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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro hands-on review

Introduction

The Redmi Note 5 Pro is Xiaomi’s latest smartphone, just recently introduced to the Indian market alongside the cheaper Redmi Note 5. While the company does sell more expensive models, the Redmi Note series has always been its best-selling and most important range.

Xiaomi Note 5 Pro hands-on review

This year, the company has upped the ante significantly in terms of features, something the value conscious Asian markets are sure to find exciting.

We have a taller aspect ratio display, new cameras on the front and back, a powerful new processor, faster memory and the same big battery that the series has come to be known for. If the competition isn’t already worried, it should be.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro specs

Body: Plastic + Aluminum
Screen: 5.99-inch, 2160×1080 IPS LCD, 403 PPI
Rear Camera: 12MP (1.25μm), f2.2, Sony IMX 486 PDAF primary, 5MP (1.12μm), f2.0, Samsung depth sensor; 1080p video
Front Camera: 20MP (1.0μm), f2.2 Sony IMX 376, LED flash; 1080p video
Chipset: 14nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, Kryo 260 (4x Cortex-A73 @ 1.8GHz + 4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.6GHz), Adreno 509
Memory: 4/6GB LPDDR4X, 64GB eMMC 5.0 + microSD (up to 128GB)
OS: Android 7.1.1; MIUI 9
Battery: 4000mAh; Quick Charge 2.0
Connectivity: Hybrid dual SIM (4G+3G), 4G VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/GLONASS/BeiDou, Wi-Fi Direct, FM Radio, IR blaster, microUSB, headphone jack
Misc: Fingerprint sensor, face unlock (coming later)

As you can see, Xiaomi is clearly not messing around this year. The jump to a Snapdragon 636 alone puts it in a different league compared to its competition. It has also been paired with LPDDR4X memory, which is only seen in high-end devices. Lastly, the phone also has one of the best cameras Xiaomi has shipped on a phone.

We will be taking a deeper look at the device at a later date but for now, let’s take a quick look at some of the features and general performance.