XIAOMI REDMI NOTE 5 PRO REVIEW: THE SMARTPHONE THAT MAKES YOU SIT UP AND TAKE NOTE

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The Xiaomi Redmày cảnh báo 5 Pro, is the new unbeatable king of the budget điện thoại thông minh segment.

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Sheldon PintoMay 15, 2018 12:37:11 IST


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

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

World! Say hello to lớn the Xiaomày Redmày Note 5 Pro và it’s “unbeatable”; with every single offering from every điện thoại thông minh brvà, in its crosshairs.

Here’s why it is hard khổng lồ argue that it’s anything but that.

Build và Design: 8/10


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Presenting the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Image: Tech2/Rehan Hooda


The Redngươi Note 5 Pro is the “Pro” version of the Redmày lưu ý 5, which is the successor khổng lồ the Note 4. While many would expect Xiaomày to lớn bring together bits and 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 to believe sầu that it belongs to lớn the sub-Rs 30,000 segment instead of the sub-Rs 15,000 mark.

The kiến thiết was typically Xiaomi (rounded corners, straight lines, curved back), & seems more like the evolution of the Note 4, but a lot better. The device is far from bezel-less, but it does feature an overall slimmer protệp tin (way slimmer than the chunky Note 4).


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The Xiaomi Redmi lưu ý 5 Pro looks outdated in front of the cheaper Honor 9 Lite. Image: Tech2/Sheldon Pinto


In short, the Xiaomày Redngươi lưu ý 5 Pro will not win any design awards and does not look half as good as the pebble-like Honor 7X, but it"s practical và polished nonetheless. Again, considering how aggressive sầu Xiaomi"s pricing is, we cannot expect it to add anything to 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 xã makes the điện thoại thông minh a lot easier to lớn grip và hold than the mostly flat Mi Mix 2.


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


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


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3.5 mm jachồng 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 thiết đặt at the bachồng.


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The Xiaomày Redmày chú ý 5 Pro"s camera looks lượt thích a copy of the Apple iPhone X.Image: Tech2/Sheldon Pinto


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


It protrudes far out from the rest of the baông xã và this makes it annoying 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 to lớn show off because the Pro is more about the camera experience than anything else.

Features: 8/10

When it comes khổng lồ features, the Pro once again seems to be ahead of the competition. Xiaomày debuted the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC in India with the launch of the Redmày lưu 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 and 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 lớn the cameras, Xiaongươi offers a 12 MPhường + 5 MPhường dual thiết lập at the baông xã with a trăng tròn MP Sony IMX376 unit for selfies on the front.

Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth không dây, 4G with support 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 (& heavy) iPhone 8 Plus, I often kept forgetting how large & tall the display of the Redmày lưu ý 5 Pro really was.

To give sầu you an idea, the 5.99-inch display fits inlớn the footprint of the iPhone 8 Plus (5.5-inch display) with room khổng lồ spare for the various sensors và earpiece at the top & 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.


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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 lớn 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 lớn render all those fine lines and text in Xiaomi’s MIUI 9 accurately without any jagged edges.


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What fingerprints? Image: Tech2/Rehan Hooda


Rounded corners và accurate colours (Xiaongươi 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 to lớn Honor’s displays. In short, Xiaongươi engineers have sầu 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 sầu customisation options with an active sầu theme store with tons of themes khổng lồ choose from. But there’s nothing new here to lớn explore unless you are into lớn split view multitasking.


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


As mentioned in the build & kiến thiết, the Pro is taller than most other smartphones Xiaomi 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 và makes it ikhuyễn mãi giảm giá for split-screen multitasking. And I lượt thích how well Xiaomày has implemented it in the Pro, despite arriving late to(or falling behind) the game.


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Software on the Xiaongươi Redmày Note 5 Pro needs an update lớn Android Oreo... but so does everyone else.


I also liked, how smooth và fluid the animations & 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 lademo & greakiểm tra 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 to be a thing of the past, considering that just 1.1 percent of Android devices feature them. The Pro features a security patch level from 05 December 2017.

Performance: 8/10

What I really liked about the Redmi Note 5 Pro was the vibration motor, that when mix at the lighthử nghiệm level, gives a sharp and distinct feedbaông chồng that is closer to the Pixel 2 (even if it"s not as accurate). It feels refined & convinced me khổng lồ leave 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 speed that is phối at 1.8 GHz as compared to lớn the Honor 9i’s 2.3 GHz. It’s clearly what you vày with what you have that matters and the Pro offers the best we have seen in this segment.


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Gaming unique here is more mid-range than budget


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


Xiaongươi Redmày Note 5 & chú ý 5 Pro performance Infogram

Audio quality through the headphones was great with the DAC giving greater emphasis khổng lồ the bass notes. The speaker is loud and clear và very unlike the Honor 9i. I was bold enough khổng lồ place a phone điện thoại tư vấn on loudspeaker in the middle of traffic và crowded marketplaces và 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 vì chưng while gaming or streaming movies. Things are indeed well thought off here.

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

Since the benchmarking tools were blocked during the Reviews 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 smartphone is capable of capturing.

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

lưu ý that this does not only apply to the 12 MP. + 5 MPhường rear facing camera cài đặt, but the software driven front-facing trăng tròn MPhường camera as well.


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That camera!


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

You can kiểm tra them out in the Flickr gallery below.

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Dissecting the images that I have sầu 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 và same applies lớn the tốc độ of clicking photos, which seems to offer zero shutter lag. The quality 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 và better looking than the photos we clicked using a OnePlus 5T. They were very cchiến bại lớn the actual scene. The dynamic range was really good and it"s the reason why I rarely ended up turning on the HDR mode (but more about this later).

Moving to low light or dimly lit scenargame ios, the Redngươi Note 5 Pro took them in stride. While you cannot compare these images khổng lồ 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 quichồng in low light as well, although the colours were a bit saturated for my taste.

With a single 20 MP sensor for the front camera I expected Xiaomi lớn 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 ibé in selfie camera mode), I managed lớn take some stunning low light selfies, something that every selfie điện thoại thông minh, is incapable of (they perform better in daylight).

The Portrait mode on the rear facing camera too seems to lớn have sầu some AI smarts because it detects edges lượt thích no other camera điện thoại thông minh in its class.


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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 khổng lồ 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 to see an update is the HDR mode.

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

Video locked under 30 fps was a bit disappointing. The camera struggled to lớn maintain a steady framerate while panning and given what Snapdragon 636 is capable of 4K 30 fps video clip recording, (1đôi mươi fps Full HD) it"s shocking that Xiaongươi hasn"t taken advantage of it.

Battery Life: 8/10

With a 14 nm SoC & a lower cloông xã tốc độ, I expected the Xiaomi Redmi Pro to out do its successor & its competitors & it did so without breaking sweat.

Using it as my daily driver for almost a week I saw the Redngươi chú ý 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 clip, some calls và about two hours of gaming each day.


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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 lớn Xiaomi’s software team for all the optimisations. Since Xiaomi only provided us with a Reviews unit & no charger, I cannot confirm the charging tốc độ of the device. Using a standard Oppo charger, I managed lớn get it from 0-100 percent in a little over two và half hours.

Price và verdict in India:

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


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The new king of the budget segment!


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

While điện thoại thông minh brands had a tough time dealing with the chú ý 4’s success through 2017, there’s now a new headabịt for everyone else khổng lồ khuyễn mãi giảm giá with in the Rs 15k price segment.

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

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