Xiaomi redmi note 5 pro review with pros and cons

The Redmi chú ý 5 Pro features the Snapdragon 636 SoC và an 18:9 display General performance is good và the camera offers decent bokeh effects The mi Redmi cảnh báo 5 Pro is priced starting at Rs. 13,999

Many android flagships in 2017 boasted of taller screens with nearly no borders as their headlining feature. Naturally, we started seeing this trend trickle down to lớn the mid-range and entry-levelsegments,with phones like the InFocus Vision 3(Review) và Honor 9 Lite(Review) to lớn name a few. Xiaomi has been a favourite in the budget space & now it"s joining the party.

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TheXiaomi Redmi note 4(Review)has been the ranked as the đứng đầu selling điện thoại cảm ứng in 2017, soexpectations forthe Chinese manufacturer’s brand new offerings for 2018 are incredibly high. The newRedmi lưu ý 5(Review) has big shoes to lớn fill và from what we’ve seen, it managesto vì chưng so pretty well. Xiaomi mi has also launched a more powerful model with a better camera, and it"scalled theRedmi lưu ý 5 Pro. This isthe first phone khổng lồ debut Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 636 mobile platform, which supportsfull-HD+ displays & features Qualcomm"s own custom Kryo CPU cores. While all of this sounds great on paper, the big question is whether it’s worth the premium over the standard Redmi chú ý 5. Let’s find out.

Xiaomi Redmi note 5 Pro design and build

From the front, the Redmi lưu ý 5 Pro looks very similar lớn the Redmi lưu ý 5, with the same prominent curved corners on the 18:9 display. The phone still has visible borders lớn the left & right of the display và comparatively thicker ones at the top & bottom. It does feel slightly heavy at 181g, which could be due to lớn the metal back andlarge battery. The white và gold trim of our đánh giá unit lookedgood, but you can also get this phone in black, blue, orrose gold.

The 5.99-inch display has a full-HD+ resolution, which is wider than whatstandard full-HDdisplays offer. Xiaomiboasts of it having a maximum brightness of 450 nits, which means that in the real world,the display is easily legible even under direct sunlight. Gorilla Glass has been usedforscratch protection. There aren’t any capacitive buttons here since mi has gone with on-screen navigation buttons. Above the screen, we have the front facing camera, a diffused selfie flash, the earpiece, và sensors.


The volume & power buttons areon the right of the phone, & are slightlyout of reach when you’re holding the phone normally, but feel solid. Up top, there"s an IR emitterjust lượt thích on previous Redmi cảnh báo smartphones. At the bottom of the phone, we have a 3.5mm tai nghe socket, microphone, Micro-USB port, & a speaker grille. Once again, It’s a bit disappointing to not have a Type-C port. Considering that this is the ‘Pro’ model, we would have appreciated thenewer connector. On the left, we have a hybrid dual-SIM slot which can accommodate two Nano-SIMsor a microSD card (up lớn 128GB)in the second slot.

The metal back reminds us a lot of the Redmi lưu ý 4, with its mattefinish and slightly tapering edges. The fingerprint sensor lines up comfortably against your finger when you hold the phone, và authentication is quick. The camera bump is very noticeable, và let’s face it, its kiến thiết has been, shall we say, "heavily inspired"by the iPhone X(Review). Even the arrangement is the same, with the two camera sensors flanking the dual-LED flash. The bump also means that this phone rests at an awkward angle when you place it on a flat surface. The back is otherwise plain, save for a printed Mi biểu tượng logo towards the bottom.


We received our kiểm tra unit without any packaging but xiaomi told us that buyers canexpect a bundle similar lớn that of the Redmi note 5, including the standard charger and silicone case.

The phone is pretty tall, which makes it achallenge lớn fit snugly into the pockets of some pants, but that isn"tmuch of an issue otherwise. On the other hand, the width is manageable, making this phone easy khổng lồ grip with one hand.We also got used khổng lồ the slightly heavier weight after a couple days of using it. Overall, the Redmi lưu ý 5 Pro is built well và looks good.

Xiaomi Redmi note 5 Pro specifications & features

Xiaomi is hailing the Redmi note 5 Pro as the spiritual successor to lớn the Redmi chú ý 3(Review), which is true from a performance standpoint. The Redmi cảnh báo 3 raised the bar forperformance at the Rs. 15,000 price level, và the Redmi lưu ý 5 raises itonce again. This is the first phone to lớn use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636 thiết bị di động platform, which was announced last October. This is only the second SoC outside the Qualcomm"s flagship 800 series to feature the company"s own custom Kryo CPU cores. We have a total of eight Kryo 260cores which can run ata maximum clock speed of 1.8GHz & are split into two clusters of four ‘performance’ cores và four ‘efficiency’ cores. Just like the Snapdragon 630 SoC on the moto X4(Review), this oneis fabricated using the smaller 14nm process, but with a slightly faster Adreno 509 GPU.

Qualcomm says this new GPU should offer better gaming performance compared khổng lồ the Adreno 508 in the Snapdragon 630. Our reviews unit came running a beta build of Xiaomi"s MIUI software, on which most benchmarks didn"t run, in order to preventleaks before launch. However, we did manage khổng lồ run AnTuTu, which gave us a score of 85,838 points, andPCMark Work 2.0, which gave us a score of 5,619. This is a performance jump of around 10 precent on average compared khổng lồ the Snapdragon 625 SoC used by the Redmi note 5.


The Redmi lưu ý 5 Pro is available with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM, although the storage remains the same at 64GB in both variants. You can expand by up to 128GB this using a miroSD card. The phone also has bluetooth không dây 5, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, GPS, FM radio, USB-OTG, and an array of sensors including a gyroscope. 4G is supported with VoLTE.

This phone"s MIUIsoftware is still based onAndroid 7.1.1 Nougat, which is a bit disappointing to see and we don"t have any official word on when we can expect an Oreo update as of now. The app android security cấp độ is also not up to date - our unit was patched tillDecember 2017, though this could alsobe due to lớn it being a beta build so we"ll give mi the benefit of the doubt.

The custom skin is similar lớn what we’ve seen on other recent mi offerings such as the Redmi 5A(Review) và Redmi Y1(Review). The custom icon phối looks polished and we like the use of pastel shades. The interface looks slick andswiping through home screens is smooth. We didn’t encounter any noticeable lag or stutter in the animations either. The leftmost trang chủ screen is dedicated to giving you card-style updates, shortcuts for apps (you can địa chỉ cửa hàng your own too),a space to take quick notes,cricket scores, & calendar events. There"s also integration with Ola which lets you tap shortcuts for your trang chủ and Work locations, although you"re redirected to the Ola ứng dụng (ora website page if you don"t have it installed)to actually make bookings.

The Redmi cảnh báo 5 Pro also has a bunch of pre-installed apps from Xiaomi. Mi Drop lets you send files over an ad-hoc Wi-Fi network provided the receiver also has the phầm mềm installed. There’s also mi Store and Mi Community, which can be uninstalled if not wanted.


The Settings ứng dụng has a submenu forWi-Fi calling, but there were no options khổng lồ set, only a message that the feature depends on the cellular network provider. You can change the UI theme, use the fingerprint sensor to lớn lock apps or take pictures, and set shortcuts for launching the flashlight, camera, etc. There arealso familiar MIUI features such asQuick Ball, which is lượt thích Apple’s AssistiveTouch shortcut panel; one-handed mode; & Dual Apps, which lets you create two instances of someapps so that you can use them with multiple accounts.

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The Fullscreen Mode thực đơn lets you force apps to runfull-screen (minusblack bars on the sides), & you can phối the navigation bar to lớn auto-hide fora more immersive experience. You can also optionally sign up for a mi Cloud account, which gives you 5GB of không tính tiền cloud storage for backing up your contacts, messages, calendars, notes, etc.

Xiaomi Redmi cảnh báo 5 Pro performance, camera and battery life

We tested the 4GB RAM variant of the Redmi lưu ý 5 Pro, which performedvery well with day-to-day usage. The screen does attract some fingerprints but we found the rest of the body toàn thân to be quite resilient to smudges & dirt. Call reception is good & thespeaker isloud enough for alerts & some truyền thông playback. The phone also runs pretty cool, and even with gaming, it only gets a bit warm. Heavy camera usage doesn’t make it overheat, which is very good.

For media playback, mi offers its own music and video clip app, which is frankly not needed when you have Google’s suite of truyền thông media players preinstalled, & more feature-rich options such asMX Player available for free. High-bitrate videos played just fine, và this phone can even handle 4K playback. There’s a system-wide audio enhancement feature for headphones, which can be activated from the Settings app. Audio quality through headphones is good,and you can toggle between presets tuned to lớn Xiaomi"s various headphones, or set your own.

Xiaomi says the cameras are one of the big highlights of the Redmi lưu ý 5 Pro, & in our experience, they were pretty good. At the back of the phone, there"s aprimary 12-megapixel camera with 1.25 micron pixels on its sensorand a f/2.2 aperture, while the second 5-megapixel camerais 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.

Tap to see full-sized mi Redmi note 5 Pro camera samples

Landscapes shotin daylight have good detail, with very good colours. The phone struggles to get the trắng balance right at times under harsh sunlight, but otherwise, light metering is handled well. Edges in close-ups aren"t very sharpbut this is only noticeable when zoomed in at 100 percent. Sadly, HDR doesn’t kick in automatically (it does so with the front camera) so you’ll have to lớn remember to engage it manually. In low light, autofocus gets a bit slower và shutter lag does creepin, but image quality doesn’t degrade too badly. Landscapes have a decentlevel of detailand noise is kept within bounds, và in macros, colours are well represented. Portrait Mode also works well in low light.

Since we tested this phone with beta firmware, the option for 4K clip recording wasn"t shown.We did kiểm tra with xiaomi about this & the company said that 4K clip recording is meant khổng lồ be supported, but an update might not be released by the time this phone goes on sale. Still, 1080p video recorded under good lightis impressive. You can enable electronic stabilisation, which causes minor ‘shimmering’ anomalies in the output but this is something that might be fixed with future updates. The stabilisation itself works very well, even when you’re moving about.

However, continuous autofocus wasn"t very effective when recording video. When switched off, autofocus was more on point. There are also slow-motion and time-lapse video clip modes, which work well enough. The Short clip shooting mode records a 10-second video clip but the audio unique is quite poor. Panorama mode also works well & is quick in stitching framestogether. Manual mode offers limited functionality as it only lets you change the trắng balance and ISO.

Selfie shot onXiaomi Redmi cảnh báo 5 Prousing Depth Mode (tap for full-sized sample)

The front 20-megapixel sensor captures detailed selfies in daylight, although HDR isn’t too effective under strong sunlight. There’s a Depth Mode which uses Xiaomi’s AI learning algorithms for edge detection. In practice, it works quite well. It managedto blur out most of the background of our chạy thử shots(with a few misses here & there). There’s a selfie light, which fires diffused white light on your face, helping in very low light. Beautificationcan be turned on if needed, and you can choose the màn chơi of the effect và also modify some of your facial features.

The 4000mAh battery in the Redmi lưu ý 5 Pro easily lasted us through more than a day of medium to heavy usage. The bundled 10W charger doesn’t tư vấn quick charging but the phone itself does. We tried it with our own Qualcomm Quick Chargepower adapter & a notification on the lock screen indicated that the phone was charging quickly. The charging icon in the status bar also changed lớn the Quick Charge logo. In our HD đoạn phim loop test, we managed to get16 hours and 36 minutes of continuous clip playback on a single charge.

VerdictThe xiaomi mi Redmi chú ý 5 Pro offers plenty of reasons lớn spend that extra bit of money over the Redmi cảnh báo 5. The danh sách of improvements includes a better phối of cameras, slightly better battery life, and a more powerful processor - all of which makethe usage experience just a bit nicer. The weight of the phone is something you will have khổng lồ get used to, and even though it isn’t very striking khổng lồ look at, the build chất lượng is solid. We love the new taller display, which is sharp và has very good sunlight legibility.

Portrait mode works very well for the front & rear cameras, và this is backed by solid battery life and very good overall app và system performance. Given that this is a ‘Pro’ model, we would have liked to see more features, such asa bundled fast charger, USB Type-C port, & maybe a more distinctive thiết kế which would have set this phone apart from the non-Pro model. Having app android Oreo out-of-the-box would have also been a nice touch for enthusiasts, whoXiaomi is targeting here.

At a starting price of Rs. 13,999, this phone is pretty hard to beat. You have Xiaomi’s own mày A1(Review) at the same price, which is also a good pick especially if you’re looking for stock app android interface like on theGoogle Pixelseries. The moto G5S Plus(Review) has long been one of our vị trí cao nhất picksat this price point, but now, there’s really no matching the Redmi lưu ý 5 Pro in terms of performance và featuresat this price.

We discuss the xiaomi mi Redmi note 5, Redmi cảnh báo 5 Pro, & the mi TV 4 on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to lớn via táo khuyết Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.