Following a string of leaks and rumors, Xiaomi has finally unveiled arguably the best mid-range phone to date. Redmi Note 5 Pro is the better specc’d version of the Note 5, with dual cameras and a bezelless screen.
The display is the same 5.99″ panel we saw in the Redmi Note 5 (Redmi 5 Plus). It comes with FHD+ (2160 x 1080) resolution and an 18:9 aspect ratio.
It features an all metal build with a fingerprint sensor on the back alongside a dual camera setup which looks quite similar to the iPhone X.
Internals and storage
This phone comes with an octa-core Snapdragon 636 processor, with 4 power-efficient and 4 powerful cores. Compared to the Redmi Note 4 from last year (with Snapdragon 625) Snapdragon 636 powered Redmi Note 5 Pro is 20% faster and more efficient.
RAM is the main difference between the versions, with one coming at 4 GB and the other at 6 GB. The amount of storage is set at 64 GB which is expandable via a hybrid microSD/SIM card slot.
The Redmi Note 5 Pro runs MIUI 9 with Android Nougat.
The cameras are another point of difference between the Note 5 and Note 5 Pro. The latter’s back camera now comes with a regular 12 MP Sony sensor and a 5 MP Samsung-made depth sensor. There’s true-tone flash, too along with PDAF.
Up front is a 20 MP camera (also a Sony sensor) with an LED and several beauty filters.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro’s battery capacity is set at 4,000 mAh, along with fast charging support.
At a starting price of $219 for the 4 GB, and $269 for the 6 GB model, there’s little to argue about. It will be available globally in the coming few months.
Xiaomi Note 5 Pro Specifications
- CPU:1.6 GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 + 1.8 GHz quad-core Cortex-A73
- GPU: Adreno 509
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
- OS: Android 7.1 Nougat with MIUI 9
- Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE; Hybrid dual-SIM slot
- 5.99″ 18:9 with FHD+ (2160 x 1080) resolution
- RAM: 4/6 GB
- Internal: 64 GB
- Card slot: yes
- Primary: 12 MP f/2.2 + 5 MP f/2.0, dual-tone LED flash
- Secondary: 20 MP Sony IMX376, LED flash, f/2.0
- Connectivity: Wi-FI ac, Bluetooth 5.0, microUSB, GPS, LTE
- Fingerprint scanner
- Battery: 4000 mAh
- Price: $219 (4 GB), $269 (6 GB)