Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro and Note 5 comparison: Here is how they stand against the competition

Xiaomi India announced the launch of its latest devices in the market, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and the more premium and powerful, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro.

Presenting the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Image: Tech2/Rehan Hooda

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Image: tech2/Rehan Hooda

Both the devices come in two variants each to replace the Redmi Note 4 that was launched earlier last year. In fact, Note 5 Pro is a new series squeezing its way in the under Rs 20,000 price range to offer more options to the customers.

Xiaomi already has the Redmi Note 4, Mi Max 2, and Mi A1 for the users to choose from the under Rs 20,000 segment. Even if we remove the Redmi Note 4 then the introduction of these two devices makes a total of four devices with two variants each (the Mi A1 only comes in one variant) for users to choose from. This means that a potential smartphone buyer has 7 devices in the price segment from Rs 10,000 to Rs 20,000 from the same company.

This marks a more aggressive stance from the company and the pricing of the Redmi Note 5 and Note 5 Pro point towards it. It also seems like the company is not backing down from the increased competition from Lenovo’s Motorola India and Huawei's Honor India when it comes to new and innovative devices along with cut-throat pricing. Before we jump into the specifications, on the surface level, Xiaomi has upgraded the display with 5.99-inch size, FHD+ resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio for both the new devices along with a front-facing LED flash.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

Now considering the specifications, it is interesting to note that there is not much of a difference between the Redmi Note 5 and its predecessor, Redmi Note 4 when it comes to hardware changes. The only changes that I can notice is that Xiaomi has removed the 32 GB variant, upgraded the display, changed the back camera from 13 MP f/2.0 to 12 MP f/2.2, upgraded the Bluetooth to version 4.2 and reduced the battery to 4,000 mAh instead of 4,100 mAh.

Redmi Note 5 Series Comparison 16x9

 

The Redmi Note 5 Pro packs slightly more changes from the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor with Kryo cores and Adreno 509 GPU to the variants with 64 GB storage and 4 GB RAM along with 128 GB storage and 6 GB RAM. The only other prominent change is that of 20 MP camera on the front of the device for improved selfies.

With the launch of Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro, we thought that it is a good time to pit the device against its competition. So, we selected the existing devices from Xiaomi which include the Redmi Note 4 and the Mi A1 while adding Moto G5S Plus and the Honor 9 Lite from the competition. The reason we selected these smartphones is that almost all of the devices belong to the same pricing segment and pack similar hardware (or the custom-made equivalents). All these smartphones are considered mid-range devices from competing smartphone makers. The reason we selected the older Xiaomi devices is to point out what changes the new device pack in terms of hardware.

Bear in mind that we're still not done testing some of these smartphones, so we're currently comparing them going only by their specifications on paper. A real-world test should follow soon.

Smartphone Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Xiaomi Mi A1 Huawei Honor 9 Lite Moto G5S Plus
Display Size (inch) 5.99 5.99 5.5 5.5 5.65 5.5
Resolution (pixels) 2,160 x 1,080 2,160 x 1,080 1,080 x 1,920 1,080 x 1,920 1,080 x 2,160 1,080 x 1,920
Pixel Density (PPI) 403 403 401 403 428 401
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD IPS LCD LTPS IPS LCD IPS LCD IPS LCD
Dimensions(mm) 158.5 x 75.45 x 8.05 158.6 x 75.4 x 8.05 151x76x8.5 155.4x75.8x7.3 151x71.9x7.6 153.5x76.2x8
Weight (gm) 180 181 165 165 149 168
Dual SIM Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SIM Type Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Micro, Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM
Connectivity Types GSM / HSPA / VoLTE GSM / HSPA / VoLTE GSM / HSPA / LTE GSM / CDMA / LTE GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE GSM / HSPA / LTE
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 HiSilicon Kirin 659 Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
CPU Cores Octa-core Octa-core Octa-core Octa-core Octa-core Octa-core
CPU Clock Speed (GHz) 8 Cortex A53 @ 2.0 GHz 8x Kryo 260 @ up to 1.8 GHz 8x2.0 Cortex A53 8x Cortex-A53 @ 2.0 GHz 4 Cortex-A53 @ 2.36 GHz & 4 Cortex-A53 @ 1.7 GHz 8 Cortex A53 @ 2.0 GHz
GPU Adreno 506 Adreno 509 Adreno 506 Adreno 506 Mali-T830MP2 Adreno 506
RAM 3,4 GB 4,6 GB 2 GB,3 GB,4 GB 4GB 3GB, 4GB 4 GB
On-Board Memory 64 GB 64, 128 GB 16,32,64 GB 64 GB 32,64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Yes, upto 256 GB Yes, upto 256 GB Yes, upto 256 GB Yes, up to 128 GB Yes, up to 256 GB Yes, up to 128 GB
Sensors Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass, Infrared Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Proximity, Compass Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass
Primary Camera 12MP, f/2.2 12 MP, f/2.2 and 5 MP, f/2.0 13MP, f/2.0 12 MP, f/2.2 and 12 MP, f/2.6 13 MP and 2 MP 13 MP, f/2.0, 13 MP, f/2.0
Camera Array Single Camera Dual Camera Single Camera Dual Camera Dual Camera Dual Camera
Autofocus System Phase detection Phase detection Phase detection Phase detection Phase detection Phase detection
Secondary Camera 5 MP, f/2.0 20 MP 5MP, f/2.0 5 MP, f/2.0 13MP, 2MP 8 MP, f/2.0
Video Capture 1080p 1080p 1080p 4K 1080p 4K
Flash Dual-LED Dual-LED Dual-LED Dual-LED LED Dual-LED
OS Version Android 7.1.1 Nougat-based MIUI 9.2 Android 7.1.1 Nougat-based MIUI 9.2 MIUI 9 Android 7.0 Nougat Android One, Android Oreo 8.0 EMUI 8.0 Android 8.0 Oreo Android 7.1 Nougat
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot
Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, LE v4.2, A2DP, LE v4.1, A2DP, LE v4.2, A2DP, LE v4.2, A2DP, LE v4.2, A2DP, LE, EDR
NFC No No No No No Yes
Fingerprint Scanner Yes, Rear button Yes, Rear button Yes, Rear button Yes, Rear button Yes, rear button Yes, Home button
3.5mm jack Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Radio Yes, FM Radio Yes, FM Radio Yes, FM Radio Yes No Yes, FM Radio
USB Type microUSB v2.0 microUSB v2.0 microUSB v2.0 Type-C Reversible connector microUSB v2.0 microUSB v2.0
Battery (mAh) 4,000 4,000 4,100 3,080 3,000 3,000
Quick Charge No No No Yes No Yes, Fast Charge
Colors Black, Gold, Rose Gold, Blue Black, Gold, Rose Gold, Blue Gray, Gold, Black Black, Gold, Rose Gold Midnight Black, Sapphire Blue and Glacier Grey Lunar Gray, Fine Gold
Prices in India Starting at Rs 9,999 Starting at Rs 13,999 Starting at Rs 9,999 Rs 13,999 Starting at Rs 10,999 Rs 15999

Updated Date: Feb 14, 2018 18:04 PM