The Redmi Note 5 Pro looks to annihilate the likes of Moto G5S Plus with its diligence-seeking esthetics and hunch internals. Xiaomi has just announced their 2018 Redmi Note series lineup and we have two different smartphones placed at two different price points. The standard Redmi Note 5 is essentially the Redmi Note 4 repackaged in a new bottle. However, the Redmi Note 5 Pro is what we are actually interested in because this is the next generation Redmi Note 5 in true essence. It has got a new skinner and a new pair of cameras amongst a host of other things
A full-screen display has become the norm, even among mid-range devices, and not peculiarly a 5.99-inch Full Hd+ IPS LCD display with 18:9 aspect ratio forms the highlight of the Redmi Note 5 Pro. An immersive viewing experience is captured by a 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass which blends around the chassis of the smartphone. Ensuring a familiar footprint, the Note 5 Pro offers a 12.5 percent bigger display area in a similar form factor as its predecessor. Complementing the display is narrow bezel on the sides and nominal chins on the top and bottom of the device. The screen offers a maximum brightness of 450-nit with a colour contrast ratio of 1500:1.
Dual rear cameras and 20MP selfie camera:
The Redmi Note 5 Pro includes a dual rear camera setup. A 12-megapixel Sony IMX 485 sensor is designed to capture still images with 1.25-micron-meter pixels. The secondary 5-megapixel Samsung colour sensor works to capture depth information. With linguistic segmentation, Xiaomi claims that the technology understands an image at the pixel level, and separates the image into two layers-pixels that are part of the forepart and pixels that are part of the background. The 20-megapixel front camera is a Sony IMX375 sensor with f/2.2 aperture. The higher megapixel count offers sharper selfies with vignette mode effect, claims Xiaomi. The front-facing camera is accompanied by an LED selfie light.
Face Unlock and Beautify 4.0:
Beautify is Xiaomi’s image reinforcing software and the latest iteration is optimised for India specific users. Based on Artifical Intelligence technology, the Redmi Note 5 Pro is capable of identifying facial features and offers several thousands of enhancements including shaping & toning, optimization for group shots, and perpetuation of bindi and bears. With Face Unlock, users will be able to unlock their screen in under 0.2 seconds, claims Xiaomi. It simply works when users turn on their screen, and the device automatically recognises faces and unlocks the phone.
Battery life and OS:
Redmi Note 5 Pro will ship with MIUI 9 which is based on Android 7 operating system. Xiaomi claims that it has included a special thermal design on the smartphone and a dual graphene sheet reportedly reduces device temperature and as a improves performance. That will come in handy particularly during radical gaming sessions that are known to push the CPU and GPU temperatures. A large 4000 mAh battery backs the Redmi Note 5 Pro. USB Type is C takes a miss on the device, and as result, there is no support for fast-charging. The company claims with optimisations to the OS, the smartphone offers up to 14 hours of video playback or 8.5 hours of gaming.
The Redmi Note 5 Pro is powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor pummeled with Adreno 509 GPU.
The Redmi Note 5 Pro will be available in two RAM versions: 4GB and 6GB.
The 4GB RAM version of the Redmi Note 5 Pro will come with 64GB of storage, while the 6GB version will come with 64GB storage.
The Redmi Note 5 Pro run Android 7.11 Nougat-based MIUI 9.
The Redmi Note 5 Pro is globally launching in India, Which means, India- Where Xiaomi latterly became the market leader, dethroning Samsung- will be the first market to get it. The rest of the world will be getting it later. The Redmi Note 5 Pro is Xiaomi’s first mainstream bezel-less phones in India. Because Xiaomi has shaved off much of the bezel on the top and bottom and also on the sides, the Redmi Note 5 Pro occupies a much smaller footprint when in the hands, unlike regular 6-inch phones that can be quite a handful. The Redmi Note 5 Pro also sports an unusual aspect ratio of 18:9 as against the more traditional 16:9.
With the Redmi Note 5 Pro, Xiaomi has shown what it can do with the budget midrange smartphone of 2018. On paper, it has got durable benefits over the Redmi Note 5 Pro when it comes to everyday performance and camera. It has also got the premium looks of the iPhone X, which as we said before, is good for show-off looking to flaunt on a budget. However, we will put this new Redmi Note through its paces over the coming weeks to see whether it can stand up to claim the title of the midrange smartphone criterion. Stay tuned for our full review of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro.