Test / review: Smartphone Xiaomi Redmi Note 5: the best smartphone under 200 euros?

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For those who do not yet know the Xiaomi brand, it is a Chinese brand that grows more and more in Europe (lately, Chinese society has opened a Mi store in Paris). For me, Xiaomi is a brand known for its smartphones cheap (but not especially to low quality, we will see with this smartphone Redmi Note 5), but also for his connected Miband bracelets. Xiaomi is currently the 4th seller of smartphones in Europe! Being at the top, second Apple Samsung and Huawei, another Chinese, third brand! But society Xiaomi is a bit of a Jack of all trades: in addition to smartphones and connected bracelets, they do a lot of other products: autonomous vacuum cleaner, screwdriver electric, purifying air, flying drone, electric scooter, earphone, wifi router , speakers, backpacks, laptop, etc… In short, it is very very diverse! It is this diversity that's a little scary when you discover this brand (and the fact that it is a brand Chinese also). I know this brand in daily use for his band Miband version 1 which is a bracelet connected at low prices, but quality extra, I use it daily for about 3 years! But for the rest of their products, it's the unknown…! It is not because a product is excellent, the rest is also…   I chose the Xiaomi Redmi footnote 5 for its price which is less than 200 euros and its more than interesting features (on paper anyway before test) for this price! xiaomi-redmi-note-5-500x319 Test / review: Smartphone Xiaomi Redmi Note 5: the best smartphone under 200 euros?

The characteristics of the Redmi footnote 5 Xiaomi


  • Screen of 15.2 cm diagonal (5.99 inches) Full HD + (2160 x 1080, 403 PPI)
  • Display full screen 18:9
  • 84% of the NTSC color gamut
  • Daylight mode
  • Night mode
  • Playback mode
  • The color temperature setting

Processor and memory

  • Octa-core, 636 Snapdragon processor
  • LPDDR4X 4 GB RAM memory
  • EMMC 5.1 64 GB Flash storage
  • Expandable memory up to 128 GB with microSD


  • Height: 158.6 mm
  • Width: 75.4 mm
  • Thickness: 8.05 mm
  • Weight: 181g


  • 4 000 mAh lithium-ion polymer battery
  • Charger 5V / 2A
  • Supports fast recharging Quick Charge 2.0


Rear (2 sensors)

  • 1.4 μm, opening f/1.9 12 megapixel main sensor
  • Secondary objective of 5 megapixel 1.12 μm, opening f/2.0
  • Single tone Flash
  • PDAF (fast auto focus)
  • Improvement of photography in low light
  • HDR settings
  • Panorama
  • Burst mode
  • Facial recognition

Before (Selfie)

  • Sensor 13 MP 1.12 μm, opening f/2.0
  • Filter Beautify 4.0
  • Selfie timer
  • Facial recognition
  • Capture 1080 p, 30 frames per second video
  • Capture 720 p, 30 frames per second video


  • 4G FDD – LTE (1/3/4/5/7/8/20)
  • 4G LTE – TDD (38/40)
  • 3G WCDMA (1, 2, 5, 8)
  • 2G GSM (2, 3, 5, 8)
  • Dual SIM: nanoSIM + nanoSIM/microSD
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Bluetooth HID
  • Wireless Display
  • Wi – Fi Direct
  • WiFi 2.4 G
  • Wi – Fi 5G
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac


  • Electronic compass
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity sensor
  • Infrared sensor
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Gyroscope
  • Fingerprint reader


  • GPS
  • AGPS
  • BeiDou / COMPASS

DAS information

  • Limit DAS 1 g: 1, 6W/kg
  • DAS head: 1.03 W/Kg
  • Body: 0.79 W/Kg (10 mm distance)


The name

First, let's start by talking about the name… Redmi rating 5 (Pro), it's still think in 5 Note from Samsung, and so we can think that it is a clone of the Galaxy 5 Note… Well you can just forget about this comparison, there is nothing have! Redmi 1, Note came out about 3 years after the Galaxy Note and didn't already have level design or features. Second, even at the level of the name, here I test Redmi Note 5 PRO, aka the Redmi footnote 5 Xiaomi Xiaomi (you will understand later), not Redmi Note 5 most, nor the Redmi Note 5a or Redmi 5! Well Yes, not easy to navigate in the names, Xiaomi out names of model galore, as for the same name, there are several variations… ! I struggled hard to find me, they will look like all but do not have the same characteristics. You can find several comparison on the net, and each time, they are all different! And some stores call hurt their products which makes confusion even stronger! Not to mention Xiaomi which does not help either as you will see later…  

Difference between Xiaomi Redmi notes 5 and 5 Pro

Despite what you may read on the net, even on reputable sites specializing in the field, we can see that they did no research on this subject, to get out you completely erroneous comparison between the Redmi Note 5 and Note 5 Pro Redmi leading to even more confusion! So when they tell you that they tested while the characteristics do not even match, that makes me laugh! The difference is actually depending on the country in which where the model is released! For Europe, there is actually no Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro, it's the short Redmi rating 5! On the other hand, in India, the Xiaomi Redmi rating 5 came out before the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro! 1 only has one picture in the back sensor, while the Pro has 2 sensors photos on the back! So in reality Xiaomi first released a Redmi Note 5 Xiaomi (in 1 single sensor) which was destined to the India market (I guess it was sort of a test market to see if it would work). Later, they released a more advanced version called Redmi Note 5 Pro. And it is this version more evolved that they released in Europe, but they named it Redmi rating 5 short! For the United States, for example, there are Redmi rating 5 or Redmi Note 5 Pro! But a Note 5 Redmi and Redmi footnote 5 bonus!  

Difference between Xiaomi Redmi notes 5 and 5 more

As you may have guessed, it depends on where the come from the model, and here, for this comparison, it is happening in the Chinese market! For China, there is only 2 models of Redmi rating 5 (whereas we could believe that there are more because it's still a Chinese brand, well not): Redmi Note 5 and Note 5 as Redmi. Namely that their Redmi Note 5 corresponds to the Redmi Note 5 European! And note also that the Redmi Note 5 Plus is contrary to what one might believe named after, lower range than the Redmi rating 5!  

The Redmi footnote 5 Xiaomi

In summary, the Redmi footnote 5 Xiaomi equals Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro except for the India (I have not checked all the market, but in the audited 75, my analysis is correct, in some countries, Redmi Note 5 doesn't even officially exist). Because of this, if you buy accessories for your Redmi Note 5 Xiaomi, you can do your research with eyes closed to 90%, the model will be. If you want to be on 100% it is well intended for your phone, you can add the "pro" in the name of the model, but you'll have less choice. In addition, the note redmi 5 Indian has one sensor at the back and it is centered, instead of the redmi notes 5 international or the double sensor photos is left, so for a shell that's fairly easy to see whether or not it fits. Also pay attention to the "Redmi Note 5", because there are some "Redmi 5" or the "Mi-5" with its panoply of depending on countries… screenshot_16 Test / review: Smartphone Xiaomi Redmi Note 5: the best smartphone under 200 euros?

The test

The packaging and content

Now that the different models have been clarified, let's test the Xiaomi Redmi rating 5! Packaging, cardboard, is simple as all smartphone sold today. The rear indicates the main features of the phone, also, we find the model number of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, which is M1803E7SG (which allows in addition to differentiate from the other models). There is also a table showing the countries for which the smartphone is compatible. screenshot_17-500x580 Test / review: Smartphone Xiaomi Redmi Note 5: the best smartphone under 200 euros? Inside, can be found:

  • The smartphone Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
  • Rear a transparent protection for face
  • A mini manual
  • A charger 5V / 2A
  • A USB cable
  • A tool of insertion / withdrawal to SIM card / microSD

screenshot_26 Test / review: Smartphone Xiaomi Redmi Note 5: the best smartphone under 200 euros?screenshot_27 Test / review: Smartphone Xiaomi Redmi Note 5: the best smartphone under 200 euros?screenshot_18-467x800 Test / review: Smartphone Xiaomi Redmi Note 5: the best smartphone under 200 euros? It should be noted that the transparent protection and the instructions are inside the box that supports the smartphone when you open the box, and as a result, if one does not pay attention and we're not aware that there is a clear shell You can miss out on… By the way, the manual although very simple, there is the essential: info about the different button of the smartphone, and the mandatory info such as the CE and DAS, brief information to be generally international level it seems to me, and I must say that reassures. screenshot_19-393x800 Test / review: Smartphone Xiaomi Redmi Note 5: the best smartphone under 200 euros?screenshot_20-386x800 Test / review: Smartphone Xiaomi Redmi Note 5: the best smartphone under 200 euros?screenshot_21 Test / review: Smartphone Xiaomi Redmi Note 5: the best smartphone under 200 euros?

The official shell of the Redmi footnote 5 Xiaomi

The hull provided is transparent and flexible. A mini distinctive sign showing that it is an official shell, it is marked in relief on the left edge, in low "designed by Mi" and a code in the lower left corner. The hull covers all the buttons as well as the SIM door and has openings for all that is USB port, speaker, infrared, jack, etc… It protects only the rear: it elevates not the screen, which is that if you put your smartphone screen facing a table, the screen isn't all protected, the why being at the same level as the screen! Rear side, it raises a little bit the camera. At the level of the fingerprint reader, the Cup is not centered… I don't know if it's an error of measurement or design, but this offset (to the left when looking at the back) can possibly be explained by a more pleasant feeling worries because the fingerprint sensor is used mainly with his left index finger. Offset does not annoying the scanner because the space left open is greater than the reader of fingerprints of about 0.5 mm. screenshot_22-500x502 Test / review: Smartphone Xiaomi Redmi Note 5: the best smartphone under 200 euros?screenshot_23-500x259 Test / review: Smartphone Xiaomi Redmi Note 5: the best smartphone under 200 euros? screenshot_24 Test / review: Smartphone Xiaomi Redmi Note 5: the best smartphone under 200 euros? screenshot_25 Test / review: Smartphone Xiaomi Redmi Note 5: the best smartphone under 200 euros? On the other hand, in view of the fineness of the hull, I doubt that it protects well shocks… Note that formally, Xiaomi indicates that the smartphone is designed to ensure the smartphone supports the shocks on the corners (without the shell). The transparent shell provided with the phone is for me the claws of the rear protection while allowing to keep the finesse and the design of the phone. Keeps the traces of fingers, no protection from the front and the effectiveness of the protection against shocks is most likely little effective, I strongly advise you to invest in parallel for a true shell against shocks, this will allow you to use your phone safely.

The smartphone Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

The smartphone itself exists in several colours. From after the mid France site, there are black, Golden and Blue Lagoon. Looking good, it can be found also in red. It is this color I took. Although this color does not appear on the official website, the smartphone is a Redmi Note 5 official. Xiaomi has not updated its site, because there are also other colors not listed but all official: in addition to the red, pink and gold belong. The smartphone is aluminum, the finish is excellent. The back side does not, withdraw the battery is not detachable (without disassemble and losing the warranty). On the front screen curved on the edge, is type without edge for ratings, so visibility is the max on the left and right. For the upper and lower part, you have a little more than 5 mm from edge. At the rear, photo sensors extend slightly beyond the surface, while the fingerprint reader is slightly indented. Note that the fingerprint reader has the same color as your phone. The hatch for the SIM cards or microSD is located on the left side, while on the right edge is the ignition button and volume. Note that this smartphone accepts 2 nano-SIM cards (usable at the same time, ideal for those who have 2 numbers) or 1 microSD + 1 nano-SIM card. screenshot_05-500x87 Test / review: Smartphone Xiaomi Redmi Note 5: the best smartphone under 200 euros? screenshot_06-500x144 Test / review: Smartphone Xiaomi Redmi Note 5: the best smartphone under 200 euros? screenshot_07-500x481 Test / review: Smartphone Xiaomi Redmi Note 5: the best smartphone under 200 euros?

The grip

I have quite big hands, so I'm not a reference, but I find that the grip and more precisely in one hand is very good. The volume buttons and ON / OFF are easily accessible with the left hand, as well as the scanner without to twist his fingers. Only the volume up button needs to move a little more fingers according to the used finger, but nothing very dull, and this gene does not holding the phone with one hand. Being accustomed to that and not volume buttons up and down is located on the left edge to the right, I find that the placement to the left of the volume button would have made the excellent grip.

Start / Extinction

Although there is less tendency to turn off your smartphone (I advise you also to do occasionally, I fixed many bugs nothing that turning off and restarting smartphones on which bugs were found, be it of) Android or the iOS, and that just worked them! ), it is interesting to know what it is. Side start, it lights up in about 10 seconds, which is very widely acceptable. Extinction, there are 2 confirmation of extinction, but except that, once the 2 confirmation has been made, it's instantaneous!

The screen

The screen turned on makes good colors. We immediately notice that this is a high quality screen and high definition. Visible in sunlight. The screen covers almost all phone on the width, only about 1 mm from edge on the left and right, however up and down, it is about 0, 7-0, 8mm from edge (no notch). It is therefore not entirely without edge (and they never announced it as such), but can be considered without edge left and right screen, which makes that in landscape mode, rendering 18:9 videos are excellent, just like the games!

The power

Power level, I do not use benchmarks that you come out of the numbers who want everything and nothing say. Of course, the benchmarks used to compare a smartphone to another, but it is not truly representative of my view. As the benchmarks are tests generic, artificial… And as a result, does not necessarily represent the reality, but additionally can be deceived! It's a bit like the history of polluting emissions or some automakers have cheated cheated on tests. And on the side of the smartphone, it's the same thing, some manufacturers also deceive the benchmarks! Personally, it's less efficient, but I do it by feel and by looking at the characteristics of the device. Side features, nothing to say, it's good stuff, is certainly not the high-end, but we're still in the mid range, whether processor or chip graphic, as well as strong or physical memory nothing abnormal, everything is perfectly balanced. Use, everything is perfectly fluid, no lag or anything, applications start virtually instantly, games start very quickly, even the most recent and greedy, and I have not noticed any slowdowns or lags in games.

Android MIUI

The current version on the smartphone Xiaomi Redmi rating 5 tested at the time of writing this test, is the version 9.5, 8.1 Oreo Android MIUI. Screenshot_2018-08-19-20-57-50-108_com.miui_.home_-400x800 Test / review: Smartphone Xiaomi Redmi Note 5: the best smartphone under 200 euros? Screenshot_2018-08-19-20-58-12-063_com.android.settings-400x800 Test / review: Smartphone Xiaomi Redmi Note 5: the best smartphone under 200 euros? Screenshot_2018-08-19-20-58-32-734_com.android.settings-400x800 Test / review: Smartphone Xiaomi Redmi Note 5: the best smartphone under 200 euros? Screenshot_2018-08-19-20-58-47-673_com.android.settings-400x800 Test / review: Smartphone Xiaomi Redmi Note 5: the best smartphone under 200 euros? Screenshot_2018-08-20-10-05-49-568_com.android.settings-400x800 Test / review: Smartphone Xiaomi Redmi Note 5: the best smartphone under 200 euros? Note that I have not yet updated, and it seems to me that the MIUI 9.6.3 release. If I have not updated, it is simply to see if at the factory, the phone is already stable or not. And there, nothing to say, it is perfectly stable, not observed bugs. Noted nevertheless that Redmi rating 5 is updated with Android, version Android 9 was not yet released at the time of writing this article. On the other hand, I have not read info like what it will be someday. But the fact that it is already in Android 8.1 Oreo is already a great good point, it is not uncommon to see new phone with an older version of Android! From what I've read, MIUI is very frequently updated (monthly update) but less at the Android level itself, not having enough recoil on it, I will not comment on the updates. MIUI rest of the Android, so for those and those who have used with Android, the scenery is very low. Even if you switch to another interface like that of Samsung, whether on an aging or recent Android version, the scenery was personally almost zero. MiUI still integrates some features in addition, which will allow you to pass some applications that have had to install in addition like an antivirus, a cleaner to gain disk space, an accelerator, a scanner of QR code, a Battery saver, compass, etc…

The double camera

Some are probably wondering why this smartphone has 2 objectives photos on the back… There was a time where some smartphones had 2 goals, but they were to make pictures and videos in 3D. It had 2 identical objectives. But here are 2 different objectives, and having 2 different objectives can greatly improve the quality of the shots! Contrary to popular belief believes (and marketing did believe that), is not the number of megapixels, which is whether or not your device makes good photos! A high number of megapixels is only useful for large format prints, provided that the size of the sensor to follow. Otherwise, you lose image quality! And in smartphones, it is where the evolution of the sensors has to change course. On a slim smartphone, it is aesthetically not conceivable to bigger goals. The trick is to use 2 different sensors and software mix shooting to improve the photo playing on the depth of field and giving for example the bokeh (background blur) effect, but also to improve the shooting in low brightness because one of the 2 sensors has greater openness. The trend will be to a multiple sensors photos on our smartphones, there is already a smartphone with… 16 goals at the back… Back to this double picture of the Redmi footnote 5 sensor, well nothing like pictures to understand how the photos are beautiful and very well detailed. The focus is done very quickly and the mixing of 2 sensors in real time is carried out without perceptible latency. The comparison of the photos is done with a Note 4 Galaxy that has 16 megapixels. a reminder of the characteristics, the Redmi Note 5 has a sensor 'only' 12 megapixel + one "only" 5 megapixel. 2 small details: the 1st being the photos below are not original photos being too heavy to be posted on the site, a compression has been carried out, but it does not alter the differences. The 2nd being the Redmi footnote 5 takes wider than the Galaxy Note 4 pictures. Lamp Moon photographed by a Samsung Galaxy Notes 4 lamp Moon photographed by Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Although the rendering is more beautiful with the Galaxy Note 4, Note 5 Redmi Hood much better details of the lamp which is an achievement in 3D printing. With the Galaxy Note 4, in this twilight, the light of the lamp radiates and hides details. In this case, it is still acceptable, but in other cases, this can be a problem. By Galaxy Note 4 by Redmi rating 5 here, we see more clearly the irradiation of the screen along with 2 diodes of activity (which are fixed) of the laptop that you Gets with the Galaxy Note 4, whereas with the Note 5 Redmi, we note No irradiation, pictures are more real. Moon glow in the dark photographed via Galaxy rating 4 glow in the dark Moon, photographed via Redmi rating 5 in total black, very low brightness, the Redmi footnote 5 is very widely winner! Although there is some noise on the pictures in very low light, she's doing very well for photographed objects! Here, we can even see the different thickness of the phosphorescent Moon, while with the Galaxy Note 4, it's hard to see while the photo was taken closer! Not only the Redmi footnote 5 takes wider pictures, but it are increasingly more natural, real, and this despite the fact that the 2 sensors have less megapixels! And this taken with the basic parameters, without any changes in the parameters concerning the quality or filters pictures! N.B.: the watermark "Shot on Redmi Note 5 Mi Dual Camera" is an option that is unchecked by default in the phone, after I turned it on, it was to possibly avoid mistaken subsequently in comparisons.

The battery

The capacity of the battery of 4000mAh, what is Let's say the current standard. Even the latest Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has a 4000mAh battery. This battery allows the smartphone to take about 2 days without too much problem, of course, depends on its use, but can without a doubt say that this is excellent battery life! The battery does not heat when it is reloaded, and it supports the fast charge Quick Charge 2.0, which is an excellent point, although there are versions of Quick Charge 3.0 and 4.0, and default provided charger is not compatible Quick Support 2.0. So, you will need to invest in a Quick Charge charger to qualify for this quick charge. No reloading wireless for this device.  


It is without a doubt one of the best smartphones that can be found (so far) below 200 euros! His screen FHD +, its processor, his memory, his memory, his double photo sensor that makes excellent photos in low light, Android to date, its footprint, its design, its bluetooth reader fast last generation, and all the little things that own make it a must-see smartphone from my point of view! Only lack I see that could be blamed, it is the lack of NFC (but personally, I never use it), the Wireless charging is also absent (this, on the other hand, I use on a daily basis, but I was already using adapters) so the fact that it doesn't have a USB – C port. It is a mid-range smartphone, but which is not far at all from the high-end! You can you get it here in red, black (use code Eddytedy71 for extra promotion) or even here in color now (use the Eddytedy138 coupon for a reduction) all available less than 200 euros, and there you are on to have the good Redmi Note 5 (pro) ;-)! test-avis-appreciation-critique-review-2 Test / review: Smartphone Xiaomi Redmi Note 5: the best smartphone under 200 euros?

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