Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 review

The upgrade we deserve?

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Battery life

Just like its predecessor, Redmi Note 5 also comes with a battery capacity of 4,000 mAh. On a single charge and considering our heavy usage, the phone lasted us for a day and then some before dying out. For a moderate user though, the phone will manage a day and a half’s worth of charge.

As far as charging this beastly phone is considered, it took us almost two hours to fully charge it. We used the regular 5V adapter provided in-the-box for charging.

Again, the battery life provided by the Note 5 is fairly normal. There’s nothing extraordinary about it and there is nothing inferior about it either.


The Redmi Note 5 is not a major upgrade over its predecessor. Just modifying the display on the phone isn’t enough to call it a ‘worthy upgrade’. If Xiaomi wants to lay claim to the throne once again, it has to stop shooting with one hand tied behind its back.

There’s nothing wrong with the Note 5 except for the fact that it doesn’t look like an upgrade. It’s more like a tweaked version of the smartphone that made waves last year. And the company is banking everything on that. 

Note 4 users should very well stay put and resist the urge to get the Note 5 and check out the Redmi Note 5 Pro instead. 

For everyone else who is looking to invest in a smartphone that has all the latest features, is powerful and looks good, Redmi Note 5 is a stepping stone.

Siddharth Chauhan
  • Siddharth Chauhan is the Consumer Technology Reporter at Digit India. He used to work as an Assistant Editor at TechRadar India