Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Review : Best mid-tier budget device? - AbhiReviews.com

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Review : Best mid-tier budget device?

Xiaomi is the one of the manufacturer who has truly understood the Indian Smartphone market.
They have figured out the simple formula to Indian Smartphone buyer’s heart, that is, Reliable & powerful phones at a significantly affordable price.

This is the most apt reason for their success in India and this is the reason why they sold nearly 10 million Redmi Note 4 last year.

Now, let’s find out if the Redmi Note 5 Pro can surpass the Redmi Note 4.



Xiaomi followed the latest trend of bezel-less display with 18:9 aspect ratio. And you get a significantly tall display of 5.99” due to reduced bezels compared to last year’s Redmi Note 5.

The antennae lines are at the top and bottom of the phone’s back and are plastic but with a metallic finish. They’re also narrower than that of Note 4.

Height:158.6 mm
Width:75.4 mm
Thickness:8.05 mm
Weight:181 g

The 3.5mm jack is at the bottom, the front camera is on the left of the earpiece as usual, and the dual-camera setup at the rear is positioned vertically in the top-left corner.
It follows the traits of typical Xiaomi Note series design.

The IR blaster is at the top and the power and volume rocker are on the right side routinely.

The fingerprint scanner is perfectly housed at the back and provides a sweet-spot for the index finger and is undoubtedly quick.

However, the only issue with the design is the micro-USB charging port at the bottom, which to be honest should have been a USB-C.


The display is where the Redmi Note 5 Pro shines (No Pun intended).

The 5.99” LCD panel is perhaps one of the best in this segment. It is quite habitual of Xiaomi to offer a vibrant display in their Note series and the Redmi Note 5 Pro follows the tradition, offering superbly color-accurate display of 2160x1080 resolution with the 18:9 Aspect Ratio.

Although the panel is a bit reflective, the readability in the sunlight remains unaffected.

There is Gorilla Glass protection, but the generation of the glass remains a mystery.


The Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 636 SoC, which aims for mid-range devices. The new chip (announced in October last year) comes with a new GPU, which offers significantly better gaming performance than its predecessor, Adreno 508 of the Snapdragon 630 SoC.

The new processor on the other hand mows through every task thrown at it quite efficiently. Multitasking on the Note 5 Pro is smooth AF. And it the Adreno 509 GPU handles heavy-graphics games quite well.
Although Asphalt Xtreme did suffer very minor stuttering and frame drops (it is negligible).
The phone stayed surprisingly cool within 38°C in the back while gaming.

We had the 4 GB RAM variant and memory management is quite good in the MIUI9, by which we can testify that the 6 GB RAM variant will be even better for increased multi-tasking.

Overall, the Snapdragon 636 offers a very impressive price-to-performance ratio for a 600 series Snapdragon SoC.


The Redmi Note 5 Pro packs a pretty big 4,000 mAh Non-Removable battery which combined with the efficiency of the 636 SoC achieves a 1.5 day battery life easily, and one can even get entire 2 days worth of juice, with light usage.

But the phone does take 2.5 Hours to charge from 0-100% with the included charger.

The Phone however, does support Qualcomm’s quick charging and when connected to a third-party Qualcomm certified charger, it does charges quickly.


The Camera is one of the biggest highlights of this phone and Xiaomi is one of the first from the company to sport a Dual-camera setup.
Xiaomi followed the trend from last year of dual-cameras, and offers a combination of 12 MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture and a 5 MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture, the later of which is concerned with depth-of-field or bokeh effect.

The rear camera is quite excellent with accurate color reproduction and captures most of the details (provided that the photos are shot in good lighting conditions).

The HDR enabled shots often comes with good details, but are dulled down in brightness compared to Non-HDR shots.

Some shots are great, but others are inconsistent with missing sharpness and lower white-balance.

In low-light, the performance is quite impressive, there’s minimal noise and lower degradation compared to a few others in this segment.

The rear camera is quite good for the money.

One of this phone’s USP is its 20MP front-shooter. The front camera can capture some stunning selfies and offers great depth-of-field/bokeh effects. The flash on the front-shooter doesn't overpower the shots in low-light conditions and the Beautification mode (Beautify 4.0) works pretty well.

The front camera is even comparable and often surpasses some flagship devices in terms of selfies.


Overall, a great device for the money and one of the best in segment.

The Redmi Note 5 (i.e. The Non- Pro variant) doesn’t offer much more for the money.
Hence, we have only reviewed the Pro variant and don’t recommend the Non-Pro one.

Buy it from here.

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