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[AliExpress] Xiaomi Note 5 *Pro* 32/3 GB RAM/5.99"/Snapdragon 636/4000mAh/$138 USD

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Xiaomi Note 5 *Pro* 32/3 GB RAM/5.99"/Snapdragon 636/4000mAh/$138 USD

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when you buy from aliexpress, most of the time you won't be ding'd with duty/tax. you can, however, opt for DHL shipping and ask the seller to declare a low value to somewhat hedge the outcome.

Copy Paste Link (this is the link to all available items offers by various different sellers, just pick the cheapest one)

https://www.aliexpress.com/w/wholesale-Redmi-Note-5-636.html?&site=glo&groupsort=1&SortType=price_asc&g=y

Direct link:

https://www.aliexpress.com/w/wholesale-Redmi-Note-5-636.html?&site=glo&groupsort=1&SortType=price_asc&g=y

A couple of important points:

  1. All of their phones come with a basic case.
  2. This is the Pro version even though the page doesn't specify that, I will explain why, go to this page
    https://www.gsmarena.com/compare.php3?&idPhone3=8893&idPhone2=8959&idPhone1=8720
    compare column 2 and column 3, you will see that the biggest difference between the pro and the non-pro version is that, the pro version has chipset (under platform): Snapdragon 636 but the non-pro one has 625.
  3. I was gonna order the non-pro version, but I changed my mind: because I saw that the pro version is 100% aluminium but the non-pro version has plastic ends, this is a phone that I plan to use for 4~5 years, I think I am okay with paying a slight premium for a slightly more durable build (plus tiny hardware upgrades here and there, like dual camera and facial recognition)
  4. You don't pay tax when you buy from Aliexpress, you might get dinged by a custom fee like this guy for $20, but most people report back that they got theirs without being dinged.
  5. Currency conversion right now is 1.29 CAD = 1 USD so your final cost will be around 178 CAD.


enjoy your new phone!

If you buy now, they ship it out right away so there is no wait. Like many other RFDers, I bought it last month during pre-sale for $4 USD cheaper. I will report back with more details (regarding whether I get dinged with duty/tax, and performance of phone) once I receive the phone. Someone that picked the DHL option already received his phone, you can read more here.
Rogers Mastercard (because 4% cashback on foreign transactions with rogers mastercard) wrote:PENDING ALIEXPRESS $220.27 CAD
Xiaomi Online Store wrote:Thank you so much for your purchasing.

Your payment has been received for this item. We will ship it to you as soon as possible according to payment time.Because estimated orders will be more than 30-40 thousands during March 28th promotion, and our warehouse needs time to process orders , so the shipping will be delayed a little.

After doing so, we will send you a notification with tracking number information in your AliExpress Account.Please kindly wait a couple of days.

Appreciate your time and patience in advance.

Have a good day.
Order Snapshot page wrote:Global Version Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 3GB 32GB 5.99" Full Screen Dual Camera Smartphone Note5 Snapdragon 636 Octa Core 4000mAh
don't forget ebates cashback wrote:AliExpress*******$6.77
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Thread Summary
Please Read Me Before Asking a Question Which phone am I supposed to buy?
Make sure you get the global VERSION (Not global rom) of Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (Codename Whyred). Copy the url below if you have issue opening this aliexpress link. Aliexpress is usually the cheapest place to find this phone. Don't forget cash back sites.

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https://www.aliexpress.com/w/wholesale-redmi-note-5-global-version-636.html?site=glo&groupsort=1&SortType=total_tranpro_desc&g=y
There's also a Taiwan version on Amazon with an extra band (LTE Band 2) but at significantly higher price. Consider this option if you want the phone within a week as Amazon ships quickly.

What's the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro?
It's a version of Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (Codename Whyred) marketed for India. It lacks bands needed for Canada so use the link above to purchase the Global Version instead.

What's the Xiaomi Redmi 5 / Redmi 5 Plus (Vince)?
Codename Vince is a completely different, inferior phone in the budget line. Sometimes this phone is referred to as Redmi Note 5 or Redmi Note 5 Plus. Quickest way to cell Vince and Whyred apart is by the rear facing camera. Vince has a single camera located in the middle and Whyred has dual camera located on the side.

Will this work with Bell / Tellus / Rogers / Freedom?
It will work well with the big 3's network, especially in urban centers. But not Freedom.

Should I pay for extra shipping?
DHL option means shipping charge, duty, AND brokerage fee. But you're guaranteed to get it quite quickly. Consider the Amazon Taiwan version as well if you want to go this route.

I don't want to pay extra for shipping and I don't want to get dinged for tax. Which store should I buy from?
Stores that ship using Singapore Post have fast transit time (~half a month). Users have reported fast free shipping time from the following Aliexpress stores:
Mi Authorized Store
Xiaomi MC Store
Mi Retail Store (post #2204)

Avoid:
Xiaomi Online Store (post #2199)

Should I pay extra for a specific colour?
Up to you. Just be aware that even if you get a case, your case will not cover the finger print reader and it might not cover the buttons and bezel. You can try simulating how your phone will look using this: https://www.gadgetshieldz.com/redmi-not ... wraps.html

How's the free case that comes with the phone?
Useless. It doesn't offer any protection to the screen.

What case should I get?
Maybe one of these:
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32857886283.html
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32857636521.html (with screen protector?)
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/-/32860723064.html (wo screen protector?)
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/For-Xia ... 29381.html
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/RAUGEE- ... 00427.html
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Cover-f ... 58622.html
https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Magnetic-Slots- ... 2588943251 - Faux leather
https://www.ebay.ca/itm/For-Xiaomi-Mi-A ... 2794873436 - Genuine Leather Flip
https://www.ebay.ca/itm/For-Xiaomi-6-Re ... 2414403401 - Armor style
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Redmi-N ... 92850.html - PU Leather

What screen protector should I get?
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Aikice- ... 67752.html Glass full glue $2 usd

I want to play with custom roms. What do I need to know?
Apply for boot loader unlock asap. You need to wait 15 days after application before you can unlock it.
Upgrading miui rom above certain a version might cause headaches due to anti rollback. Recommend not upgrading MIUI past 8.7.5 (stable) or 9.7.5 (beta). See: https://forum.xda-developers.com/redmi- ... l-t3816219

Useful Links
XDA Forum: https://forum.xda-developers.com/redmi-note-5-pro
Pixel Experience Rom Thread: https://forum.xda-developers.com/redmi- ... e-t3816099
LineageOS Rom Thread: https://forum.xda-developers.com/redmi- ... 1-t3817814
Magisk (root): https://forum.xda-developers.com/apps/m ... s-t3473445
Mi A2 camera app port: https://forum.xda-developers.com/redmi- ... s-t3822082

I have hotspot issue (i.e. wifi connected but no internet)
http://en.miui.com/forum.php?mod=viewth ... pot&page=1
Basically you need to do some config on APN (Access point names).

How do I check which bands are available in my area?
https://www.cellmapper.net/map

Here are the legit links to the correct global version phones in 3gb and 4gb versions from the Xiaomi Online Aliexpress store.

Redmi Note 5 Global Version with 4gb RAM and 64gb storage
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Global- ... 48418.html


Redmi Note 5 Global Version with 3gb RAM and 32gb storage
https://www.aliexpress.com/store/produc ... 56ddSRSG14


Also to save a few more dollars:
1. Open up new Aliexpress account to use $4 off coupon
2. Sign up for ebates.ca (you get a $5 welcome bonus) +3% off buying from aliexpress through their link (turn adblocks off when doing this)
3. In Aliexpress order notes, ask for Singapore post for FASTEST free shipping option
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snipzy wrote:
May 15th, 2018 6:05 pm
Also, do you know what the difference is between the one you posted and the "GLOBAL VERSION" here: for a little bit more?:
Different LTE bands, the important ones being B4 and B7 on the global and only B7 on the non-global iirc.
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mmmako wrote:
May 15th, 2018 6:16 pm
Different LTE bands, the important ones being B4 and B7 on the global and only B7 on the non-global iirc.
man, I used to think the Snapdragon was indication that it was the "global" version with B4, but seems like it isn't anymore.

Xiaomi has gotten way too fragmented with all their different models and it is too confusing. Now they even have a Redmi S series phones. They need to ease up on this craziness.
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Oct 27, 2016
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This is not the Redmi Note 5 Pro. The Redmi Note 5 Pro is the Indian model lacking B20 LTE support. In India, the the Pro has the SD 636 while the non-Pro known as the Redmi Note 5 has the SD 625.

You're talking about the Redmi Note 5 (China/Global). In this case, the global model has B20 LTE support. In China/Global markets, the Redmi Note 5 has the SD 636 while the non-Pro known as the Redmi 5 Plus has the SD 625.

I would suggest altering the title to reflect that, as it aligns with your provided order information.
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Ideally I'd like to pick up the Android One handsets that Xiaomi offers. The MI A1 was the last one and yet we are still awaiting the official MI A2. There have been lots of rumors and speculations that somehow the Redmi Note 5 or Redmi Note 5 Pro Indian version or Redmi S2 or MI 6X would be the MI A2 but again...all speculation.
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OP you're confusing the audience. The note 5 has a 636 processor while your comparison has 625 older one.
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Will I be able to avoid getting Ontario Emergency Alerts with this?
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PHuth2 wrote:
May 15th, 2018 8:11 pm
Will I be able to avoid getting Ontario Emergency Alerts with this?
That's not up to the phone. It's the carrier.
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This phone will work with Rogers/Zoomer, correct?
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As of today, add about 31.1% to to the price of USD. Add 2.5, 2.0 % extra if paying by credit card. The consumer and Bank of Canada or XE.com online rates are not the rates you or I get.
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MIUI is seriously underrated, the amount of ingenious features packed in Xiaomi phones is staggering, even custom roms don't come close.

Xiaomi is stepping up their games even more. Now the camera for the Redmi Note 5 is actually fairly good and very surprising for this price range. Add the Google camera software and it will be loads better, as the lenses are quite competent. And a battery that puts everyone else to shame.

It definitely makes less and less sense to pay these overinflated prices for expensive "flagship" phones that get outdated within months when something like this is more than enough for 99% of people.
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Poutinesauce wrote:
May 17th, 2018 8:16 pm
MIUI is seriously underrated, the amount of ingenious features packed in Xiaomi phones is staggering, even custom roms don't come close.

Xiaomi is stepping up their games even more. Now the camera for the Redmi Note 5 is actually fairly good and very surprising for this price range. Add the Google camera software and it will be loads better, as the lenses are quite competent. And a battery that puts everyone else to shame.

It definitely makes less and less sense to pay these overinflated prices for expensive "flagship" phones that get outdated within months when something like this is more than enough for 99% of people.
thanks for the feedback! I look forward to my redmi!
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