Call Quality

Strong fidelity and clear voices through the earpiece makes it inviting to use for phone calls.

Taking on a phone call is rather inviting with the Mi Note Pro, seeing that there’s a decent amount of fidelity accompanying voices through the earpiece. Background noise is generally kept at bay, allowing us to focus our attention on the direct voices of our callers. However, the speakerphone leaves much to be desired due to its subdued quality. On the other end, callers are treated to deep and audible tones that reduces the need for having to ask us to repeat ourselves.

Battery

Disappointing for a phone with a 3000 mAh battery, the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro's battery life is unsatisfying.

The Note5 set the bar high for phones packed with a 3000 mAh battery, so how does the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro’s same capacity perform? Unsatisfying, that’s just the downright truth. In our day-to-day usage, its 3000 mAh battery generates an effective amount of juice to get us through a solid 8 hour work day, but it’s generally in the red way before we’re even close to getting into bed. Under our battery benchmark test, it sputters out a mere 5 hours and 22 minutes, which is a far cry from the 9+ hours we get from the Galaxy Note5.

One bright spot in all of this, however, is found in how the Xiaomi Mi Note takes 93 minutes to get its battery cell back to 100%. That’s pretty fast, despite it being technically longer than the Note5, but we still enjoy its quick charging time.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Xiaomi Mi Note Pro 5h 22 min (Poor)
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 9h 11 min (Excellent)
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 6h 32 min (Average)
LG G4 6h 6 min (Average)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Xiaomi Mi Note Pro 93
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 81
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 171
LG G4 127

Conclusion


To date, the Mi Note Pro is the most impressively spec’d phone in Xiaomi’s lineup, easily capable of competing in the same capacity as some of the notable smartphones in the space right now. From a specs sheet standpoint, the phone is formidable and is fully capable of garnering attention from those itching to get a high-end, high-spec’d phone.

One of its biggest attractions, beyond its rich specs sheet, is the fact that the phone can be bought on the cheap – we’re talking about $480 for this bad boy! Although it’s not something that can be purchased through the usual retail channels here in the US, the super low cost to import the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro is without a doubt a route worth venturing if you desire something that’s out of the norm. Well, that’s as long as you can appreciate what its MIUI 6.0 experience can offer, as well as its shorter than expected battery life.

The specs are mighty fine with this, we’re not denying that, but it still performs slightly behind the Note5 in many areas. Furthermore, it doesn’t have the nearly the same amount of diversified features that cater to power users, so its particular user experience might be thought of as limiting to some folks. The low cost and drool worthy specs sheet give the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro a lot of credibility in generating attention, however, it still lacks the solid performance and meaningful experiences to really give the Note5, as well as some other noteworthy phones in the same caliber, any sort of threat.

Software version of the review unit:
Android Version: 5.0.2
Build Number: LRX22G
Kernel Version: 3.10.49-g0f78eba

Xiaomi Mi Note Pro review unit provided by ShopJoy.com.au.


Pros

  • Great specs sheet
  • Low cost for a high-spec’d smartphone
  • Speedy recharge time
  • MIUI skin has some nice customization options and manual settings

Cons

  • Disappointing battery performance
  • Unsatisfying video recording quality
  • Cold display colors
  • Not fully tailored to non-Asian markets
  • No support for CDMA

PhoneArena Rating:

7.2

User Rating:

9.5
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32 Comments

1. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

I thought the Mi Note series has glass back. Pro version has plastic back?

2. Takeharu

Posts: 285; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

It's glass as well. Phonearena should fix that.

4. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Maybe it is too glossy he thought it is plastic. Quite positive that this has glass back just like the standard Mi Note

9. MaryPoopins

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Yes, it's glass. This guy clearly has no business reviewing phones.

17. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

It's a Corning Glass on both sides...

3. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

The battery its 3090 mah

5. Super.Vegito

Posts: 43; Member since: Aug 04, 2015

7.2? wtf???!

7. MSi_GS70 unregistered

Bcos it is overheating better is note not pro

19. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Battery Life.

6. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

Waiting for Redmi Note 2 review please review it

10. athos07m

Posts: 137; Member since: Apr 22, 2012

THIS! A.authority made a brief review but I'd really like to have a more complete one, heck even the usual Phonearena versus reviews would be great this time - maybe pit the 160USD Redmi Note 2 against the likes of ~USD500 G4, the ~USD500 Mi Note or ~USD400 Galaxy A7.

18. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

No need for PA review. Probably the best valued phone on the planet right now.

28. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Other than Samsung and Apple that probably pay PA well. Other manufacturers should not bother to get PA to review their device. They don't have a consistent way of measuring devices. Take their PRO and CONS for example.

29. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

For example LG G4 has a score of 9 with no CONS yet XiaoMi Note seem to have a better overall screen. http://www.phonearena.com/phones/LG-G4_id9104 Its all about the back door deal.

8. MaryPoopins

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

I've got this phone and 7.2 is total BS !!! I'm not claiming it's a world beater or anything, but the battery is great and the camera is fabulous and it's fully in English except for a few apps you probably won't use. Forget this review and ask me anything you need to know for this 8-8.5 rated phone.

11. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

I am quite fond of this phone's design and MIUI. Can you clarify some of my questions: - Does the phone overheat uncomfortably or slow down when playing games or multitasking for extended period of time - What is your average SOT and using habit ? - Does it have an international ROM version or any conflics when using Google services like Google Play, Email, Google Now ? - Does its Hi-fi audio make noticeable differences when listening to music with earphones and how is the speaker quality ? - How much user storage is available out of the box ? - Any strange apps crashes ? - Does it have notification Led ? - Does Xiaomi update the software regularly ? MIUI 7 ? Sorry if I ask too much. Many thanks ^^.

12. MaryPoopins

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

1) I don't deny it gets rather toasty, but I cannot say I have done any 'excessive' gaming. Only in stints of 20 to 30 minutes and haven't noticed any slowdown. 2) Guess I'm just Joe Average when it comes to use. Screen is probably on for several hours a day with messaging and games and calls etc... Unplugging at 8am I still find myself with about 10-20% left when I'm ready for sleep at about 11 or 12pm. 3) My phone is entirely in English except for a few of the China Xiaomi Apps. Once Google Services are installed, all Maps, Translator, Camera etc etc work flawlessly. 4) I'm no audiophile, but I have no issues with the sound. Using my Xiaomi Piston2 headphones gives a fantastic and deep experience but I cannot really discern any difference with hi-fi audio on or off. The speaker is acceptable to me... other opinions may vary :) 5) 58.78gb available according to my Storage section. 6) Ummmm..... MIUI certainly has the occasional quirk. But nothing deal breaking or serious or anything that should annoy anyone for more than a few seconds when one happens. 7) Yes, an LED of many colours. 8) I'm seeing a software update notice every couple of weeks. MIUI is VERY well supported if you check out the en.mui.com forums and such. MIUI7 not with me just yet tho. Still rocking the still rather swish MIUI6 on Android 5.0.2 - Cheers

15. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

I read and watched quite a lot of Xiaomi devices reviews and they all seem to be really good for the prices. I myself own a Piston 3 and love it. Thank you for your answers, might check this out cause I love using different phones brands.

13. cpaun

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 11, 2015

For me the Hi-Fi makes a big difference, both in volume and in sound quality. I have a Mi Note, not Pro, but they share the same audio hw.

14. cpaun

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 11, 2015

Over 7 inch, you probably see the so called "Chroma flash". Maybe PA can confirm if it was enabled in Camera settings.

16. tanush

Posts: 15; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

Waiting for Honor 7 review.

20. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

So I Guess The 810 Is Responsible For Terrible Battery Life Or This Phone Is Just Poorly Optimized. Now I'm Very Interested To See How The Z5's Perform In The Battery Life Test.

22. MaryPoopins

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

The battery life isn't terrible, considering the screen and the power, it's extremely decent.

23. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

The Note 5 Has The Same Resolution, Screen Size, And Battery Size As The Mi Note Pro So No Its Not Extremely Decent Its Extremely Terrible Considering The Alternatives.

25. MaryPoopins

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

My point is that this article is full of BS from top to bottom. John V seems to have a beef against anything not Apple and my own experience with the battery shows a massively different picture to what's posted here.

26. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Oh You Own A Mi Note Pro Then I Guess Your Opinion Should Matter Then, My Bad Didn't Know You Were Speaking From Experience. If You Say Its Decent Then It Is. And Yeah John V is Biased.

31. tpv27

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 08, 2015

You don't have to capitalise each word there chief.

21. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

The iphone 6s plus will get a record 9.8 imo.

24. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

9.3 At Most.

27. alouden unregistered

How does a reviewer screw up the build? The phone is not plastic. I don't own the phone, but based on what I have read elsewhere, I really do not think this was an accurate or fair review.
Mi Note Pro
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 4 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3000 mAh

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