The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro has finally made its way to India and now we can tell you the reasons to buy and not buy Xiaomi’s latest offering. With the Redmi Note 5 Pro, Xiaomi is trying to take on the selfie-oriented smartphones launched by the competition and still attract its core audience, but does the phone offer enough for your bucks?
Sporting a big 5.99-inch display with 18:9 aspect ratio, the Redmi Note 5 Pro is backed by a Snapdragon 636 SoC and packs a big battery to last a day of heavy usage easily. We got our hands on the device and here are our reasons to buy and not buy the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Specifications
|Key Specifications||Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro|
|Display||5.99-inch IPS LCD|
|Screen Resolution||FHD+, 1080 x 2160 pixels|
|Operating System||Android 7.1 Nougat|
|RAM||4GB / 6GB|
|Primary Camera||12MP + 5MP Dual cameras|
|Secondary Camera||20MP, LED Selfie-light, Beautify 4.0|
|Dimensions||158.5 x 75.45 x 8.05mm|
|Sim Card Type||Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
4GB/64GB – Rs. 13,999
6GB/64GB – Rs. 16,999
Reasons to buy Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro
The Full HD+ panel on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with an 18:9 aspect ratio, which brings it on par with offerings from its competitors. Not just the aspect ratio, but the design is also refined, making it look and feel premium in hand.
Xiaomi is known for solid build quality of their devices and the Redmi Note 5 Pro is no exception. This device also comes with a metal unibody design and refined bezels which make it look good. The vertically stacked rear cameras also add to the premium feel of the device.
The device is equipped with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor clocked at 1.8GHz. This processor is coupled with Adreno 509 GPU and up to 6GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The storage on the device can be further expanded via a microSD card. Additionally, the device is powered by a huge 4,000mAh battery.
That said, these specifications make the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro as one of the best spec’d smartphones in the segment.
Talking about the optics now, the latest Redmi Note 5 features a vertically set up dual camera module at the back. This module has a 12MP + 5MP sensor combination which is aimed at adding depth effect. Coming to the front, Xiaomi has left no stones unturned with a 20MP selfie camera with dedicated flash.
During our initial testing, we found that the cameras needed some refinement in terms of edging in the bokeh effect and we expect the company to take corrective measures via OTA updates later.
Having used the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro for a while, we noticed that the MIUI performance on the device is smooth and fluid. The transitions are neatly taken by the new 18:9 aspect ratio and the apps also work well on the phone. Overall, the MIUI 9 makes it a good experience to use the Redmi Note 5 Pro.