Xiaomi is ruling the budget market and we have 2 of its really famous and budget-friendly devices, the Redmi 5 and the Redmi Note 5 with us. So we decided to do a quick comparison to tell you guys which one would be the better choice.

redmi note 5 vs redmi 5

Firstly let us discuss the specifications of both these devices.

Redmi 5 Specifications:

The Redmi 5 comes with the Snapdragon 450. It has an Octacore CPU clocked at 1.8 GHz. The device gets the Adreno 506 GPU for its graphics performance. You get a 5.7 inch Half HD+ display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. The device sports a  12 MP Rear camera with f/2.2 Aperture and a 5 MP front camera with a f/2.0 aperture. The device has a 3300 mAh battery capacity.

The Redmi Note 5 comes with the Snapdragon 625. It has an Octacore CPU clocked at 2 GHz. The device gets the Adreno 506 GPU as well for graphics. The device has a 5.99-inch full HD+ display with an aspect ratio of 18:9.  It has a 12 MP Rear camera with f/2.2 Aperture and a 5 MP front camera with a f/2.0 aperture. The device has a 4000 mAh battery capacity.

Now you get the Redmi 5 in a 2 GB RAM 16 GB Storage variant for ₹ 8,000. The Redmi 5 and the note 5 both have their 3 GB RAM 32 GB Storage variant costing ₹ 9000 and ₹ 10,000 respectively.  Their 4GB Ram and 64 GB storage variants cost 11 and 12 thousand respectively.

So the pricing is very close, the Note 5 costs just a thousand more bucks than the Redmi 5.

Redmi 5


Redmi note 5


Firstly talking about the display so both the device have more or less the exact same display quality. The Note 5 has a slightly bigger display and also has a resolution of 2160 * 1080 whereas the Redmi 5 gives you a resolution of just 1440 by 720 pixels. Both the displays are great and offer extremely good color reproduction and really wide viewing angles. They both have curved edges and gorilla glass protection so apart from the fact that the Redmi note 5 has a higher resolution than the Redmi 5 there isn’t much of a comparison to be made.

Redmi note 5 display


Talking about performance, I would say that both devices have a very close performance since they both have the Adreno 506 GPU and you get more or less the same gaming performance on both the devices but if I just had to choose one I would say that my experience with the Redmi Note 5 has been slightly better. We have done the gaming test of Redmi Note 5, you can watch it here.


Now this one is a little shocking since both devices have a similar camera setup with 12 and 5 Megapixel cameras for the rear and front respectively but the photos on the Note 5 are exponentially better than the ones on the Redmi 5, the reason is probably the higher chipset used in the Note 5. So again the Note 5 is the better winner here in the camera department.

Redmi 5 Rear Camera:

Redmi 5 Rear Camera

Redmi Note 5 Front Camera:

redmi note 5 front camera

Also, I think in the video recording department also, note 5 is the clear winner since you get far better noise cancellation and stability when recording videos. Here are the Camera Samples of Redmi Note 5.

Other features

Both devices have a rear mounted fingerprint sensor which is working pretty well as of now and it unlocks instantly for both the devices. Another thing I wanna talk about is the sound quality on the Redmi 5 is way better than the Note 5. The speakers are a bit louder and even when using the headphone jack the audio reproduction is quite crisp. This doesn’t mean that the note 5 has a bad audio quality it’s just that I liked the audio experience on the Redmi 5 a little better.


So actually the verdict is quite clear. The Note 5 costs you just a thousand extra bucks but it is totally worth it. But does that mean you shouldn’t buy the Redmi 5?.

Well, No.. The Redmi 5 is a great device too if you are running low on budget and especially the 2GB RAM and 16 GB storage variant that comes for 8000 rupees.