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(MWC 2018) Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Hands On, Quick Review: The Most Premium Redmi Out There

We take a quick look at the Redmi Note 5 Pro!

While it turns out that Xiaomi will not be unveiling the Mi MIX 2S here at MWC 2018, they chose instead to bring along their current portfolio of phones, including the recently-announced Redmi Note 5 Pro. As the latest model from the Redmi line, this is the first Redmi phone to sport a dual rear camera setup, along with being the first phone to use a Snapdragon 636 processor.

We saw the Redmi Note 5 Pro on display at Xiaomi’s booth here at MWC 2018, and we took a quick look at it. Here’s a recap of its specs:

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro specs

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 octa-core processor
  • 4GB/6GB RAM
  • 5.99-inch Full HD+ IPS display
  • 64GB expandable storage, via microSD (up to 128GB)
  • 12-megapixel f/2.2 Sony IMX486 and 5-megapixel f/2.0 Samsung rear cameras with LED Flash
  • 20-megapixel front camera with LED Flash, Sony IMX376 sensor
  • Dual-SIM
  • 4G LTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth
  • GPS/A-GPS/GLONASS, Fingerprint scanner
  • Android Nougat with MIUI 9
  • 4000mAh battery

 

Initial impressions: Same Redmi phone with a premium twist

Upon first impression, the Redmi Note 5 Pro does look like a Redmi Note 5 / Redmi 5 Plus with its 5.99-inch Full HD+ 18:9 display. However, the Redmi Note 5 Pro sports a selfie-centric 20-megapixel Sony IMX376 front camera.

 

From a side view angle, you have the power button, volume controls found on the right side of the phone, and the SIM card and MicroSD card slot on the left. the camera bump of the Redmi Note 5 Pro is very noticeable when viewed by the side, and we’d definitely recommend a case to protect the camera module from bumps and scratches.

 

 

As for the camera, things start to get different for the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Instead of a center mounted camera, you have a vertically-arranged dual rear camera setup found on the left side of the phone. The layout is reminiscent of the iPhone X, with the flash tucked in between the two camera lenses. You have a 12-megapixel Sony IMX 486 primary, and a 2-megapixel Samsung secondary camera that functions more as a depth sensor.

Like the Redmi Note 5 / Redmi 5 Plus, you have a rear mounted fingerprint scanner on the Redmi Note 5 Pro.

 

That’s it for our quick hands-on with the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Its appearance at MWC 2018 indicates a wider release in the future, so it is just a matter of time before the Redmi Note 5 Pro will arrive at our shores.

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