Xiaomi unveils Redmi Note 5 Pro, marking a global debut for Snapdragon 636
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.Xiaomi equipped the 5 Pro with the same 5.99" 1080x2160 display that the already announced
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.