Xiaomi is India’s largest selling smartphone brand beating Samsung over the past few years. Xiaomi has maintained its lead with 30.3 percent market share, with Samsung in second place with a 25.1 percent share whereas OPPO and VIVO are at fourth and fifth positions respectively.After the huge success of Redmi Note 4, Redmi Note5 Pro is grabbing the Indian market to a large extent.So, I decided to make a small review of Redmi Note5 Pro and check whether is it really worth buying?

So let’s get started…

Redmi Note5 Pro Review

Outer Body

First of all, the phone is 8 mm slim and weighs 181 grams only. It comes in four exciting colors i.e., Black, Gold, Lake Blue, and Rose Gold.

Here are some snapshots…

The edges were curved so it was comfortable at the corners. The phone was a bit slippery in the hands but you can tackle this using a soft rubber back cover.

                                Camera Test

After going with the outer looks I started with its Camera. Since Xiaomi has now started embedding Dual Cameras inside their smartphones, I decided to switch to the Portrait mode quickly. The phone is packed with two 12 Megapixels Rear and a one 20 Megapixel Front Camera for selfie lovers. You will get an LED Flash with both front and back cameras.

The photos looked good in quality and the edge details were good.

Redmi Note 5 Pro Back Camera Test
Redmi Note 5 Pro Back Camera Close Test

As you can see, the edge detailings are fine enough.

I compared the picture qualities with Redmi Note5 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S9+. The S9+ performed well in picture clarity but lagged a bit in edge detailing. On the other hand, the Note5 Pro performed well in the edge detailing but lagged picture clarity.

                               The Front Camera

The Front Camera worked good enough. Moreover, despite being a single camera you can also take selfies in portrait mode.

A selfie picture showing me with my several friends - Redmi Note 5 Pro Front Camera

I was a bit disappointed when I clicked some pictures in the low light. The phone didn’t perform that bad but Mi A1 had somewhat an edge over when it comes to performance under low light conditions.

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                                     Software

The factory Android version of the smartphone will be 7.1.2 i.e., Nougat. However, you can update it to the latest version 8.1.0 i.e., Oreo later on.

Me holding the Redmi Note5 Pro in which the screen is showing the Oreo Android Version

It has a 5.99″ FHD Capacitive Touchscreen display and a screen resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels which looks damn sharp. The screen performed well in direct sunlight.

As far as the battery is concerned, it has a Li-Polymer 4000 mAh battery which is pretty good though this smartphone runs on a 1.8GHz octa-core processor and Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset.

I downloaded high-end games like PUBG and Asphalt 8 Airborne from Google Play Store to test the performance and tried some good hands over a decent period of time. But surprisingly, the phone didn’t heat up and worked really fine without a single lag. I was really impressed because this time Xiaomi has tackled its smartphone’s heating problem well enough.

You can also expand its internal memory up to 128 GB via a micro SD Card.

The Feature I Liked The Most

The phone is capable of letting you use the Hotspot and the Wi-Fi at the same moment of time and by that, what you can do is you can connect your Note5 Pro with a Wi-Fi and can share the Host’s Internet data with your friends at the same time. As far as I know, no other smartphone possesses this feature till now.

Me holding the redmi note5 pro such that the screen is showing that both the hotspot and the wifi are enabled at the same time

The phone has a 3.5 mm audio jack but doesn’t have a Type-C charging port. Maybe, Xiaomi will introduce a Type-C port in its upcoming smartphone Mi A2.

SUMMARY

  1. Display – 5.99″ FHD Capacitive Touchscreen
  2. Resolution – 1080×2160 pixels
  3. Processor – 1.8GHz octa-core
  4. Camera – 12 Megapixels Dual Rear + 20 Megapixels Front
  5. Battery – 4000 mAh Li-Polymer
  6. Colors Available – Black, Gold, Lake Blue, and Rose Gold
  7. Weight – 181 grams
  8. Processor – Snapdragon 636
  9. Storage – 4/64 GB, 6/64 GB. Expandable up to 128 GB
  10. Android Version – 7.1.2 (Nougat). Update Available – 8.1.0 (Oreo).
  11. Number Of Sims – 2
  12. Sim Type – VOLTE + VOLTE

My Ratings:

  1. Design: 8/10
  2. Display: 9/10
  3. Software: 8/10
  4. performance: 9/10
  5. Battery Life: 9/10
  6. Camera: 9/10
  7. Value For Money: 10/10

                       

CONCLUSION:

After taking a detailed review of the new Redmi Note5 Pro, I consider it a worth buying smartphone. The features it provide are quite impressive. No other smartphone is available in the market to offer you such features with that price tag i.e., 17000 INR.