Xiaomi’s Redmi Note series is a developer as well as a consumer favorite. This time around, more leaks are coming up. According to Weibo, the Redmi Note 5 is going to sport an 18:9 display.
Apart from that, there is also speculation that the device may sport the Snapdragon 660 as its SoC. However, we aren’t very sure about that. More on that below.
Earlier, leaks stated that there will be a dual camera setup on this device, and will also have a slightly smaller battery, rated at 3800 mAh. However, it is likely to have USB-C as well as fast charging support.
However, the Chinese version of the Redmi series is likely going to sport a MediaTek processor, most likely the Helio P25. We have seen historically, that there is a separate version for the Chinese market, so that is probably going to be true.
However, we aren’t fully sold on the fact that the device will in fact sport the Snapdragon 660. The Mi Note 3, which sports the same SoC, costs 2.5 times more than the most expensive Redmi Note right now. Adding an 18:9 screen only complicates things further. This means that price tag will certainly be on the higher side. Reports suggest that the starting price for the phone will be at about 175 USD, going all the way up to $220.
Redmi Note 5 SoC: SD 630 vs SD 660
There seem to be conflicting news reports about what SoC will be present on this device. It seems that this year it will be a choice between Snapdragon 630 and 660. The latter is a good deal more powerful thanks to its Kryo cores (better GPU too). Still, both are very efficient as they are built on a 14nm process.
The obvious take is that the SD 660 is better since it features more powerful Kyro cores and has a better GPU. However, both these chips are built on the 14nm process, which means that both will be very battery efficient.
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