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Xiaomi Mi5 vs. Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 – Buy The Phablet Or Wait For The Next Flagship

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In August, the Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi released the successor of the Redmi Note phablet and it comes with some nice specs and we’re pretty sure that once you’ll read this article, you’ll want to get your hands on it. Our advice is to not rush and to wait for the arrival of the Xiaomi Mi5, which is “the next best thing”.

Designs and Displays

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 is all plastic on the outside, but it has an internal metal frame. The design isn’t fascinating, but the phone isn’t ugly either. It ahs a thickness of 8.3mm, a height of 152mm and it weights 160grams. The screen is IPS LCD, it measures 5.5-inch, but it supports a Full HD resolution with 401 ppi. It’s not very impressive, but the contrast and brightness are satisfying.

There is not much info about the upcoming Xiaomi Mi5 flagship, which is expected to be launched in November, and for now, we know that its thickness will be 5.1mm and the screen will measure 5.3-inch, being also an IPS LCD, but supporting a QHD resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels with 554 ppi.

Hardware

The Redmi Note 2 runs on Android v5.0 (Lollipop) and it houses a Mediatek MT6795 Helio X10 chipset with an octa core Cortex-A53 processor, but there are two variants of clock speeds: 2GHz for the model with an internal memory of 16GB, and 2.2GHz for the model with 32GB of storage. The phone houses 2GB of RAM and there is a microSD card slot to double the capacity of the first model.

The Mi5 is rumored to run on Android v5.1.1 (Lollipop), but it will be powered by the most powerful 64bit Qualcomm processor – Snapdragon 820, which will have two cores clocked at 2.2GHz and two cores clocked at 1.8GHz. In addition, the maximum supported RAM capacity will be 4GB and the two variants of internal memory will be 16 and 64GB, but they won’t be expanded.

Cameras

The Redmi Note 2 has a pair of cameras with resolutions of 13MP on the back and 5MP on the front. Besides LED flash, the device offers phase detection autofocus, HDR, panorama, geo tagging and other common features, but it can record videos at a resolution of 1080p@30fps.

The Xiaomi Mi5 will feature a 16MP primary camera with dual-LED flash, OIS, autofocus and 2160p video capture at 30fps, while the front camera will support a resolution of 6MP.

Batteries

The Redmi Note 2 has a massive battery of 3060 mAh, but it doesn’t offer the longest life, because according to GSMArena, the phone provides only 11 hours and a half of talk time over 3G. The rumors say that the Mi5 will have a similar battery.