Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro
This February, almost a year after Redmi Note 4 made its debut in India, Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro. The two smartphones are strategically targeted at the budget category, Rs 10,000-Rs 16,000, to be precise. And just like other Android phones in this bracket, Redmi Note 5 and Note 5 Pro bring a combination of top-of-the-line specifications and aggressive pricing.
While Redmi Note 5 is your usual upgrade, Redmi Note 5 Pro is a far more intriguing smartphone. It packs the Snapdragon 636 processor with RAM variants up to 6GB, vindicating its Pro moniker. Aimed at power users, Snapdragon 636 processor is a top-of-the-line chipset under the Snapdragon 600-series and is 40% faster than the popular Snapdragon 630.
Best Design Of Redmi?
The metal back panel houses a vertical dual-camera setup on the top left corner. The setup is quite similar to the iPhone X and seems equally protruding. The pronouncing camera bump means you have to be extra careful while placing your phone on a rough surface as it may end up getting dented or scratched. Then there’s a fingerprint scanner at the centre, followed by the Mi branding at the bottom.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 wasn’t big on looks and it looks like Redmi Note 5 Pro isn’t either. In my opinion, the Mi A1 was the best-designed phone Xiaomi brought out in its budget category. And, of late, companies like Huawei have delivered phones like Honor 9 Lite that score big on design as well as premium feel.
Apart from high-end performance, another USP of Redmi Note 5 Pro is the camera. After all, it’s the first Redmi phone to sport a dual-rear camera, an increasingly popular feature on modern Android phones. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro sports a combination of 12-megapixel and 5-megapixel rear cameras. The two sensors come with f/2.2 aperture and f/2.0 aperture respectively. It comes with 1.25um sensors that allow the camera to capture more light than typical smartphone cameras. But that’s just the specifications.
My Honest opinion, the biggest draw of the Redmi Note 5 Pro is its 20-megapixel front camera. It’s very good. There are a few things that I really liked about the selfie camera of Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro. For instance, the default beautification mode (Beautify 4.0) is not really over the top. Another thing I love about the camera is the depth mode, which takes really good selfies with the right depth effect while achieving decent levels of skin smoothening. There’s a front flash as well, ensuring that selfies taken in low-light conditions look well lit.
Performance Compare to MI A1
When it comes to performance, I guess we already know who the winner is going to be. Pitting the Redmi Note 5 Pro’s Snapdragon 636 against the Mi A1’s Snapdragon 625. The newer processor undoubtedly outperforms the latter one. As you can see from the benchmark results, the performance increase, while not being humongous, is definitely noticeable.
As for the day to day usage, both the devices work equally well. However, the Redmi Note 5 Pro is obviously the winner here, providing a snappier performance, with quick app load times and fast processing.
Redmi Note 5 Pro
|Primary Camera||12+5 MP Dual Cameras with dual-tone flash||dual 12MP wide-angle + 12MP telephoto lens, with two-tone flash|
|Dimensions||158.6 x 75.4 x 8.1 mm||155.4 x 75.8 x 7.3 mm|
|Weight||181 grams||165 grams|
|Secondary Camera||20 MP with LED Flash||5MP, with f/2.6 aperture, beautify and facial recognition|
|Battery||4,000 mAh with QC 2.0||3,080 mAh|
|Display||5.9-inch 18:9 Full-HD+ IPS display||5.5-inch FHD LCD display, with 1920 x 1080p resolution|
|Storage||64GB, expandable up to 128GB using microSD card||64GB, expandable up to 128GB via MicroSD card|
|Software||Android 7.1.1 Nougat, with MIUI 9||Stock Android 7.1.1|
|Processor||Octa-core 1.8 Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 with Adreno 509 GPU||Octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor, clocked at 2.0GHz|
|Connectivity||VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, headphone jack||VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, GLONASS|
|Price||₹13,999 for 4GB, ₹16,999 for 6 GB||₹14,999|
All Over Good?
The Redmi Note 5 Pro is definitely a value-for-money gadget. In fact, it is perhaps one of the best Android smartphones under Rs 16,000 at the moment. The Moto G5s Plus and Xiaomi Mi A1 are pretty close to the top spot, according to me.
So, should you buy Redmi Note 5 Pro or Redmi Note 5? Which variant of Redmi Note 5 Pro should you consider? Well, this depends on your usage. If you are a power user and want a superior camera, you may want to opt for the Redmi Note 5 Pro over Redmi Note 5.
As far as the variants are concerned, the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage model is good enough. The version with the extra RAM will cost you Rs 3,000 extra.
Which One Should You Buy?
At this point in time, you’re obviously wondering which device is right for you. Well, in all honesty, Xiaomi has outdone itself this time with the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Sure, there are a few things to dislike, such as the micro-USB port and the copied rear-camera design, but other than that, the Redmi Note 5 Pro is an absolute beast. You get a beautiful 18:9 display, a more powerful camera setup on both sides of the device, a bigger battery, a faster processor, the snappiest MIUI till date, all for the low price of just Rs. 15,000. Clearly, the Redmi Note 5 Pro is the absolute winner in this battle of the budget beasts from Xiaomi.
Buy Redmi Note 5 Pro: (₹13,999)
Buy MI A1: (₹13,999)