Xiaomi unveils Redmi Note 5 Pro, marking a global debut for Snapdragon 636

Xiaomi unveils Redmi Note 5 Pro, marking a global debut for Snapdragon 636
Just as rumored, Xiaomi took the stage today to announce one new and one rebranded phone in its storied Redmi Note line, meaning that today's day of love and chocolate is the birth of the long-awaited Note 5 Pro that is supposed to usher Xiaomi in the era of... tall displays paired with vertical dual cameras on the back. The 5 Pro is made out of metal, as virtually all of Xiaomi's low- and mid-range phones are, which is refreshing for those who don't baby their smartphones, and in a sea of all-glass handsets. If that isn't the best of all worlds.

Xiaomi equipped the 5 Pro with the same 5.99" 1080x2160 display that the already announced Redmi 5 Plus has, and, in fact, the second phone it announced today, the Note 5, seems to be an Indian rebrand of that same 5 Plus, so we'll focus on the 5 Pro here, as the similarities end with the display.

The new Redmi 5 Pro offers Qualcomm's freshest octa-core Snaprdragon 636 processor with Kryo 260 CPU cores clocked at 1.8GHz, and Adreno 509 graphics. That's both a powerful and a power-sipping chipset, so expect some wonders when it comes to battery life out of the generous 4000 mAh pack inside the 5 Pro. The phone will come in two memory configurations, with 4/6GB RAM, and both will sport 64GB storage.

There is a brand new set of cameras on the back, arranged in a vertical format like you know who. The usual 12MP f/2.2 primary camera that Xiaomi uses lately, is paired with a 5MP f/2.0 depth sensor, while the front-facing camera offers the whopping 20MP resolution, and is aided by a flash. For the first time Xiaomi is also introducing the obligatory Face Unlock feature, marking the 5 Pro as a full-circle wannabe.

The phone will come in Black, Gold, Rose Gold, and Blue, and sports the latest MIUI 9 on top of Android 7.1 Nougat. How much for this dual-cam midranger with fast and frugal processor, large tall display, and a big battery pack? Well, in a true Xiaomi tradition, it costs $220 for the basic model, and $265 for the one with 6GB RAM, but be prepared to add at least 30% to that tally when importing, or if the phones launch in markets further west after their official February 22 release date. 

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Redmi Note 5 Pro
  • Display 6.0" 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 20 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 636, Octa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh

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21 Comments

1. umaru-chan

Posts: 349; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

I'm starting to feel sorry for samsung india. Xiaomi is slowing killing them. Who will in their right mind buy galaxy A series mid range over this mid range beast. Truly no one offer value as good as xiaomi and redmi note 5 is a prime example of it. Good luck samsung with your over expensive mid range and low mid range phone. You are going to need it against xiaomi.

3. raky_b

Posts: 370; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I think they are more then ok without india and china...they have largest profits ever, so...just enjoy yourself with xiaomi, everyone can buy for it's money what they want. I know i won't be looking any Xiaomi's device until they bring it with real warranty and service support in EU.

2. theunspoken

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 06, 2017

Looks like a budget power packed phone.

4. TheOracle1

Posts: 2151; Member since: May 04, 2015

Where does phonearena get this 30% markup figure from for imports of Chinese phones? It's a fallacy.

6. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

shipping + import taxes + taxes, ye its around 30%, unless you live on the moon.

7. TheOracle1

Posts: 2151; Member since: May 04, 2015

I've imported phones from China for several years including Nubia, Jiayu, iNew, Xiaomi, Lenovo, Blackview, THL and Huawei. Most of the time shipping is free or minmal even for express shipping. Haven't paid a penny in taxes ever. I live in Florida. You and Phonearena are wrong. Period.

8. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Hey, I'm looking into maybe getting one of these. Where do you import yours from? I'm in Florida, too, by the way.

18. TheOracle1

Posts: 2151; Member since: May 04, 2015

Various vendors. Gearbest is probably your safest bet as they're big and been around a long time. But I noticed the current version of this phone doesn't support US LTE bands at all and even the 3G bands are thin. I'd wait until the international version is available and check what bands it supports.

9. AmashAziz

Posts: 2894; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Everybody doesn't live in Foorida. So your thinking is what's wrong. Different amounts of import taxes and customs duties are applied in different countries.

11. AmashAziz

Posts: 2894; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Florida*

12. TheOracle1

Posts: 2151; Member since: May 04, 2015

And there are ways around that too. But I can only speak about my experience. A few months ago Phonearena quoted a company I'd never heard of that was almost $100 higher than any listed price for the Mi Mix 2. Their prices are wrong and 30% is way above landed costs.

17. Marcwand3l

Posts: 426; Member since: May 08, 2017

Shipping is generally free and the taxes are generally around 20% in Europe at least. So around 20% would a better estimate. Also there are ways to import phones from China without paying taxes via direct shipping or shipping from an European warehouse.

5. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

This could be the best midranger this year. That price is an absolute bargain

10. AmashAziz

Posts: 2894; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Yep. Finally! After a wait of 3 months. Someone fulfilled my wish of announcing a Snapdragon 636 phone with dual cameras, large battery, metal unibody design, and 18:9 display with a 6GB RAM version for less than US$ 300. I cannot stress enough on how much excited I am for it's release in my country. I was also truly disappointed with the Redmi Note 5 as it wasn't an upgrade over the Note 4. The only three things missing are USB Type-C, front FPS, and Android Oreo. But I can let the last one skip as Oreo will likely arrive pretty soon. As for the other two, I guess you cannot have it all, can you? Regardless, it will likely be the budget phone of my choice till a better alternative arrives. Thank You Xiaomi!!

15. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

This is the best bang for the buck. Even a j7 pro, xa1, or an mate 10 lite cannot compare to the capabilities of the redmi note 5 pro. Xiaomi will soon dominate other markets not just india. Maybe the next generation mid rangers would already have the latest android versions, usb type c and fast charging.

13. TheOracle1

Posts: 2151; Member since: May 04, 2015

"The only three things missing are USB Type-C, front FPS, and Android Oreo." No USB C means there's a headphone jack which is a plus. MIUI 9 has double tap to wake which compensates for the front fp scanner. Like you said Oreo and the rest will be coming anyway long into the future. One thing I don't like is it's much bigger than my Mix 2. How does the SD636 compare to the SD660 in terms of performance?

14. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

As far as I know 636 like a detuned 660. The 660 is a detuned 835. So you will have all the important features but just clocked at lower speeds

16. aliarshad10

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

No fast charging again?

19. TheOracle1

Posts: 2151; Member since: May 04, 2015

My Redmi Note 3 Pro from 2016 had fast charging and this probably has it too.

20. biostangoodtang1984

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 14, 2018

Nice phone.

21. biostangoodtang1984

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 14, 2018

Face Unlock feature is great in low price range :-)

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