The xiaomi mi Redmi cảnh báo 5 Pro, is the new unbeatable king of the budget điện thoại cảm ứng segment.

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Sheldon PintoMay 15, 2018 12:37:11 IST





It may have appeared to lớn many that mi was sleeping over the success of its budget điện thoại thông minh beast, the Redmi cảnh báo 4. In the meantime, Huawei with its Honor sub-brand launched a plethora of smartphones towards the over of 2017 & almost convinced many, that they had won over the budget khổng lồ mid-range điện thoại cảm ứng thông minh segment, with their Honor 9 Lite, Honor 7X và the Honor 9i.

The reality? No! They weren’t sleeping, but xiaomi mi was plotting another successful plan, & I finally was made aware of the same, the minute I got my hands on their newest contender from the budget khổng lồ mid-range segment.

World! Say hello khổng lồ the mi Redmi cảnh báo 5 Pro và it’s “unbeatable”; with every single offering from every điện thoại brand, in its crosshairs.

Here’s why it is hard to lớn argue that it’s anything but that.

Build & Design: 8/10


Presenting the xiaomi Redmi note 5 Pro Image: Tech2/Rehan Hooda

The Redmi cảnh báo 5 Pro is the “Pro” version of the Redmi lưu ý 5, which is the successor to the note 4. While many would expect Xiaomi to lớn bring together bits và pieces of its predecessor, no, the Pro is anything but that.

The Pro is a proper mid-range device that going by appearance would let many to believe that it belongs to lớn the sub-Rs 30,000 segment instead of the sub-Rs 15,000 mark.

The design was typically xiaomi (rounded corners, straight lines, curved back), and seems more lượt thích the evolution of the cảnh báo 4, but a lot better. The device is far from bezel-less, but it does feature an overall slimmer profile (way slimmer than the chunky lưu ý 4).


The xiaomi mi Redmi note 5 Pro looks outdated in front of the cheaper Honor 9 Lite. Image: Tech2/Sheldon Pinto

In short, the xiaomi Redmi cảnh báo 5 Pro will not win any kiến thiết awards & does not look half as good as the pebble-like Honor 7X, but it"s practical and polished nonetheless. Again, considering how aggressive Xiaomi"s pricing is, we cannot expect it to địa chỉ anything to lớn this beast.

One detail I did note, was that the device features a narrower display in comparison khổng lồ the flagship Mi phối 2. This along with the gradual curve of the back makes the điện thoại cảm ứng a lot easier to grip và hold than the mostly flat ngươi Mix 2.


That 2.5d glass screen fits nicely và feels polished. Image: Tech2/Rehan Hooda

The fit & finish are vị trí cao nhất class, despite sporting plastic caps at the top và bottom on the back, with a metal panel taking up the majority of the centre. In short, the device is a delight khổng lồ hold and did not slip out of my hand thanks to lớn the thin shiny ridges that appear at the top & the bottom.


3.5 milimet jack is still there, but so is a micro USB port. Image: Tech2/Rehan Hooda

Despite its abnormal heft at 181 grams (which also lends it a premium feel), what will catch your attention is that very iPhone X-like dual camera cài đặt at the back.


The mi Redmi lưu ý 5 Pro"s camera looks like a copy of the điện thoại apple iphone X.Image: Tech2/Sheldon Pinto


The camera protrudes much like an iPhone camera does. Image: Tech2/Rehan Hooda

It protrudes far out from the rest of the back & this makes it annoying to type on when the device is placed on a table. However, you can remedy the same by using a case cover, but the camera is something you will want to lớn show off because the Pro is more about the camera experience than anything else.

Features: 8/10

When it comes lớn features, the Pro once again seems khổng lồ be ahead of the competition. Xiaomi mi debuted the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC in India with the launch of the Redmi note 5 Pro. This houses an 8x Kryo 260 CPU clocked at 1.8 GHz along with Adreno 509 GPU. 

The new chipset is paired with 4 GB and 6 GB RAM modules along with 64 GB internal storage as standard. We received a unit with 4 GB RAM và 64 GB storage.

The display is a 5.99-inch FHD+ unit featuring a resolution of 2,160 x 1,800 pixels in an 18:9 aspect ratio covered with 2.5 chiều screen.

Moving khổng lồ the cameras, xiaomi offers a 12 MP + 5 MP dual setup at the back with a 20 MP Sony IMX376 unit for selfies on the front.

Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 4G with support for VoLTE and a micro USB port (USB 2.0) at the bottom.

Powering all of the above is a 4,000 mAh with 5v : 2a charging. As for the software, it’s the usual MIUI 9 with apk 7.0 Nougat as the base.

Display 8.5/10

With my primary device being the large (and heavy) Apple iPhone 8 Plus, I often kept forgetting how large and tall the display of the Redmi lưu ý 5 Pro really was.

To give you an idea, the 5.99-inch display fits into the footprint of the iPhone 8 Plus (5.5-inch display) with room to lớn spare for the various sensors và earpiece at the top & a small chin at the bottom. Everything is well spaced out even though the display is not edge-to-edge lượt thích on the iPhone X or the Mi set 2.


The FHD+ display is sharp và clearly, best in class with some polished, well- rounded corners. Image: Tech2/Rehan Hooda

Another detail that Pro does really well, is around the corners of the display. They look pristine and polished and are not squared out like those on the Honor 9i, lending it a premium look. The well finished 2.5d glass screen with a rounded lipping, also adds to lớn the premium feel when swiping in from the corners.

What I lượt thích about the display was how accurately it rendered colours without going overboard with the saturation và tone. These levels can also be adjusted using MIUI’s display mode customisations to lớn a user’s liking.

The display was a sharp, sharp enough to render all those fine lines và text in Xiaomi’s MIUI 9 accurately without any jagged edges.


What fingerprints? Image: Tech2/Rehan Hooda

Rounded corners & accurate colours (Xiaomi claims its display is 83 percent NTSC) aside, I also liked the fact the display rarely caught fingerprints or dust.

While the brightness levels did drop from the steepest viewing angles, it dropped far less (not as noticeable) as compared to Honor’s displays. In short, xiaomi mi engineers have done a fantastic job with the display and I feel sad that even the mighty mi Mix 2 does can’t hold a candle in front of the Pro.

Software: 8/10

The software onboard was typically Xiaomi. You get the massive customisation options with an active theme store with tons of themes lớn choose from. But there’s nothing new here khổng lồ explore unless you are into split view multitasking.


The carousel-like selector for the split view function looks really cool.

As mentioned in the build & design, the Pro is taller than most other smartphones xiaomi mi has launched in the past. It also features a higher PPI meaning that it can easily display more data than a mi Max 2 as well. With that said, the display scaling works it favour & makes it ideal for split-screen multitasking. & I lượt thích how well mi has implemented it in the Pro, despite arriving late to(or falling behind) the game.


Software on the mi Redmi note 5 Pro needs an update to app android Oreo... But so does everyone else.

I also liked, how smooth & fluid the animations & transitions were showing no signs of slowdown or lag.

With Xiaomi’s MIUI around, it was obvious that it fell behind with core app android software updates. Xiaomi’s latest and greatest mid-range buster sadly, still ships with apk Nougat 7.1.1 inside. Honestly speaking, it’s hard to find any other manufacturer that offers Oreo out of the box in this price range apart from the Honor 9 Lite. Mi needs khổng lồ work hard on this front, just launching new smartphones isn"t enough.

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Clearly, asking for software updates, on non-Pixel và Android One devices, is going to lớn be a thing of the past, considering that just 1.1 percent of game android devices feature them. The Pro features a security patch level from 05 December 2017.

Performance: 8/10

What I really liked about the Redmi chú ý 5 Pro was the vibration motor, that when phối at the lightest level, gives a sharp and distinct feedback that is closer lớn the pixel 2 (even if it"s not as accurate). It feels refined và convinced me lớn leave the vibration on even when using the keypad (the sensation is usually too horrid on most smartphones save for the pixel 2).

Vibrations aside, the performance is vị trí cao nhất notch as is easily the best in class, despite its worrying clock tốc độ that is phối at 1.8 GHz as compared to the Honor 9i’s 2.3 GHz. It’s clearly what you vị with what you have that matters and the Pro offers the best we have seen in this segment.


Gaming unique here is more mid-range than budget

The shiny new Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 silicon fares well & surprisingly better than the Huawei’s Kirin 659 SoC. Graphic intensive games like Asphalt 8: Airborne & Xtreme ran smoothly with setting maxed out (High & HDPI, Better Quality) & the điện thoại did not heat up even after extended gaming which is great stuff for a budget device as most out there usually do. More importantly, the battery kept up.

Xiaomi Redmi lưu ý 5 and note 5 Pro performance Infogram

Audio chất lượng through the headphones was great with the DAC giving greater emphasis to lớn the bass notes. The speaker is loud & clear & very unlike the Honor 9i. I was bold enough lớn place a phone gọi on loudspeaker in the middle of traffic and crowded marketplaces and hear the caller not just loudly but also very clearly. More importantly, the speaker is placed at the đứng đầu right corner when held horizontally, which did not see my palm block the speaker like most phones vị while gaming or streaming movies. Things are indeed well thought off here.

Voice unique was on par with competition using both VoLTE & standard 4G networks.

Since the benchmarking tools were blocked during the review period, we will update this section with the benchmark comparison charts when available.

Camera: 8/10

“OMG!” Is what everyone in the office had to say when they saw the photos this Rs 13,999 điện thoại is capable of capturing.

Daylight, low-light, no-light, the Redmi cảnh báo 5 Pro seems khổng lồ have added some AI khổng lồ the mix, that lets it shoot in almost every perceivable condition you can throw at it.

Note that this does not only apply to lớn the 12 MP + 5 MP rear facing camera setup, but the software driven front-facing trăng tròn MP camera as well.


That camera!

The device is so good, that I ended up clicking one too many photos for this reviews with pleasing results.

You can kiểm tra them out in the Flickr gallery below.


Dissecting the images that I have clicked, the dual camera thiết lập at back, does a brilliant job given the smartphone’s price tag.

In broad daylight, focusing is quick & same applies to lớn the tốc độ of clicking photos, which seems to lớn offer zero shutter lag. The unique of the images are top notch for its class, delivering detailed images that were not overtly sharp (although sharpness levels can be modified in Camera Settings). Colours were spot on & better looking than the photos we clicked using a OnePlus 5T. They were very close to lớn the actual scene. The dynamic range was really good & it"s the reason why I rarely ended up turning on the HDR mode (but more about this later).

Moving khổng lồ low light or dimly lit scenarios, the Redmi chú ý 5 Pro took them in stride. While you cannot compare these images to an iPhone X or a Pixel 2, they are the best we could achieve in its segment, beating the Honor 9i’s low light performance by a mile. Focus was quick in low light as well, although the colours were a bit saturated for my taste.

With a single 20 MP sensor for the front camera I expected Xiaomi to lớn play the usual numbers game, like every other Chinese điện thoại cảm ứng manufacturer does these days.

To my surprise the performance, not just in daylight but even low light, was breathtaking.

With a software (more AI driven) Depth Effect mode on (small concentric circles icon in selfie camera mode), I managed to lớn take some stunning low light selfies, something that every selfie smartphone, is incapable of (they perform better in daylight).

The Portrait mode on the rear facing camera too seems khổng lồ have some AI smarts because it detects edges lượt thích no other camera smartphone in its class.


The camera on the front deserves an applause too! Image: Tech2/Rehan Hooda

All-in-all, the camera performance is đứng đầu notch & sets new standards for its segment, more so given its price.

What I missed in comparison to lớn the Honor 7X is the depth data which is not stored, meaning that the images cannot be fiddled with after you have clicked them. Another area where I would love to see an update is the HDR mode.

While I rarely ended up using it, it needs to be turned on manually every time when using the rear camera. The selfie camera has an option to lớn keep it khổng lồ ‘Auto’, which is great, but as expected I wasn’t able khổng lồ use HDR with the Depth Effect switched on. Still, these are just my suggested improvements for what is an impressive mix of cameras and camera software.

Video locked under 30 fps was a bit disappointing. The camera struggled to maintain a steady framerate while panning and given what Snapdragon 636 is capable of 4K 30 fps đoạn phim recording, (120 fps Full HD) it"s shocking that xiaomi hasn"t taken advantage of it.

Battery Life: 8/10

With a 14 nm SoC và a lower clock speed, I expected the xiaomi Redmi Pro to lớn out bởi its successor and its competitors and it did so without breaking sweat.

Using it as my daily driver for almost a week I saw the Redmi chú ý 5 Pro deliver about 2 days of battery life. My usage included, the usual Telegram, WhatsApp, Slack, two e-mail accounts on sync, streaming an hour or two of video, some calls & about two hours of gaming each day.


Battery life is stellar!

For a power nguồn user (which should be over my above-mentioned usage), this should last a bit over a day.

All of this is impressive because it features a 5.9-inch FHD+ display. So kudos khổng lồ Xiaomi’s software team for all the optimisations. Since mi only provided us with a nhận xét unit và no charger, I cannot confirm the charging speed of the device. Using a standard điện thoại oppo charger, I managed khổng lồ get it from 0-100 percent in a little over two and half hours.

Price & verdict in India:

When I first got hold of the xiaomi mi Redmi chú ý 5 Pro (that’s a long name), I assumed it was just another Chinese device with a tall display. After switching it on và then trying that camera, that impression quickly wore off as it was clear that xiaomi mi is not just back in the game, but wants lớn be at the very top.


The new king of the budget segment!

The Redmi cảnh báo 5 Pro is the eventual evolution of the Redmi note series. It may be priced a bit higher in the budget khổng lồ mid-range segment, but its performance easily makes up for its price hike. Add to this is brand new chipset & it takes down the Honor 7xHonor 9i, the Moto X4, Vivo V7 Plus, Coolpad Cool Play 6 & even the Oppo A83.

While smartphone brands had a tough time dealing with the chú ý 4’s success through 2017, there’s now a new headache for everyone else to khuyến mãi with in the Rs 15k price segment.

If you love your Redmi cảnh báo 4, the chú ý 5 Pro is totally worth it. If you are looking for a budget to mid-range device, then look no further, a new king has been crowned!

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