2017 was a great year for Xiaomi và the company crossed RMB 100 billion in revenue. In India, the company’s biggest market outside of China, xiaomi mi became the biggest điện thoại thông minh vendor towards the over of the year.
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Much of that success in India was piggybacking on the Redmi chú ý 4, the bestselling điện thoại cảm ứng thông minh in the country last year. In February this year, almost a year after the Redmi cảnh báo 4 was launched in India, the company launched the Redmi lưu ý 5 và Redmi cảnh báo 5 Pro.
While the former is only a progressive, và a tad underwhelming, update to the Redmi lưu ý 4, the latter is a more interesting device aimed at power users on a budget.
Xiaomi has carved out a comfortable space for itself in the crowded affordable smartphone market in India – although some accuse it of playing too safe with an ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ approach. But the Redmi cảnh báo 5 Pro is a package where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Does it manage to lớn deliver something special? Let’s find out in our detailed Redmi note 5 Pro review.
For this review, I took the Indian variant of the Redmi cảnh báo 5 Pro for a spin… the one with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. My colleague, Adam Sinicki, used the same unit khổng lồ shoot the đoạn clip review.
Along with the note 5, the cảnh báo 5 Pro is the first điện thoại cảm ứng thông minh from xiaomi mi in its affordable Redmi series lớn feature an 18:9 display. There’s a decent-sized bezel around the display, but the curved corners 3d for the larger size. It fits well in the palm, but at 181 grams, it is not very light & if you’re coming from a smaller phone it might take a few days to get used lớn it.
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From the front, the Redmi cảnh báo 5 Pro looks just lượt thích the Redmi lưu ý 5, but at the back, there’s a vertical dual-camera thiết đặt with a noticeable camera bump. The protruding camera is less of a visual issue than a physical annoyance. For one, the phone rests at an awkward angle when placed on a flat surface and second, one needs lớn be careful while placing the phone on a rough surface so as to lớn not scratch the camera lens. Granted, it’s not a problem unique to this device, but we don’t like it on any other smartphones either.
The kiến thiết language of the Redmi series has been pretty consistent for a while. Subsequently, the Redmi cảnh báo 5 Pro doesn’t stand out. It looks fine, but it is a little uninspired, and the most we can say for it is that it sports a functional design. Competitors like Honor have produced much nicer-looking devices in the budget segment, so it’s far from impossible at this price point. Xiaomi mi has even managed it in the past with the slick-looking mi A1, so it’s just a shame the Redmi line hasn’t followed suit yet. That aside, the Redmi lưu ý 5 Pro looks good & has a solid build quality.
One of the highlights of the Redmi note 5 Pro is its display. Xiaomi mi adopts the latest trend of displays with 18:9 aspect ratio – a trend that went mainstream in 2017 & has been steadily trickling down to lớn the budget segment as well.
The Redmi chú ý 5 Pro sports a 5.99-inch Full HD+ IPS display – the 2160 x 1080 resolution translating khổng lồ a px density of 403ppi. The display is bright, & the colors are quite vivid with deep contrasts. The text & images are sharp & the color accuracy is first-rate. The display is a tad reflective, although sunlight legibility is still pretty good. There’s also Gorilla Glass scratch protection, although the generation has not been disclosed.
Overall, it’s an excellent display for a điện thoại at this price and one of the best out there.
The Redmi cảnh báo 5 Pro is the first điện thoại cảm ứng by the company powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 636 processor which was announced in October last year – with a new GPU that promises better gaming performance than the Adreno 508 on the Snapdragon 630 SoC.
In real-world usage, the Redmi lưu ý 5 powers through anything that is thrown at it. Multi-tasking on the Redmi cảnh báo 5 Pro is a breeze, & it can handle graphics-intensive games without breaking a sweat. There’s no performance lag at all, and using the Redmi cảnh báo 5 (3 GB variant) and Redmi cảnh báo 5 Pro (4 GB variant) side-by-side for a week revealed noticeably better performance from the latter.
The Redmi cảnh báo 5 Pro comes in two memory variants – 4 GB or 6 GB RAM – although both have the same 64 GB of internal storage, expandable up to lớn 128 GB with a microSD card.
I used the 4 GB variant for this review, so I can’t say how much of a difference the 6 GB RAM variant would offer in day-to-day usage. A well-optimized software layer should provide a seamless game android experience with 4 GB RAM, although there will always be a reason to lớn want more RAM depending on how you use your smartphone.
The Redmi lưu ý 5 Pro packs a 4,000mAh non-removable battery, allowing it to deliver one-and-a-half-day battery life easily. With light usage, one can even squeeze in two days of battery life. Of course, your mileage may vary depending on how many photos and videos you take, how much you game & stream, và how often you’re connected khổng lồ cellular data instead of Wi-Fi.
The Redmi note 5 Pro packs a 4,000mAh non-removable battery, allowing it khổng lồ deliver one-and-a-half-day battery life easily
With the bundled charger, it takes over two và a half hours to lớn charge the phone from zero lớn 100 percent. It hurts that there is no support for quick charging with the bundled charger – even more important in smartphones with large battery capacity. However, the phone does tư vấn it và when you connect it lớn a third-party Qualcomm-certified quick charger, the phone indicates that it is charging quickly.
The Redmi lưu ý 5 Pro features a hybrid SIM tray, so you can either use two SIMs or one Nano-SIM and one microSD card. You might want lớn keep this in consideration if 64 GB storage is not enough for you and if you want to use two SIM cards.
It’s disappointing lớn find a micro-USB port instead of a USB Type-C port in a điện thoại cảm ứng thông minh released in 2018, & one with a ‘Pro’ moniker at that. But at least it’ll work with the old chargers you have lying around the house.
One of the highlights of the Redmi lưu ý 5 Pro is its camera – among the first Redmi devices to thể thao a dual camera setup at the back (the first was the Redmi Pro), a trend that has trickled down the value chain of smartphones last year. The Redmi lưu ý 5, & the Redmi lưu ý 4 last year were marred by average cameras, and the Redmi cảnh báo 5 Pro wants to be the, well, Pro in that department.
There’s a combination of 12 MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture và a 5 MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture – the latter is used for the depth-of-field effect while shooting portraits.
The rear camera on the Redmi cảnh báo 5 Pro is pretty good, especially in good lighting conditions. The màu sắc reproduction is quite good at most times và there’s a good cấp độ of detail. However, it’s not very consistent. Some shots come out great, but there are few where the trắng balance is off or sharpness is missing. In low light, there’s not much degradation in the image unique and there’s minimal noise, although the camera lag creeps in expectedly.
Overall, the rear camera is pretty good for a điện thoại thông minh in this price segment but it’s not as comparable to lớn flagship smartphones as xiaomi mi would want us khổng lồ believe.
The Portrait Mode on the Redmi cảnh báo 5 Pro is a winner though. The depth effect comes out great in most cases & the sharpness is just right. The edge detection isn’t always accurate, but it is precise more often than not.
The marquee feature on the Redmi note 5 Pro is its 20 MP front camera. You can capture some brilliant selfies with the right depth effect và the beautification (via the latest Beautify 4.0 technology) is not over the top. There’s also a diffused selfie flash that ensures that the selfies taken in low-light conditions on last night’s pub crawl look well lit. The front camera on the Redmi note 5 Pro is impressive & can knock out most higher-priced smartphones when it comes to selfies.
The Redmi cảnh báo 5 Pro runs the latest iteration of the company’s proprietary UI layer, MIUI 9. But MIUI 9 is based on game android 7.1.2 Nougat, và it is disappointing to lớn have a điện thoại launched in 2018 with neither apk Oreo out of the box nor a definite timeline for the upgrade. That’s not very ‘Pro’, Xiaomi!
That said, MIUI is one of the more popular apk customizations, và although it’s a tad bloated, it packs in a lot of features và has its share of fans. With MIUI 9, the game android skin has gotten better – especially in terms of performance và app startup times. With the hardware it packs, Redmi note 5 Pro offers a fluid software experience with no performance issues.
MIUI is one of the more popular app android customizations, & although it’s a tad bloated, it packs in a lot of features
The Redmi chú ý 5 Pro has a few preloaded apps – Amazon Shopping, WPS Office, & Hungama. While these can be uninstalled, there’s also Xiaomi’s own Music, Gallery, và Browser apps that duplicate similar apps from Google. There’s also the useful mày Drop phầm mềm that lets you send files over an ad-hoc Wi-Fi network provided the receiver also has the phầm mềm installed.
The overall software experience on the Redmi lưu ý 5 Pro is great, and there are a bunch of useful features that you’d only appreciate once you start using it. But all that is let down by the presence of android Nougat, with no guarantees made on the Oreo update.
After the massive success of the Redmi cảnh báo 4, xiaomi mi played safe with the Redmi lưu ý 5 to sustain momentum without rocking the boat. But the real upgrade lớn the last year’s device is Redmi chú ý 5 Pro… one that offers plenty of reasons to lớn spend that extra bit of money over the Redmi cảnh báo 5.
If you’re looking for an affordable điện thoại cảm ứng with a good set of cameras và powerful innards, the Redmi chú ý 5 Pro is one of the đứng đầu options on the table. Of course, you’ll also want to keep other options open because it’s notoriously hard lớn buy anything in Xiaomi’s flash sales, where stocks are sold within a few seconds each week.
If the Pro upgrades here aren’t enough khổng lồ convince you they’re worth paying extra for, keep the Remi lưu ý 5 with 3 GB of RAM in mind for ₹9,999 (~$156) & the 4 GB version for ₹11,999 (~$187).
Despite the positive parts of the Redmi cảnh báo 5 Pro’s rear camera, some others still need some work. I’m hoping upcoming software updates will take care of my concerns, but there’s no guarantee of that. The lack of android Oreo or a Type-C port are disappointing misses và the design is slightly dated (even though the build quality is vị trí cao nhất notch), yet at a price of ₹13,999 (~$215) in India, the 4 GB variant of the Redmi lưu ý 5 Pro is a great value-for-money điện thoại thông minh and a compelling device for power nguồn users. The 6 GB variant at ₹16,999 (~$261) though is likely a bit of overkill for most users though.