Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Review

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Now Available Only In Idris Electronics Authorised Dealer of Xiaomi Mobiles

From the front, the Redmi Note 5 Pro looks very similar to the Redmi Note 5, with the same prominent curved corners on the 18:9 display. The phone still has visible borders to the left and right of the display and comparatively thicker ones at the top and bottom. It does feel slightly heavy at 181g, which could be due to the metal back and large battery. The white and gold trim of our review unit looked good, but you can also get this phone in black, blue, or rose gold.

The 5.99-inch display has a full-HD+ resolution, which is wider than what standard full-HD displays offer. Xiaomi boasts of it having a maximum brightness of 450 nits, which means that in the real world, the display is easily legible even under direct sunlight. Gorilla Glass has been used for scratch protection. There aren’t any capacitive buttons here since Xiaomi has gone with on-screen navigation buttons. Above the screen, we have the front facing camera, a diffused selfie flash, the earpiece, and sensors.

Xiaomi is hailing the Redmi Note 5 Pro as the spiritual successor to the Redmi Note 3, which is true from a performance standpoint. The Redmi Note 3 raised the bar for performance at the Rs. 15,000 price level, and the Redmi Note 5 raises it once again. This is the first phone to use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636 mobile platform, which was announced last October. This is only the second SoC outside the Qualcomm’s flagship 800 series to feature the company’s own custom Kryo CPU cores. We have a total of eight Kryo 260 cores which can run at a maximum clock speed of 1.8GHz and are split into two clusters of four ‘performance’ cores and four ‘efficiency’ cores. Just like the Snapdragon 630 SoC on the Moto X4, this one is fabricated using the smaller 14nm process, but with a slightly faster Adreno 509 GPU.

The Redmi Note 5 Pro is available with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM, although the storage remains the same at 64GB in both variants. You can expand by up to 128GB this using a miroSD card. The phone also has Bluetooth 5, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, GPS, FM radio, USB-OTG, and an array of sensors including a gyroscope. 4G is supported with VoLTE.

This phone’s MIUI software is still based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat, which is a bit disappointing to see and we don’t have any official word on when we can expect an Oreo update as of now. The Android security level is also not up to date –  our unit was patched till December 2017, though this could also be due to it being a beta build so we’ll give Xiaomi the benefit of the doubt.

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