Xiaomi just launched another handset in China. The device, called simply the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 in the company’s homeland, seems to actually be an improved version of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro that previously launched in India. The design of the handsets is exactly the same. Both devices have the same 5.99-inch Full HD+ displays and overall the same body. The changes come on the inside of the device. The Chinese Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 might have the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset as its Indian sibling does, however, it runs Android Oreo out of the box. Also, the new device comes with a third storage option, including 3GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage. It’s safe to assume that Xiaomi launched the handset in this variant too in order to make it more accessible to the general public.
The primary cameras also differ a little bit from one model to the other. While the Chinese Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 comes with the same 12MP + 5MP camera setup, the aperture of the 12MP camera is now f/1.9. The 12MP lens of the Indian Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro has a f/2.2 aperture instead. As for the 5MP cameras, they are identical. One thing that seems to be actually a downgrade is that the front-facing camera of the Chinese model features a 13MP lens while the Indian version offered a 20MP selfie camera.
The new Chinese Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 keeps the same 4,000mAh battery we’ve seen in the Indian version before. It will also become available in the same color options, namely Black, Champagne Gold, Rose Gold, and Blue. The only difference is that in the case of the Chinese model, the shade is called Magic Blue, not Lake Blue as it was in the case of the Indian model. The price of the new Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 will reportedly start at $173. This is, indeed, quite an affordable price, considering the features the new model has to offer.