Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro and Redmi Note 5 Pros and Cons

Xiaomi recently launched its Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro smartphones in New Delhi, both of which were highly anticipated from a long time. Now when they’ve been launched, it’s time to take a look at their pros and cons to determine their major advantages and shortcomings. And that’s exactly what we’re gonna do in this article. Let’s begin:

Pros of Redmi Note and Note 5 Pro

Both these devices are completely packed with advantages, which are given below:

Design:

With 2.5D curved glass on front and metal on the back, Xiaomi has tried to give this smartphone a look as premium as possible. The device looks and feels incredibly stylish from all angles. The best part is that its size is same as that of its predecessor, so it fits comfortably in your hands.

Display:

The 5.99-inch display included in both devices is a pleasing experience to the eyes. It comes with FHD+ resolution (1,080 x 2,160 pixels), which makes it vibrant and rich enough to present the content as nicely as possible. The 18:9 aspect ratio combined with rounded corners is a combination that no other manufacturer has tried so far (especially in the budget segment).

Performance:

Both Redmi Note 5 and Note 5 Pro are performance powerhouses. While the former comes with an octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor (just as its predecessor), later is powered with even better Snapdragon 636 chipset. Both devices come with 4GB RAM, but Redmi Note 5 also has a 3GB RAM version. Regardless of which one you get, the performance you get on both these devices will be fantastic.

Camera:

This is a department where both these devices clash with each other. The sad part about Redmi Note 5 is that company has downgraded its camera from 13mp to 12mp while retaining its selfie camera at 5mp. However, Redmi Note 5 Pro has been blessed with the 12MP dual-lens primary camera and a whopping 20mp secondary camera! In a nutshell, the camera is a plus point for Redmi Note 5 Pro only. But still the camera of Redmi Note 5 is fine enough, so I didn’t put it on the list of cons.

Face Unlocking:

It feels great to see this feature in a mid-range Redmi Note 5 Pro. Redmi Note 5, however, doesn’t come with it.

Large battery with QuickCharge 2.0:

The large 4,000 mAh battery of these devices is more than anything that you’ll get with other budget smartphones. According to the company, it’s capable of providing two-day battery life. And in Redmi Note 5 Pro it can also be charged quickly because it supports QuickCharge 2.0 technology.

Cons of Redmi Note and Note 5 Pro

There’re no major cons in both devices, but still, if I must list down some of them then I’ll do that with following ones:

Downgraded and non-removable battery:

Though both devices have a large battery, it feels bad to see that it has been downgraded from 4,100 mAh to 4,000 mAh. And while it hopefully won’t make too much of a difference to battery life, a downgrade is a downgrade. Plus, it’s non-removable.

Slower face unlocking:

Now let’s discuss the most anticipated feature of face unlocking in a bit of detail, and why I decided to put it on the list of cons. While it works fine, and it’s good to see Xiaomi providing it in a mid-range smartphone, it has some serious shortcomings. For example, it gives up under low lighting conditions. And it’s also slow – based on first impressions it takes a good time of 1-2 seconds to unlock your device, which is not good when you’re in a hurry.

Different lighting on various parts of the face can also make the verification process longer, or in worst cases throw up an error message. Same applies to poor lighting conditions as well. In a nutshell, you always need daylight or well-lit indoor environment to make it work as expected.

Hybrid SIM slot:

The 3-choose-2 slots of this device will require you to make a choice between second SIM card or memory card. Not good in India where two SIM cards have become the norm after the arrival of Jio.

No NFC:

There’s still no NFC support in both devices.

Verdict

The major pros and cons of both these devices can be summed up in this manner:

Pros Cons
Large 6-inch display with 18:9 ratio and FHD+ resolution Non-removable battery
Great design Hybrid SIM slot
Solid performance No NFC
Great cameras
Face unlocking and QuickCharge support (in Redmi Note 5 Pro only)

Despite some shortcomings (and some downgrades) in major departments, Redmi Note 5 remains as solid of a purchase as was its predecessor. And when it comes to the Pro version, it’s in an entirely different league. However, if you want to purchase the Pro version only for the sake of Face unlocking feature then I’d suggest you to not do it. Because being the first attempt from Xiaomi, the feature is not as reliable as one offered by OnePlus or other Android smartphone markers. You can buy it for a better camera and better processor though.

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