Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 vs. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Ultimate Guide

Smartphone maker Xiaomi has seen two recent launches in their note series earlier this year with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro hitting the market. Xiaomi has already surpassed Samsung in terms of sales and has become a major player in the smart phone industry.

As claimed by Xiaomi, it has sold a staggering 25 million units since it began operations in the Indian market with the Redmi series getting sold in seconds in flash sales on e-commerce websites. In fact, as reports state the Redmi Note 5 has such an overwhelming response that it was being scripted as one of the biggest sales ever in India with e-commerce website Flipkart.

It went crashing in seconds after the flash sale went live. It would be interesting to see how two variants of the note series would fare against each other and overall in the market.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro is in simple words the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 on steroids. It has better internal memory capacity as well as a faster processor. Both the phones have quite similar specifications with the same operating system, networking plus battery backup. But the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro has enhanced specifications in some of the very crucial departments which make it the elder brother of the Note 5.

The departments in which the Note 5 Pro is seen having better capability are the SoC which is the first phone to be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636 as well as having dual rear camera configuration and a 20 MP front lens for selfies.

The graphics processor unit has been upgraded with an Adreno 509, better RAM of 4GB/6GB compared to 3GB/4GB variants for the note 5, more storage capacity of 64GB expandable up to 128GB while the note 5 has two models of 32GB/64GB expandable up to 128GB as well, there are dual cameras in the Note 5 Pro with 12MP+5MP rear cameras while the Note 5 has a single rear camera of 12MP, additionally the Note 5 Pro has a much better front camera of 20MP compared to the Note 5’s 5MP front one.

Given the specifications the Note Pro is faster when loading games, apps, emails etc. due to a superior SoC. In the camera department the difference is pretty big as the Redmi Note 5 Pro is able to snap much detailed images with better depth of field enabling you to focus on the core subject while blurring the background along with image stabilization on/off option which is missing in the Note 5.

The battery backup is more or less the same with the Note 5 Pro giving about 30 minutes of less life span where the average total battery backup is around 12 hours 30 minutes for the Note 5. While the display and built of both the phones seem to be quite similar they remain strong contenders in the smart phone market.