Up until this point we knew some details about Xiaomi’s first 18:9 midranger – the Redmi Note 5 – and have seen it in renders but we’re now finally being treated to a few snaps from the wild.
The device in the blurry images looks like a prototype of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 complete with a minimal-bezel front where there’ll likely be a 5.5-inch 18:9 display, and the dual camera setup on the back.
It’s rumored that the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 will have a 16MP+5MP setup on the back and a front-facing camera of unknown resolution.
The chipset of choice will either be a Snapdragon 660 or, more likely, a MediaTek Helio P25. The battery is rumored to have a 4,000mAh capacity.
We expect Xiaomi to release a few different variants of the Redmi Note 5, either with 3GB or 4GB of RAM. The alleged pricing is as follows:
|Xiaomi Redmi Note 5||CNY||USD (est)||EUR (est)|
|3GB RAM / 16GB storage||999||$150||€128|
|3GB RAM / 32GB storage||1,299||$195||€167|
|4GB RAM / 64GB storage||1,699||$256||€218|
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 visits Geekbench with Snapdragon 660
Xiaomi has always offered great bang for the buck, so it’s exciting to see hints of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, which combines two current flagship trends – 18:9 bezel-less screen and dual cameras. Better yet, rumors hint at a Snapdragon 660 chipset – a “lite” version of the flagship 835 SoC.
A Geekbench 4 result potentially sours the inflow of rumors – it lists a Qualcomm MSM8952 chipset, aka Snapdragon 660. Well, eight Cortex-A53 cores at a low clock speed are no match for eight Kryo cores. Not to mention the aging GPU…
There’s hope, however, it seems that Geekbench messed up the chipset model number. Compare the scores to those of a Moto G4 (S617), the Redmi Note 5 scores noticeably higher in the single-core test.
There’s more – here are the scores of the vivo X9 Plus, which is also listed with MSM8952. Much closer, right? And a trip to our database reveals that this model uses Snapdragon 653.
So there is still hope, perhaps the early software of the phone tripped up Geekbench. The 3GB of RAM are not ideal, but not bad for a budget device – it starts at just CNY 999 / $150 / €130. Quite the bargain for a 5.5” screen, a 16MP + 5MP dual camera and a chunky 4,000mAh battery.