In 2017, the most important feature of many Android flagship smartphones was a very thin border screen. Gradually, this feature became part of the mid-range phone, and now budget phones are also trying to woo customers on this special type of display. Infocus Vision3 and Honor 9 Lite are just some such options. In the budget segment, Xiaomi has been a sammer and now the company has also turned towards fullscreen display.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, was the best-selling smartphone in 2017. The year has changed so there is a lot of an expectation from Xiaomi once again. In such a situation, there is a big responsibility on Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and we believe that this phone has done this responsibility very well. Xiaomi has launched a more powerful model with a better camera. It will be known as Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro. It is the first Smartphone to come up with Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 636 processor. This chipset supports full-HD + display and it has Qualcomm’s own custom cryo CPU core. These things are very widespread. But the question is, how much is the premium from Redmi Note 5 Pro, Redmi Note 5? You will find the answer by reading the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro review.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Review Design and Build Quality
From the forward, the Redmi Note 5 Pro looks much like the Redmi Note 5. There are also curved sides of the 18: 9 display. The phone still has the edge on the left and right sides. At the same time, the border on the top and bottom is more wide. The 181 gram phone makes the phone feel a bit heavy, it is possible that this is due to a metal back and a large battery. It’s great to see our review unit’s white and gold trim If you want you can buy the phone in Black, Blue and Rose Gold color.
5.99 inch display is full-HD + resolution. Gorilla Glass has been used to keep the phone safe from scratch. You will not get any capacitive buttons, Xiaomi has used the onscreen navigation button. On top of the screen there is a front camera, earpiece, diffused self-fire and sensor.
Body is of metal and grip is convenient. If the phone is taken in the hands, the feeling of the button is far away. But their response is good. Like the other handsets of the Xiaomi Redmi Note series, it also has an IR emitter upwards. At the bottom of the phone is a 3.5mm headphone socket, microphone, micro-USB port and speaker grill. As per our estimation, being the Pro model, the company should have a USB Type C port in it. On the left is a hybrid dual sim tray. Here you can use a Nano SIM with two Nano SIM or MicroSD card (up to 128 GB).
The metal back will remind you of Redmi Note 4 to a great extent, especially due to matte finish and tapering edges. It is easy to reach the fingerprint sensor after taking the phone in hand. It also fastens fingers. The camera has a clear look. Obviously, this design seems to be much more motivated than the iPhone X. The setup of lens and flash is also the apple of the phone. The bulge means that if the phone is placed on a flat surface, it sits at an odd angle. There is nothing else on the back side. Just below the Xiaomi’s logo
We received this unit without any packaging for the review. Xiaomi has said that the user will find a standard charger and silicon cover with this phone like the Redmi Note 5.
The phone is quite long. For this reason, keeping it in pocket will not be as easy. There is no complaint besides this. On the other hand, the width of the phone is fine. For this reason, the phone can be easily flipped in one hand. After using the phone for two to three days, we got accustomed to its weight. Overall the construction of the Redmi Note 5 Pro is good and it is beautiful to look.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Review Specifications and Features
|Operating System||MIUI 9.2 based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat|
|Display||5.99-inch 18:9 FHD+ (2160×1080) IPS LCD panel|
403ppi pixel density
450nits maximum brightness
|SoC||Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636|
Eight Kryo 260 cores up to 1.8GHz
microSD slot up to 128GB
|Rear camera||12MP with 1.25um pixel size and f/2.2 lens + 5MP with 1.12um pixel size and f/2,0 lens|
PDAF, LED flash
1080p video recording
|Front shooter||20MP with LED Selfie light|
1080p video recording
|Connectivity||LTE with VoLTE|
Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, GLONASS
Micro-USB, 3.5mm audio jack, IR blaster
Fast charging (5V/2A)
|Fingerprint||Rear fingerprint sensor|
|Dimensions||158.6 × 75.4 × 8.05mm|
|Colors||Gold, Rose Gold, Blue, Black|
Xiaomi says that the Redmi Note 5 Pro is truly upgrade to the Redmi Note 3. This claim is correct in terms of performance. Redmi Note 3 worked to raise the level of performance in the price range of Rs. 15,000. The Redmi Note 5 Pro is also doing something like this. This is the first phone to come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, which was introduced in October last year. In our benchmark test, the processor of Redmi Note 5 Pro made an average of 10 percent better results than the Snapdragon 625 processor.
Redmi Note 5 Pro will give you options of 4 GB RAM and 6 GB RAM. The storage of both variants is 64 GB only. If needed, you can use up to 128 GB MicroSD card. The phone has Bluetooth 5, Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 AC, GPS, FM radio, USB-OTG and essential sensors. The handset has 4G VoLTE support.
The phone’s MIU software is still based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. It’s a matter of disappointment. The company has also said nothing about the Android Oreo update. Android security patches are not updated too. Our test unit received an update of December 2017. It is possible that this is due to the unit of beta build. In such a situation, we cannot accept Xiaomi as guilty.
Custom Skin is just like the recently launched Xiaomi redmi 5a and Xiaomi redmi y1. The interface is quite slick and the home screen is also quite smoother. There was no complaint of slow down the phone even in animation.
There will already be many app installs of Chemo in Redmi Note Pro 5. With the drop of drop you can send files with the help of ad-hoc Wi-Fi network. For this, the other person’s phone should also drop me. You will also get store and m community which can not be uninstalled by phone.
There is also a choice of Wi-Fi calling 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 wish. The app can be locked from the fingerprint sensor and photos can also be captured. You will find features like the UI of Quick Ball, One Handed Mode and Dual Apps.
Redmi Note 5 Pro has received the anticipated Face Unlock feature via an OTA (over-the-air) software update. “Our face detection algorithm scans facial features in roughly 500 milliseconds using a high accuracy matching mechanism,” said Mani.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro-Performance
We reviewed the 4 GB Ram variants of Redmi Note 5 Pro. Its performance was the best in common use. Fall marks of fingers on the screen, but do not stick to dirt and stains on the rest of the body. Call quality is good. There is ample sound from the speaker for alert and media playback. The phone is often cold. It is a bit hot even when playing a game. Even after using the camera for a long time it does not get too hot, which is a good thing.
Xiaomi has also given its music and video app for media playback. By the way, if Google’s media player is already installed, there is no need for these apps. Apart from this, an app like Mx Player equipped with many work features is also available for free. This phone can also play video 4. There is also the option of audio Inhansment for headphones, which can be activated from the Settings app. The headphone comes with a high quality sound.
Redmi Note 5 Pro Review Camera
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 back side. The primary sensor is 12 megapixels, which is F / 2.2 aperture. However, it is useful to assess depth in the secondary camera Prortret mode 5 megapixels. The difference between human faces and background remains clear. But in other objects it is not very accurate.
The cameras of Redmi Note 5 Pro take great pictures in most of the circumstances. Captures photos with sensor details of 12 megapixels in daylight. The phone has a little difficulty in maintaining white balance in more light, but the results are mostly accurate on most occasions. Autofocus gets a bit slower in low light. The problem of shutter lag also comes up. But the quality of the image is not very bad. Landscape shot detail levels are fine and Noyez is also limited. Color reproduction is good in macros shot. Even in low light, portrait mode gives work results.
Our review unit was running on Beta ROM so there was no support for video recording of 4. However, Xiaomi told us that this phone will probably come with this feature at the time of cell. Full-HD video looks good in natural light. Colors are retired. The level of detail is also good. Note 5 Pro has electronic image stabilization, which works fine.
However, frequent autofocus was not very effective during recording video. As soon as we switched off, autofocus started working more properly. There is also the option of slow motion and time-lapse video that works fine. There is a 10 second video clip record in the short video shooting mode, but the audio quality is extremely average. Panorama mode works fine too and it works to quickly add frames. But its manual mode is very limited, you will only be able to control white balance and ISO.
The 20-megapixel front camera takes the best selfie. Bokeh mode, it works well in edge detection. This is possible through Xiaomi’s AI Learning Algorithm. This works good in use. This feature blurred most parts of the background of our picture in test shots, leaving one or two places apart from one or two places. It also has a selfie light. It is helpful in low light. Butitization mode can be switched ON if needed. You can decide the effect level and also modifiate some of your facial features.
Redmi Note 5 Pro Review Battery Life
Battery life is also strong. The 4000 mAh battery of Redmi Note Pro 5 has helped us easily with our day in general use. Battery supports fast charging, but the 10-watt charger provided with the handset will not work. We used our Qualcomm Quick Charged Power Adapter with this phone. After this there was a notification on the lock screen which was saying that the phone is charging faster. Besides, the charging icon was changed to the quick charging logo in the status bar.
If seen, there is nothing wrong with spending more money for the Redmi Note 5 Pro than the Redmi Note 5. You will find better cameras Battery life is also slightly better and more powerful processors are there too. Your experience will be better for all these reasons. You may take some time to get used to the weight of this phone. Even though it is not unique to look, but build quality is strong. We liked the long screen, which is sharpe and even in the sun’s light it is not difficult to read on it.
Portrait mode works for front and rear cameras and provides reliable battery life. The app and system performance are also Q-A-compliments. As a ‘pro’ model we were hoping for more features in this phone. The company should have provided a Fast Charger and a USB Type-C port. Apart from this, the design should also have been done which would differentiate this phone. If out of the box was Android Oreo, then there would be another good feature for fans of Xiaomi.
The initial price of Rs 13,999, this phone goes far beyond the rest. As an alternative to this price, you also have Xiaomi’s Mi A1 (review). This phone is for those who like the stock Android interface like Google pixels series. In this price range, we have also been suggesting to buy Moto G5S Plus for our readers. But considering the price, there is no mismatch between Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro in terms of performance and feature.