First of all we would say that redmi note 5 more redmi 5 Looks alike in appearance. Many people will not be able to tell the difference between the two. Redmi Note 5 is bigger. It comes with a 5.99-inch 18:9 aspect ratio display. In Redmi 5, you will get a 5.7-inch fullview display. The resolution is also different. The screen of Redmi 5 is of HD + resolution and that of Redmi Note 5 is full-HD +. After using both the phones, we would say that the panel of Redmi Note 5 is slightly better than Redmi 5.
Both the phones are similar in appearance from the back as well. Both have a 12-megapixel primary camera. Talking about the difference, Redmi 5 has single LED flash and Redmi Note 5 has dual LED flash. Both the phones have fingerprint sensors on the rear and they work fast. The fingerprint sensor of the Redmi 5 is easy to reach due to its small size, whereas in the Redmi Note 5 you will have to stretch your fingers a bit.
There is no difference between the location of the buttons and the port in both the phones. The physical button is on the right. At the same time, the SIM and microSD card slot are on the left. The Micro-USB port is on the bottom and the headphone socket is on the top. Both the phones come with infrared ammeter.
Photos taken with both the phones are generally good. But there are some minor differences as well. While taking landscape shots, we found that the Redmi Note 5 took slightly better shots, while the colors were not as accurate in the pictures of the Redmi 5. The performance of both the smartphones in macro shots is similar, it is difficult to find the difference between them. The output is almost the same even in low light, but we found that the Redmi Note 5 performed better than the Redmi 5.
If you look at the specification, you will find that there are many differences in terms of hardware. The reliable Snapdragon 635 processor has been used in Redmi Note 5. It has two variants – 32 GB storage with 3 GB RAM and 64 GB storage with 4 GB RAM. On the other hand, Snapdragon 450 processor has been used in Redmi 5. You have the option to choose between 2GB RAM and 16GB storage, 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, and 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.
You will get the same software experience in both the phones. Both handsets work on MIUI 9.2 based on Android 7.1.2 Nougat. Choose either of the two phones, the user interface experience will remain the same. However, we did notice a difference in the performance of both the phones. Whether loading apps or navigating through menus, the Redmi Note 5 works much faster than the Redmi 5. The difference is not much. But after using both the phones side by side, you will feel the same.
When it comes to battery life, the difference is huge. The big body goes in favor of the Redmi Note 5. This phone has 4000 mAh battery. At the same time, Redmi 5 comes with 3300 mAh battery. The difference is also clear. In our video loop test, the battery of the Redmi Note 5 lasted for 15 hours and 10 minutes, while the Redmi 5 died in 13 hours and 36 minutes.
If you are in a state of confusion regarding both the phones, then consider these things. Both the phones are as beautiful as each other and there is no difference in the software. A faster processor, bigger, better and higher resolution screen and a powerful battery all go in favor of the Redmi Note 5. Considering that there is only a difference of Rs 1,000 in the price of the same variant of both the phones, the Redmi Note 5 wins. Well, it all depends on your budget.