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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 PRO Special Features, Competition Comparison (Oreo Update)

Redmi Note 5 PRO Top Features, Specs, Details, Variants and Rivals

Update 28 June 2018 – Xiaomi has shared that the company’s most popular mobile Redmi Note 5 Pro will get the Android Oreo 8 update starting 29th June in India. Notably, the phone will upgrade to the MIUI 9.5 but users will have to wait for the MIUI 10.0 Global to roll out which may take couple of months.

15/Feb/2018 – Xiaomi has launched 2 new phones in the Indian market, the Redmi Note 5 Pro and the Redmi Note 5. I have already written an in-depth article about the Redmi Note 5 and how it fares Vs competition.

Coming to the Redmi Note 5 PRO, it is a more premium device that comes with better optics and performance in comparison to the Note 5.

The Redmi Note 5 is more affordable starts at Rs. 9,999 and is a performance beast with a great display and battery life.


On the other hand, the PRO has all above features but offers a faster SD 636 processor, a better selfie camera, and a Dual Rear camera.

In fact, the Note 5 Pro takes the best features from Mi A1 (Dual camera), a new Bezel-less display, a 20 MP selfie camera (like Xiaomi Y1) and retains excellent features of Note 5.

Moreover, the Redmi Note 5 PRO is available on Flipkart, Mi.com starting 22 February (Thursday) from 12.00 pm (noon) in India.

Notably, the Pro variant comes in two storage/ram variant:

1. The 64 GB internal storage with 4 GB Ram, cost Rs. 13,999.
2. The 64 GB internal storage with 6 GB Ram, costs Rs. 16,999.

We will get to which variant is a better choice later, in conclusion.

Let’s deep dive and explore what Note 5 Pro has to offer us.

Top Features and Specs – Redmi Note 5 PRO

Design – Let’s Imitate

There are no sweeping changes to design, and it comes with a metallic back cover and an infinite display.

However, the most noticeable change is the presence of vertical dual rear cameras. The rear camera module is a replica of the iPhone X (Apple’s absurdly expensive flagship).

Imitation is not a bad thing, in fact, it is the sincerest form of flattery.


Further, the Note 5 Pro comes with a ubiquitous bezel-less display with curved edges.

Besides, Xiaomi says the back panel comes with Oleophobic coating to ensure fewer smudges and fingerprint marks on the metallic surface.

You can buy the Note 5 Pro in 4 color choices – black, gold, light blue, and the rose gold.

Also, it weighs 181 grams and has 8.05 mm thickness.

Infinite Display

One of the important highlights of the new 5 series phones is the 18:9 aspect ratio, full-screen display. Notably, the 5.99 Inch screen comes with FHD+ (2160*1080 pixels) with a pixel density of 403 PPI.

Additionally, it has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, 84% NTSC color gamut, and a 2.5D curved glass surface.

Performance – A Faster SD 636

The Note 5 Pro is the fastest Note series phone ever made by the company.

It sports the latest Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor and Adreno 509 GPU. The SD 636 comes with 30% faster performance in comparison to the Snapdragon 630 (used in the Moto X4).

But it is almost 70% faster in comparison to the Snapdragon 625 (used in Note 5).

On the Antutu Benchmark the Note 5 Pro scores close to 109,400 in comparison to 64,600 by the Note 5.

Further, the SD 636 comes with 4 Cortex A73 cores with a clock speed of 1.8 GHz whereas the 4 energy efficient cores have a clock speed of 1.6 GHz.

Also, Xiaomi is using a faster LPDDR4X ram in the Note 5 Pro that makes it more snappy in comparison to the standard version.

In a nutshell, the new Note 5 Pro is a beast regarding performance and unparalleled in this price range.

Dual Camera + 20 MP Selfie Camera

Apart from performance, the presence of superior camera differentiates the PRO version from the standard Note 5.

For selfies, it comes with a 20 Megapixel front camera with a dedicated natural tone flash.

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Notably, the front camera has 1.0 μm lens with f/2.2 aperture and even comes with a face-unlocking feature.

Further, it uses the Sony IMX376 sensor 20 MP sensor and even has AI support (a first for Xiaomi phone) to click selfies with Bokeh effect.

There is Beautify 4.0 support that comes with special optimizations to retain Bindi and beard details. Secondly, it has Dual rear cameras with a 12 MP + 5 MP sensor to click incredible portrait shots.

The 12 MP lens uses the Sony IMX486 sensor and comes with f/2.2 aperture whereas the 5 MP lens has a Samsung sensor and comes with a f/2.0 aperture.

There is even Electronic image stabilization for videos. Moreover, the camera can record maximum 1080P videos.

Notably, the face-unlock feature for the device will roll out in March via software update.

Contrastingly, the MI A1 comes with a Dual 12 MP camera with one telephoto and one standard lens that makes it slightly better in comparison to the Note 5 Pro camera.

Battery Life

There are no surprises here as it comes with a 4000 mAH capacity battery like the more affordable Note 5. However, Xiaomi says it has Quick Charge 2.0 support to ensure rapid charging which is apparently missing from the more affordable standard version.


OS and Software

There are MIUI 9.2 custom ROM and the Android Nougat 7.1 offering a lag-free experience.

Besides, the MIUI 9 is lightning fast and comes with some nifty features like Dual Apps, Mi Drop, split screen, and stickers.


The phone comes with all the standard connectivity options such as 2G/3G/4G/ VOLTE/ WIFI and Bluetooth 5.0.

Moreover, it comes with hybrid Dual Sim support, lacks a dedicated micro-sd card slot.

Also, there is the presence of Micro-USB port, unlike the Mi A1 that comes with USB Type C port.

Concluding Thoughts

The Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with some top of the line features and camera, display and performance upgrades justify the PRO tag.

Major PROs

  1. Great Bezel-less Display.
  2. Excellent Dual Rear Camera, and 20 MP Selfie Camera.
  3. Superb Performance – Snapdragon 636 and 4/6 GB RAM.
  4. Long Battery Life and Fast Charging support.

Major Cons

  1. No USB Type C Port.
  2. No Dedicated Memory Card slot.

Which Variant of Note 5 PRO to Buy?

If you are planning to buy the new Note 5 Pro, you can choose either the 6 GB ram or 4 GB Ram version; both come with 64 GB internal storage.

The 4 GB version costs Rs. 13,999, on the other hand, the 6 GB ram version sets you back by Rs. 16,999.

Besides, considering a price difference of Rs. 3,000 for the additional 2 GB ram, I would suggest going with the Rs. 13,499 version.

A lot of flagship phones like Samsung S8 or Google Pixel XL 2 comes with 4 GB ram, which is sufficient for any tasks or gaming.


Huawei Honor 7X Vs Redmi Note 5 PRO

Specs ComparisonXiaomi Redmi  Note 5 PROHonor 7X
DesignMetallic BackMetallic
Display5.99 Inch FHD+ Bezel-less5.93-inch FHD+ Display
ProcessorSnapdragon 636 Octa-CoreHiSilicon Kirin 659 Octa-Core
Storage 64 GB GB Internal storage32 GB/ 64GB GB Internal storage
OSMIUI 9 and Android Nougat 7.1.2Android 7.1 Nougat with EMUI 5.1
Rear CameraDual 12MP+5 MP Camera16MP+2MP
Front Camera20 MP Selfie Shooter8 MP
Battery Capacity4000 mAH3340 mAH
Fast Charging SupportYes, Q.C 2.0Yes
Water and dustproofNoYes
IR BlasterYesYes
USB Type C PortNomicro-USB
Bluetoothversion 5.0version 4.2
Fingerprint ScannerAt the backRear facing
Thickness8.05 mm7.6 mm
Weight181 grams165 grams
PriceRs. 13,999, 16,999Rs. 12,999, Rs. 15,999

The Huawei Honor 7X is slightly cheaper in comparison to the Redmi Note 5 Pro. The Note 5 Pro comes with a much faster processor and even has a better battery life in comparison to the Honor 7X.

Moto X4 or Moto G6

Another rival device the Moto X4 (costs Rs. 22,990) seems to be expensive, and at least on paper, the Note 5 pro is far superior.

However, the Moto X4 comes with an exquisite design and build and even has IP 68 rating, USB Type C, and 4K videos support.

Moreover, considering there is a significant price difference between the phones we can expect the upcoming Moto G6 to rival the Note 5 Pro and likely will have similar features as the Xiaomi device.

You can also read about the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 here.

Thanks for Reading the Article – Share your thoughts on the new phone in the comments below. 

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Kanuj Sharma
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