Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Review

The Xiaomày Redngươi lưu ý 5 Pro, is the new unbeatable king of the budget smartphone segment.

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Sheldon PintoMay 15, 2018 12:37:11 IST





It may have appeared to lớn many that Xiaomày was sleeping over the success of its budget điện thoại thông minh beast, the Redngươi cảnh báo 4. In the meantime, Huawei with its Honor sub-brvà launched a plethora of smartphones towards the over of 2017 and almost convinced many, that they had won over the budget to lớn mid-range smartphone segment, with their Honor 9 Lite, Honor 7X & the Honor 9i.

The reality? No! They weren’t sleeping, but Xiaongươi was plotting another successful plan, and I finally was made aware of the same, the minute I got my hands on their newest contender from the budget khổng lồ mid-range segment.

World! Say hello to lớn the Xiaongươi Redmi Note 5 Pro and it’s “unbeatable”; with every single offering from every điện thoại thông minh brand, in its crosshairs.

Here’s why it is hard to lớn argue that it’s anything but that.

Build and Design: 8/10


Presenting the Xiaongươi Redmày chú ý 5 Pro Image: Tech2/Rehan Hooda

The Redngươi cảnh báo 5 Pro is the “Pro” version of the Redmày chú ý 5, which is the successor to the lưu ý 4. While many would expect Xiaomi lớn bring together bits & pieces of its predecessor, no, the Pro is anything but that.

The Pro is a proper mid-range device that going by appearance would let many lớn believe that it belongs to the sub-Rs 30,000 segment instead of the sub-Rs 15,000 mark.

The thiết kế was typically Xiaomày (rounded corners, straight lines, curved back), và seems more like the evolution of the lưu ý 4, but a lot better. The device is far from bezel-less, but it does feature an overall slimmer profile (way slimmer than the chunky cảnh báo 4).


The Xiaongươi Redngươi cảnh báo 5 Pro looks outdated in front of the cheaper Honor 9 Lite. Image: Tech2/Sheldon Pinto

In short, the Xiaomày Redmi Note 5 Pro will not win any thiết kế awards & does not look half as good as the pebble-like Honor 7X, but it"s practical and polished nonetheless. Again, considering how aggressive Xiaomi"s pricing is, we cannot expect it to lớn add anything lớn this beast.

One detail I did note, was that the device features a narrower display in comparison lớn the flagship Mi Mix 2. This along with the gradual curve of the baông chồng makes the điện thoại thông minh a lot easier lớn grip and hold than the mostly flat Mi Mix 2.


That 2.5D glass screen fits nicely and feels polished. Image: Tech2/Rehan Hooda

The fit and finish are top class, despite sporting plastic caps at the top & bottom on the back, with a metal panel taking up the majority of the centre. In short, the device is a delight to hold và did not slip out of my hand thanks to lớn the thin shiny ridges that appear at the top và the bottom.


3.5 mm jaông xã is still there, but so is a micro USB port. Image: Tech2/Rehan Hooda

Despite its abnormal heft at 181 grams (which also lends it a premium feel), what will catch your attention is that very iPhone X-lượt thích dual camera setup at the back.


The Xiaongươi Redmi Note 5 Pro"s camera looks lượt thích a copy of the điện thoại Apple iPhone X.Image: Tech2/Sheldon Pinto


The camera protrudes much like an iPhone camera does. Image: Tech2/Rehan Hooda

It protrudes far out from the rest of the back & this makes it annoying to lớn type on when the device is placed on a table. However, you can remedy the same by using a case cover, but the camera is something you will want lớn show off because the Pro is more about the camera experience than anything else.

Features: 8/10

When it comes to lớn features, the Pro once again seems lớn be ahead of the competition. Xiaomi debuted the Qualcomilimet Snaprồng 636 SoC in India with the launch of the Redngươi chú ý 5 Pro. This houses an 8x Kryo 260 CPU clocked at 1.8 GHz along with Adreno 509 GPU. 

The new chipmix is paired with 4 GB & 6 GB RAM modules along with 64 GB internal storage as standard. We received a unit with 4 GB RAM và 64 GB storage.

The display is a 5.99-inch FHD+ unit featuring a resolution of 2,160 x 1,800 pixels in an 18:9 aspect ratio covered with 2.5 chiều screen.

Moving to the cameras, Xiaongươi offers a 12 MPhường + 5 MP.. dual setup at the back with a 20 MPhường Sony IMX376 unit for selfies on the front.

Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth không dây, 4G with tư vấn for VoLTE và a micro USB port (USB 2.0) at the bottom.

Powering all of the above sầu is a 4,000 mAh with 5V - 2A charging. As for the software, it’s the usual MIUI 9 with Android 7.0 Nougat as the base.

Display 8.5/10

With my primary device being the large (and heavy) điện thoại Apple iPhone 8 Plus, I often kept forgetting how large and tall the display of the Redmi lưu ý 5 Pro really was.

To give you an idea, the 5.99-inch display fits inkhổng lồ the footprint of the iPhone 8 Plus (5.5-inch display) with room to lớn spare for the various sensors & earpiece at the top and a small chin at the bottom. Everything is well spaced out even though the display is not edge-to-edge lượt thích on the iPhone X or the Mi Mix 2.


The FHD+ display is sharp and clearly, best in class with some polished, well- rounded corners. Image: Tech2/Rehan Hooda

Another detail that Pro does really well, is around the corners of the display. They look pristine and polished & are not squared out lượt thích those on the Honor 9i, lending it a premium look. The well finished 2.5 chiều glass screen with a rounded lipping, also adds to the premium feel when swiping in from the corners.

What I like about the display was how accurately it rendered colours without going overboard with the saturation and tone. These levels can also be adjusted using MIUI’s display mode customisations lớn a user’s liking.

The display was a sharp, sharp enough to render all those fine lines & text in Xiaomi’s MIUI 9 accurately without any jagged edges.


What fingerprints? Image: Tech2/Rehan Hooda

Rounded corners và accurate colours (Xiaomày claims its display is 83 percent NTSC) aside, I also liked the fact the display rarely caught fingerprints or dust.

While the brightness levels did drop from the steepest viewing angles, it dropped far less (not as noticeable) as compared khổng lồ Honor’s displays. In short, Xiaomi engineers have done a fantastic job with the display và I feel sad that even the mighty Mi Mix 2 does can’t hold a candle in front of the Pro.

Software: 8/10

The software onboard was typically Xiaomày. You get the massive customisation options with an active theme store with tons of themes to choose from. But there’s nothing new here to explore unless you are inlớn split view multitasking.


The carousel-lượt thích selector for the split view function looks really cool.

As mentioned in the build and design, the Pro is taller than most other smartphones Xiaomày has launched in the past. It also features a higher PPI meaning that it can easily display more data than a Mi Max 2 as well. With that said, the display scaling works it favour and makes it igiảm giá khuyến mãi for split-screen multitasking. And I like how well Xiaomi has implemented it in the Pro, despite arriving late to(or falling behind) the game.


Software on the Xiaomày Redmi lưu ý 5 Pro needs an update to Android Oreo... but so does everyone else.

I also liked, how smooth & fluid the animations and transitions were showing no signs of slowdown or lag.

With Xiaomi’s MIUI around, it was obvious that it fell behind with core Android software updates. Xiaomi’s lachạy thử and greathử nghiệm mid-range buster sadly, still ships with Android Nougat 7.1.1 inside. Honestly speaking, it’s hard khổng lồ find any other manufacturer that offers Oreo out of the box in this price range apart from the Honor 9 Lite. Xiaomày needs to lớn work hard on this front, just launching new smartphones isn"t enough.

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Clearly, asking for software updates, on non-Pixel và Android One devices, is going lớn be a thing of the past, considering that just 1.1 percent of Android devices feature them. The Pro features a security patch màn chơi from 05 December 2017.

Performance: 8/10

What I really liked about the Redmi cảnh báo 5 Pro was the vibration motor, that when phối at the lighthử nghiệm màn chơi, gives a sharp & distinct feedback that is closer to the Pixel 2 (even if it"s not as accurate). It feels refined and convinced me khổng lồ leave sầu the vibration on even when using the keypad (the sensation is usually too horrid on most smartphones save for the Pixel 2).

Vibrations aside, the performance is top notch as is easily the best in class, despite its worrying clock tốc độ that is mix at 1.8 GHz as compared lớn the Honor 9i’s 2.3 GHz. It’s clearly what you vày with what you have that matters & the Pro offers the best we have seen in this segment.


Gaming chất lượng here is more mid-range than budget

The shiny new Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 silinhỏ fares well & surprisingly better than the Huawei’s Kirin 659 SoC. Graphic intensive games like Asphalternative text 8: Airborne & Xtreme ran smoothly with setting maxed out (High & HDPI, Better Quality) and the điện thoại thông minh did not heat up even after extended gaming which is great stuff for a budget device as most out there usually bởi. More importantly, the battery kept up.

Xiaomày Redmi lưu ý 5 và cảnh báo 5 Pro performance Infogram

Audio unique through the headphones was great with the DAC giving greater emphasis khổng lồ the bass notes. The speaker is loud and clear và very unlượt thích the Honor 9i. I was bold enough to place a phone Gọi on loudspeaker in the middle of traffic and crowded marketplaces & hear the caller not just loudly but also very clearly. More importantly, the speaker is placed at the top right corner when held horizontally, which did not see my palm bloông xã the speaker like most phones bởi while gaming or streaming movies. Things are indeed well thought off here.

Voice chất lượng was on par with competition using both VoLTE and standard 4G networks.

Since the benchmarking tools were blocked during the Đánh Giá period, we will update this section with the benchmark comparison charts when available.

Camera: 8/10

“OMG!” Is what everyone in the office had to say when they saw the photos this Rs 13,999 điện thoại thông minh is capable of capturing.

Daylight, low-light, no-light, the Redmày chú ý 5 Pro seems lớn have added some AI to lớn the set, that lets it shoot in almost every perceivable condition you can throw at it.

cảnh báo that this does not only apply to the 12 MPhường. + 5 MP. rear facing camera thiết đặt, but the software driven front-facing đôi mươi MP camera as well.


That camera!

The device is so good, that I ended up clicking one too many photos for this Review with pleasing results.

You can check them out in the Flickr gallery below.


Dissecting the images that I have clicked, the dual camera cài đặt at baông xã, does a brilliant job given the smartphone’s price tag.

In broad daylight, focusing is quiông chồng and same applies lớn the speed of clicking photos, which seems lớn offer zero shutter lag. The chất lượng of the images are top notch for its class, delivering detailed images that were not overtly sharp (although sharpness levels can be modified in Camera Settings). Colours were spot on and better looking than the photos we clicked using a OnePlus 5T. They were very cthua to lớn the actual scene. The dynamic range was really good và it"s the reason why I rarely ended up turning on the HDR mode (but more about this later).

Moving khổng lồ low light or dimly lit scenargame ios, the Redmày cảnh báo 5 Pro took them in stride. While you cannot compare these images lớn an iPhone X or a Pixel 2, they are the best we could achieve sầu in its segment, beating the Honor 9i’s low light performance by a mile. Focus was quiông xã in low light as well, although the colours were a bit saturated for my taste.

With a single đôi mươi MPhường sensor for the front camera I expected Xiaongươi khổng lồ play the usual numbers game, lượt thích every other Chinese smartphone manufacturer does these days.

To my surprise the performance, not just in daylight but even low light, was breathtaking.

With a software (more AI driven) Depth Effect mode on (small concentric circles icon in selfie camera mode), I managed to lớn take some stunning low light selfies, something that every selfie điện thoại thông minh, is incapable of (they perkhung better in daylight).

The Portrait mode on the rear facing camera too seems to lớn have sầu some AI smarts because it detects edges like no other camera smartphone in its class.


The camera on the front deserves an applause too! Image: Tech2/Rehan Hooda

All-in-all, the camera performance is top notch & sets new standards for its segment, more so given its price.

What I missed in comparison to lớn the Honor 7X is the depth data which is not stored, meaning that the images cannot be fiddled with after you have clicked them. Another area where I would love sầu to see an update is the HDR mode.

While I rarely ended up using it, it needs to lớn be turned on manually every time when using the rear camera. The selfie camera has an option lớn keep it to lớn ‘Auto’, which is great, but as expected I wasn’t able to lớn use HDR with the Depth Effect switched on. Still, these are just my suggested improvements for what is an impressive mix of cameras & camera software.

Video locked under 30 fps was a bit disappointing. The camera struggled to maintain a steady framerate while panning & given what Snaprồng 636 is capable of 4K 30 fps đoạn phim recording, (120 fps Full HD) it"s shocking that Xiaomi hasn"t taken advantage of it.

Battery Life: 8/10

With a 14 nm SoC và a lower cloông chồng tốc độ, I expected the Xiaomày Redngươi Pro to out vị its successor and its competitors và it did so without breaking sweat.

Using it as my daily driver for almost a week I saw the Redngươi cảnh báo 5 Pro deliver about 2 days of battery life. My usage included, the usual Telegram, WhatsApp, Slachồng, two email accounts on sync, streaming an hour or two of video, some calls and about two hours of gaming each day.


Battery life is stellar!

For a power user (which should be over my above-mentioned usage), this should last a bit over a day.

All of this is impressive sầu because it features a 5.9-inch FHD+ display. So kudos khổng lồ Xiaomi’s software team for all the optimisations. Since Xiaongươi only provided us with a Review unit and no charger, I cannot confirm the charging tốc độ of the device. Using a standard Oppo charger, I managed to lớn get it from 0-100 percent in a little over two and half hours.

Price và verdict in India:

When I first got hold of the Xiaongươi Redmi Note 5 Pro (that’s a long name), I assumed it was just another Chinese device with a tall display. After switching it on và then trying that camera, that impression quickly wore off as it was clear that Xiaongươi is not just back in the game, but wants lớn be at the very top.


The new king of the budget segment!

The Redngươi Note 5 Pro is the eventual evolution of the Redngươi Note series. It may be priced a bit higher in the budget to mid-range segment, but its performance easily makes up for its price hike. Add to lớn this is brvà new chipset and it takes down the Honor 7xHonor 9i, the Mokhổng lồ X4, Vivo V7 Plus, Coolpad Cool Play 6 and even the Oppo A83.

While smartphone brands had a tough time dealing with the cảnh báo 4’s success through 2017, there’s now a new headađậy for everyone else to deal with in the Rs 15k price segment.

If you love sầu your Redmày chú ý 4, the lưu ý 5 Pro is totally worth it. If you are looking for a budget to lớn mid-range device, then look no further, a new king has been crowned!

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