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Xiaomi can vị no wrong in India. The manufacturer sold nearly 10 million units of the Redmi cảnh báo 4 in the country last year, & is looking to maintain that momentum with the Redmày Note 5 Pro.

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Xiaomày built its entire business mã sản phẩm on offering great value for money — and as the sales numbers indicate, the strategy has paid off handsomely for the brvà. But following up on the Redmày chú ý 4 is a tough act, as there wasn"t much wrong with the device.

That"s why with its 2018 budget phone, Xiaongươi is focusing on core upgrades in all the major areas. The Redmi chú ý 5 Pro introduces an 18:9 display, a dual camera at the baông chồng và a 20MP. front camera with LED flash, a SnapLong 636 chipset, & up lớn 6GB of RAM. Xiaomày led the category for battery life last year, và things aren"t any different this year — the Redmày chú ý 5 Pro has a 4000mAh battery.


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With the competition also fielding increasingly powerful phones, does the Redngươi Note 5 Pro have sầu what it takes lớn further Xiaomi"s cause in India? It"s time to find out.


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Xiaongươi Redmày cảnh báo 5 Pro Specs


About this review

I (Harish Jonnalagadda) am writing this Review after using the Redmày cảnh báo 5 Pro for over two weeks in Hyderabad, India. The device is a pre-production unit provided by Xiaomày India & is running a nightly build of MIUI 9 (9.2.2.0). I tested the phone on Airtel and Jio"s 4G networks in Hyderabad.


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Xiaongươi Redngươi cảnh báo 5 Pro Design

The Redmày lưu ý 5 Pro marks Xiaomi"s foray into the 18:9 size factor in the budget segment. The brvà led the way for bezel-less panels with the Mi Mix and the Mi Mix 2, và while the effect isn"t anywhere as striking on the Redmi lưu ý 5 Pro, you vày get a taller 5.99-inch display with significantly reduced bezels when compared lớn last year"s Redngươi cảnh báo 4.

The switch khổng lồ an 18:9 panel also means there"s an all-new kiến thiết up front. The capacitive sầu navigation buttons have sầu made way for on-screen keys, & you can change the orientation of the baông chồng & overview buttons from the settings thực đơn.

Round back, things are more familiar. If you ignore the camera module, the Redmi cảnh báo 5 Pro is identical to lớn the Redmi Note 5, which in turn shares the same design aesthetic as the Redmày Note 4. The Redngươi Note 4 had an iterative sầu kiến thiết that was nearly identical khổng lồ the Redmi Note 3, so what we have here is a design language that"s three years old.


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Like previous years, the antenmãng cầu inlays at the top and bottom of the device are made out of plastic, but feature a metallic finish. There"s a minor variance in color between the inlays and the metal back, particularly on the gold version. It isn"t as noticeable on the other color options of the device.

While the aesthetic has evolved over the last three years, the kiến thiết at the baông xã is starting khổng lồ look stale. The kiến thiết works for the Redmi chú ý 5, which starts off at ₹9,999, but it would"ve sầu made more sense for Xiaomi to lớn differentiate the Redngươi cảnh báo 5 Pro from the standard variant.

Talking about laông xã of differentiation from the Redmày chú ý 5, the chú ý 5 Pro also comes with a microUSB charging port. The standard is becoming outdated, & the onus is now on Xiaongươi to make the switch lớn USB-C in the Redmày series. That said, the IR blaster is intact, as is the 3.5mm jaông xã. The volume and power buttons offer a decent amount of tactile feedback as well.

The 18:9 panel up front is one of the best in the budget segment.

The fingerprint sensor at the baông chồng is identical to what Xiaongươi has used in the past, and it is quichồng khổng lồ authenticate & the positioning is just right. The sensor is located in the top one-third section và is right next lớn the natural resting position of your index finger. There"s also a more prominent curve where the baông xã meets the mid-frame, leading lớn better in-hvà feel.

Coming to the display, the 5.99-inch LCD panel is one of the best in this segment. Xiaomi has made a habit of offering vibrant displays in this category, and the same is true for the Redngươi Note 5 Pro as well. The panel offers a resolution of 2160x1080, which is becoming the standard for the 18:9 khung factor.

Colors out of the box are excellent, and you can tweak the settings to your preferences by going inkhổng lồ the settings. The phone also comes with a xanh light filter that can be configured to lớn automatically kiông xã in from sunphối lớn sunrise. If you"re one to lớn use your phone a lot during the night, you should enable the feature as it reduces strain on the eyes.

For better or worse, the camera sensor — with the lenses arrayed vertically và the flash tucked in between — is identical khổng lồ that of the iPhone X. It protrudes from the baông xã as well, which makes the phone wobble when laid on a flat surface lượt thích a table.

Overall though, the build unique as well as fit và finish are all top-notch, with Xiaomi undertaking stricter unique control measures. At 181g, the Redngươi lưu ý 5 Pro is heavier than its predecessors, & the taller panel doesn"t make it conducive sầu to lớn use one-handed.


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Xiaomày Redmi lưu ý 5 Pro Hardware

Xiaomi is regularly in the first wave of manufacturers to roll out Qualcomm"s lakiểm tra hardware. We"ve sầu seen that in years past, and that"s the case with the Redngươi cảnh báo 5 Pro as well, which is the first device khổng lồ be powered by Qualcomm"s Snaprồng 636 Mobile platform.

The SnapLong 636 is interesting as it introduces Kryo cores to the budget category. The SnapLong 660 did the same for the mid-range segment last year, but a majority of the phones powered by the chipmix — the Smarphone OPPO R11 và the Xiaomi Mi Note 3 — were limited to lớn the Chinese market.

The Snapdragon 636 features eight cores in total, with four performance cores complemented by four energy-efficient cores. We"ve seen that same combination in use in the Android space for a few years now, và it strikes the ikhuyễn mãi giảm giá balance between performance và energy efficiency.

The four high-performance cores are based on ARM"s Cortex A73, one of the faschạy thử cores available today. The energy-efficient cores are based on the Cortex A53, a mainstay in the budget segment over the last two years. Qualcomilimet has offered fully custom cores in the Kryo platsize before, but it is leveraging the "Built on ARM Cortex Technology" licensing agreement khổng lồ build semi-custom cores.

The Redmi lưu ý 5 Pro is on par with flagship chipsets from just a few years ago.

The license allows Qualcomilimet to lớn take off-the-shelf Cortex cores và make modifications lớn tweak the overall performance. We"ve sầu seen Qualcomilimet go down this road with the Snapdragon 8trăng tròn, 821, & the 835, và the chip vendor is now doing the same for the downstream SnapLong chipsets. Going with a Cortex license has several benefits as it gives Qualcomilimet the ability lớn go to market faster — it doesn"t need to kiến thiết a core from the ground-up — while retaining a competitive sầu advantage.

Coming baông chồng to the Redngươi chú ý 5 Pro, the Kryo cores make a tangible difference in terms of overall performance. You"re looking at anywhere from a 15-20% increase in CPU speeds & a 10% uptiông xã in GPU performance. As we"ve sầu seen in the benchmarks, the SnapLong 636 is an underclocked version of the Snapdragon 660, which delivers performance equivalent to lớn flagship chipsets from just a few years ago.

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The performance on tap with the Redmày Note 5 Pro is nothing short of extraordinary, và it"s safe to lớn say that this is the faschạy thử phone in the budget segment by some margin. The GPU performance means that the phone can now handle visually intensive games as well, which was a limitation with last year"s Redmày Note 4.

Xiaomày Redmi chú ý 5 Pro benchmarks

The Redngươi chú ý 5 Pro is also decked out with LPDDR4X RAM, which thus far has been limited to the high-kết thúc segment. It would"ve been great had the device offered UFS storage as well, but the global demand for storage meant it wasn"t viable for Xiaomày lớn include it in the Redmi Note 5 Pro. The phone instead features eMMC 5.0 storage, & with both variants offering 64GB of internal memory, you"re not going lớn run out anytime soon.

Also new with the Redngươi lưu ý 5 Pro is Wi-Fi ac as well as Công nghệ Bluetooth 5.0, with both features limited to lớn the Pro variant & not available in the standard version. Talking about connectivity, the Redngươi Note 5 Pro had no issues with calls, và the speaker at the bottom is astonishingly loud. In short, if you"re looking for the most bang for your buck in the budget segment, this is the phone lớn get.

Battery life


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Xiaongươi prioritized the battery segment last year, introducing a 4100mAh battery in the Redngươi lưu ý 4. The huge battery combined with MIUI"s optimizations allowed the Redmi chú ý 4 to run rings around its rivals. A year on, that hasn"t changed. While the Redmi chú ý 5 Pro has a marginally smaller 4000mAh battery, you"re guaranteed the same great class-leading battery life.

You"ll easily get a day-and-a-half worth of usage from that battery consistently, even if you"re a power user and rely on your di động primarily for your entertainment needs. In my usage, I averaged nine hours of screen-on-time spread over two days.

My main issue with the battery on the Redmi lưu ý 5 Pro is the lachồng of fast charging. With the battery easily lasting more than a day on average, more often than not you"ll be looking lớn top up your device in the middle of the day, và that poses problems as the bundled charger maxes out at 5V - 2A. The phone itself is not compatible with fast charging, taking an agonizing two hours lớn get from zero lớn a full charge.

Fast charging isn"t a big giảm giá khuyến mãi on a device with such great battery life, but the laông xã thereof is one of the few areas where the Redngươi cảnh báo 5 Pro is behind the competition.


Xiaomày Redngươi lưu ý 5 Pro Software

On the software front, it"s business as usual. The Redmi lưu ý 5 Pro comes with the lademo version of MIUI 9, but if you were hoping for Oreo, get ready to lớn be disappointed. The phone is still based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat, with an Oreo update slated for sometime later this year.

Furthermore, with the Redmày lưu ý 5 Pro being the first khổng lồ run the Snaprồng 636, there are odd glitches along the way. My unit is on the nightly 9.2.2.0 build, & the stable 9.2.4.0 update is scheduled to lớn make its way to lớn the phone shortly after its release. The stable build should iron out the kinks & allow the phone to lớn take full advantage of the Snapdragon 636.

Optimization could also be the reason why Xiaomi stuck with the Snapdragon 625 for the standard version of the Redmi chú ý 5. The manufacturer has been optimizing the chipphối for well over a year now, khổng lồ the point where it runs with nary a lag or stutter. It"ll take a few weeks at least to lớn get the Redngươi cảnh báo 5 Pro lớn the same màn chơi, following which we"ll hopefully see the Oreo update make its way khổng lồ the device.

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Apart from the laông xã of Oreo, the user experience on offer with the Redngươi chú ý 5 Pro is similar to Xiaomi devices released over the course of the last twelve sầu months. There"s a ton of customization options & more features than you"ll over up using, but that"s one of the main draws of MIUI. Xiaomi has invested considerable resources in building out features, & MIUI 9 has plenty lớn offer in the form of quichồng replies in the notification window, an all-new Mi Video phầm mềm, native split-screen functionality, & much more.

Then there"s older features like Dual Apps — which let you run two instances of an tiện ích simultaneously — & Second Space, through which you"ll be able lớn create a separate profile on your device. The SMS phầm mềm has been tailored for Indian customers, taking the information from a ticket confirmation SMS & automatically creating a thẻ with all the relevant details highlighted.

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As I said last year, MIUI is never going khổng lồ adhere to "pure" Android in terms of a visual layout, and that"s because a majority of its users are in Trung Quốc. The unregulated nature of the Chinese phầm mềm market is what led to lớn features lượt thích a dedicated Security app và granular control over autostart permissions.

But with usage vastly increasing in markets lượt thích India, we may see a wholesale change heading to MIUI in the coming years. The retooled notification pane is definitely a step in the right direction, but the interface as a whole is in need of a refresh to make it more modern. The recents menu, for instance, hasn"t changed from the KitKat era, and if you need an app drawer, you"ll need to lớn look lớn a third-party launcher. Xiaomày will hopefully address these issues and make much-needed changes to lớn MIUI sooner rather than later.


Xiaomày Redmi Note 5 Pro Camera

If you ignore the fact that the dual-lens arrangement at the baông xã is identical to lớn that of the iPhone X, there"s plenty lớn like in the Redngươi cảnh báo 5 Pro"s camera. The phone features a 12MP primary camera that"s joined by a secondary 5MP.. depth camera, & up front you get a 20MPhường camera with LED flash.

The Redmày cảnh báo 5 Pro does a stunning job in daylight conditions, with images offering plenty of detail and accurate colors. HDR is off by mặc định, và while the mode was more of a hindrance in past Redngươi devices, it"s actually usable in the Redngươi cảnh báo 5 Pro. Finally, the phone does a decent job in low-light conditions, which is a huge giảm giá khuyến mãi seeing as how most budget phones struggle in this area.

The camera on the Redmày cảnh báo 5 Pro beats other phones in this category by a country mile.

I put the phone to lớn the test by using it as my daily driver during Xiaomi"s launch event earlier this month, và came away impressed with the overall results. I normally rely on either the Pixel 2 XL or the Note 8 for launch sự kiện coverage as the lighting at these venues isn"t ikhuyến mãi, but the Redmày cảnh báo 5 Pro did an admirable job.

The dual camera cài đặt also enables portrait mode, which we"ve sầu seen in the Mi 6 and more recently the Mi A1. The background blur effect is more conservative sầu this time around, but as Xiaomày pointed out at the launch sự kiện, its edge detection algorithm is spot-on.


Should you buy it? Absolutely

The Redmi chú ý 5 Pro is Xiaomi"s strongest showing in the budget segment in the last two years, & puts the br& in a great position as we head into the launch cycle for 2018. The 18:9 display is a much-needed change lớn keep the device competitive sầu, và the Snapdragon 636 ensures class-leading performance for the foreseeable future.

This is the first Redngươi device I"d consider using as my daily driver.

The Redngươi lưu ý 5 Pro is the first phone in the Redmày series I"d consider using as my daily driver. Previous phones in this series weren"t short on power, but the camera was the one area where Xiaomi lagged behind.

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The phone is offered in two variants — a Model with 4GB of RAM & 64GB of storage, and a version with 6GB of RAM & 64GB of storage. The 4GB mã sản phẩm retails for ₹13,999 & is on sale, và the 6GB version is available for ₹16,999. The phone should be making its way to lớn Xiaomi"s offline partners shortly after its launch, & head to lớn the 22 Mi trang chủ stores in the country.


The Good

18:9 displayClass-leading cameraPowerful hardwareTwo-day battery lifeUnmatched value for money

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