Presale - Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (Gold) 3GB RAM 32GB ROM Note5 Smartphone Snapdragon 636 Octa Core 5.99" 18:9 Screen 13MP Front Camera £142.72 - aliexpress
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Presale - Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (Gold) 3GB RAM 32GB ROM Note5 Smartphone Snapdragon 636 Octa Core 5.99" 18:9 Screen 13MP Front Camera £142.72 - aliexpress

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Found 17th Mar
Very good phone £142 (Gold colour- others cost a bit more)

This is the Chinese version with Oreo 8.0, supports project Treble (info here), basically updates from google more often, which hopefully means it won't be stuck on initial release of Oreo for long.

No Band 20

Rear Camera:
Dual: 12 MP (f/1.9, 1.4 μm) + 5 MP (f/2.0, 1.12 μm), dual-pixel phase detection autofocus, LED flash
Front Camera:
13 MP, LED flash, 1080p

hybrid SIM slot for microSD card and dual SIM,
4G VoLTE,
2.4 GHz / 5 GHz Wi-Fi 802.11ac,
Bluetooth 5.0,
MicroUSB, 3.5mm audio jack,
GPS, AGPS, Beidou positioning, GLONASS,
rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
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Prices coming down already, very encouraging. The 64GB version will probably be my next phone. Bizarrely, even though I've basically sorted all of my immediate family out with a Xiaomi phone and I'm a massive Xiaomi fan, it will actually be my first Xiaomi phone.
Waiting for the 64gb version too
This is the Chinese version with no B20.
The rear cameras on the Chinese version would appear to be a pretty decent upgrade on the acclaimed rear cameras on the Indian version (PRO). Should give even better low light performance.
Edited by: "bellboys" 17th Mar
Would this be a noticeable performance upgrade from an iPhone 6?
Hot but I'll wait for the 4gb or maybe the 6gb (if it becomes available)
DRAT!

This is the 2nd time I have missed the launch of a new "Note" model and bought the old model; last year it was because I accidentally crushed my Note3, and this year because I dropped its replacement in the bath. (eventually revived, but it is acting up occasionally).

However, I havent seen any reviews yet, so other than screen size, will it be any better than the N4?? The 5A was a great let-down.
This is the Chinese rom version say so in the specifications chart so no band 20 and probably no google services (play store etc) you will have to install them yourself
When you say no info yet about band 20 in your description what do you mean on the product page in the specification chart it shows the 4G FDD LTE bands supported B5:850 /B8:900 /B3:1800 /B1:2100 /B7:2600 so no band 20
BUCKUM222 m ago

When you say no info yet about band 20 in your description what do you …When you say no info yet about band 20 in your description what do you mean on the product page in the specification chart it shows the 4G FDD LTE bands supported B5:850 /B8:900 /B3:1800 /B1:2100 /B7:2600 so no band 20


Band 20 is LTE 800
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bellboys1 h, 24 m ago

Prices coming down already, very encouraging. The 64GB version will …Prices coming down already, very encouraging. The 64GB version will probably be my next phone. Bizarrely, even though I've basically sorted all of my immediate family out with a Xiaomi phone and I'm a massive Xiaomi fan, it will actually be my first Xiaomi phone.


Excellent phones - makes me laugh at the mug buyers walking about with £750 waiting to be snatched by a germ on a moped
KiNG1 h, 7 m ago

Band 20 is LTE 800


I know band 20 is FDD-LTE 800 i think you misunderstood what i was saying.I was asking what op meant by his statement no info yet about band 20 when the specification chart on the link page clearly shows Chinese rom and the listed FDD-LTE bands are 5,8,3,1 and 7 and no band 20
Would this be a better choice than the Xiaomi Mi 5s plus?
Is this the Pro version as the normal 5 doesn't have the dual cameras does it?
I'm getting this as a present for OH. Ideally would wait on the global version but will probably not be available in time. If I buy this one do I need to install the global Ron or is just installing Google services all that is needed. Any other downsides if the Chinese version? Not bothered about B20.
yiu7 m ago

Is this the Pro version as the normal 5 doesn't have the dual cameras does …Is this the Pro version as the normal 5 doesn't have the dual cameras does it?




Sort of, the Pro version is India only but the specs are just about identical to this, the Chinese version. Main difference seems to be this Chinese market version has uprated dual cameras (in the sense of the aperture) and a lower pixel front camera (not that pixel count means anything, of course!).
It's all so confusing...
seanmckenna38 m ago

I'm getting this as a present for OH. Ideally would wait on the global …I'm getting this as a present for OH. Ideally would wait on the global version but will probably not be available in time. If I buy this one do I need to install the global Ron or is just installing Google services all that is needed. Any other downsides if the Chinese version? Not bothered about B20.


Global ROM won't be available until the global version is released and the downsides of China ROM is it comes with a bit of bloatware and some apps are in Chinese but if you unlock the bootloader, you can install Xiaomi.eu ROM which is based on China ROM but with Google Play Store, bloatware removed and apps translated to English.
Edited by: "swiftez" 17th Mar
swiftez14 m ago

Global ROM won't be available until the global version is released and the …Global ROM won't be available until the global version is released and the downsides of China ROM is it comes with a bit of bloatware and some apps are in Chinese but if you unlock the bootloader, you can install Xiaomi.eu ROM which is based on China ROM but with Google Play Store, bloatware removed and apps translated to English.


Great thanks! Probably a daft question, but do you get OTA updates if you do this?
bellboys1 h, 13 m ago

Sort of, the Pro version is India only but the specs are just about …Sort of, the Pro version is India only but the specs are just about identical to this, the Chinese version. Main difference seems to be this Chinese market version has uprated dual cameras (in the sense of the aperture) and a lower pixel front camera (not that pixel count means anything, of course!).


Isn't it the other way around?
Indian Note 5 Pro - 12 MP (f/2.2, 1.25 um) + 5 MP (f/2.0, 1.12 um) with 20 MP front
Chinese/Global Note 5 - 12 MP (f/1.9, 1.4 um) + 5 MP (f/2.0, 1.12 um) with 13 MP front.
Edited by: "Alik" 17th Mar
Have they 'shopped' the bezels smaller on this?
seanmckenna31 m ago

Great thanks! Probably a daft question, but do you get OTA updates if you …Great thanks! Probably a daft question, but do you get OTA updates if you do this?


Yes, you will get OTA updates.
bellboys1 h, 15 m ago

Sort of, the Pro version is India only but the specs are just about …Sort of, the Pro version is India only but the specs are just about identical to this, the Chinese version. Main difference seems to be this Chinese market version has uprated dual cameras (in the sense of the aperture) and a lower pixel front camera (not that pixel count means anything, of course!).


mate the camera difference is huge!!
pixel size and aperture of the main rear camera
front is 13MP vs 20MP
Oreo vs Nougat
The Chinese comes with project Treble out the box, if you don't know what that means just read the info I posted above. This is huge step towards getting timely updates soon after google releases them.

This is not just about identical specs...
noonecanhelp112 m ago

mate the camera difference is huge!! pixel size and aperture of the main …mate the camera difference is huge!! pixel size and aperture of the main rear camerafront is 13MP vs 20MPOreo vs NougatThe Chinese comes with project Treble out the box, if you don't know what that means just read the info I posted above. This is huge step towards getting timely updates soon after google releases them.This is not just about identical specs...




RAM, ROM, display, SOC, body, materials, fingerprint sensor, IR blaster, USB port all identical (although some suggest Type C for this Chinese version but the specs in the OP suggest not?), which was the jist of my statement...and already know about Project Treble which should be good but not totally tested yet?
seanmckenna1 h, 54 m ago

I'm getting this as a present for OH. Ideally would wait on the global …I'm getting this as a present for OH. Ideally would wait on the global version but will probably not be available in time. If I buy this one do I need to install the global Ron or is just installing Google services all that is needed. Any other downsides if the Chinese version? Not bothered about B20.


I have the redmi note 3 with Chinese rom had it since its launch in March 2016 and it is still on the Chinese rom you can get rid of majority of Chinese apps by just dragging to bin only about 4 i could not remove i had to install google services myself there is info how to do it if you search net the only slight annoyance is occasional notifications in Chinese like when the Rio Olympics were on got notifications of every time Chinese got a medal. I still use the phone as a second phone now as i now have Mi6 and it is still getting OTA updates last one last week update to MIUI 9. Maybe the seller will install google services for you if its not already installed which i would doubt as google is band in China. I would message the seller before you purchase and ask if it is already installed and if not would he install it. hope this helps you a bit
BUCKUM252 m ago

I have the redmi note 3 with Chinese rom had it since its launch in March …I have the redmi note 3 with Chinese rom had it since its launch in March 2016 and it is still on the Chinese rom you can get rid of majority of Chinese apps by just dragging to bin only about 4 i could not remove i had to install google services myself there is info how to do it if you search net the only slight annoyance is occasional notifications in Chinese like when the Rio Olympics were on got notifications of every time Chinese got a medal. I still use the phone as a second phone now as i now have Mi6 and it is still getting OTA updates last one last week update to MIUI 9. Maybe the seller will install google services for you if its not already installed which i would doubt as google is band in China. I would message the seller before you purchase and ask if it is already installed and if not would he install it. hope this helps you a bit


Good to know, thanks!
bellboys5 h, 8 m ago

RAM, ROM, display, SOC, body, materials, fingerprint sensor, IR blaster, …RAM, ROM, display, SOC, body, materials, fingerprint sensor, IR blaster, USB port all identical (although some suggest Type C for this Chinese version but the specs in the OP suggest not?), which was the jist of my statement...and already know about Project Treble which should be good but not totally tested yet?


I think the camera is one of the most important thing in a phone. at least a lot of people care about the camera department.
I've been trying to find info on the Type C news, but no luck so far
Project treble just got tested with an amazing result!:
gsmarena.com/pro….ph
Edited by: "noonecanhelp1" 17th Mar
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