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Camera

80% user satisfaction score (5 votes)
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I was really surprised to see that the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro, which is a budget phone, can capture such beautiful images in low-light. The phone was already reviewed by firstpost.com. The guys who reviewed it already posted some images taken with the Redmi Note 5 Pro's rear-facing camera. I will...

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Natural-looking colors for the rear camera

Judging by the Redmi Note 5 Pro sample images posted on gsmarena.com website, the colors coming up from the rear camera are very natural, and not oversaturated like in other cameras that I've used. I like this rendering, I can always bump the saturation later if I want.

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Class-leading selfie camera image resolution

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro features a selfie camera with the highest resolution to date, packing a whopping 20-megapixel sensor. This will help produce extremely high-resolution and detailed selfie images. I do worry about light performance though.

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Electronic image stabilization for videos

The Electronic image stabilization (EIS) is a great feature that helps to combat shakiness in videos and help produce very stable videos, which is crucial when shooting videos while walking.

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No 4K video recording

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro doesn't support 4K video recording. It tops at 1080p Full HD only at 30 frames per second frame rate.

Performance & Hardware

75% user satisfaction score (4 votes)
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Stays cool after intensive gaming sessions

According to firstpost.com review, the Redmi Note 5 Pro didn't heat up even after extended gaming session, which is great. This is obviously due to the new SD636 SoC and probably other good design practices to disperse heat.

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New Powerful Snapdragon 636 SoC, 40% faster than its predecessor

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro packs the new SD636 Otra-core SoC, built using 14nm process, providing long battery life, fast LTE speeds, fast graphics performance using with 40% higher performance than the Snapdragon 630, its predecessor.

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Plenty of RAM (4GB or 6GB)

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro comes in two variations, a 4GB+64GB and 6GB+64GB RAM/Storage combo. Whatever version you choose, both have plenty of RAM and will support flawless multi-tasking experience.

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Hybrid microSD card slot

The Redmi Note 5 Pro features a hybrid SIM/MicroSD card slot. The problem with this slot is that you can only uses either the second SIM card slot or a microSD card slot, you can't use them both at the same time.

Display

100% user satisfaction score (2 votes)
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Uses 18:9 screen aspect ratio, which is the new standard

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro conforms with today's 18:9 aspect ratio, which is the new standard for smartphones displays nowadays. It provides a wide view which is wide view for better viewing and multi-tasking experiences.

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Large display for better viewing experience

One of the main benefits of the Note 5 Pro is its very large 6-inch (5.99" to be exact" full screen display. A large screen improved the viewing experience, whether you are playing games, watching movies, browsing the Internet, etc.

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Design

33.3% user satisfaction score (6 votes)
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Slim bezels

Unlike some non full-screen phones that have large top and bottom bezels, the Redmi Note 5 Pro looks great with slim bezels all around. It's similar to the Honor 9 Lite, a nice looking phone overall, I like its external design.

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Available in a variety of colors

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro is available in four different colors: Black, Gold, Rose Gold and Lake Blue. It's nice having a variety of color options to choose from, each person can choose the phone with the color he loves best.

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Camera protrude same as the iPhone X

The rear side of the phone isn't impressive at all, especially considering the bump of the camera at the back, which doesn't really make it look any better.

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Relatively hefty at 181 grams

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro is definitely not on the light side, weighing 181g, which is quite heavy, even for a 6-inch phone.

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Outdated design back side

It's hard to tell from the front, but if you look at the Redmi Note 5 Pro from the back and compare it to the cheaper Honor 9 Lite, you can see it looks outdated and less impressive. The Honor 9 Lite looks way better in my opinion.

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No water resistance

The Redmi Note 5 Pro doesn't carry any IP certification for water and dust resistance, which means it's not protected against water as many smartphone nowadays. It's 2018, so I do expect mid-range phones to have IP68 water resistance.

Audio
0% user satisfaction score (1 vote)
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Bottom single-firing speaker, not good positioning for gaming

The Redmi Note 5 Pro features a single-firing bottom speaker. This means that when playing games, this speaker can be obstructed and therefore sound coming from it will be blocked, which impair the gaming experience.

Software/Apps
0% user satisfaction score (1 vote)
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Ships with an older Android OS

The Redmi Note 5 Pro doesn't come with Android 8.0, but with MIUI 9 which runs on top of Android 7.0 Nougat, the previous version of Android operating system. Now users will have to wait for a future update to be able to enjoy the newest version, bummer.

Connectivity

66.7% user satisfaction score (6 votes)
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Infrared (IR Blaster)

The Redmi Note 5 Pro features an IR Blaster, which means it can double as a remote controller. Great feature for those who need it and were frustrated not having it on their current device.

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Supports 5G Wi-Fi (802.11ac)

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro supports the latest 5G Wi-Fi (802.11ac) standard that provides faster data transfer speed and better range when connected with 5G supported routers and hotspots.

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Dual-SIM card compatible

You can insert two SIM cards and they can both be used simultaneously. Just keep in mind that the secondary SIM supports only 3G calls, whether the first one supports up to 4G+.

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Expandable storage using microSD memory cards

Users can expand over the built-in storage using microSD memory cards. According to the official specs on mi.com, the Redmi Note 5 Pro supports cards up to 128GB of space. Some sites say 256GB for some reason, but this is data from the official Xiaomi website.

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MicroSD slot only supports card up to 128GB

The MicroSD memory card slot supports cards only up to 128GB, not 256GB like many other phones. I don't know about you, but for me it's not acceptable.

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Micro-USB connector, No USB-C

The Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with a micro USB connector, not the new USB-C connector that already becomes a standard.

Battery

50% user satisfaction score (2 votes)
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Large battery capacity

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro features a 4000 mAh battery, which alongside a power-efficient Snapdragon 636 Chipest, we can expect a long battery life, The battery itself is not removable by the way.

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No fast-charging support

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro doesn't support fast-charging, which is quite unfortunate considering its high-capacity battery.

Other
100% user satisfaction score (1 vote)
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Affordable price

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro costs Rs. 13,999, which is roughly 177 euros of the time of writing for the 4GB RAM version. A good price considering its range of features like the dual-camera, 18:9 full display, new SD636 SoC and more.

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