High 5 from Redmi Note 5 and 5 Pro

 Xiaomi has launched two phones in its budget Redmi series

Bangalore, March 5 2018: For Xiaomi, the Redmi range of affordable smartphones has been its secret weapon  in India.  Redmi Note 4  was a popular model last year. Now it has  launched  2 successors: -- Redmi Note 5 and Note 5 Pro. The Redmi Note 5 is thinner than  earlier , at 8.05 mm and comes with a metal body and  increased  display area thanks to an 18:9 screen ratio. The 5.99 inches device  sports  12MP + 5MP cameras and features an LED  light to make  low-light selfies brighter. Each image pixel is  made larger, so images are less pixelated. The device claims to withstand voltage surges upto 380V. With the Snapdragon 625 processor under the hood, powered by a 4000 mAh battery, the Redmi Note 5 comes in two variants: the 3GB + 32GB at Rs. 9,999 and  the 4GB + 64GB priced at Rs. 11,999.

Go pro, bro! The beefed up elder brother -- Redmi Note 5 Pro  --marks the global debut of the new Snapdragon 636 processor, and comes with enhanced camera specs. The 12MP + 5MP dual back camera comes with a 5MP Sony sensor for better depth detection and a 12MP Sony IMX 48 sensor for better still images. Turn on your screen and  the phone will automatically recognize your face and unlock. The 20 MP front camera comes with a soft LED flash. Additionally, electronic image stabilization features  ensure that videos are smoother and sharper.  Continuing to woo selfie enthusiasts, the Redmi Note 5 Pro uses deep learning algorithms to beautify  selfies and remove blemishes, with special attention to unique Indian beauty components like bindis and nose pins. While most image enhancement tools  treat these as blemishes, Xiaomi treats them  with respect.  The 4000 mAH device comes in a 6GB + 64GB variant (priced at Rs. 16,999) and a 4GB + 64GB configuration (priced at Rs. 13,999). 

Both the phones are  available on mi.com and Flipkart  and constitute good combos of post and performance. For  a few thousand rupees extra, the Pro version  offers a huge leap in   camera specs; I'd go for it if I could afford it. VISHNU ANAND