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Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro vs Redmi Note 5: How are they different?

11 July 2018 5

Xiaomi recently announced another mid-ranger of Redmi series as Redmi 6 Pro. The device was unveiled a few days ago in China. Earlier this year the company announced Redmi Note 5. Both the devices fall into the mid-range category and the differences between them is quite minimal.

Like always whenever a new smartphone is announced everyone is keen to know whether they should grab the latest device or prefer the predecessor. Today we will put both the Redmi 6 Pro and Redmi 5 Note in head-to-head competition to know in detail which device is better in what aspects. The first prominent difference between the two devices is a notch. Xiaomi introduced notch with the Redmi 6 Pro whereas the Redmi Note 5 has trimmed top bezel.

Both the devices are quite appealing in terms of design. Despite the fact, both the devices fall into the mid-range category the overall looks are quite premium. Without any further delay, let's start with the design of both the devices.

71.7 x 149.3 x 8.8 mm
5.84 inches - 2280x1080 px
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Design and Display

The first and the most prominent difference on the Redmi 6 Pro and the Redmi Note 5 is indeed the notch. The Redmi 6 Pro features a notch at the top of the display like the iPhone X whereas the Redmi Note 5 has a complete bezel. Both the devices have unibody metal design. The volume rockers and power button are on the right edge.

Due to full front-facing display both the devices have a fingerprint scanner on the rear side in the center below the camera's setup. On the rear side, you will get dual cameras aligned vertically on the top-left corner with LED flashlight between the two sensors.

From the rear side, both the devices look identical. The Redmi Note 6 has a 5.84-inches display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. The display screen resolution is 1080 x 2280 pixels. On the other hand, the Redmi Note 5 has a slightly larger display of 5.99-inches with 2:1 aspect ratio. The display screen resolution is 1080 x 2160 pixels.

Both the devices have IPS LCD display panel. The Redmi 6 Pro display pixels density is 432 pixels-per-inch whereas the Redmi Note 5's display pixels density is 403 pixels-per-inch.

The Redmi 6 Pro dimensions are 149.3 x 71.7 x 8.8mm and weigh 178g. On the other hand, the Redmi Note 5 dimensions are 158.6 x 75.4 x 8.05mm and weigh 181g. For connectivity both the devices have Micro-USB port and retains the 3.5mm headphone jack. Being the budget-friendly smartphones both lacks water and dust resistance capabilities.

Hardware

Under the hood, both the devices have Qualcomm's mid-range Snapdragon 600 series chipset. Being the budget-friendly segment smartphones you can't expect them to be powerhouses.

The Redmi 6 Pro has the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625 SoC. Its an Octa-core chipset with maximum clocking at 2.0Ghz. The Adreno 506 is on board to take care of graphics. The base variant has 3GB RAM with 32GB storage whereas the top-tier model has 4GB RAM with 64GB storage. Its native storage is further expandable via MicroSD card up to 256GB.

The Redmi Note 5 has the Snapdragon 636 chipset. It's also an Octa-core chipset with maximum clocking speed at 1.8Ghz. The Adreno 509 is on board as GPU. The base variant has 4GB RAM with 64GB storage whereas the top of the line variant has 6GB RAM with 128GB storage. It supports memory expansion via MicroSD card up to 256GB.

In terms of hardware, the Redmi Note 5 is more powerful despite the fact it was announced earlier than Redmi 6 Pro. Overall both the chipsets are powerful enough to be your daily driver. Both can handle multi-tasking, games, and apps quite efficiently. So if you are looking for a solid mid-range option both are pretty good choices, however, the Redmi Note 5 takes lead due to better SoC, RAM and storage options.

Specs Redmi 6 Pro Redmi Note 5
Display 5.84-inches 5.9-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2280 pixels 1080 x 2160 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 625 Snapdragon 636
RAM 3,4GB 4,6GB
Storage 32,64GB 64,128GB
Rear camera 12+5MP 12+5MP
Front camera 5MP 13MP
Battery 4,000mAh 4,000mAh
USB Micro Micro
3.5mm headphone jack Yes Yes
OS Android Oreo 8.1 with MIUI 10 Android Nougat 7.1.1 with MIUI 9.2

Camera

As far as cameras are a concern both the devices have decent setup on rear and front. Both have AI capabilities to further enhance the user's camera experience. The Redmi Note 5 primary camera on the rear is 12MP with f/2.2 aperture whereas the secondary snapper is 5MP with f/2.0 aperture. Thanks to better aperture the secondary sensor let in more light while capturing shots. Up front the selfie camera is 13MP. Both the front and rear cameras have LED flashlight which means you don't have to worry about capturing shots in low-light conditions.

On the other hand, the Redmi 6 has dual rear cameras of 12MP+5MP. Both the sensors aperture size are f/2.2. The front-facing selfie camera is 5MP. Overall the camera's results of both the devices are worth appreciating considering both falls in the mid-range category.

Software

As OS the Redmi 6 Pro has an advantage of being the latest. The Redmi Note 5 was announced with Android Nougat 7.1.1 with MIUI 9.2 layer over it. The Redmi 6 Pro is pre-installed with the latest Android Oreo 8.1 based MIUI 10 straight out of the box. This means you will be getting the better and latest UI experience on the Redmi 6 Pro with all goodies of Oreo and new AI features from Xiaomi. So if you want better UI experience the Redmi 6 Pro is definitely a better choice.

Battery

The non-removable battery cell on both the devices is 4,000mAh. Both have enough juice to keep the device lights on for more than one day on single charge. Both the devices have MicroUSB port for charging, so you can't expect fast charging support.

Price

Last but not the least the price tag certainly plays an important role in the success or failure of the devices. The Redmi Note 5 was announced in four striking colors including Rose Gold, Black, Gold and Blue colors. The base 3GB RAM variant is available at $173 whereas the top-tier model with 4GB RAM costs $230.

The Redmi 6 Pro is available in Black, Gold, Red, Blue and Rose Gold colors. The Redmi 6 Pro entry-level variant with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage can be grabbed for $155, the 4GB RAM and 32GB storage variant costs $185 and the top of the line model with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage can be grabbed for $200.

Conclusion:

In terms of performance, larger display and powerful selfie camera the Redmi Note 5 is a better choice that's why it is slightly expensive than the Redmi 6 Pro. If you prefer a notch at the top of the display with higher pixels density, latest MIUI 10 straight out of the box the Redmi 6 Pro is a better choice.

Also, it is important to mention that the Redmi 6 Pro is currently the only smartphone from Xiaomi with a notch. Having the latest smartphone from Xiaomi with the MIUI 10 will result into slightly town down hardware. For those who are looking for a mid-range smartphone to capture good selfies, playing games the Redmi Note 5 is a better choice. On the other hand, the Redmi 6 Pro brings a better-looking display, latest OS, and a gigantic battery cell.

In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the Redmi Note 5 vs Redmi 6 Pro in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons.

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