Redmi Note 5 (Global ROM) / 5.99" / 4GB RAM / 64GB ROM / FLASH SALE £134.05 at Ali Express / Hong Kong Goldway
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Redmi Note 5 (Global ROM) / 5.99" / 4GB RAM / 64GB ROM / FLASH SALE £134.05 at Ali Express / Hong Kong Goldway

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Found 16th AugEdited by:"Enterpart"
Cheapest I've seen for a while. It's $174.41 (shipping including) and you can add the $4 coupon (under buy now button).
You could also get another 4% of using quidco (making it £129)
For specs check out the description on Aliexpress.
amazing phone for the price
I think its a flash sale ending today?
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Global ROM version, not the Global Version with band 20.
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Global ROM version, not the Global Version with band 20.
winchman41 m ago

Global ROM version, not the Global Version with band 20.


thanks, so how does this affect the phone?
In the UK we use bands 1/3/7/20, band 20 is more limited but seems to be being used more and more, better to have it than not.
The 'global version' is the original version by the manufacturer and has more frequencies bands, the ones marked 'global rom' are normally a Chinese version with a global rom put on it by the shop selling it, and normally have a limited number of frequency bands.
CN version is ~£10 cheaper than international version but no support on band 20. It supports more TD-LTE bands and CDMA, CDMA seems blocked in international rom. Althought 2 versions ought to have same hardware but global rom doesn't enable band20 in CN hardware. How to identify 2 versions, just look through the photos in feedback page. International version should have 'Redmi' in the box and CN version has 2 chinese characters. Just bought one before at ~£139.
Edited by: "thsou" 16th Aug
thsou3 m ago

CN version is ~£10 cheaper than international version but no support on …CN version is ~£10 cheaper than international version but no support on band 20. It supports more TD-LTE bands and CDMA, CDMA seems blocked in international rom. Althought 2 versions ought to have same hardware but global rom doesn't enable band20 in CN hardware. How to identify 2 versions, just look through the photos in feedback page. International version should have 'Redmi' in the box and CN version has 2 chinese characters. Just bought one before at ~£139.


is this a good deal then?
Also if you scroll down to the Main Features he points out that it has a unlocked bootloader and if you are thinking of re-flashing this phone he says " (Inquiry is necessary if want to reflash firmware)" this is probably because he has the unlock permission tied to his account don't know if this will effect flashing custom roms or only if you wanted to re-flash the original China rom.
You wont have the google pay and banking apps problem that the MI8 has with unlocked bootloader as this phone doesn't have NFC
That's I paid for my 5 plus (not from this seller). Bargain!

As for Band 20. I was recently in the middle of nowhere and could get a data connection on Plusnet even when someone with a UK phone on O2 couldn't, so it might not be that big a deal. YMMV of course.

Edited by: "repouk" 16th Aug
BUCKUM22 h, 0 m ago

Also if you scroll down to the Main Features he points out that it has a …Also if you scroll down to the Main Features he points out that it has a unlocked bootloader and if you are thinking of re-flashing this phone he says " (Inquiry is necessary if want to reflash firmware)" this is probably because he has the unlock permission tied to his account don't know if this will effect flashing custom roms or only if you wanted to re-flash the original China rom.You wont have the google pay and banking apps problem that the MI8 has with unlocked bootloader as this phone doesn't have NFC


Most of these Ali Express-type-place sourced phones have a non-standard ROM on them and will not update via OTA. If you want ROM updates then you will need to reflash to a 'legal' ROM so this might be a factor.

Apologies for double post, don't know how to multiple quotes on mobile!

repouk30 m ago

Most of these Ali Express-type-place sourced phones have a non-standard …Most of these Ali Express-type-place sourced phones have a non-standard ROM on them and will not update via OTA. If you want ROM updates then you will need to reflash to a 'legal' ROM so this might be a factor.Apologies for double post, don't know how to multiple quotes on mobile!


I beg to differ all the well known sellers on aliexpress provide official global roms, this is a offical global rom on this phone the problem is that Xiaomi have now introduced if you buy a China version phone like the MI8 which the seller has flashed with the official global rom the bootloader is left unlocked which results in NFC not working on some Bank apps and google pay as they need the bootloader to be locked for security. Also if you bought a China model with a view to flashing the official global rom yourself you must leave the bootloader unlocked because if you lock it it will soft brick the phone.They have introduced this without any warning that they were going to do it. They have done this to try to stop the third party sellers flashing the cheaper China version phones as it effects the sales of the global versions Also i think (but i am not an expert on flashing phones) that if you want to put a custom rom on it normally you have to unlock the bootloader to do it,so you have to contact Xiaomi and request bootloader unlocking permission which now takes 360 hours before you get the permission off them. So if you bought a pre flashed phone i think you may have to contact who you bought it off because they have probably got the bootloader unlock permission or permit whatever they call it locked to their account. They will get OTA updates as some on the Miui Forum where i first found out about this on a MI8 thread last week have now received a OTA update on their MI8
BUCKUM25 h, 51 m ago

Also if you scroll down to the Main Features he points out that it has a …Also if you scroll down to the Main Features he points out that it has a unlocked bootloader and if you are thinking of re-flashing this phone he says " (Inquiry is necessary if want to reflash firmware)" this is probably because he has the unlock permission tied to his account don't know if this will effect flashing custom roms or only if you wanted to re-flash the original China rom.You wont have the google pay and banking apps problem that the MI8 has with unlocked bootloader as this phone doesn't have NFC


why would a banking app require boot loader to be locked, I might see why it would require for the google pay but an app is just an internet browser.
Enterpart1 h, 5 m ago

why would a banking app require boot loader to be locked, I might see why …why would a banking app require boot loader to be locked, I might see why it would require for the google pay but an app is just an internet browser.


To be honest i don't know i personally do not use or would not use anything like that on my phones but that is what people on that Miui Forum were saying not all banking apps but some it is down to security most likely. I would imaging having a unlocked bootloader is a possible back door for hackers. They also say that you cant use Netflix and Pokemon Go as they also check for a locked bootloader have a read of it here en.miui.com/thr…tml There are also threads on XDA . There is supposed to be a possible work around involves using magisk or something like that to hide the fact its unlocked i am not into flashing roms but if you are maybe you will understand what they are on about.
BUCKUM25 h, 44 m ago

I beg to differ all the well known sellers on aliexpress provide official …I beg to differ all the well known sellers on aliexpress provide official global roms, this is a offical global rom on this phone the problem is that Xiaomi have now introduced if you buy a China version phone like the MI8 which the seller has flashed with the official global rom the bootloader is left unlocked which results in NFC not working on some Bank apps and google pay as they need the bootloader to be locked for security. Also if you bought a China model with a view to flashing the official global rom yourself you must leave the bootloader unlocked because if you lock it it will soft brick the phone.They have introduced this without any warning that they were going to do it. They have done this to try to stop the third party sellers flashing the cheaper China version phones as it effects the sales of the global versions Also i think (but i am not an expert on flashing phones) that if you want to put a custom rom on it normally you have to unlock the bootloader to do it,so you have to contact Xiaomi and request bootloader unlocking permission which now takes 360 hours before you get the permission off them. So if you bought a pre flashed phone i think you may have to contact who you bought it off because they have probably got the bootloader unlock permission or permit whatever they call it locked to their account. They will get OTA updates as some on the Miui Forum where i first found out about this on a MI8 thread last week have now received a OTA update on their MI8


That certainly wasn't the case when I got mine and there were tons of people in the same situation on the Xiaomi forums, XDA, Reddit etc. I didn't need to contact anyone for the unlock permission and there were no OTA updates at all. Things may have changed since then but then again they may not...

Santander's and Revolut's app work fine, as does Pokémon Go.
Edited by: "repouk" 16th Aug
How is the camera on this, anyone ?
repouk1 h, 7 m ago

That certainly wasn't the case when I got mine and there were tons of …That certainly wasn't the case when I got mine and there were tons of people in the same situation on the Xiaomi forums, XDA, Reddit etc. I didn't need to contact anyone for the unlock permission and there were no OTA updates at all. Things may have changed since then but then again they may not...Santander's and Revolut's app work fine, as does Pokémon Go.


What phone are you talking about the redmi note 5 or the MI 8 and what aliexpress seller did you by it off. This bootloader being left unlocked has only happened very recently and as for the 360 hour wait for unlocking permission a little bit longer. You have had to have unlock permission off Xiaomi for a few years now this XDA thread is for a MI5 dated March 2016 forum.xda-developers.com/mi-…243 and you had to get it then Xiaomi have been bringing in changes a lot lately without warning about it the anti-rollback from MIUI 10 being another and Russian versions of official MIUI global roms like this for the MI8 en.miui.com/dow…tml and this redmi note 5 en.miui.com/dow…tml
OP, can you add Global ROM to the title as it's a pretty important piece of info.

For me, I'd say to pay the £10 extra and get the global rom version. I bought one and it's great. It's really not worth the hassle of getting the global rom with the potential bootloader banana skins.

I bought the global version and it's a great piece of kit for the price.
Edited by: "woldranger" 16th Aug
Pay a bit extra and buy the global version.makes sense in the long run.i have the global version got it off eBay from ireland.when the USA codes were on paid 140.fantastic piece of kit.even the camera is good.put nova launcher on it runs perfect.mi max 3 be my next purchase once global version available September,October ish
Got mine 2 months back and won’t charge. No support from Ali express nor the supplier. Better to get something local with warranty
rajamasa9 h, 30 m ago

Got mine 2 months back and won’t charge. No support from Ali express nor t …Got mine 2 months back and won’t charge. No support from Ali express nor the supplier. Better to get something local with warranty


there's no such thing as 100% defect free. Even Samsung have defect units. This is part and parcel from ordering from China. BUT you can cover yourself,
1/ pay with a credit card, the sellers always say you have a years warrenty, if they don't honour it, all you do is take pictures, and send it recorded delivery back to china, yeah it will cost you postage back, but you give that information and tell your credit card company and they will put money back into your account (what you paid for the phone not postage back). This way your gambling £10 ish.
2/ do your research, read reviews for unit, for shop, check how reputable the company that make the phones are, xiaomi are one of if not the best hardware marker for phones, make solid phones.

A phone with this hardware is about £350 if you buy from UK, your paying just over a third for this phone and potentially loosing out on £10 (return postage back), so the maths works out and I will take those odds any time.
btw I've not found a defect unit of buying from china yet
If you are thinking of section 75 protection on a credit card then i don't think it will apply on aliexpress because you pay aliexpress who hold your payment until you confirm you have received the phone or i think it is 60 days and you have not opened a dispute before they pay the seller so it will be seen as third party involvement and not a direct contract between you and the seller apparently the same applies to using a credit card on paypal to buy something they are seen as third party although you may still have paypal protection. Another one is if you buy goods on a credit card from Amazon third-party sellers listed with the company name you're buying it from (as opposed to buying goods which Amazon directly sells itself, clearly listed as 'dispatched from and sold by Amazon'). Here Amazon is acting as an agency. Here is link to moneysavingexpert explaining it moneysavingexpert.com/cre…75/
BUCKUM211 h, 38 m ago

If you are thinking of section 75 protection on a credit card then i don't …If you are thinking of section 75 protection on a credit card then i don't think it will apply on aliexpress because you pay aliexpress who hold your payment until you confirm you have received the phone or i think it is 60 days and you have not opened a dispute before they pay the seller so it will be seen as third party involvement and not a direct contract between you and the seller apparently the same applies to using a credit card on paypal to buy something they are seen as third party although you may still have paypal protection. Another one is if you buy goods on a credit card from Amazon third-party sellers listed with the company name you're buying it from (as opposed to buying goods which Amazon directly sells itself, clearly listed as 'dispatched from and sold by Amazon'). Here Amazon is acting as an agency. Here is link to moneysavingexpert explaining it https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/credit-cards/PayPal-Section75/


Interesting thanks for heads up but,
type in "charge back aliexpress" in google, and you will see plenty of people being given money back by credit card company using aliexpress
e.g. " If they do neither then call your credit card for a charge back. This is what I had to do. Make sure you did the dispute first as your credit card company may want to see you actually tried to resolve on your own."

forums.redflagdeals.com/ali…83/

so the rules are abit more complicated , read this

telegraph.co.uk/per…on/


"However, if the firm you're buying from has a "Commercial Entity Agreement" you'll be able to make a claim under Section 75 even if you use PayPal."


not sure if aliexpress has that but if its already been given back by a credit card company then that sets a precedent and I see no reason another credit card company deny you that.


Lastly read this article


forums.redflagdeals.com/ali…25/

just reminded me how aliexpress operate, they wont let anyone fuck up their platform so they will side with the buyer as long as you have the evidence and they will give you your money back, the sellers are scared of you escalating your claim with aliexpress.


at the end of the day this has more than reassured me with my rights and I have 100% faith I am covered even below £100 since I would ask aliexpress to step in. but I guess its upto you to make an educated decision if your covered, have I convinced you?
Edited by: "Enterpart" 17th Aug
Enterpart17th Aug

.A phone with this hardware is about £350 if you buy from UK, your paying ….A phone with this hardware is about £350 if you buy from UK, your paying just over a third for this phone and potentially loosing out on £10 (return postage back), so the maths works out and I will take those odds any time.btw I've not found a defect unit of buying from china yet


Actually you can buy the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Global version with Global rom for around £195 in the UK and have it delivered next day.

I know this as I have one and got mine from Amazon. So only around £50 more than buying from China. Worth paying the extra I think for a proper warranty

many sellers but one example, fulfilled by Amazon and delivered next day.
amazon.co.uk/Xia…5Y/
Edited by: "Uridium" 19th Aug
Uridium3 h, 50 m ago

Actually you can buy the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Global version with Global …Actually you can buy the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Global version with Global rom for around £195 in the UK and have it delivered next day.I know this as I have one and got mine from Amazon. So only around £50 more than buying from China. Worth paying the extra I think for a proper warrantymany sellers but one example, fulfilled by Amazon and delivered next day.https://www.amazon.co.uk/Xiaomi-Redmi-Note-Dual-Black/dp/B07CZS8W5Y/


£50 is a third of the phone lol, who do you think the sellers from Ebay get their phones from? erm China dah. Your just paying a middleman.
Why do you think they offer a "proper warranty"? because the failure rate in xiaomi hardware is really good, thats the only reason they (the small seller on ebay) can offer a "warrenty", otherwise their buisness model won't be profitable, hence buy from China yourself. Whats the point in buying a chinese phone if you dont get chinese price.
I won't be surprised if your an ebay seller yourself, since no one would think paying a third of the phone is worth this warrenty your talking about. Also if the failure rate was that high don't you think it would be in the reviews? have a look and its at around 4.9 across many sellers with 1000's of phones sold. If your that concerned you can even ask them to open it and check.
Enterpart6 h, 9 m ago

£50 is a third of the phone lol, who do you think the sellers from Ebay …£50 is a third of the phone lol, who do you think the sellers from Ebay get their phones from? erm China dah. Your just paying a middleman.Why do you think they offer a "proper warranty"? because the failure rate in xiaomi hardware is really good, thats the only reason they (the small seller on ebay) can offer a "warrenty", otherwise their buisness model won't be profitable, hence buy from China yourself. Whats the point in buying a chinese phone if you dont get chinese price.I won't be surprised if your an ebay seller yourself, since no one would think paying a third of the phone is worth this warrenty your talking about. Also if the failure rate was that high don't you think it would be in the reviews? have a look and its at around 4.9 across many sellers with 1000's of phones sold. If your that concerned you can even ask them to open it and check.


The point I was highlighting was that you can get one in the UK for £199 NOT £350 as you had stated.

also who mentioned eBay? I was talking about Amazon.
Uridium3 h, 32 m ago

The point I was highlighting was that you can get one in the UK for £199 …The point I was highlighting was that you can get one in the UK for £199 NOT £350 as you had stated.also who mentioned eBay? I was talking about Amazon.


I see. But I meant a brand name smartphone for £350, from the likes of samsung motorola etc. where your guaranteed warranty and certain amount of craftmanship.
Like I've said if your going to buy a xiaomi phone then never buy from a uk seller whose just a middleman, if you don't mind waiting 2 weeks, you'll get the exact same phone while also being a bargain.

At £200 you can start getting good deals from UK from brand names on sale prices.
Enterpart37 m ago

I see. But I meant a brand name smartphone for £350, from the likes of …I see. But I meant a brand name smartphone for £350, from the likes of samsung motorola etc. where your guaranteed warranty and certain amount of craftmanship.Like I've said if your going to buy a xiaomi phone then never buy from a uk seller whose just a middleman, if you don't mind waiting 2 weeks, you'll get the exact same phone while also being a bargain.At £200 you can start getting good deals from UK from brand names on sale prices.


Afraid I disagree. You said "A phone with this hardware is about £350 if you buy from UK" This exact SAME Hardware is £195 bought direct from the UK with guaranteed warranty. Xiaomi is a known brand name.

This forum is littered with people who've been bitten by the return policy of chinese stores. Yes if you dig in and fight you may get a refund but often your looking at months without a device or your money....

For less than £50 extra you can get a Redmi Note 5 direct from Amazon with Amazon's brilliant customer service and a simple return if it goes wrong.

I myself have had two chinese phones fail on me this year, A Maze Alpha that I thankfully purchased from Amazon, this was an instant refund and a Vernee X purchased from one of the popular Chinese stores on here, this one took several weeks of hassle to get a refund on and even then I lost £15 in return postage.

Even for £195 from a UK seller the Redmi Note 5 still wipes the floor with anything else you can buy in the same price range.
At £200 names like Motorola, Samsung, LG and even the recent good Nokia branded offerings can't compete with the Redmi Note 5 spec , quality or performsnce

Each to their own i guess and I do understand the extra £40-£50 over buying from China is a lot of money to some, all I'm saying is that If you can stretch to the extra £50 then buying from Amazon might be worth thinking about.

It's nice knowing that should your phone die tomorrow that Amazon will refund you straightway rather than the grief your in for If you have a Chinese RMA process to start battling with.
Edited by: "Uridium" 20th Aug
Uridium23 m ago

Afraid I disagree. You said "A phone with this hardware is about £350 if …Afraid I disagree. You said "A phone with this hardware is about £350 if you buy from UK" This exact SAME Hardware is £195 bought direct from the UK with guaranteed warranty. Xiaomi is a known brand name. This forum is littered with people who've been bitten by the return policy of chinese stores. Yes if you dig in and fight you may get a refund but often your looking at months without a device or your money....For less than £50 extra you can get a Redmi Note 5 direct from Amazon with Amazon's brilliant customer service and a simple return if it goes wrong.I myself have had two chinese phones fail on me this year, A Maze Alpha that I thankfully purchased from Amazon, this was an instant refund and a Vernee X, this one took several weeks of hassle to get a refund on and even then I lost £15 in return postage.Even for £195 from a UK seller the Redmi Note 5 still wipes the floor with anything else you can buy in the same price range.At £200 names like Motorola, Samsung, LG and even the recent good Nokia branded offerings can't compete with the Redmi Note 5 spec , quality or performsnceEach to their own i guess and I do understand the extra £40-£50 over buying from China is a lot of money to some, all I'm saying is that If you can stretch to the extra £50 then buying from Amazon might be worth thinking about.It's nice knowing that should your phone die tomorrow that Amazon will refund you straightway rather than the grief your in for If you have a Chinese RMA process to start battling with.


Didn't realise fulfilled by amazon means you also get the same cover as if you bought from amazon themselves.
yes xiaomi is brand name but not a household brand in the UK, not to the masses anyway.
If your a first time buyer you'll be hesitant with a "chinese phone", I've bought 2 xiaomi phones, and an avid tech reader/follower so I know where xiaomi stand in midst of the samsungs and the like and know how amazing their hardware is.
Also price can change a product from worth it to its a bargain, I rather have a bargain than a worth it phone. I enjoy getting my parcel from china and gloating at how cheap i paid for it. I have to admit I got hit by customs the last time I got a phone (~£11) this was my third phone, but still worked out a bargain.
£40 isn't that much when you have a job, but just because you got the money doesnt mean you spend it needlessly. Like I've said, do your research first, xiaomi phones hardware last! The redmi note 3 I got my dad is working perfect to this day, and Its got latest miui 10 software to.

Lastly I think its a mindset your not looking at. This isn't just about a phone and warranty this is about shopping from china in general. Once you realise that you can buy literally anything you can dream about and buy it silly cheap and all you have to do is wait 2-4 weeks for it to be delivered and the excitement you get when you open your parcels you would want to shop from places like aliexpress.
People dont have to leave reviews with pictures of their purchases, but they do to help others out. Sellers messaging you with Dear, friend, sir. The whole experience is rewarding pleasant. If you do your research and know your rights and what to do when something goes wrong then you have assurances.
TL,DR, learn to shop from china and you have access to things you cant buy here for cheap as chips
Just out of curiosity- does anyone have a non-global version who can confirm it doesn’t have band 20. I remember when I bought Redmi Note 2 ,there were two 16gb versions sold , one FDD and the other TDD(which was the China-specific version,allegedly) . Turned out they both had the same 4g bands . Just wondering if there’s a bit of smoke and mirrors at play
Edited by: "Kensirstagwaff" 22nd Aug
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