The interest in, and demand for, the Redmi Note 4, Redmi Note 5, and Redmi Note 5 Pro smartphones has been crazy. Xiaomi has had a runaway success with these three models.
If you are in India and looking for affordable smartphones with good performance, you should be looking at one of these. I break down the key features and strong points below.
Redmi Note 4
The Redmi Note 4 hit the market in 2017, and in my review of the Mediatek version, I concluded that “it is a solid flagship that is hard to beat at its price point.” It is a truly value-packed smartphone that delivers a number of features and experiences at a price below its punch.
You can find the Redmi Note 4 for as low as ₹9,999.
Redmi Note 5
Also known as the Redmi 5 Plus, the Note 5 is an upgrade to the Redmi Note 4. The processor is the same, but it improves on the design with a bigger edge-to-edge display, more 4G LTE bands, and newer software.
So, the Redmi Note 4 and Note 5 are mostly the same devices inside. The Redmi Note 5 currently sells for as low as ₹11,999.
Redmi Note 5 Pro
If you think that the Note 4 and 5 are almost twins, the Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro are more of identical twins. Visually, they are exactly the same device from the front, but if you flip them over, the different camera and fingerprint scanner arrangements give them away.
The camera of the Redmi Note 5 Pro is also a big upgrade over its identical sibling. At the back is a dual camera with 12 MP + 5 MP lenses. The front camera is a whopping 20 MP unit and has LED flash to go with it too. Clearly, the Redmi Note 5 Pro is much better equipped for photography than its siblings.
To widen the performance gap between the two, the Note 5 Pro has a more powerful processor and a 6GB RAM variant. It also has the faster Quick Charge 2.0 for topping up the battery.
The Redmi Note 5 Pro costs about ₹14,999 and ₹16,999 for the 4GB RAM and 6GB RAM variants respectively. Consider that it is the most expensive of the three phones we are talking about, and you immediately have an idea of how much of a bargain it is.
The Xiaomi’s Holy Grail In India
I call these 3 devices the Redmi Note Holy Grail. Individually, they are selling like hot cake. Collectively, the figures are going through the roof. The Redmi Note 5 Pro alone sold 300,000 units in under 3 minutes right after launch.
As at July 2018, both Note and Note 5 Pro had sold over 5 million units together. And demand for these smartphones has not waned.
Analytics firm, CounterPoint reported that Xiaomi is the leading smartphone brand in India. Xiaomi had a 31.1% share of the Indian smartphone market in Q1 2018.
It is easy to see how this is so. Simply put, Xiaomi offers the best bang-for-bucks budget smartphones. The report attributes Xiaomi’s success to their extensive presence in the budget segment.
But it isn’t only in India that Xiaomi is making waves. The Chinese brand was number 4 of the top 10 smartphone brands in the world in Q2 2018, according to Counterpoint, IDC and Gartner. The brand was also mentioned among the world’s fastest growing smartphone brands.
Xiaomi has produced three back-to-back smartphones that are the delight of bargain hunters in China, India, Nigeria, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Kenya and elsewhere in emerging markets. That is what football fans call a hat trick.