Smart Phone Review: Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 or Note 5 Pro


When the Xiaomi Redmi series launched, it took the Indian smartphone market by storm. It is an exceptional smart phone series, not because they have some trademark feature no other phone has- but because it was the best at its price range.

As a mid-range smartphone, Redmi has dominated the market for the past couple of years, with all its models constantly selling out on ecommerce stores.

While the latest model of the Redmi series is technically Redmi Note 5, that model is just a higher end improvement on the redmi note 4. Nothing exceptional- unlike the Redmi Note 5 pro, which has some pretty good tricks up its sleeve.

At a base price of Rs 13,999- the Redmi Note 5 Pro is a lot more than just an upgrade. The changes in this model can potentially redefine the kind of quality and features we have come to expect from this price range.

The look and feel of the Xiaomi REdmi Note 5 Pro is the same as ever. The sleek and familiar design is their selling point, and they’ve kept it unchanged.


What has changed, and changed drastically is the front screen. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and Note 5 Pro feature 5.99-inch 18:9 full-HD+ (2160×1080 pixels) screens, and both do away with the capacitive off-screen Android navigation keys. You now get on-screen navigation keys by default, and these have been designed to occupy as little screen space as possible.


Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Specifications

Redmi Note 5 Pro is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC, and is the first smartphone in the world to adopt this chipset. It’s a pretty impressive option, to say the least – it’s fabricated on the 14nm process and uses custom Kryo 260 cores in an eight-core setup. Its like having a lower range snapdragon 800 model with a lot of qualities of snapdragon 820- which is a pretty sweet deal for a phone that costs fourteen grands.

Unfortunately, Xiaomi hasn’t included USB Type-C or fast charging out-of-the-box on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro launches with Android Nougat, although the MIUI version is the latest stable version of MIUI 9. The MIUI 9 itself isn’t anything new, there are the usual dual apps, block list, second space and the amazing security app. All in all it is the familiar MIUI experience but with the benefits of a stronger hardware.

The battery life is fantastic the phone will go for one or two days on a single charge depending on your usage and the phone works well even while multitasking. Over all the Snapdragon 636 offers a great mix of performance, energy efficiency and affordability that makes the Redmi Note 5 Pro an incredibly capable performer for the price.

The only negative here is that it take some time to charge- about two hours, which is a bit too slow for a phone in that price range in today’s market.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Camera

Here is probably where Redmi Pro actually beats the Redmi Note 5. Redmi Note 5 Pro has a vertically placed dual camera at the back with a a 12 MP primary sensor and a 5 MP secondary sensor. The secondary camera is a massive 20 MP shooter with lamp flash for low light selfies.


All in all, the phone is really great for its price range. If you are looking for a stronger processor and an amazing camera on your phone; then you have a good reason to upgrade to Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro, or else you could just go with the equally stable and amazing Xiaomi Redmi Note 5.



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