Redmi Note 5 vs Redmi Note 5 Pro: what’s the difference?

Xiaomi launched two new devices in India this week. The Redmi Note 5 and Note 5 Pro entered the market with fireworks. The phones have arrived as successors to the Redmi Note 4. As one could have expected, they look impressive. But which one is a better device for you?

The phones are priced at quite affordable figures and when it comes to buying, both the phones give neck-to-neck competition to each other. Since Xiaomi is the budget king of Indian smartphone market right now, you can count on the Redmi Note 5 and Note 5 Pro to be reliable devices. However, the question of the better device persists. Let’s compare the two and settle the competition once and for all:

Redmi Note 5 vs Redmi Note 5 Pro: build and design

Redmi Note 5

The Redmi Note 5 carries an elegant style with an all-metal body. The curves around the display look impressive and of course, play a vital advantage while using the device one hand. The phone carries a big display and the metallic frame doesn’t really hinder your grip. Coming to the design, the fingerprint sensor is placed on the rear panel, just beneath the vertical camera setup.

The positioning of the sensor differs from the Redmi Note 4, for the phone has an FHD+ display. Or at least advocates having one. The sensor is quite comfortable to reach. Coming to the front panel, the device sports the metallic power button and volume rockers on the right. It carries a single speaker on the bottom, along with a 3.5mm audio jack. It lacks the USB Type-C, which is a devastating news for tech enthusiasts out there. Xiaomi, are you listening? All in all the build, grip and looks of the phone are quite elegant given its price range. 

Redmi 5 front facia

Redmi Note 5 Pro

The Redmi 5 Pro resembles the Note 5 to a considerable extent. The phone carries the same build and sports an all-metal design as well. The fingerprint sensor is present beneath the vertical dual camera setup and the latter is probably the only thing that distinguishes the two phones in terms of appearance. On the top of that, it resembles the iPhone X from the back and you probably cannot ask for more right now. 

Despite carrying a “Pro” in its name, the Note 5 Pro doesn’t carry a USB Type-C port either. The phone doesn’t disappoint in terms of build and quality and is expected to be durable. 

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Redmi Note 5 vs Redmi Note 5 Pro: display 

Redmi Note 5

The Redmi Note 5 carries a 5.99-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1080 x 2160p. The pixel density of the phone is 403ppi and it carries an 18:9 aspect ratio display. What does it mean? Well, it points to the fact that the device has a really tall display with minimum bezels. 

However, one good look at the phone will tell you that the bezels on the top, bottom and sides are well-pronounced. Xiaomi has tried to provide an FHD+ display but we can’t really call it bezel-less. Apart from this, the phone comes with a 2.5D curved glass screen which is scratch resistant. You can have a sigh of relief as far as display’s safety is concerned. The display will give you good colours but the crispness of the same cannot be decided as of now. 

Redmi Note 5 Pro

The Redmi Note 5 Pro sports the same 5.99-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1080 x 2160p. The pixel density of the device is 403ppi and it has an 18:9 aspect ratio as well. As I mentioned earlier, the phones look quite identical and hence, the bezels on the Note 5 Pro are also noticeable to a considerable extent. 

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The display of the phone is made of 2.5D curved glass and has a Corning Gorilla Glass protection. The accidental damage to its screen can be somewhat avoided due to this protection and the display is scratch resistant as well. The phone produces vibrant and bright colours, so you’re in for a treat. 

Redmi Note 5 vs Redmi Note 5 Pro: specs and hardware

Redmi Note 5

The Redmi Note 5 comes with a 4000mAh battery and a support for Fast Charging. It runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor, just like the Redmi Note 4. The device has two variants. One with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of ROM and another with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of ROM. The GPU on the phone is the Adreno 506. 

The device runs MiUI 9-based upon on the Android Nougat. The absence of the Android Oreo might look too weird to some of you but it is not really going to disrupt your experience. The MiUI 9, Xiaomi’s personal UI is really great with features like split screen and active notifications. The phone is highly likely to glide through all your usage. 

Redmi Note 5 Pro

The Redmi Note 5 Pro is heavily specced than the Note 5. It carries the same 4000mAh battery with Fast Charging 2.0. The device is the first in the world to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 octa-core processor. It is a worthy upgrade over the Redmi Note 4 and is expected to be the biggest asset of the Note 5 Pro. The GPU on the phone is Adreno 509.  

Redmi Note 5 Pro USB type-C

The phone comes in two variants – one with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of ROM and another with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of ROM. It is the first time for a Redmi device to carry a 6GB RAM and it would be interesting to see how it makes a difference to the performance of the phone. The Note 5 Pro also runs MIUI 9-based on Android Nougat. The device is better specced than the Note 5 and is likely to be its superior in terms of performance too. 

Redmi Note 5 vs Redmi Note 5 Pro: camera

Redmi Note 5

The phone carries a pretty common camera setup. It is even identical to its predecessor and that’s really unusual for Xiaomi. The fifth generation Redmi phone carries a 12MP rear camera sensor with an aperture of f/2.2. The pixel size of the main shooter is 1.28μm and the phone carries a Dual LED flash. The rear camera is capable of recording videos with dimensions of 1080 x 1920p @ 30 fps. 

Redmi Note 5 image sample

The selfie shooter carries a regular 5MP sensor with an aperture of f/2.0 and it can record videos with the dimensions of 1080 x 1920p @ 30 fps. It also has the Beautify 3.0 software for beautifying your images. The camera on the phone comes with features like Backside Illumination, Autofocus, Continuous shooting, Digital zoom, Geotagging, Panorama, HDR, Touch focus, Face detection, White balance settings, ISO settings, Exposure compensation, Self-timer, Scene mode, and Phase detection.

Redmi Note 5 Pro

The Redmi Note 5 Pro seems like the “true” successor to the Note 4 with its dual rear camera setup. The combination on the rear of the phone is 12MP + 5MP sensors with an aperture of f/2.2. The pixel size of the phone is 1.56μm and it comes loaded with a Dual LED flash. The rear camera is capable of recording videos with dimensions of 1080 x 1920 @ 30 fps. 

Redmi Note 5 Pro selfie sample

The selfie shooter on the phone has a 20MP Sony IMX486 sensor which comes directly in league with Honor 9 Lite, a selfie-centric device. On the top of that, the phone comes with the Beautify 4.0, a software designed to clear up your visage automatically.

The cameras on the phone come with features like CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor), Autofocus, Continuous shooting, Digital zoom, Geotagging, Panorama, HDR, Touch focus, Face detection, White balance settings, ISO settings, Exposure compensation, Self-timer, Scene mode, and Phase detection.

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Redmi Note 5 vs Redmi Note 5 Pro: which is the best for you?

Both the phones have some kind of appeal and of course, Xiaomi’s reputation with them. The Redmi Note 5 must be your choice under RS 10,000 section even if it is not that different from the Note 4. This is because the phone looks, feels and performs in a better and premium way that the latter. You can consider the 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM version, priced affordably at Rs 11,999. 

Redmi Note 5 Pro camera

On the other hand, if you are looking for a phone under Rs 15,000, the Redmi Note 5 Pro is the best bet you can make. Like, seriously. The device runs on a brand new processor with Kryo cores, is bezel-less, has some major upgrades in camera and comes with Fash Charging. Xiaomi has done its best on the Note 5 Pro and there’s no reason for you to ignore this giant of a phone. The 6GB RAM version of the phone will cost you Rs 16,999. 

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