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Redmi Note 5 Pro Review: Should You Buy?

The Redmi Note 4 was the best-selling smart phone in India last year, so naturally expectations have been high for its successor, the Redmi Note 5, which was recently unveiled by Xiaomi. While the Redmi Note 5 is a nice upgrade from the Note 4, the Redmi Note 5 Pro (starts at 14, 999) is the smart phone that looks like the true successor to the much-loved Redmi Note 4. It's powerful, it has an updated design. ., has some great camera skills. Yes, he looks like a winner, but how is he really doing? Well, let's find out.

Redmi Note 5 Pro Specifications

Before we continue with our review, let's take a look at the specifications of the Redmi Note 5 Pro:

Monitor5.9-inch 18: 9 Full-HD + IPS screen
Dimensions158.6 x 75.4 x 8.1 mm
Weight181 grams
ProcessorOcta-core 1.8 Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 with Adreno 509 GPU
RAM4 / 6GB
Storage64 GB, expandable up to 128 GB with microSD card
Primary cameraDual 12 + 5MP cameras with dual-tone flash Portrait mode
Secondary chamber20 MP with LED flash Portrait mode
Battery4,000 mAh with QC 2.0
softwareAndroid 7.1.1 Turrn, with MIUI 9
ConnectivityLTE, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, headphone jack
Price 13, 999 for 4GB, 16, 999 for 6GB

Exhibition and Design

There are two important things that I noticed when I first started using Redmi Note 5 Pro. First off, the 18: 9 Full HD + 6-inch screen makes the smart phone look like a high-end phone. Look at it alongside the Mi A1, the Note 5 Pro looks beautiful and more modern.

It is not without bezel, but it looks great and is very similar to high-end phones like the Pixel 2 XL or the LG V30. Also, it helps that the screen is great. It is sharp, the colors look good and the brightness is good enough for the outdoors. I really like the screen in Note 5.

Okay, so moving on to the second major design change, well, it's the camera settings on the back. Yes, it looks a lot like the settings on the iPhone X, but that's fine I guess. I mean, Xiaomi is clearly inspired by Apple's flagship here, but it's fine.

Other than that, it's the usual Xiaomi, with the IR blaster on top, the fingerprint scanner on the back, the headphone jack on the bottom – all the things you like. There is one thing I don't like, and that is the microUSB port. I mean, come on Xiaomi, it's 2018, why isn't there a USB C? Your own Mi A1 comes with USB C, why doesn't the Redmi Note 5 Pro?

Anyway, there is much to like about the Redmi Note 5 Pro design . The front looks beautiful, thanks to the new, big and beautiful 18: 9 screen and even with the camera settings similar to that of the iPhone X, I like the back of the device. Curves make holding the phone really comfortable. Yes, it is a metal construction, but surprisingly it is not so slippery. Also, another thing I like is the buttons, they are so tactile.

So yes, at its price, the Redmi Note 5 Pro has an almost perfect design. There is no doubt about it. Yes, USB C would have done the perfect things from near perfect, but considering everything Xiaomi contains in this thing, I think I can overcome that.

Acting

Another great update that Redmi Note 5 Pro brings is in the processor. The Redmi Note 5 Pro is the The world's first smart phone to come with the Snapdragon 636Which would really please the fans, because the Snapdragon 625 on the Redmi Note 4 was somewhat disappointing because the Redmi Note 3 came with the Snapdragon 650 processor. The octa-core Snapdragon 636 is just the second chipset outside of the flagship 800 series to introduce Qualcomm's own custom Kryo CPU cores, and well, most likely, the performance is top notch.

Using multiple apps, switching between apps, extensive games, no matter what, the phone handles everything like a champion. I just haven't found any lag or stutter with the device so far. And we have the 4 GB variant of the device. In fact, I think this is one of the fastest Xiaomi smartphones I've ever used. Yes, that's good.

Cameras

Moving on to the highlights of the Redmi Note 5 Pro. The Camera. Let's talk about specifications. The back features a 12 MP f / 2.2 + 5 MP f / 2.0 dual camera setup with a dual LED flash . The main camera captures 1.25 micron pixels, which means that the camera captures more light compared to Note 5 and even Note 4.

Note : We tested the cameras on the Redmi Note 5 Pro with the MIUI 9.2 nightly build. According to Xiaomi, stable construction will bring better camera performance. We will retest the camera when the stable version arrives and update the review accordingly.

Here are some photos we took of the Redmi Note 5 Pro:

As you can see, the camera sometimes takes some great photos, with good colors and details, but sometimes, the camera can't judge white balance correctly or just produces photos with discolored colors, and maybe because our review unit has a nightly compilation of MIUI 9. The same problem also persists in low-light photos. Some are good, others are fine. It is strange.

Thanks to the dual camera setup on the back, the Redmi Note 5 Pro also includes portrait mode, but right now, portrait mode is a little hit or miss. The photos don't look as good as the portrait shots of the Mi A1, which is strange again because both phones are from Xiaomi.

Redmi Note 5 Pro (left) vs Mi A1 (right)
Redmi Note 5 Pro (left) vs Mi A1 (right)

Moving on to video recording, there is EIS on the Note 5 Pro, so the videos are stable, but aside from stability, the video quality is quite normal and there is stuttering and delay in the recorded videos . Also, there is no 4K recording, which, according to Xiaomi, will come in a future update.

Well, overall, the camera performance on the Note 5 Pro's camera is average. The word "inconsistent" seems appropriate, but I think the camera here is quite capable, and I really think this average performance is due to the beta nature of MIUI 9 on our device. I really hope Xiaomi fixes things with the device's retail unit because right now the Mi A1 camera looks better.

Anyway, go to the front because the Redmi Note 5 Pro also comes in a powerful front camera. A 20 MP f / 2.2 camera with LED flash . Yes, a massive 20 MP camera. Here are some selfies we take. Yes, most of the selfies are very detailed and thanks to HDR, the 20MP camera does a great job. In addition, the front camera also has a portrait mode . Like the Pixel 2, the Note 5 Pro uses AI for portrait selfies. Well, the portrait selfies we took were above average. Some are good, like really good, while others are good.

I think pre-launch software is to blame again here because at launch Xiaomi said the Redmi Note 5 Pro selfies are better than the Pixel 2 and iPhone X selfies. Now it's a bold statement. Well, right now, that statement doesn't match, but hey, we'll test the Note 5 Pro selfies against Pixel 2 and iPhone X's, so I guess we'll find out.

software

Performance really makes the Note 5 Pro a premium device and that performance is also due to a MIUI 9 well optimized . It's the same old MIUI, which many of us love, but it has undergone some refinements. There is a full screen mode to make sure that all apps are stretched to complete the new 18: 9 aspect ratio, the App Camera page on the home screen containing app shortcuts, notes, events from the calendar etc.

And then there are our favorite MIUI features, such as native app blocker, screen recorder, themes, second space, dual apps etc. I can go on and on, but there is a problem: MIUI 9 here is based on Android Nougat. Yes, nougat at a time when Oreo has been here for almost 6 months . Other than that, MIUI 9 is fine, MIUI, and I like it.

Battery

Below we tested the battery and that's another area the Redmi Note series excels at and, clichéd as it may seem, the Redmi Note 5 Pro is no exception. The 4,000 mAh battery in the Note 5 Pro should last easily a day or even more than a day, even in intensive use. I mean, it lasted me more than a day almost every time.

Also, the sweet thing about Note 5 Pro is the fact that it supports Quick Charging 2.0. From what we've heard, the included charger doesn't quickly charge the device, but the device supports it. We tried charging the Note 5 Pro with a quick charger and, well, it worked. The Redmi Note 5 Pro it went from 10 to 100 in about 2 hours and 10 minutes . Therefore, if you get a Note 5 Pro, you should get a quick charger.

Connectivity

The Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with all the connectivity options that one associates with a modern smart phone. The device comes with dual SIM 4G LTE support but it is a hybrid SIM slot, which means that one of them can be used for a SIM card or a microSD card of up to 128 GB. The smart phone also Comes with Bluetooth 5.0, thanks to the Snapdragon 636 processor, along with an IR blaster, like most Xiaomi phones. However, there is no NFC.

Should you buy Redmi Note 5 Pro?

Well that was pretty much all about the Redmi Note 5 Pro. With its 4GB version costing 14,999 and the 6GB version costing 16,999 how's it going? Well, pretty good actually.

Here are the positives first. The design is great, thanks to the 18: 9 screen, the screen itself is magnificent, the performance is very good, the battery life is incredible and MIUI 9 is refined . Ugh, that's a lot of positive things. Then there is the camera, which in its current state does not meet the standards we expected. I really think Xiaomi will improve it with updates and I hope I'm right. Apart from the camera, there are not many negatives. No USB C, No Oreo, and No Quick Charger in the box are all I can think of.

So, should you buy it? Well, at this price, the phone competes with the company's own Mi A1, and honestly, the Mi A1 is still a good buy for someone looking for the Android experience with a capable camera. The Snapdragon 625 appears to be outdated. And if you agree with MIUI and you can trust Xiaomi to improve the cameras, you can buy the Redmi Note 5 Pro without a doubt. It has a better design, better performance and more features.

There's also the Moto G5s Plus, but honestly, the Moto phone can't match the Note 5 Pro. So there you have it, the Redmi Note 5 Pro is truly the true blue successor to the much-appreciated Redmi Note 4. It will be the budget of the phone to beat in 2018 and if Xiaomi manages to improve the performance of the camera, it will be difficult. The pace of the Note 5 Pro. That's how good it is.

If you agree with MIUI and you can trust Xiaomi to improve the cameras, you can buy the Redmi Note 5 Pro without a doubt. It has a better design, better performance and more features.

Pros:

  • Big screen
  • Modern design
  • Fluid performance
  • MIUI is well optimized
  • Full of features

Cons:

  • Without USB-C
  • No Oreo in 2018
  • There is no quick charger in the box

Redmi Note 5 Pro Review: "Almost" the best low-budget smart phone

Well, Xiaomi certainly has a winner on its hands with the Redmi Note 5 Pro and without a doubt, it should be one of the best selling phones of this year. So, will you buy the Redmi Note 5 Pro? What do you think of the new Xiaomi smart phone? Let me know in the comments section below. Also, let me know if you have any questions about the Redmi Note 5 Pro.