Xiaomi officially launched the Redmi Note 5 in India on February 14 and along with it came the relatively new Redmi Note 5 Pro. The Redmi Note 5 was Xiaomi’s first full-screen smartphone that featured a dual camera setup. Apart from that, the Redmi Note 5 Pro scored another first, being the first Xiaomi model and indeed the first smartphone globally to pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor.
The performance of the Redmi Note 5 Pro has now been revealed and the performance of the CPU is something interesting. According to AnTuTu benchmark result and a couple of other benchmarking apps, the Snapdragon 636 chip onboard the Redmi Note 5 Pro is slightly more powerful than the flagship Snapdragon 820 processor. Snapdragon 636 is designed using the Octa-core Kyro 260 CPU architecture and is built on a 14nm silicon wafer. The mobile processor is clocked at 1.8GHz and is paired with an Adreno 509 GPU. The new processor also comes with support for Bluetooth 5.0. The CPU is composed of four large Cortex A73 cores and four Cortex A53 cores clocked at 1.6GHz.
Now to the AnTuTu benchmark score, the Redmi Note 5 Pro scored 112,649 while the Mi 5 which runs on a Snapdragon 820 flagship chip scored 128,339 which is very close to the Note 5 Pro’s score. The Redmi Note 5 Pro overall score also surpasses those of the Snapdragon 650-powered Redmi Note 3 and the Snapdragon 625-powered Redmi Note 5 Pro. However, the Snapdragon 660 still remains king of the mid-rangers, pulling a higher score than the SD 636 and SD 820.
From the look of things, the CPU is very powerful but the device’s GPU seems to be deficient as that is what brought down the overall AnTuTu score of the Redmi Note 5 Pro. As a reminder, the Snapdragon 636 chipset comes with the Adreno 509 GPU. In other benchmark tests such as Basemark OS II, Google Octane 2.0 and JetStream 1.1 Java performance test, the Snapdragon 636 is almost on par with the Snapdragon 820 flagship SoC and in some test where the GPU is not tested, it surpasses the SD 820’s score. Thus, the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor holds the potential to be a great SoC but that GPU? Maybe it isn’t too bad after all, but it is a let down for such a powerful mid-range chip.