Xiaomi has really done it this time, with its latest addition, the Redmi Note 5 pro, this brand has created a storm and reassured why it is the leader in the budget Android market. Staying true to its core values of offering value-for-money products, this new phone is quite a surprise package.
It's spectacular from every aspect, except the iPhone X look-alike camera at the back. Even then, it's practically loaded for its price tag and has a lot to put some serious stress on its competitors' faces.
There are a lot of cool features that this phone has to offer but is that enough for you to make a purchase? Well, after spending some good time with the Note 5 Pro, I have figured out a few reasons why you should buy it and why not.
Why You Should Buy the Note 5 Pro
There 5 simple reasons why this phone should be on your shopping list right now.
1. Brilliant Design and Display
Xiaomi is good at making dazzling phones like the Mi Mix 2. Taking cues from some of its best phones till now, Xiaomi has designed the Redmi Note 5 Pro. This phone features a sturdy build comprising a metal unibody and Corning Gorilla Glass protection at the front.
No, the phone is not waterproof. However, at the given price of Rs 16,999 for the 6GB RAM variant, it is a good-looking smartphone, complete with slim bezels and an 18:9 aspect ratio.
The display on offer is a 5.99-inch Full HD+ resolution unit that sports an IPS LCD screen. However, some might debate that the phone is tipping towards the heavier side with 181 grams of total weight. Well, I'd say that with a 4,000mAh battery, this phone just trying to justify the extra bulk by offering a longer run time.
The fingerprint sensor is also placed comfortably at the back and is not out of bounds even for smaller hands.
2. Brand New Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor
It's that the processor is the brain of a phone and the Redmi Note 5 Pro has the best brain in the entire price range. Adorned with the brand new the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 with custom Kryo 260 cores, this phone promises almost 59% faster performance than its predecessor, the Redmi Note 4.
Coupled with a massive 6GB of RAM, another great offering in this price category, this phone comes as a complete package. You can easily forget about laggy performance and longer app loading time.
If you do not wish to spend extra bucks, then you can always opt for its cheaper 4GB version with the same processor.
3. Best In-class Cameras
Another feather in its cap is the dual camera at the back. Although it does look like a straight copy of the iPhone X camera module, the performance of this camera speaks a lot for itself.
First up, you get EIS or electronic image stabilization for videos. And secondly, you also get automatic low-light image enhancement achieved using the PDAF sensor.
Heat is one of the biggest enemies of modern smartphones. It results in lowered performance and could also sour user's experience. To counter this issue, Xiaomi has introduced a dual-thermal design based overheat protection system with the Redmi Note 5 Pro.
This comprises of two sheets of pyrolytic graphite sheets that help dissipate heat from the processor and other components and directs it towards its metallic body. It acts as a radiator and helps lower the device's temperature by 2°C.
This is something that Xiaomi has been working on since last year and the Redmi Note 4 also came with a pyrolytic graphite. However, it was only limited to one place, at the back of the device.
5. Love for Selfies
The Redmi Note 5 Pro is nothing but good news for the selfie lovers. It comes with a moonlight selfie flash, which is essentially meant to brighten your selfies in low light. It's placed right beside the front camera.
Why You Should Not Buy the Note 5 Pro
Everything in this world has its pros and cons so why should the Redmi Note 5 Pro be any different. While it's an absolute delight for its price, there are a few things you should consider before buying this Android phone.
1. Old USB Port and No Quick Charge
While it should not be a major hindrance, the older micro-USB port does come as a big turn off for this phone, especially when the Type-C port is pretty much a standard now. It does reduce the speed of wired transfers and causes a lot of trouble due to its non-reversible design.
Another problem with the Redmi Note 5 Pro is the lack of quick charge. Yes, for that 4,000mAh battery, the company has not offered any form of quick charge. This phone will take its own sweet time to recharge, anywhere between 1 and 2 hours to reach the 100% mark.
2. Hybrid SIM Slot
Another huge turn off is the lack of a SIM+SIM+microSD arrangement for the SIM tray. While cheaper devices like the Redmi 5A are offering one, I seriously do not know why the company missed out on such a minuscule feature.
Due to this, users can either use dual-SIM cards or can sacrifice one of the SIM slots for a microSD card and get more storage for the phone. This is really absurd.
3. No 4K Recording
If you visit the Qualcomm website where the company has mentioned the features of the new 636 mobile processor that powers the Redmi Note 5 Pro, it clearly states that this processor supports 4K video recording.
So, here's my question. If the feature is there, why don't we have it yet? It's quite possible that the 4K recording might come for the users in the following days, however, for now, it only offers FHD video recording.
Worthy Budget Contender
The Redmi Note 5 Pro is quite simply a great offering from Xiaomi. This phone has it all with a few misses here and there. Though some things can be fixed with a simple software upgrade, replacing the USB or the SIM slot won't be possible.
However, if you look at the bigger picture, it's literally miles apart from what the competition is offering for the same price. Nevertheless, I'll leave you all to that and decide whether you want to buy this phone or not. Here are its key specifications for you to ponder over.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Hardware Specifications
Octa-core Qualcomm 636 with custom Kryo 260 cores
64GB, expandable up to 256GB
5.99-inch 18:9 full-HD+ (IPS LCD screen)
6.24 x 2.97 x 0.32 inch
Adaptive Fast Charge
Corning Gorilla Glass
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