xiaomi redmi note 5 pro

In my last blog, I gave you in-depth analysis of Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and told you that the smartphone is not the right choice if you have Note 4. But today I am going to give you in-depth analysis of another Xiaomi phone which was launched along with Redmi Note 5 but with better specification.

The smartphone which Xiaomi is promoting as “India’s Camera Beast”. Yes, you guessed it right here I’m talking about the “Pro” version of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 the latest edition in the company portfolio.

But before that let’s look at some key ‘highlights’ or say ‘USP’ of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro

Key Highlights

  • The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro features the Snapdragon 636 SoC Processor and an 18:9 display
  • Dual rear camera 12- megapixel and 5-megapixel along with the 20-megapixel front camera with selfie light.
  • 6GB of Ram
  • The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro is priced starting at Rs. 13,999
  • Face Unlock Feature

While Redmi Note 5 is essentially a successor to last year’s immensely-popular Redmi Note 4, the “Pro ” version is a more powerful device which is the world’s first to first appearance of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636 chipset.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Specification

5.99-inch , 18:9 IPS LCD (2160 x 1080 pel FHD+), Snapdragon 636 Processor, 4/6GB RAM, 64GB storage (expandable, hybrid SIM slot), 12MP f2.2 + 5MP f2.0 rear camera, 20MP f2.2 front camera with selfie light, WiFi ac, Bluetooth 5, Infrared, FM, 4,000mAh, 181 grams.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro design and build Quality

By the front the Redmi Note 5 Pro looks very similar to its sibling  Redmi Note 5, with same prominent curved corners on the 18:9 display. Due to the bigger display, the capacitive keys are now on-screen keys.

Xiaomi claims that the smartphone can have a maximum brightness of 450 nits, which means that in the real world, the display is easily visible even under direct sunlight. Xiaomi has given 2.5D Gorilla Glass protection to the display with rounded display corners.

Above the screen, there is a front-facing camera, a selfie flash, the earpiece, IR blaster, and sensors. The volume and power buttons are on the right of the phone, you feel slightly out of reach when you’re holding the phone normally, but feel solid.

At the bottom of the phone, we have a 3.5mm headphone socket, microphone, Micro-USB port, and a speaker grille. Again Type-C port is missing from the phone. Considering that this is the ‘Pro’ model.

On the left, there is a hybrid dual-SIM slot which means you can either use two Nano-SIMs or one sim and microSD card (up to 128GB). The Fingerprint is well placed at the back of the smartphone and lines up comfortably against your finger when you hold the phone.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Display

Coming to the display, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro has a 5.99-inch screen with an FHD+ resolution of 2160x1080p.

The display of the smartphones comes with some of the handful features such as Reading mode, which reduces the blue light emissions; Schedule that allow you customize the period of the reading mode; Contrast and color selection and text size options.

The images were quite sharp and you will not see any pixelization. Overall, you will not have any complaints with the slim body design and it is definitely going to grab some attention.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro performance and Battery life

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Pro marks the debut of Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, making it the first smartphone in the world to be powered by it. The new chipset features the newest Kyro technology, claimed to be seen in the 800-series chipset. Apart from this, the Note 5 Pro has 4/6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage.

The device runs Xiaomi’s MIUI 9 skin based on Android Nougat and expected to receive an Oreo-based update as all the latest launch come with latest OS.

Call response is good and the speaker is loud enough for alerting and some media playback. The phone runs pretty cool, and even with gaming, it only gets a bit warm.

One thing that I would like to point out is that even though the handset has a third-party theme support these apps are not yet optimized for the 18:9 display. There is a blank lightlessness speckle that comes on the curl screen if you select any app and it surely gets on your nerves after a point.

In short, right now you get only two native themes that are fully supporting the display.

The smartphone scored 100031 in Antutu Benchmarks, the single-core and multi-core scores on GeekBench 4 were 1772 and 4227 respectively.

The overall performance of the Xiaomi Note 5 Pro is simply incredible. The phone handled multi-tasking of a random app in a smooth lag-free way.

The Xiaomi Redmi 5 Pro is backed by a 4000mAh battery that will easily last for more than a day on average use that included browsing social media apps, with Wifi turned on.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Camera

Xiaomi is promoting this smartphone as ‘India’s Camera Beast’. Well, the smartphone packs some powerful Cameras.

At the back of the phone, there’s a primary 12-megapixel camera with 1.25-micron pixels on its sensor and a f/2.2 aperture while the secondary camera has a 1.12µm sensor and f/2.0 aperture. As by the Xiaomi second 5-megapixel camera is only used for sensing depth for the Portrait

Mode effect. This works decently well for human subjects but the edge detection isn’t always accurate for other objects.

Landscapes shot in dayLight Within have good detail, with very good colors. The phone struggles to get the white balance right at times under harsh sunlight, but otherwise, light metering is handled well. Sadly, HDR doesn’t kick in automatically. So you have to do it manually.

In the dim light, autofocus gets a bit slower and shutter lag but image quality doesn’t degrade too badly. Landscapes have a decent amount of detail and noise is kept within bounds, and in macros, colors are well represented. Portrait Mode also works well in low light.

On the front, the device a have a 20MP camera, something rare on Xiaomi device. The front camera comes equipped with Beautify 4.0 AI algorithm and a dedicated selfie-light.

The camera app is simple with options to make a video, a short video, capture a picture in portrait mode, panorama and manual mode. It also has native Instagram-like filters for the users.

Overall the camera of the smartphone is far better than what I have seen in earlier Redmi phones. The colors were sharp and true to the actual shades. The Bokeh effect was also banged on. Even the selfie camera will amaze you with the precision of its Bokeh effects.

Pros of  Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro

  • Great design and build quality
  • High quality 18:9 screen with bezel-less display
  • Latest Snapdragon 636 processor
  • Spectacular performance with superb camera with low light and portrait on both front and rear camera
  • Excellent Battery life

Cons Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro

  • Outdated OS
  • Lack of Type-C port
  • No dedicated  microSD slot

Verdict

The good battery performance, improved cameras, and latest Snapdragon 636 processor give Redmi Note 5 Pro an edge over its rivals such as Motorola G5s Plus, Oppo A83, and Honor 7x.

The Redmi Note 5 Pro is a worthy upgrade that is sure to keep the momentum from the Redmi Note 4 going.

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