After using the Redmi Note 5 Pro for almost 3 months, I finally have its full review for you guys.
I was planning to hold this video back, till Xiaomi pushed out Android Oreo update for this phone, But we have no clear idea to when that’s happening, and many of you wanted me to make this video sooner, so here it is.
I’ve already posted my 48 hours experience and the Camera review of the Note 5 Pro.
If you haven’t checked them out yet, I will leave cards to those videos on the top right corner of the screen, and also link them in the description section.
Xiaomi announced a 1000Rs increase in Price,for the base variant of the Redmi Note 5 pro.
So now you have to pay Rs. 14,999 for the 4GBRAM and 64GB Storage variant.
Price for the 6GB RAM and 64GB Storage variantremains the same at Rs. 16,999.
I like using phones with 18:9 display and taller form factor.
The metal back, feels really good and premium,but this black one shows a lot of fingerprints, if you have oily or greasy hand.
There are plastic pieces at the top and bottom for antenna reception, but I wish it had a unibody metal back, which might have made it look even cleaner.
That being said, this phone doesn’t lookor feel cheap in any way.
Its a bit heavier compared to the Mi A1, since it has a much bigger battery, but this weight is distributed evenly throughout the body.
Chamfered edges of the camera module and the glass protecting the dual cameras, is holding up pretty nicely without any scratches so far.
I am using it with the case that comes in the box, and it seems to be doing a good job of protection the phone.
Fingerprint sensor is really fast and accurate,but I am using it less often, because the face unlock is getting better and better with each software update.
Its not the fastest, accurate or even themost reliable way of unlocking this phone, but as I said it is getting better with time,and seems to be working well for me most of the times.
5. 99 inch display is sharp, and even tough it gets bright enough to be visible in outdoor conditions, it should have been even brighter,so viewing it in direct sunlight would have been even easier.
18:9 Aspect ratio, means there are going to be black bars at the sides or at the top and bottom in a few non optimised apps.
You can zoom in while watching videos to getrid of the black bars, and force some of the apps to open in a full screen mode, to takeadvantage of that big tall display.
This display is specially great for watchingvideos and playing games.
Speaking of games, I am playing lot of themin the past month on this phone, and it can run most of them without any issues.
After playing demanding games for an extended period of time, the back might feel a bit warm, but don’t worry, it doesn’t overheat and getting a bit warm is completely normal for devices with metal back.
Sound from the single downward firing speake ris surprisingly loud and clear, and its a big improvement over any of the previous Redmi devices.
Audio quality via the headphone jack is good and satisfying, but it doesn’t have a dedicated DAC like we have on the Mi A1.
Overall performance of the Note 5 Pro, has been super fluid so far.
Thanks to the Snapdragon 636 processor and the Adreno 509 GPU, I had no issues running apps and heavy games on it.
This was actually the first phone in India,to come with this new processor, so it will be interesting to see how it holds up in the long run.
I have got the 4GB RAM variant, and the RAMmanagement is pretty decent on the phone.
It can easily keep 7-9 everyday apps open in the background, without having to reload them, which is plenty for normal day to day usage.
If you plan on keeping lot of heavy apps and games open in the background, and if you will be switch between them very often, or if you plan on using this phone for more than 2 or 3 years, I would suggest you to go with the 6GB RAM variant, else the 4GB RAM variant would be good enough for most of the average users.
Just keep in mind, that the 6GB RAM variantwill cost you 2000Rs more than the 4GB RAM variant, and it still comes with the same64GB of internal storage.
Cellular reception has been very good in the time that I have used it, and the sound output from the earpiece while making calls is loud and clear.
I have used it with the JIO sim and this phonesupports VOLTE.
Xiaomi says, dual VOLTE support should becoming to this phone, with the next major software update.
Most of the manufacturers skip on some ofthe sensors when it comes to their budget devices, but Xiaomi makes sure that you getall the sensors with this phone.
So you don’t have to worry about Gyroscope,Accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, white notification LED and even theIR sensor, coz this phone has got all of them.
I have spent a lot of time taking images andvideos with this camera, and I can tell you that the 12 megapixel primary and 5 megapixelsecondary sensor, are the best that you can get right now in under 15,000Rs.
Here are some of the images that I took with it.
Just look at how good the portrait mode imagesfrom this phone really are.
You also get portrait mode on the front facing camera, and without the need of having a secondary camera, these the images are again amazing.
It doesn’t have optical image stabilisation,but the 1080p videos that you take are electronically stabilised and they turn out really smooth.
You still cannot shoot 4K videos with it,and Xiaomi still says that it is coming with one off the future software updates, but Iwont rely too much on that claim.
I have tried recording 4k videos with 3rdparty apps, and the phone starts to heat up a bit while doing that.
So no 4k video recording in the stock cameraapp, might be because of this issue.
I have a detailed camera review, with lotof image and video samples up on the channel, make sure you check that out.
And I have also compared its camera with theMi A1, Moto G5S Plus and the Honor 7x, so if you guys are interested, I will leave cardsto all those videos on the top right corner of the screen as well and also link them inthe description.
With the last 2 or 3 software updates, theyreally messed the portrait mode of this camera.
It now zooms in while taking portrait shots,like any phone with a telephoto lens does.
It doesn’t look good and the quality of theseimages is not as good as it was before.
I just hope they fix it, with their next software update.
I would also love to see a few more options in the manual mode of the camera app, since right now, it only lets you adjust the while balance and ISO.
Speaking of software, MIUI 9 is snappy andeverything runs smoothly.
Like we have seen with most of the MIUI 9devices, you get a lot of customisation options, and Xiaomi is also pushing out various softwareupdates to fix any bugs and issues that are present.
But the current OS is still based on Android7.1
1 and Xiaomi hasn’t rolled out Android Oreo update yet.
You can download and flash the Oreo updateon your device if you want, but it is not available as an OTA update officially, atthe time of posting this video.
With MIUI 9, you also get a lot of Bloatwareor Xiaomi’s apps that are pre installed.
Since I would never use most of these apps,I have just disabled or uninstalled them.
I have made a video about 20+ tips and tricksfor this phone, where you get to activate some of its hidden features, and it will alsohelp you get the most usage out of this phone.
I will again leave a card to that video onthe top right corner of the screen, for those who want to check it out.
Lot of people asked me about the launche ror theme that I am using, it is actually the stock MIUI launcher, with the Limitless theme icons, that you get to choose this while you are setting up the phone.
Battery life is just amazing.
You can get close to or above 6 hours of screenon time, and It can easily last for a day and half on a single charge, which is reallyimpressive.
The only downside is, It still uses a MicroUSB port for charging and not the reversible USB Type C port.
It supports fast charging, but you don’tget a fast charger bundled in the box.
No USB type C port for charging and data transfer,No fast charger included in the box, No official android Oreo update yet, no 4K video capture,and the messed up portrait mode in latest software updates, are the only things thatI don’t like about this phone right now.
And three of these things can be fixed withsoftware updates.
The list of what Xiaomi has got right withthis phone, is lot longer than its flaws.
And even at the new price of 14,999Rs, itis hard to not recommend it to someone, who is looking to get a good phone at that pricepoint.
All of the hate that Redmi Note 5 Pro is getting,is mostly because Xiaomi is still selling it via flash sales.
It has been over 2 months since the launch,and it is still difficult to buy it via these stupid flash sales.
If you somehow manage to actually get thisphone, in one of the future flash sales, you are really going to enjoy it, and it mightbe worth the wait after all.
If you are tired of waiting, or if you arelooking for some other alternatives to the Redmi Note 5 Pro, then here are some of youroptions.
There are the Honor 7x and 9 lite, which aregood budget devices and many people are going with.
I think Moto disappointed us with the announcementof their G6 lineup, but I will wait for their devices to actually come to India, beforeI can say anything more about them.
The new Nokia 6 might also be an alternative,but it is priced at 19,000Rs, which is too high.
And with a 16:9 display and single rear camera,it feels like you have to make a lot of compromises with it, at that price.
Asus recently announced their Zenfone MaxPro M1, with some of the best on paper specs that I have seen for a sub 15,000Rs phone.
I have just got mine delivered yesterday,so I will have to use this phone, test it out and compare with the other phones, tosee how good it is.
`And then there is Xiaomi’s own Redmi Note 5, which I think is easier to buy, comparedto the redmi note 5 pro.
Overall, It is good to see Xiaomi, making other companies work on their hardware and price to create some competition, in budget smartphone industry.