Redmi Note 5 Pro: An exclusively stellar phone within a budget


Redmi saw great success in 2017 when it exceeded RMB 100 billion in revenue. In India, which happens to be the second biggest market after China, Xiaomi phones sell like hotcakes.

Redmi Note 4 was the turning point contributing to Xiaomi’s success story in India last year. Almost a year later, Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro were launched by the Chinese company.

Redmi Note 5 Pro is largely famous for its ‘larger than life’ features and elicited rave reviews from critics and users alike. So, let us have a look at what all this smartphone has in store for us. Does it offer something singular? Let’s find out.


This phone sports a 5.99-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080×2160 pixels. The Redmi Note 5 Pro is driven by 1.8GHz octa-core processor and contains 4GB of RAM along with 64GB of internal storage that can be stretched up to 128GB. The cameras steal the show as the Redmi Note 5 Pro flaunts a 12-megapixel primary camera on the back and a 20-megapixel front lens for selfies. The Redmi Note 5 Pro runs Android 7.1.1 and is powered by a 4000mAh non-removable battery. Its dimensions are 158.60 x 75.40 x 8.05and weighs 181.00 grams.

What’s cool What’s not so cool
Brilliant Design And Display

Best In-class Camera

Overheating Protection System

Old USB Port And Quick Charge

Absence Of Android Oreo

 No 4K Recording




Delicate Design Draws Attention

The Redmi Note 5 Pro is the advanced form of the Redmi Note 5, which succeeds the Note 4. While many prognosticated that Xiaomi would integrate features and body design of its precursors, Xiaomi surprised everyone by bringing out a whole new experience.

The Pro is an appropriate middle-range model that would let many to believe that it fits into the Rs 30,000 mark instead of the Rs 15,000 segments. The phone houses an 18:9 display with a decently sized bezel running around the display; the curved corners compensate for the larger size. Though it fits comfortably in the palm, do not expect it to be very light-weighted, measuring around 180 grams. Also, it does display an overall thinner outline as compared to the Note 4.

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No more dull and boring display

One of the high points of the Redmi Note 5 Pro is its display. Xiaomi implements the modern development of displays with 18:9 aspect ratio – a style that went like a rage in 2017 and has been steadily being offered in budget segments as well. The Redmi Note 5 Pro flaunts a 5.99-inch Full HD+ IPS display – the 2160 x 1080 resolution. To add to it, the display is bright, and the colours are vibrant with profound contrasts. While the images and text are sharp, the colour precision is mind-blowing. Happily, there’s Gorilla Glass scratch protection, although the generation remains undisclosed.


Stellar Performance

The Redmi Note 5 Pro is Xiaomi’s first smartphone backed by Snapdragon 636 processor – along with a new GPU that provides enhanced gaming performance than the previous Adreno 508 on the Snapdragon 630. The steadfast Redmi Note 5 Pro can tackle multi-tasking effortlessly, and it can handle graphics-intensive games without a technical glitch. Hence, all chances of any performance lag are eliminated.

The Redmi Note 5 Pro is available in two memory options – 4 GB or 6 GB RAM – both having same 64 GB of internal storage, expandable up to 128 GB with an external SD card.


The overall scheme compensates for minor errors

With the freedom of a hybrid SIM tray, you can either use two SIMs or pair a Nano-SIM with another micro SD card. This comes handy in case you fall short of storage (that’s 64 GB). To counter excessive heating, Xiaomi introduced Overheating Protection System and we could not be more thrilled. However, one disappointment, we came across was the micro-USB port used for charging. In today’s world of USB Type-C ports, micro USBs are odd to use and rare to find. It is time to go back to the old charger days, folks.


1st class quality within a budget

Redmi Note 5 Pro should beam with pride, thanks to its extraordinary camera. Note 5 Pro is amongst the first Redmi devices to sport a dual camera set up at the back (the first was the Redmi Pro). A trend that has been gaining popularity and usage in budget smartphones.Moreover, it is a grouping of 12 MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture and a 5 MP sensor with This arrangement does wonders considering the smartphone’s economical price. The images are matchless for its class, providing in-depth images that were not explicitly sharp (which doesn’t bother us much). While you cannot equate these pictures to an iPhone X or a Pixel 2, they are the finest we could accomplish in its fragment. The colour reproduction is quite impressive too, and the amount of detail is significant. Moreover, portrait mode on the back facing camera too sports some AI technology because it detects lines and edges like no other camera smartphone in its fragment. The Redmi Note 5, and the Redmi Note 4 last year were flawed by mediocre picture quality, and the Redmi Note 5 Pro has more than compensated in this aspect. Overall, the camera performance is first-class and sets new standards for other phones.

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Satisfactorily decent Software

Had scope for improvement

The Redmi Note 5 Pro runs the latest version of the company’s exclusive UI layer, MIUI 9. But MIUI 9 is based on Android 7.1.2 Nougat, and it is unreasonably disappointing to have a smartphone launched in 2018 with neither Android Oreo nor a certain timeline for the upgrade. That’s a major drawback Xiaomi failed to recognize.

MIUI is one of the more widespread Android customizations, and it offers a myriad of features. With the onset of MIUI 9, it has improved in terms of performance and app startup times. With the unfaltering hardware it delivers, Redmi Note 5 Pro promises a flexible software usage with zero performance errors.

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Tech Specs of Redmi Note 5 Pro:


Availability 2018
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions (mm) 158.60 x 75.40 x 8.05
Weight (g) 181.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 4000
Removable battery No
Colours Black, Gold, Lake Blue, Rose Gold
SAR value 1.19


Screen size (inches) 5.99
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 1080×2160 pixels


Processor 1.8GHz octa-core
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
Internal storage 64GB
Expandable storage Yes
Expandable storage type microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 128


Rear camera 12-megapixel
Rear Flash LED
Front camera 20-megapixel
Front Flash LED


Operating System Android 7.1.1
Skin MIUI 9


Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth Yes, v 5.00
Infrared No
Headphones 3.5mm
FM Yes
Number of SIMs 2
SIM 1  
SIM Type Nano-SIM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes
SIM 2  
SIM Type Nano-SIM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes


Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Barometer No
Temperature sensor No


Xiaomi has rewritten history and is a recognize leader in the budget Android market. Furthermore, Standing strong to its values of bringing about value-for-money products, this phone is a blessing for many.

The Redmi Note 5 Pro, like all smartphones, isn’t perfect and has its share of flaws here and there. Ordinarily, some of those can be improved with a software upgrade, while others are incorrigible.

However, if you look at the bird’s view, it’s way ahead of what the competition is offering for an equivalent price.


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"Gadgets For You" Belongs to Srishti Agarwal, a commerce graduate by degree but a technophile and a writer by heart. Her love for gadgets and writing made her choose a profession which is altogether a new journey. Being a novice in the blogging community, she strives to provide her audience with reviews on the latest gadgets and guidance tips on OS and Applications.

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