s internals are the true stars of the show. To lớn no surprise, the power-efficient Qualcomm 636 provides that extra ‘oomph’ in power needed lớn balances between performance and efficiency.

The big surprise comes from the dual cameras which are fantastic for shooting unique pictures out in bright daylight. Low light shooting may not be the best but it still manages lớn produce respectable results

Priced at US$252 (RM999), you will be hard-pressed khổng lồ find another phone that costs so little yet packs a ton of value.

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