Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro: Raises the bar in mid-Range segment

The Note 5 Pro is the world’s first smartphone to make use of the Snapdragon 636 Mobile Platform, and it comes with custom Kryo 260 CPU.

With the launch of Redmi Note 5 and Note 5 Pro smartphones, Xiaomi continues its aggressive approach towards the Indian market.

According to Telecom talks, Note 5 is a small upgrade to the popular Redmi Note 4, while Note 5 Pro is touted as the spiritual successor to the two-year-old Redmi Note 3.

The Note 5 Pro is the world’s first smartphone to make use of the Snapdragon 636 Mobile Platform, and it comes with custom Kryo 260 CPU. The usage of custom CPU means the Snapdragon 636 SoC can deliver exceptional performance, keeping the power efficiency in check, the report said.

Further, the report said that Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro features excellent hardware on paper, the trendy 18:9 display, powerful processor, up to 6 gigs of RAM, dual camera setup, 20MP selfie camera and a beefy battery to keep the device running for more than a day. And to make the deal more attractive, Xiaomi’s aggressive pricing comes into effect. The Redmi Note 5 Pro’s 4GB RAM variant is priced at Rs 13,999, and the 6GB RAM variant costs Rs 16,999.

Design and display

Redmi Note 5 Pro has a larger display of 5.99-inch 18:9 display. It also comes with a dual rear camera.

The phone feels excellent in hand, and the fingerprint scanner placement remains unchanged at the back. Like earlier Xiaomi devices, the scanner on the Note 5 Pro is fast and accurate without any issues whatsoever.

At the top, there’s IR Blaster, and at the bottom, we get a micro USB port, 3.5mm headphone jack and speaker grille.

The display on the front, which is a 5.99-inch Full HD+ panel is simply the best in this price bracket. Also, Xiaomi used on-screen navigation keys on both the Redmi Note 5 and Note 5 Pro smartphones, which is understandable, the report says.

Hardware, battery and software

Telecom talks reports that Redmi Note 5 Pro has the best hardware under Rs 15,000. The Snapdragon 636 SoC is paired with 4GB/6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.

There’s a hybrid card slot for storage expansion. Graphics in the smartphone are taken care by Adreno 509 GPU. The Note 5 Pro is quick in opening all the apps, games and even the battery life is excellent too, the report added.

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