xiaomi redmi note 4 ,review), has been the best selling smartphone of 2017. The year has changed, so once again there are high expectations from Xiaomi. In such xiaomi redmi note 5 ,review) But there is a big responsibility and we believe that this phone has fulfilled this responsibility very well. Xiaomi has also launched a more powerful model with a better camera. This Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro will be known as. It is the first smartphone to come with Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 636 processor. The chipset supports full-HD+ displays and has Qualcomm’s own custom Kryo CPU cores. On paper these things are very tempting. But the question is, how much premium is Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro to Redmi Note 5? You will get the answer by reading the review of the phone.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Design and Build Quality
From the front, the Redmi Note 5 Pro looks very similar to the Redmi Note 5. The 18:9 display also has curved edges. The phone still has visible edges on the left and right sides. At the same time, the borders on the top and bottom are wider. At 181 grams, this phone does feel a bit heavy, which is probably due to the metal back and big battery. The white and gold trim of our review unit looked quite nice. If you want, you can buy the phone in Black, Blue and Rose Gold colors.
The 5.99-inch display is full-HD + resolution. Gorilla Glass has been used to protect the phone from scratches. You won’t find any capacitive buttons, Xiaomi has used the onscreen navigation buttons. Above the screen are a front camera, earpiece, diffused selfie flash and sensors.
The body is metal and the grip is comfortable. When you take the phone in your hands, there is a feeling of the button being away. But their response is great. Like other handsets of the Xiaomi Redmi Note series, it also has an IR emitter on the top. At the bottom of the phone, there is a 3.5mm headphone socket, microphone, micro-USB port and speaker grille. According to us, being the Pro model, the company should have given a USB Type C port in it. On the left is the hybrid dual SIM tray. Here you can use two nano SIMs or one nano SIM with microSD card (up to 128 GB).
The metal back will remind you a lot of the Redmi Note 4, especially due to the matte finish and tapering edges. The fingerprint sensor is easy to reach when holding the phone in hand. It also does quick finger recognition. The bulge of the camera is clearly visible. Frankly speaking, this design seems to be heavily inspired by the iPhone X. The setup of lens and flash is also similar to that of Apple’s phone. The bulge means that the phone sits at an awkward angle when placed on a flat surface. There is nothing else on the rear. Just at the bottom is the Xiaomi logo.
We received this unit for review without any packaging. Xiaomi has said that users will get a standard charger and silicone cover with this phone like the Redmi Note 5.
The phone is too long. Because of this, keeping it in the pocket will not be as easy. Other than that no complaints. On the other hand, the width of the phone is decent. Because of this, the phone can be easily gripped in one hand. After using the phone for two-three days, we also got used to its weight. Overall, the build of the Redmi Note 5 Pro is good and it looks beautiful.
Specifications and Features of Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro
Xiaomi says that the Redmi Note 5 Pro is truly redmi note 3 ,review) is upgraded. In terms of performance, this claim seems to be true. The Redmi Note 3 did the job of taking the level of performance higher in the price range of Rs 15,000. The Redmi Note 5 Pro has also managed to do something similar. This is the first phone to come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor which was introduced in October last year. In our benchmark tests, the Redmi Note 5 Pro’s processor gave an average of 10 percent better results than the Snapdragon 625 processor.
Redmi Note 5 Pro you will get 4 GB RAM and 6 GB RAM options. The storage of both the variants is 64 GB only. If needed, you will be able to use a microSD card up to 128 GB. Bluetooth 5, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 AC, GPS, FM radio, USB-OTG and necessary sensors have been provided in the phone. There is 4G VoLTE support in the handset.
The phone’s MIUI software is still based on Android 7.1. This is disappointing. The company has also not said anything regarding the Android Oreo update. Android security patch is also not updated. Our test unit received the December 2017 update. It is possible that this is due to the unit having beta build. In such a situation, we cannot consider Xiaomi to be guilty.
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Many of Xiaomi’s apps will already be installed in the Redmi Note 5 Pro. With Mi Drop, you can send files over an ad-hoc Wi-Fi network. For this, there should be a drop in the other person’s phone as well. You will also find Mi Store and Mi Community which cannot be uninstalled from the phone.
There is also a Wi-Fi calling option in the Settings app. But you will not be able to activate it. Because this service will be provided by the cellular network provider. You can change the UI theme if you want. The app can be locked with the fingerprint sensor and photos can also be captured. You will get features like Quick Ball, One Handed Mode and Dual Apps of MIUI.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro performance, camera and battery life
We reviewed the 4 GB RAM variant of the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Its performance in normal use was excellent. Fingerprints are left on the screen, but dust and stains do not stick to the rest of the body. Call quality is good. There is enough sound from the speaker for alerts and media playback. The phone is often cold. It gets a bit too hot even while playing the game. Even after using the camera for a long time, it does not get very hot, which is a good thing.
For media playback, Xiaomi has also provided its own music and video app. By the way, there is no need for these apps if Google’s media player is already installed. Apart from this, an app like MX Player equipped with many useful features is also available for free. This phone can also play 4K videos. There is also an option for audio enhancement for the headphones, which can be activated from the Settings app. Good quality sound comes from the headphones.
Xiaomi says that the cameras are one of the key features of the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Our experience is also that the camera performance is commendable. There are two sensors on the rear. The primary sensor is 12 megapixels, which is with F / 2.2 aperture. At the same time, the secondary camera of 5 megapixels is used to measure the depth in portrait mode. The distinction between the human face and the background remains clear. But in other object it is not very accurate.
The cameras of Redmi Note 5 Pro take good pictures in most of the conditions. The 12-megapixel sensor captures photos with detail in daylight. The phone does have some trouble maintaining white balance in high light, but the results are accurate on most occasions. Autofocus slows down a bit in low light. There is also the problem of shutter lag. But the quality of the image is not too bad. Landscape shots have decent levels of detail and noise is limited. Color reproduction is good in macro shots. Portrait mode gives good results even in low light.
Our review unit was running beta ROM so it did not have support for 4K video recording. However, Xiaomi told us that this phone will probably come with this feature during the sale. Full-HD videos look good in natural light. The colors are saturated. The level of detail is also great. The Note 5 Pro has electronic image stabilization, which works fine.
However, continuous autofocus wasn’t very impressive during video recording. Autofocus started working more smoothly as soon as we switched it off. There is also an option for slow motion and time-lapse video which works fine. A 10-second video clip is recorded in the short video shooting mode, but the audio quality is very average. Panorama mode also works fine and it makes adding frames faster. But its manual mode is very limited, you’ll only be able to control white balance and ISO.
The 20-megapixel front camera takes great selfies. There is bokeh mode, it works well in edge detection. This is made possible through the AI learning algorithm of Xiaomi. It works well in use. In test shots, this feature blurred out most parts of the background of our picture, except in a couple of places. It also has a selfie light. This is helpful in low light. The beautification mode can be switched on if needed. You can set the level of effect and modify some of your facial features.
Battery life is also strong. The 4000 mAh battery of the Redmi Note 5 Pro supported us throughout the day with ease of general use. The battery supports fast charging, but the 10-watt charger provided with the handset will not work. We used our Qualcomm Quick Charge power adapter with this phone. After this a notification appeared on the lock screen saying that the phone is charging fast. Apart from this, the charging icon in the status bar has also been changed to the Quick Charge logo.
If seen, there is nothing wrong in spending more money for Redmi Note 5 Pro than for Redmi Note 5. You will get better cameras. Battery life is also slightly better and there is a more powerful processor. For all these reasons, your experience will be better. It may take some time for you to get used to the weight of this phone. Although it is not unique in appearance, but the build quality is strong. We liked the long screen, which is sharp and it doesn’t hurt to read on it even in sunlight.
Portrait mode works for the front and rear cameras and with it comes reliable battery life. App and system performance is also commendable. Being the ‘Pro’ model, we were expecting more features in this phone. The company should have provided fast charger and USB Type-C port. Apart from this, the design should also have been such that it would have given this phone a different identity. If there was Android Oreo out of the box, there would have been another cool feature for the fans of Xiaomi.
Starting price of Rs 13,999, this phone goes far ahead of the rest. At the same price, you have an option of Xiaomi m a1 ,review) is also. This phone is for those who want a stock Android interface like the Google Pixel series. So far in this price range we offer our readers Moto G5S Plus ,review) have also been suggested to buy. But looking at the price, there is no match for Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro in terms of performance and features.