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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro: 5 Reasons to buy Xiaomi’s latest camera beast

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro has finally made its way to India and now we can tell you the reasons to buy and not buy Xiaomi’s latest offering. With the Redmi Note 5 Pro, Xiaomi is trying to take on the selfie-oriented smartphones launched by the competition and still attract its core audience, but does the phone offer enough for your bucks?

Sporting a big 5.99-inch display with 18:9 aspect ratio, the Redmi Note 5 Pro is backed by a Snapdragon 636 SoC and packs a big battery to last a day of heavy usage easily. We got our hands on the device and here are our reasons to buy and not buy the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Specifications

Key Specifications Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro
Display 5.99-inch IPS LCD
Screen Resolution FHD+, 1080 x 2160 pixels
Operating System Android 7.1 Nougat
Processor Octa-core
Chipset Snapdragon 636
GPU Adreno 509
Internal Storage 64GB
Expandable Storage Yes
Primary Camera 12MP + 5MP Dual cameras
Secondary Camera 20MP, LED Selfie-light, Beautify 4.0
Video Recording [email protected]
Battery 4,000mAh
4G VoLTE Yes
Dimensions 158.5 x 75.45 x 8.05mm
Weight 181g
Sim Card Type Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Price 4GB/64GB – Rs. 13,999

6GB/64GB – Rs. 16,999

Reasons to buy Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro

Modern display

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro

The Full HD+ panel on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with an 18:9 aspect ratio, which brings it on par with offerings from its competitors. Not just the aspect ratio, but the design is also refined, making it look and feel premium in hand.

Solid build

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro

Xiaomi is known for solid build quality of their devices and the Redmi Note 5 Pro is no exception. This device also comes with a metal unibody design and refined bezels which make it look good. The vertically stacked rear cameras also add to the premium feel of the device.

Powerful hardware

The device is equipped with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor clocked at 1.8GHz. This processor is coupled with Adreno 509 GPU and up to 6GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The storage on the device can be further expanded via a microSD card. Additionally, the device is powered by a huge 4,000mAh battery.

That said, these specifications make the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro as one of the best spec’d smartphones in the segment.


Talking about the optics now, the latest Redmi Note 5 features a vertically set up dual camera module at the back. This module has a 12MP + 5MP sensor combination which is aimed at adding depth effect. Coming to the front, Xiaomi has left no stones unturned with a 20MP selfie camera with dedicated flash.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro

During our initial testing, we found that the cameras needed some refinement in terms of edging in the bokeh effect and we expect the company to take corrective measures via OTA updates later.


Xiaomi MIUI 9

Having used the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro for a while, we noticed that the MIUI performance on the device is smooth and fluid. The transitions are neatly taken by the new 18:9 aspect ratio and the apps also work well on the phone. Overall, the MIUI 9 makes it a good experience to use the Redmi Note 5 Pro.


Abhishek Bhatnagar

Abhishek Bhatnagar, a known technology blogger & YouTuber from India. A Software Engineer by qualification, now he works as the editor-In-Chief, Webmaster, & Managing Director at Gadgets To Use. He runs a number of other technology websites as well.