Saturday, 17 February 2018

Redmi Note 5 pro: The best Phone in $200 segment

Redmi Note 5 pro launched in India

 Finally our wait came to an end on Wednesday when finally Xiaomi launched it's best ever Redmi Note smartphone in India. This new phone is known as Redmi Note 5 pro. We have heard a lot about the Redmi Note series which is very well known for it's best mid range smartphones. Every year Xiaomi launches a smartphone in it's Redmi Note series and it always become the best seller in it's price segment here in India.
And now it's turn for the Redmi Note 5 pro. India is the first country to get Redmi Note 5 pro even earlier from China. Xiaomi actually launched two smartphones here in India on the occasion of Valentines day that is 14th February which are Redmi Note 5 And Redmi Note 5 pro. Redmi Note 5 is same as Redmi 5 plus earlier launched in China but Redmi Note 5 pro has better cameras and processor. So let's see whether Redmi Note 5 pro is worth it's price or not. 

Size: 5.99"
Display: IPS LCD Type display 18:9 aspect ratio
Resolution: 1080*2160 pixels
Weight: 181 grams
Chipset: Qualcomm's Snapdragon 636 chipset
GPU: Adreno 509
OS: MIUI 9 based on Android 7.1.2
SIM: Hybrid SIM
3.5 mm jack: Yes
USB: micro USB v2.0
Battery: Non Removable 4000mah battery
Primary: Dual 12MP(f/2.2) + 5MP(f/2.0), phase detection autofocus, LED flash, EIS
Video: 1080p@ 30fps
Secondary: 20MP f/2.2, LED flash, 1080p
Card slot: Yes
Memory: 6GB+64GB and 4GB+64GB
Sensors: Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyro, Compass, Proximity

Xiaomi has changed the design of the device from it's last series. Now it comes with the new bezelless display with 18:9 aspect ratio.  So it makes the display of the phone a lot better. The size of the display is 6 inch but the size of the phone is approximately same as the previous version due to this bezel less screen. The resolution of the display is Full HD and display is an IPS LCD type. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass but the version is unspecified.
 From behind the phone looks similar to that of Redmi Note 4 with metallic unibody design. But now the curve is slightly different, it is designed to easily fit in one hand. The design of the Redmi Note 5 pro is really good. The phone feels really solid in hand. And also the bezel less display gives it a more better look. There is no cross cutting from Xiaomi in the design department.

 Redmi Note 5 pro is powered by Qualcomm's snapdragon 636 chipset. This chipset is based on an octa core processor with each core cloaked at 1.8GHz each. Each of this core is Kryo 260 core which is based on ARM cortex A-73 platform. Earlier these Kryo cores are present in Qualcomm's snapdragon 820 and 835 chipsets which are flagship chips from the company. And we already know the Superfast performance of these chips. So the performance of Qualcomm's snapdragon 636 will also be great. For good graphics this phone is powered by Adreno 509 GPU. So there won't be any issue while playing heavy games. Snapdragon 636 is built on 14nm architecture so there won't be any heating issues and the battery life of the smartphone will also be good.


The camera is the most interesting part of Redmi Note 5 pro. Redmi Note 5 pro is having the dual camera setup on the primary side. This is the first Redmi phone to have a dual camera setup. Redmi Note 5 pro is having 12MP f/2.2 + 5MP f/2.0 camera setup. The first sensor is the normal one while the other sensor is for depth effects in the background. The extra sensor will help in getting some amazing shots by blurring the background and focusing on the main object just like DSLR. Also it will help in improving the photography in low light. This time Redmi Note 5 pro is also having Electronic Image Stabilization which will improve the image quality and also increase the stability of video. We can record upto 1080p with it's camera. The device is also having an impressive front camera with a 20MP f/2.2 camera senor. The front camera is also supported by a LED flash which will help in taking good selfies in low light. Also secondary camera is having a portrait mode which will blur the background and keeps the main person in focus. Every time customers complain about the photography of Redmi Note series phones in low light, but this time there will be considerable difference in the photo quality as seen from the hardware department of camera of Redmi Note 5 pro.

Also Xiaomi is touting a lot about it's new feature present on Redmi Note 5 pro's camera that is Beautify 4.0. This feature is mainly developed for the faces to look better. This will smoothen down the faces of the person by reducing any marks or pimples from the face of the person.

Operating System

Redmi Note 5 pro is powered by MIUI 9 which is based on Android 7.1.2 Nougat. So you will get all the features present on Android Nougat. Also Xiaomi is claiming that the battery life and performance will be improved due to specially optimized UI for Redmi Note 5.


For unlocking the device there are many ways by drawing a pattern/Pin or by fingerprint sensor. The fingerprint is present at the back of device just like Redmi Note 4. The fingerprint sensor is fast and responsive. Now let's talk about a new unlocking feature, Xiaomi has included face unlock also in Redmi Note 5 pro. So now you can unlock your phone just by looking at the phone. This face unlock uses the front camera to recognize the face. Also many other devices of Xiaomi will get this face unlock with future OTA updates.


Redmi Note 5 pro is having a 4000 mah non removable battery. The battery life of the device will be really good due to two reasons. First one is this massive 4000 mah battery and second is that Snapdragon 636 is built on 14nm architecture which is highly power efficient. So battery life of Redmi Note 5 pro will be great just like Redmi Note 4. This device also supports fast charging.

Memory and RAM

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 pro comes in two memory configurations 64GB+6GB and 64GB+4GB. The RAM is LPDDR4X RAM which is also power efficient. So it also helps in improving the battery life. I will be more happy if Xiaomi has powered 6GB RAM model with 128GB memory configuration but 64GB memory is also not less.


Now let's see the pricing of Redmi Note 5 pro. The phone with 6GB RAM is priced at $270 or 17000 INR and the phone with 4GB RAM is priced at $220 or 14000 INR. The phone will be sold via flipkart where you have buy it in flash sale. The first flash sale will held on 22nd February.


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