Xiaomi Mi 5 and Redmi Note 3 will go on sale today at the Mi.com website at 2 pm. Mi 5, which is the flagship smartphone costs Rs 24,999 for the 3GB RAM + 32GB variant, while the Redmi Note 3 starts at Rs 9999 for 2GB + 16GB and Rs 11,999 for 3GB + 32GB storage space.
Xiaomi Mi 5 is now on open sale, but so far restricted to the Mi.com website in India. Redmi Note 3 is also available on open sale on Mi.com. On Amazon India, it is still on flash sale, and only those who have registered for this sale will be eligible to buy the smartphone. Amazon says that registrations for the previous sale are not valid today.
Mi 5 is a smartphone that offers top-end specs like the latest Snapdragon 820 processor, 3GB RAM, a full HD display, 16 megapixel rear camera with 4-axis OIS and a five megapixel front camera . In our review, the Mi 5 was a pretty fast performer and has already topped benchmark scores. The camera also works really well in daylight, though we did face issues with focusing on objects at times.
What we liked about the Mi 5 was its beautiful design, the lightweight body coupled with a really vivid and crisp display.
Our major problem with the Mi 5 would have to be that the smartphone is prone to over-heating, at least on the beta ROM build that we had running on our review unit.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 has a 5.5-inch full HD display, runs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor, and sports a 16 mp rear camera with a 5 mp front camera. The Redmi Note 3 runs Xiaomi’s MIUI 7 OS on top of Android Lollipop and has an extra large 4000 mAh battery.
In our review, we called Redmi Note 3 as the stellar comeback device for Xiaomi. For its mid-budget pricing, the Redmi Note 3 performs exceptionally well, has a great display and a battery life, which will appeal to most users. The full-metal body phone looks premium and comes with a fingerprint scanner on the back.