Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 vs Redmi Note 5 Pro: What Are Their Differences?

by Michele Ingelido 0

The most awaited Xiaomi midrangers of the year have been finally announced: Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and Note 5 Pro. While the second offers important improvements over its predecessors, the first is just a rebranded Redmi 5 Plus for the Indian market. In this Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 vs Redmi Note 5 Pro article, we will compare the specs of these phones and discover if the improvements of the Pro version justify its higher price, or if it is better to just stick to the standard version which is still a solid and reliable mid-ranger.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 vs Redmi Note 5 Pro

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT158.5 x 75.5 x 8.1 mm, 180 grams158.6 x 75.4 x 8.1 mm, 181 grams
DISPLAY5,99 inches, 1080 x 2160p (Full HD+), 403 ppi, 18:9 ratio, IPS LCD5.99 inches, 1080 x 2160p (Full HD), 403 ppi, 18:9 ratio, IPS LCD
PROCESSORQualcomm Snapdragon 625, octa-core 2.0 GHzQualcomm Snapdragon 636, octa-core 1.8 GHz
MEMORY3 GB RAM, 32 GB – 4 GB RAM, 64 GB, micro SD slot3 GB RAM, 32 GB – 4 GB RAM, 64 GB – 6 GB RAM, 64 GB – micro SD slot
SOFTWAREAndroid 7.1.2 Nougat, MIUI 9Android 7.1.2 Nougat, MIUI 9
CONNECTIVITYWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPSWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS
CAMERA12 MP f/2.2
5 MP front camera
Dual 12 + 5 MP f/2.2 + f/2.0
20 MP f/2.0 front camera
Fast charging 5V / 2A
4000 mAh
ADDITIONAL FEATURESHybrid Dual SIM slotHybrid Dual SIM slot

The main difference between Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro is in the hardware side and the camera department. Under the hood, the standard version has the widely tested Snapdragon 625 SoC which has been the most used SoC of 2017 in the budget phones sector. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with the new Snapdragon 636 which is more powerful and it has a better connectivity side on the paper, but it still has to be tested deeply as it is a new chipset. Further, the Pro version comes in a configuration with 6 GB of RAM which will offer a better multi-tasking experience compared with the Redmi Note 5 and its 4 GB RAM.

While Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 has a single 12 MP main camera (nothing special, just a normal midrange camera), Redmi Note 5 Pro has a dual camera setup on its rear side, which is composed of a primary sensor that is the same as the Redmi Note 5 and a 5 MP secondary sensor to capture info about depth and make a better bokeh effect. Redmi Note 5 Pro has a better front camera with a resolution of 20 MP, while the Note 5 has an average 5 MP snapper. The rest of the specs is exactly the same, but the price changes. The handsets have just been launched in India with a starting price tag of €125/$155 for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and €176/$218 for the Pro version. In our opinion, the differences justify the price and it is worth buying the Pro version to get better performances and better photos.


Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 vs Redmi Note 5 Pro: PRO and CONS

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5


  • Very affordable price
  • Wide 18:9 display
  • Big battery
  • Power-efficient


  • Just a rebranded Redmi 5 Plus, still SD625


Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro


  • Dual camera with depth sensor
  • Better SoC
  • Big battery
  • 6 GB RAM in the top configuration


  • Higher price