Redmi note 5 pro review

Xiaomi can do no wrong in India. The manufacturer sold nearly 10 million units of the Redmi cảnh báo 4 in the country last year, và is looking to lớn maintain that momentum with the Redmi lưu ý 5 Pro.

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Xiaomi built its entire business model on offering great value for money — & as the sales numbers indicate, the strategy has paid off handsomely for the brand. But following up on the Redmi lưu ý 4 is a tough act, as there wasn"t much wrong with the device.

That"s why with its 2018 budget phone, xiaomi is focusing on core upgrades in all the major areas. The Redmi cảnh báo 5 Pro introduces an 18:9 display, a dual camera at the back và a 20MP front camera with LED flash, a Snapdragon 636 chipset, & up to lớn 6GB of RAM. Xiaomi mi led the category for battery life last year, & things aren"t any different this year — the Redmi cảnh báo 5 Pro has a 4000mAh battery.

With the competition also fielding increasingly powerful phones, does the Redmi chú ý 5 Pro have what it takes lớn further Xiaomi"s cause in India? It"s time lớn find out.


Xiaomi Redmi note 5 Pro Specs

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About this review

I (Harish Jonnalagadda) am writing this đánh giá after using the Redmi cảnh báo 5 Pro for over two weeks in Hyderabad, India. The device is a pre-production unit provided by xiaomi mi India and is running a nightly build of MIUI 9 ( I tested the phone on Airtel and Jio"s 4G networks in Hyderabad.

Xiaomi Redmi note 5 Pro Design

The Redmi lưu ý 5 Pro marks Xiaomi"s foray into the 18:9 form factor in the budget segment. The brand led the way for bezel-less panels with the mi Mix và the mày Mix 2, và while the effect isn"t anywhere as striking on the Redmi lưu ý 5 Pro, you bởi get a taller 5.99-inch display with significantly reduced bezels when compared khổng lồ last year"s Redmi chú ý 4.

The switch lớn an 18:9 panel also means there"s an all-new thiết kế up front. The capacitive navigation buttons have made way for on-screen keys, & you can change the orientation of the back & overview buttons from the settings menu.

Round back, things are more familiar. If you ignore the camera module, the Redmi note 5 Pro is identical lớn the Redmi cảnh báo 5, which in turn shares the same design aesthetic as the Redmi note 4. The Redmi cảnh báo 4 had an iterative kiến thiết that was nearly identical lớn the Redmi chú ý 3, so what we have here is a thiết kế language that"s three years old.

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Like previous years, the antenna inlays at the top và bottom of the device are made out of plastic, but feature a metallic finish. There"s a minor variance in màu sắc between the inlays & the metal back, particularly on the gold version. It isn"t as noticeable on the other color options of the device.

While the aesthetic has evolved over the last three years, the thiết kế at the back is starting to look stale. The kiến thiết works for the Redmi note 5, which starts off at ₹9,999, but it would"ve made more sense for Xiaomi khổng lồ differentiate the Redmi chú ý 5 Pro from the standard variant.

Talking about lack of differentiation from the Redmi lưu ý 5, the lưu ý 5 Pro also comes with a microUSB charging port. The standard is becoming outdated, and the onus is now on Xiaomi to make the switch to lớn USB-C in the Redmi series. That said, the IR blaster is intact, as is the 3.5mm jack. The volume & power buttons offer a decent amount of tactile feedback as well.

The 18:9 panel up front is one of the best in the budget segment.

The fingerprint sensor at the back is identical khổng lồ what xiaomi mi has used in the past, and it is quick to lớn authenticate and the positioning is just right. The sensor is located in the đứng top one-third section và is right next lớn the natural resting position of your index finger. There"s also a more prominent curve where the back meets the mid-frame, leading khổng lồ better in-hand feel.

Coming khổng lồ the display, the 5.99-inch LCD panel is one of the best in this segment. Mi has made a habit of offering vibrant displays in this category, và the same is true for the Redmi chú ý 5 Pro as well. The panel offers a resolution of 2160x1080, which is becoming the standard for the 18:9 form factor.

Colors out of the box are excellent, & you can tweak the settings to lớn your preferences by going into the settings. The phone also comes with a blue light filter that can be configured to automatically kick in from sunset lớn sunrise. If you"re one khổng lồ use your phone a lot during the night, you should enable the feature as it reduces strain on the eyes.

For better or worse, the camera sensor — with the lenses arrayed vertically và the flash tucked in between — is identical to lớn that of the iPhone X. It protrudes from the back as well, which makes the phone wobble when laid on a flat surface like a table.

Overall though, the build unique as well as fit and finish are all top-notch, with xiaomi undertaking stricter chất lượng control measures. At 181g, the Redmi cảnh báo 5 Pro is heavier than its predecessors, và the taller panel doesn"t make it conducive to use one-handed.

Xiaomi Redmi note 5 Pro Hardware

Xiaomi is regularly in the first wave of manufacturers to roll out Qualcomm"s latest hardware. We"ve seen that in years past, and that"s the case with the Redmi lưu ý 5 Pro as well, which is the first device lớn be powered by Qualcomm"s Snapdragon 636 mobile platform.

The Snapdragon 636 is interesting as it introduces Kryo cores lớn the budget category. The Snapdragon 660 did the same for the mid-range segment last year, but a majority of the phones powered by the chipset — the điện thoại oppo R11 and the xiaomi Mi note 3 — were limited lớn the Chinese market.

The Snapdragon 636 features eight cores in total, with four performance cores complemented by four energy-efficient cores. We"ve seen that same combination in use in the app android space for a few years now, và it strikes the ideal balance between performance & energy efficiency.

The four high-performance cores are based on ARM"s Cortex A73, one of the fastest cores available today. The energy-efficient cores are based on the Cortex A53, a mainstay in the budget segment over the last two years. Qualcomm has offered fully custom cores in the Kryo platform before, but it is leveraging the "Built on ARM Cortex Technology" licensing agreement khổng lồ build semi-custom cores.

The Redmi chú ý 5 Pro is on par with flagship chipsets from just a few years ago.

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The license allows Qualcomm khổng lồ take off-the-shelf Cortex cores & make modifications khổng lồ tweak the overall performance. We"ve seen Qualcomm go down this road with the Snapdragon 820, 821, & the 835, & the chip vendor is now doing the same for the downstream Snapdragon chipsets. Going with a Cortex license has several benefits as it gives Qualcomm the ability to lớn go to market faster — it doesn"t need khổng lồ design a chip core from the ground-up — while retaining a competitive advantage.

Coming back to lớn the Redmi note 5 Pro, the Kryo cores make a tangible difference in terms of overall performance. You"re looking at anywhere from a 15-20% increase in CPU speeds & a 10% uptick in GPU performance. As we"ve seen in the benchmarks, the Snapdragon 636 is an underclocked version of the Snapdragon 660, which delivers performance equivalent to lớn flagship chipsets from just a few years ago.

The performance on tap with the Redmi cảnh báo 5 Pro is nothing short of extraordinary, & it"s safe to lớn say that this is the fastest phone in the budget segment by some margin. The GPU performance means that the phone can now handle visually intensive games as well, which was a limitation with last year"s Redmi note 4.

Xiaomi Redmi note 5 Pro benchmarks

The Redmi note 5 Pro is also decked out with LPDDR4X RAM, which thus far has been limited lớn the high-end segment. It would"ve been great had the device offered UFS storage as well, but the global demand for storage meant it wasn"t viable for Xiaomi to include it in the Redmi chú ý 5 Pro. The phone instead features eMMC 5.0 storage, and with both variants offering 64GB of internal memory, you"re not going lớn run out anytime soon.

Also new with the Redmi lưu ý 5 Pro is Wi-Fi ac as well as bluetooth không dây 5.0, with both features limited to lớn the Pro variant & not available in the standard version. Talking about connectivity, the Redmi lưu ý 5 Pro had no issues with calls, and the speaker at the bottom is astonishingly loud. In short, if you"re looking for the most bang for your buck in the budget segment, this is the phone khổng lồ get.

Battery life

Xiaomi prioritized the battery segment last year, introducing a 4100mAh battery in the Redmi cảnh báo 4. The huge battery combined with MIUI"s optimizations allowed the Redmi lưu ý 4 lớn run rings around its rivals. A year on, that hasn"t changed. While the Redmi cảnh báo 5 Pro has a marginally smaller 4000mAh battery, you"re guaranteed the same great class-leading battery life.

You"ll easily get a day-and-a-half worth of usage from that battery consistently, even if you"re a power user and rely on your sản phẩm điện thoại primarily for your entertainment needs. In my usage, I averaged nine hours of screen-on-time spread over two days.

My main issue with the battery on the Redmi lưu ý 5 Pro is the lack of fast charging. With the battery easily lasting more than a day on average, more often than not you"ll be looking to đứng đầu up your device in the middle of the day, và that poses problems as the bundled charger maxes out at 5V/2A. The phone itself is not compatible with fast charging, taking an agonizing two hours khổng lồ get from zero lớn a full charge.

Fast charging isn"t a big khuyến mãi on a device with such great battery life, but the lack thereof is one of the few areas where the Redmi lưu ý 5 Pro is behind the competition.

Xiaomi Redmi note 5 Pro Software

On the software front, it"s business as usual. The Redmi chú ý 5 Pro comes with the latest version of MIUI 9, but if you were hoping for Oreo, get ready lớn be disappointed. The phone is still based on android 7.1.1 Nougat, with an Oreo update slated for sometime later this year.

Furthermore, with the Redmi chú ý 5 Pro being the first khổng lồ run the Snapdragon 636, there are odd glitches along the way. My unit is on the nightly build, & the stable update is scheduled lớn make its way lớn the phone shortly after its release. The stable build should iron out the kinks and allow the phone to lớn take full advantage of the Snapdragon 636.

Optimization could also be the reason why xiaomi mi stuck with the Snapdragon 625 for the standard version of the Redmi chú ý 5. The manufacturer has been optimizing the chipset for well over a year now, to the point where it runs with nary a lag or stutter. It"ll take a few weeks at least khổng lồ get the Redmi chú ý 5 Pro khổng lồ the same level, following which we"ll hopefully see the Oreo update make its way to lớn the device.

MIUI is a ROM that needed a visual refresh yesterday.

Apart from the lack of Oreo, the user experience on offer with the Redmi cảnh báo 5 Pro is similar to Xiaomi devices released over the course of the last twelve months. There"s a ton of customization options và more features than you"ll over up using, but that"s one of the main draws of MIUI. Xiaomi mi has invested considerable resources in building out features, và MIUI 9 has plenty khổng lồ offer in the khung of quick replies in the notification window, an all-new Mi clip app, native split-screen functionality, và much more.

Then there"s older features like Dual Apps — which let you run two instances of an app simultaneously — và Second Space, through which you"ll be able khổng lồ create a separate profile on your device. The SMS phầm mềm has been tailored for Indian customers, taking the information from a ticket confirmation SMS & automatically creating a thẻ with all the relevant details highlighted.

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As I said last year, MIUI is never going lớn adhere to "pure" android in terms of a visual layout, và that"s because a majority of its users are in China. The unregulated nature of the Chinese app market is what led to lớn features like a dedicated Security app & granular control over autostart permissions.

But with usage vastly increasing in markets like India, we may see a wholesale change heading to MIUI in the coming years. The retooled notification pane is definitely a step in the right direction, but the interface as a whole is in need of a refresh lớn make it more modern. The recents menu, for instance, hasn"t changed from the KitKat era, và if you need an tiện ích drawer, you"ll need to lớn look to a third-party launcher. Mi will hopefully address these issues and make much-needed changes to lớn MIUI sooner rather than later.

Xiaomi Redmi note 5 Pro Camera

If you ignore the fact that the dual-lens arrangement at the back is identical to lớn that of the iPhone X, there"s plenty to like in the Redmi lưu ý 5 Pro"s camera. The phone features a 12MP primary camera that"s joined by a secondary 5MP depth camera, và up front you get a 20MP camera with LED flash.

The Redmi lưu ý 5 Pro does a stunning job in daylight conditions, with images offering plenty of detail & accurate colors. HDR is off by default, and while the mode was more of a hindrance in past Redmi devices, it"s actually usable in the Redmi chú ý 5 Pro. Finally, the phone does a decent job in low-light conditions, which is a huge khuyễn mãi giảm giá seeing as how most budget phones struggle in this area.

The camera on the Redmi lưu ý 5 Pro beats other phones in this category by a country mile.

I put the phone khổng lồ the kiểm tra by using it as my daily driver during Xiaomi"s launch event earlier this month, & came away impressed with the overall results. I normally rely on either the pixel 2 XL or the lưu ý 8 for launch sự kiện coverage as the lighting at these venues isn"t ideal, but the Redmi lưu ý 5 Pro did an admirable job.

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The dual camera thiết lập also enables portrait mode, which we"ve seen in the mày 6 & more recently the mày A1. The background blur effect is more conservative this time around, but as xiaomi mi pointed out at the launch event, its edge detection algorithm is spot-on.