Top 5 reasons why should you skip the Redmi Note 5 Pro
Xiaomi, on Wednesday, launched the much-awaited successor of the Redmi Note 4 with two new devices, the Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro. The Redmi Note 4 was the most sold smartphone in India so the Redmi Note 5 and Note 5 Pro has major shoes to fill. The new Note 5 Pro smartphone’s main feature is an 18:9 HD+ display and a Dual-camera setup with a 20-megapixel front camera lens. Despite which the device doesn’t feel the greatest deal or fascinating enough to the predecessor.
Here are a few reasons why you should skip the Redmi Note 5 Pro for now.
1. Lack of Type – C connectivity and No fast charge
Thanks to the Snapdragon chipset the device has the capabilities of fast charging with Qualcomm Quick charge 4.0, but it is still far from OnePlus Dash Charging. Also, Xiaomi has held back the charging capabilities of the device to 5V/2Amp which doesn’t qualify for Quick charging. There is also no Type-C connectivity with the old Micro USB. In this era of smartphones and with Mi A1 getting the Type – C connectivity it is expected that Xiaomi will launch new devices with the Type – C connectivity.
2. No separate slot for additional storage
The Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with a Hybrid SIM slot. Which means you can either insert two SIMs cards or one SIM and a Micro SDcard. So Xiaomi has left the customers in a pickle to decide whether they need extra storage or feel the need to use two separate SIM cards, which could be an issue if you have a separate SIM for personal usage and a separate SIM for official purpose.
The latest MIUI 9 is running on Android Nougat, which is quite old and is still to be announced for many different models. Buying a new device right now you would expect the device to be running Android Oreo out of the box, with the launch of Android P, so close to being announced.
Also, MIUI is really not accepted by the whole markets with a huge size of the Android market preferring Stock experience. Similarly priced Mi A1 is available with Stock Android Oreo experience, thanks to the device being an Android One device.
MIUI 9 is a little bloated and also consume a little more space than stock. You also get additional apps and features with the MIUI like some Mi apps solely available to Xiaomi smartphones. But would you like to buy a smartphone with additional apps, and features or would you prefer your smartphone clean and with stock UI is a user to user choice.
The display on the Redmi Note 5 Pro is an 18:9 screen 5.99-inch HD IPS display, which is not as overwhelming as other smartphone screens. The 18:9 display is something new and fresh but the colour representation is not the best, the brightness under sunlight is underwhelming. You could find better displays in the similar range like the honor 9i or Honor 7x, Mi A1 to name a few.
Redmi Note 5 Pro’s camera is a major up gradation to the last eras of Redmi Note smartphones. But it still not up there with the best smartphones in the world. At the launch, Xiaomi compared the images by the Note 5 Pro to the Pixel 2, which is rather an overstatement. The device also lacks 4K recordings. The camera app is a little sluggish and does not offer Manual mode.