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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 - 4GB RAM 64GB ROM Snapdragon 636 US $173.44 (~$236.97 Inc GST) Delivered via DHL @AliExpress

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

  • Dual camera, astounding images: The large 1.4μm pixel dual camera delivers high-quality images, even in low light conditions.

  • Snapdragon 636: it features the global debut of all-new Snapdragon 636 — Qualcomm's newest 14nm offering. This cutting-edge octa-core processor implements Kryo architecture which greatly improves overall performance and power efficiency. The Snapdragon 636 outperforms it's predecessor by up to 40

  • Insane battery performance: The 4000mAh high-capacity battery and system-level MIUI optimizations offers up to 19 days of standby time, 14 hours of video playback, or 8.5 hours of gaming.

  • Blue/Black colors also available for $12 more.

  • Don't forget to use cashrewards 5% cashback to bring down the price to ~AU $226.

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    How hard is it to get stock Android on this, for someone who isn't experienced at this kinda thing?

    • +1 vote

      Get yourself the MiA1 Should be able to get it roughly same +/-

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        This has a better screen, battery and camera.

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          the A1 is running android one so depends if you want slightly better specs and be tinkering and flashing, or just turn on a phone and use it and get OTA updates.

          we went with the A1 for android one and OTA updates for junior, i’m getting too old to waste time supporting phones, just want to use them and do other things with my time.

    • +7 votes

      @Merlict, If you are after Stock Android, Get this MiA1 for US $149

      • +2 votes

        +1
        Wow thats darn good value for a phone.

        • +2 votes

          I've got the Mi5x which is the China varriant of the MiA1 however you can flash MiA1 Firmware on it anyway ;)

          Absolutely love having stock rom! but MIUI Isn't to bad either !

    • +3 votes

      I did it, wasn't too hard at all but I've done it before on other phones. Steps easy to follow even if you're a noobie. Should be noted you will have to wait 15 days to do it which is a pain.

      • +7 votes

        What's the logic behind the 15 days?

        • +6 votes

          You have to wait for Xiaomi to approve your bootloader unlock request which usually takes 15 days.

          You can only install custom roms if your bootloader is unlocked. Since stock Android isn't officially supported by this model, you'll have to install a custom rom that's close enough to stock Android.

        • +6 votes

          To try and prevent vendors from flashing fake MIUI Roms with their own malware/spyware etc

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          @moneybaby: can you do this on a MacBook Air? I dun have a PC

      • -1 vote

        Could you put stock Android onto the Taiwan version with B28 too, would love to do that. Do you get updates from Xiaomi after intalling stock android? Any links to how to do this please?

        • +2 votes

          Could you put stock Android onto the Taiwan version with B28 too, would love to do that.

          Most likely yes if there's a custom rom that supports that model, unfortunately I'm not too familiar with that model as I can't find it on GSMArena.

          Do you get updates from Xiaomi after intalling stock android?

          No, you'll only get updates from Xiaomi if you're running the official MIUI rom.

          Any links to how to do this please?

          Your best bet is to visit the xda-developers forum and go to your phone's section. You'll have to do your own research.

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        How do you know if it's unlocked? I got mine today when I boot it up its says unlocked on the bottom when the screen first turns on.

    • +3 votes

      yeah get the MiA1 if you value stock andriod. MiA1 is a cheaper and slightly inferior device. Id be careful rooting this phone because ive read reports that it can get bootlooping.

    • +1 vote

      Buy the Mi A2 comes with Android one stock Android
      bit more expensive though

    • +2 votes

      Just put the pixel launcher on it and you are good. Some good features in miui android like call recording and automatically powers on for an alarm that is set.

    • +3 votes

      plug into PC
      run unlock app
      wait for unlock approval
      unlock phone
      install TWRP
      download Lineage or other AOSP ROM
      flash ROM from TWRP

      other option would be to get the A1 or the new A2

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        Is it same procedure when phone has anti roll back? Not sure what version this one be shipped… Just want to unlock bootloader, flash TWRP and flash RR ROM.

        Any good instructions to follow on XDA to do this please message me :)

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      Wait for a week and buy MI A2.

  • +5 votes

    No band 28?

  • +1 vote

    Wow great price OP nearly 80$ cheaper than I bought it for

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      Are the camera and battery as good as they're said to be?

      • +6 votes

        https://www.gsmarena.com/piccmp.php3?idType=5&idPhone1=9140&...

        The pink ball is a good indication of camera quality

      • -2 votes

        battery is excellent. camera is bad. if you have $500 to spent on a phone, get something else. If you are poor, this phone is a good compromise.

        • +4 votes

          I wouldn't call this camera bad.. it takes excellent pics!

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          Might be good if you want to be seen as a high rolling mainlander

        • +1 vote

          @PR0r: it’s a phone not a DSLR ….with cameras part is software part is hardware, need to decide how much better hardware in the camera is worth, especially if just taking snaps that aren’t destined for national geographic.

          if you are going to enlarge and print as 8”x10” you usually crop and touch up photos either at the shop or at home anyway.

          nokia and moto used to have 21mp and 24mp cameras with large aperture, but i think people didn’t want to pay the extra and pixel size and aperture seems to have dropped from flagship phones, gets to a point where it’s fit for purpose as a phone camera.

      • +2 votes

        Battery is great, camera decent. This is the version with the improved camera over the redmi note 5 pro I believe

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        Battery is great lasts me a couple of days
        Camera is on par to my Nokia 8 IMHO
        you can install Gcam and get excellent results

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        The battery is great. The camera is fine in daylight, but like most phones at this level, it's low light where the camera starts suffering. The usual issues are grainier images and extra blur from moving objects.

        • +1 vote

          low light and laws of physics kick in, small lens and aperture is limited in how much light it can catch,

          might be why people don’t turn lights off at kids birthday parties when cake candles are lit anymore.

  • +3 votes

    AU216 + Gst, right?

  • +4 votes

    An incredible phone for the price, once MIUI is swapped with Resurrection Remix.

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      My Note 4x was running fine until they released a broken update for MIUI . All day battery life to 2hours. Lucky you can unlock fairly easily.

      • +2 votes

        which update? I am using Note 4x with up to date software, no issue at all.

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          Most recent update. I have the mtk version. There is a thread on the official forums about it.
          There's so many hardware variations of the note 4x it's incredible.

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    Can anyone confirm or deny if this had band 28? I've been getting some mixed messages over this.

    • +3 votes

      If you are buying from this seller, the answer is no. You need the Taiwan version for B28 and it's considerably more expensive.

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      Usually Xiaomi phones don't come with Band 28. Probably their phones' only downside. And no NFC either.

      But a significant upgrade over the Redmi Note 4x.

  • +8 votes

    Still using my old Note 3, great phone for the price

    • +4 votes

      In our house we've got RN3, RN4x and a RN5 running

      In day to day use (as opposed to benchmarks) I cant see any real discernable differance between any of them. Teenager has the RN3 and I'd be hearing about it if it couldnt do something

      • +2 votes

        Yep, most mid-range phones these days are more than adequate for the average user who is interested in messaging, browsing, social media, email, and the like.

        Unless you're into heavy gaming or want a better camera, these phones' specs are fine for most people.

  • +3 votes

    How will this phone upgrade from my iPhone 5s. I was thinking of buying a samsung s8 or maybe getting a iPhone 7. How do these options compare in price to performance?I was also thinking of these following deals:
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    Thanks

    • +10 votes

      If you are heavily invested in iOS, it is probably best that you stick with iPhones. Apps that you've purchased on iOS will not be yours to own on Android. You'd have to purchase them again. If you rely heavily on iMessage, you will not find this on Android. Regarding performance, any one of these devices would be an upgrade, although the droids have more RAM than the iPhone 6s. The droids have big batteries and would last a full day. The Mi Max might be able to push 3 if you are a light user. If you like your phone to replace your bank cards, the Xiaomni phones can't help with that as they all lack NFC. I can't say much about band 28 as it is irrelevant to me. The iPhone 6s camera would run rings around the cameras in the China droids.
      The S8 has the best camera out of the bunch. It has a much better display too. Also, you can use it to pay in places where bank cards are accepted. The battery however wouldn't wow you. It should be able to get you through a full day if you're a light user.
      You could also check out the specs of these devices on [GSMArena](https://www.gsmarena.com/.

      Hope this helps.

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    Still waiting for my a2 lite …

  • +2 votes

    Which is better this or the Xiaomi Mi A1?

    • +3 votes

      in terms of specs, this phone is better. Mi A1 is cheaper and has stock andriod. both are budget phones in every sense of the word however.

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      This phone. I heard there are numerous problems with Mi A1 (from it's radiation effect to delayed android one updates - they recently just got oreo and even it has problems). With Redmi Note 5 the only thing you need to be concern is flashing custom roms and unlocking the bootloader to flash them. There are people on XDA who will gladly help you (if you ask them nicely).

      • +2 votes

        we got oreo early this year on A1 , no problems what so ever, gets ota updates ….might be crap ware people install above std android one.

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      This phone is better

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    does this have dual sim?

  •  

    Anyone order from Aliexpress before using DHL? I ordered a phone earlier this week and got refunded as DHL don't ship to my address in Sydney.

    • +3 votes

      Bizarre. All my AE stuff comes with DHL, shipped to both residential and business addresses in Vic.

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        What are the delivery times like from your experience? I need it before 31 Aug?

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        Yeh I was waiting for 5days before the seller message me with:

        Dear my buyer , The DHL not support send the address you give us , You can cancelled this order by another reason , Have a new one by the post or shipping by aliexpress
        So sorry for that

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      very strange. I ordered through DHL and it had no problems

    • +1 vote

      Did u send it to a PO Box or Parcel Locker?

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      Seems strange, DHL will ~usually~ still accept stuff into their network even if they don't deliver to that region, they'll usually just pass it off to a third party. Even PO boxes can slip through and are usually just given to the local post office to deliver. Mind if I ask what your post code is?

  • +1 vote

    Would it come with a tax invoice so I can claim it back on my tax return?

    • +1 vote

      After purchase you can download a PDF invoice

      It doesnt say "Tax Invoice" at the top but it outlines and itemises the GST you have paid

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    How is this compared to the a2 lite?

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