Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Performance
| Octa-Core, 1.8 GHz, Kryo 260.|
4 GB RAM
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Display
|5.99 inches (15.21), 403 PPI IPS LCD|
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Camera
| Auto-focus, LED Flash|
20 MP Front Camera, LED Flash.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Battery
| 4000 mAh, Fast Charging.|
So we have the Redmi Note 5 Pro here, we have already reviewed the Redmi Note 5 and This is the higher version of it. This device comes in 2 colors as of now, the black and the gold one, I think the blue variant will be made available for the next sale.
So the device has 64 GB of Storage and 4 GB of RAM and we have the gold variant here. This device is priced at 14,000 rupees, so let us find out if its worth the price and hype.
Let us first discuss the design and build quality of the device. So the device has a metal unibody and the design is very smooth.
The device does not have any textured back since this is pure smooth metal. The device has a 5.99-inch device and I have to say that out of all the devices with this screen size this one was the easiest to handle. I have small but still this device perfectly fits in my palm. You get a strong grip on this one, There are no textures hands on the back, the back is smooth but it isn’t slippery. The phone is slightly on the heavy side but because of its size. The weight of the phone seems adequate and it is evenly distributed.
At the rear portion, you can see that the dual camera setup has been shamelessly copied from the iPhone X and the finger print sensor has been kept right below it in the centre. Now, this might just be a matter of taste, but as a control freak, this kills me everytime i see it. I mean Xiaomi could have kept the camera in the centre to give it a more normalized feel. But No… Trying to mimic the iphone must have sounded like a good idea.
Anyways, there are volume rockers on the right side, a speaker vent at the bottom , the micro usb charging port followed by the noise cancelling microphone an the 3.5mm audio jack. There is a front camera, a call speaker and front flash and a notification led as well.
The rear fingerprint sensor is the smartest thing for this device and it has an extremely quick response.
Antenna Design is very standard and nothing noteworthy out there. The edges of the entire body are a little thicker and this should help you against accidently dropping the phone.
Weighing at around a 180 grams, the device weighs slightly higher, but since the device is bigger in size too, the weight is very evenly distributed over the entire body. This is the reason that even though the device is actually heavy, you won’t be able to notice it.
Now talking about the beezels, the device has bezels that are pretty thin. Not the thinnest out there but pretty thin. Now, this is a 2.5D display so the edges are curved and they merge with the back. Now this might be a pure matter of choice but i feel this needs addressing, You can see that we have the gold variant here adn it has white borders in the front, So when you see this edge, it feels like the phone is divided into two parts the front and the back, but on the black variant, everything is pitch black and it gives a very unified look. Now, this might totally be a matter of taste but i wanted to point this out.
This phone does not have an Amoled Display, not even OLED, I has a simple IPS display with an 18:9 resolution but let me tell you that this has become a benchmark for all IPS displays. With a pixel density of 403 ppi, this is one of the finest displays i have seen in this segment. The colors on the display are vibrant and you will see a tone of warmth in them. the auto brightness sensor is simply beautiful and responds instantly. To incident light, Of all the auto brightness sensors I have seen till date, this is one of the quickest.
The phone scores just average when it comes to maximum brightness, I felt that when using it in outdoor conditions in broad daylight, the screen is unable to hold well against the sun. Video playback on this device is a whole new experience in itself, People who are avid media junkies are really going to enjoy this device Now the device has an 18:9 resolution, but since most of the videos available are in 16:9 or 4:3 you will have a black coloured border around the videos that your play. Not to worry, just pinch out and the video will fit to screen.
The viewing angles are also pretty good. In most general cases you should be able to read the display until at least 135 degrees. The entire display has been secured by Corning Gorilla Glass, We are not really sure which version it is, but I am assuming it is at least version 3. And that should give you a solid defense against drops and scratches. Overall the device does a great job with its display, all forms of media experiences including watching videos and gaming are a delight with this one.
First things first, let’s get the camera specifications down for this one. The device has a dual camera setup for its rear camera. One of them is a 12 Megapixel shooter with a f/2.2 aperture and the other one is a 5MP shooter with a f/2.0 aperture, you also get a dual led flash that is pretty bright.
The device uses Samsung and Sony’s image sensors to capture light and that is a great thing for a device in this segment. I was very excited about the camera quality on this device and I have to tell you that Xiaomi has kept its reputation. This is a day shot I capture, It wasn’t particularly sunny but it was partly cloudy and even with those clouds, the device did a beautiful job at capturing real colors. These vehicles were moving while this shot was captured, yet you can see there are no signs of blurring out at all.
The Electronic image stabilization is the real charm and I think its just beautiful that you can take your phone and capture anything in an instant.
You can see in this shot that the detailing for every element is evident. Usually, when we click shots like these that involve too many similar elements, noise is inevitable, but you can see there is absolutely no noise in this shot and every leaf can be individually identified in this one.
Now talking about the most important feature, The portrait mode. So here is a shot from the rear camera in broad daylight that uses the portrait mode. Now, this is a beautiful shot. Xiaomi does a beautiful job at focusing, the background has been beautifully blurred without affecting the subject. Talking about the sharpness of the image, if you zoom just right enough you can even see Rishabh’s pimples.
Portrait shots in artificial lights are equally good. This photo of Abhishek, clearly shows the excellent natural color reproduction and sharpness, if you zoom well enough on this one too, you will see he has some white hair. He probably needs some kind of hair color.
Another very beautiful portrait shot that I want to share is with this plant, I mean this is a beautiful shot. Just look at the depth you get. I mean objects in the photo are not closer than they appear, they are how they appear.
You know we actually have a collection of all the different camera samples and we will drop a link in the description to it so you can see all shots and videos in all different conditions.
The selfie camera is another strong point in the device, the device has a 20 MP selfie camera with Sony’s sensor and you get a soft led flash as well.
The front camera performs extremely well and you get real colours here as well. You can see in this front portrait shot that the subject is highly detailed and the edges are extremely sharp.
Talking about the video recording, here is a short camera sample that can help you decide for yourself how the video recording is.
So I am sure you noticed that the device has pretty good stabilization and noise cancellation. The place was extremely noisy and I think the device did a great job at isolating the background noise from the subject.
Now talking about some shots in artificial light, depending upon the amount of light, the shots vary from good to is this even a photograph.
These photographs were taken in the metro and it had pretty good lighting conditions there. You can see that these photos are almost as good as the daylight photos.
Next are photos where the lights were a little weak and i would say that they aren’t particularly bad but you can see a good amount of noise. The images are not very sharp but I would say just don’t expect much from the camera in the night.
We have uploaded a lot of camera samples here.
So the device runs on the Snapdragon 636 which is an octacore CPU clocked at 1.8 GHz. This is apparently the first device with the chipset. The device is a gaming beast with its Adreno 509 GPU you will be able to smoothly run most heavy games on high graphics settings.
There was absolutely no lag when playing Asphalt 8 on high graphics settings and the entire gaming experience was smooth as butter. One of the biggest problems with gaming is that the pausing and resuming the game is usually a pain for any device but the device handles it like a pro.
So there isn’t much to talk about in terms of performance, The device will run anything you throw at it. The strong performance coupled with the great display gives a perfect media experience. So full marks there.
The device runs on Xiaomi’s own custom skin called MIUI. You get android version Nougat and MIUI 9 with this device.
The UI is extremely straightforward and easy to use, There is no app drawer like Stock android so all the apps that you install can be found on the home screen itself.
Many of the basic apps have been provided by MIUI. You get a file manager, a Music player, Notes taking app and with the infrared sensor in the device, you also get a Remote Control app to control your devices.
There is no bloatware in the device and it is a clean system, You get some of Microsofts office suite apps such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, and Skype but you can uninstall all of them if you don’t like them.
The device allows for a lot of customization with its inbuilt theme manager. You can choose from a wide variety of themes, wallpapers, ringtones, and fonts. Now there are too many features in MIUI that you usually don’t get in these other phones with stock Android. Some of the features of this phone that you might find useful are.
The read mode, which acts as a blue light filter and protects your eyes when using the device for long hours in low light conditions. You get this Second space feature which acts as a second user account on your device. The dual apps feature lets you clone apps so you can run 2 instances of the same application at the same time. The one-handed mode lets you shrink the viewport of the device so you can use the device with just one hand.
You can share files and apps with other users that have a Xiaomi device using MI drop and the security center that lets you control various security aspects of your phone and even clear junk files and scan your devices for viruses.
The device has a 4000 mAh battery with a standard micro USB port. The charger supplied with this one is an average 5V/2A charger, well actually this chipset does support quick charge but the in the box charger doesn’t. It takes approximately 2 to 2 hours 15 minutes to charge the device from 0-100 with the default charger.
The device can run for very well over a day on a single charge. I used the device for approximately 26 hours with around 6-7 hours that the device was on pure standby since I was sleeping. I grabbed a screen on time of 7 hours and I was still left with another 4 hours of mixed usage which I would assume would give me a Screen On Time of another 90 minutes or so.
So we can say that a normal user might squeeze up to 1.5 days of battery and the most power of users can use the device for a full day of heavy usage.
The speaker vents at the bottom are pretty loud and clear. The microphone is a great one and is very good at canceling noise. I found call quality to be exceptionally crystal clear and there was absolutely no heating in my calls that lasted for over 30 minutes.
The fingerprint sensor is extremely sensitive and has a fast response time. Now Xiaomi has released a recent update for this device that lets you unlock this device via your face. So you have the face unlock for it. Now the face unlocks on this device is one of the most unreliable, unwanted and unused pieces of technology that has ever existed on the device.
The face unlock sometimes detects your face in low light conditions but sometimes it even fails in normal lights. Its very unreliable doesn’t always work like expected. Also, the reason I am saying that this feature is useless I because when you lift this phone your hand in general position would be such that your finger would be at the back, so why not just unlock the device via fingerprint. Also, the device needs to have its display on for the face unlock to start detecting your face, now to unlock the device I would have to press the power button first, but the whole point of fingerprint and face unlock is to not have to touch the power button. So if I have to press the power button and touch the fingerprint what is the face unlock feature even doing there.
For 14,000 rupees this is the best device you could get in the market. It has an exceptional camera performance. The device is a treat for people who like to play games. You will fall in love with the display quality and when you hold the phone in your hand, it doesn’t look like a phone in your hand. It looks like the thing that’s been missing from your hand. So our verdict is that you should totally go for it.
|Launch Date||Feb 22, 2018 (official)|
|Model||Redmi Note 5 Pro|
|Operating System||Android 7.1.2 (Nougat)|
|SIM Slot(s)||Dual SIM|
|SIM Size|| SIM 1 : |
SIM 2 :
|Screen Size||5.99 inches (15.215 cm)|
|Screen Resolution||(1080 x 1920 pixels)|
|Pixel Density||403 ppi|
|Display Type||IPS LCD|
|Touch Screen||Capacitive Touchscreen - Multitouch Supported|
|Screen to Body Ratio||77.4 %|
|Screen Protection||Gorilla Glass|
|Chipset||Qualcomm SDM636 Snapdragon 636|
|Processor||Octa-Core, 1.8 GHz, Kryo 260|
|Build Material|| Front : Glass|
Back : Aluminium
|Colors||Black, Champagne Gold, Rose Gold, Lake Blue|
|Internal Memory||64 GB|
|USB OTG Support|
|Resolution||12+5 MP Primary Camera|
|Optical Image Stabilisation|
|Camera Features||Touch to focus|
|Resolution||20 MP Front Camera|
|SIM Size||SIM 1 : , SIM 2 :|
|Same as SIM 1|
|Location||Yes, with A-GPS, with Glonass|
|Cable Type||microUSB 2.0|
|Audio Jack||3.5 mm|
|Other Sensors||Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass|