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While the Redmi lưu ý 5 is only a progressive sầu update to the Redngươi lưu ý 4, the Redmi chú ý 5 Pro is a more interesting device aimed at power users on a budget.

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A giải pháp công nghệ columnist và a digital consultant, he quit Microsoft in 2011 to lớn go independent and write more, watch a lot of movies, and travel randomly.

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2017 was a great year for Xiaomày và the company crossed RMB 100 billion in revenue. In India, the company’s biggest market outside of China, Xiaomi became the biggest điện thoại thông minh vendor towards the end of the year.


Much of that success in India was piggybacking on the Redmi chú ý 4, the bestselling điện thoại thông minh in the country last year. In February this year, almost a year after the Redngươi chú ý 4 was launched in India, the company launched the Redmày Note 5 & Redmày cảnh báo 5 Pro.


While the former is only a progressive, và a tad underwhelming, update lớn the Redmày Note 4, the latter is a more interesting device aimed at power users on a budget.


Xiaomi has carved out a comfortable space for itself in the crowded affordable smartphone market in India – although some accuse it of playing too safe with an ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ approach. But the Redmày cảnh báo 5 Pro is a package where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Does it manage to lớn deliver something special? Let’s find out in our detailed Redngươi Note 5 Pro nhận xét.


For this reviews, I took the Indian variant of the Redmày Note 5 Pro for a spin… the one with 4 GB of RAM & 64 GB of internal storage. My colleague, Adam Sinicki, used the same unit to lớn shoot the video Reviews.

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Along with the cảnh báo 5, the chú ý 5 Pro is the first điện thoại thông minh from Xiaomày in its affordable Redmi series lớn feature an 18:9 display. There’s a decent-sized bezel around the display, but the curved corners Cosplay for the larger form size. It fits well in the palm, but at 181 grams, it is not very light & if you’re coming from a smaller phone it might take a few days khổng lồ get used khổng lồ it.

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From the front, the Redngươi chú ý 5 Pro looks just lượt thích the Redmi chú ý 5, but at the bachồng, there’s a vertical dual-camera setup with a noticeable camera bump. The protruding camera is less of a visual issue than a physical annoyance. For one, the phone rests at an awkward angle when placed on a flat surface và second, one needs to lớn be careful while placing the phone on a rough surface so as to not scratch the camera lens. Granted, it’s not a problem quality to this device, but we don’t like it on any other smartphones either.


The design language of the Redmày series has been pretty consistent for a while. Subsequently, the Redmày chú ý 5 Pro doesn’t stand out. It looks fine, but it is a little uninspired, & the most we can say for it is that it sports a functional kiến thiết. Competitors lượt thích Honor have produced much nicer-looking devices in the budget segment, so it’s far from impossible at this price point. Xiaongươi has even managed it in the past with the slick-looking Mi A1, so it’s just a shame the Redmày line hasn’t followed suit yet. That aside, the Redngươi Note 5 Pro looks good & has a solid build quality.

Display


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One of the highlights of the Redngươi chú ý 5 Pro is its display. Xiaomày adopts the lakiểm tra trover of displays with 18:9 aspect ratio – a trover that went mainstream in 2017 and has been steadily trickling down to the budget segment as well.


The Redmày Note 5 Pro sports a 5.99-inch Full HD+ IPS display – the 2160 x 1080 resolution translating to lớn a pixel mật độ trùng lặp từ khóa of 403ppi. The display is bright, & the colors are quite vivid with deep contrasts. The text và images are sharp và the color accuracy is first-rate. The display is a tad reflective, although sunlight legibility is still pretty good. There’s also Gorilla Glass scratch protection, although the generation has not been disclosed.


Overall, it’s an excellent display for a điện thoại thông minh at this price và one of the best out there.

Performance


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The Redmi chú ý 5 Pro is the first smartphone by the company powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snaprồng 636 processor which was announced in October last year – with a new GPU that promises better gaming performance than the Adreno 508 on the SnapLong 630 SoC.


In real-world usage, the Redmi Note 5 powers through anything that is thrown at it. Multi-tasking on the Redngươi Note 5 Pro is a breeze, & it can handle graphics-intensive sầu games without breaking a sweat. There’s no performance lag at all, và using the Redmi Note 5 (3 GB variant) & Redmi Note 5 Pro (4 GB variant) side-by-side for a week revealed noticeably better performance from the latter.


The Redmày cảnh báo 5 Pro comes in two memory variants – 4 GB or 6 GB RAM – although both have sầu the same 64 GB of internal storage, expandable up to lớn 128 GB with a microSD thẻ.


I used the 4 GB variant for this Review, so I can’t say how much of a difference the 6 GB RAM variant would offer in day-to-day usage. A well-optimized software layer should provide a seamless Android experience with 4 GB RAM, although there will always be a reason to want more RAM depending on how you use your smartphone.


The Redmi lưu ý 5 Pro packs a 4,000mAh non-removable battery, allowing it khổng lồ deliver one-and-a-half-day battery life easily. With light usage, one can even squeeze in two days of battery life. Of course, your mileage may vary depending on how many photos và videos you take, how much you game and stream, & how often you’re connected to lớn cellular data instead of Wi-Fi.

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The Redngươi cảnh báo 5 Pro packs a 4,000mAh non-removable battery, allowing it to lớn deliver one-and-a-half-day battery life easily

With the bundled charger, it takes over two and a half hours to charge the phone from zero to 100 percent. It hurts that there is no tư vấn for quiông xã charging with the bundled charger – even more important in smartphones with large battery capacity. However, the phone does tư vấn it & when you connect it to lớn a third-buổi tiệc nhỏ Qualcomm-certified quiông chồng charger, the phone indicates that it is charging quickly.

Hardware


The Redngươi cảnh báo 5 Pro features a hybrid SIM tray, so you can either use two SIMs or one Nano-SIM và one microSD card. You might want to lớn keep this in consideration if 64 GB storage is not enough for you & if you want lớn use two SIM cards.


It’s disappointing to find a micro-USB port instead of a USB Type-C port in a smartphone released in 2018, and one with a ‘Pro’ moniker at that. But at least it’ll work with the old chargers you have sầu lying around the house.

Camera


One of the highlights of the Redmi cảnh báo 5 Pro is its camera – among muốn the first Redngươi devices khổng lồ sport a dual camera thiết lập at the back (the first was the Redmi Pro), a trend that has trickled down the value chain of smartphones last year. The Redmày chú ý 5, và the Redngươi lưu ý 4 last year were marred by average cameras, and the Redmi Note 5 Pro wants khổng lồ be the, well, Pro in that department.


There’s a combination of 12 MPhường sensor with f/2.2 aperture và a 5 MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture – the latter is used for the depth-of-field effect while shooting portraits.


The rear camera on the Redmày chú ý 5 Pro is pretty good, especially in good lighting conditions. The color reproduction is quite good at most times và there’s a good màn chơi of detail. However, it’s not very consistent. Some shots come out great, but there are few where the trắng balance is off or sharpness is missing. In low light, there’s not much degradation in the image unique and there’s minimal noise, although the camera lag creeps in expectedly.


Overall, the rear camera is pretty good for a smartphone in this price segment but it’s not as comparable to flagship smartphones as Xiaomày would want us khổng lồ believe sầu.


The Portrait Mode on the Redmi cảnh báo 5 Pro is a winner though. The depth effect comes out great in most cases và the sharpness is just right. The edge detection isn’t always accurate, but it is precise more often than not.


The marquee feature on the Redmi Note 5 Pro is its đôi mươi MPhường front camera. You can capture some brilliant selfies with the right depth effect và the beautification (via the lachạy thử Beautify 4.0 technology) is not over the top. There’s also a diffused selfie flash that ensures that the selfies taken in low-light conditions on last night’s pub crawl look well lit. The front camera on the Redmày cảnh báo 5 Pro is impressive & can knoông chồng out most higher-priced smartphones when it comes lớn selfies.


The Redngươi lưu ý 5 Pro runs the lakiểm tra iteration of the company’s proprietary UI layer, MIUI 9. But MIUI 9 is based on Android 7.1.2 Nougat, and it is disappointing to have sầu a điện thoại thông minh launched in 2018 with neither Android Oreo out of the box nor a definite timeline for the nâng cấp. That’s not very ‘Pro’, Xiaomi!


That said, MIUI is one of the more popular Android customizations, và although it’s a tad bloated, it packs in a lot of features và has its nội dung of fans. With MIUI 9, the Android skin has gotten better – especially in terms of performance và phầm mềm startup times. With the hardware it packs, Redmày lưu ý 5 Pro offers a fluid software experience with no performance issues.


MIUI is one of the more popular Android customizations, & although it’s a tad bloated, it packs in a lot of features
The Redmày lưu ý 5 Pro has a few preloaded apps – Amazon Shopping, WPS Office, & Hungama. While these can be uninstalled, there’s also Xiaomi’s own Music, Gallery, & Browser apps that duplicate similar apps from Google. There’s also the useful Mi Drop phầm mềm that lets you send files over an ad-hoc Wi-Fi network provided the receiver also has the phầm mềm installed.


The overall software experience on the Redmi lưu ý 5 Pro is great, & there are a bunch of useful features that you’d only appreciate once you start using it. But all that is let down by the presence of Android Nougat, with no guarantees made on the Oreo update.

Specifications


Redmi lưu ý 5 Pro
Operating SystemAndroid 7.1.1 NougatMIUI 9
Display5.99” Full HD+ (2160 x 1080) display18:9 aspect ratio403ppi2.5 chiều curved glass
ProcessorQualcomm SnapLong 636 (1.8GHz max)Kryo 260 CPUAdreno 509 GPU
RAM4/6 GB
Storage64 GB
Rear Camera12 MP. + 5 MP dual 12 MP: 1.25μm pixel form size f/2.2 aperture 5 MP: 1.12μm pixel sizef/2.0 aperture
Front Cameratrăng tròn MPSony IMX376 sensor LED Selfie-light Beautify 4.0
Battery4,000 mAh5V-2A charging
Dimensions158.6 × 75.4 × 8.05 mm
Weight181g

After the massive sầu success of the Redngươi Note 4, Xiaongươi played safe with the Redngươi chú ý 5 to sustain momentum without rocking the boat. But the real nâng cấp khổng lồ the last year’s device is Redmi lưu ý 5 Pro… one that offers plenty of reasons to spkết thúc that extra bit of money over the Redngươi Note 5.


If you’re looking for an affordable smartphone with a good set of cameras và powerful innards, the Redmày cảnh báo 5 Pro is one of the top options on the table. Of course, you’ll also want lớn keep other options open because it’s notoriously hard lớn buy anything in Xiaomi’s flash sales, where stocks are sold within a few seconds each week.


If the Pro upgrades here aren’t enough to lớn convince you they’re worth paying extra for, keep the Remi Note 5 with 3 GB of RAM in mind for ₹9,999 (~$156) & the 4 GB version for ₹11,999 (~$187).


Despite the positive sầu parts of the Redngươi chú ý 5 Pro’s rear camera, some others still need some work. I’m hoping upcoming software updates will take care of my concerns, but there’s no guarantee of that. The laông xã of Android Oreo or a Type-C port are disappointing misses & the kiến thiết is slightly dated (even though the build chất lượng is top notch), yet at a price of ₹13,999 (~$215) in India, the 4 GB variant of the Redngươi cảnh báo 5 Pro is a great value-for-money smartphone và a compelling device for power users. The 6 GB variant at ₹16,999 (~$261) though is likely a bit of overkill for most users though.