Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 vs Redmi Note 5 Pro, which one should you buy

Xiaomi launched the next version of their popular Redmi Note series, the Redmi Note 5 and along with it they also launched a Pro version of the Redmi Note 5 with slightly bumped up specs, and the price is Rs 2000 higher than Redmi Note 5.

If you talk about the pricing, 32GB variant of Redmi Note 5 is priced at Rs 9999, the 64GB variant is priced at Rs 11999 and the pro version is priced at Rs13999.

There is also an expensive variant of the Redmi Note 5 Pro with a larger storage and more RAM.

Now, we will take it out of pictures for the comparison between these two phones because one of the factors of the comparison is the Price, and at Rs 16999 it can’t compete with Redmi Note 5 at least on the price.

Excluding the expensive Redmi Note 5 Pro, there is a gap of rupees 2000 between all the three variants.

What is the similarity between Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro

Before talking about what are the differences let’s talk about what all is similar between all three devices.

Everything from the size of the phone, to the Screen Aspect ratio, which is 18:9, to the SIM Slots, Fingerprint Senior, to the MIUI, all the three phones are like twin brothers with no difference in physical properties from the outside.

Now let’s talk about the difference

The difference of Rs 2000 between the lower variant of Redmi Note 5 and the higher variant of Redmi Note 5 is the 32GB extra storage and 1 GB of extra Ram, apart from that there isn’t really much big of a difference.

While the 32GB variant is quite an excellent phone for Rs 9999, I would recommend people going for the higher variant because for just Rs 2000, you get 32 GB of extra storage, which is not just the double of what you get at Rs 9999.

If you strictly want to stick to under Rs 10,000/- then there is really no point in comparing the phones as the difference is Rs 4000 between the two base variants. 

I mean there would be 24 GB of actual available storage on the lower variant while it would be around 56 GB of actual available storage on the higher variant.

Considering that, you will have to sacrifice one RIM slot for using the micro SD to expand your storage I wouldn’t mind recommending you spend Rs 2000 to get some extra storage on your phone.

So it’s most likely about the higher variant of Redmi Note 5 versus the Redmi note 5 Pro.

Again, the difference in price is Rs 2000, but Unlike the difference between the lower and the higher variant of the Redmi Note 5, there is much more the Redmi Note 5 Pro has to offer.

The Redmi Note 5 Pro gives you 64 GB of storage and 4 GB of RAM which is exactly the same in Higher variant the Redmi Note 5 at Rs 11,999.

But for Rs 2000 extra you get a better front camera. If we have to put the numbers here, the Redmi Note 5 has a 5-megapixel front camera where are the Redmi Note 5 Pro has a 20-megapixel front camera and that’s a huge difference.

People these days take at least one selfie a day, so even if it’s just about selfie is the Redmi Note 5 is worth the upgrade.

But there is much more than that,

Apart from the bumped up front camera, the Redmi Note 5 Pro also offers a dual camera setup at the back.

Dual camera setups have many great functions such as ability to use Optical Zoom, which means no loss of quality of the images.

The benefits of the Dual Camera is that you can choose between a wide lens and a narrow lens.

You can take stunning Portrait shots which were made popular by the iPhone 7+.

Xiaomi has also included Electronic Image Stabilization (IES), which makes the videos a little less shaky. I’ve Read reviews about it and the reviewers seem to be impressed with the stabilization on the Redmi Note 5 Pro.

Other than the improvements in the camera department, Xiaomi also has used Snapdragon 636 in the Redmi Note 5 Pro, while the Redmi Note 5 has Snapdragon 625, which is sadly last year’s processor.

The differencece between Snapdragon 625 and Snapdragon 636 is not just of 11 digits, but the Snapdragon 636 is said to be At Par with the Snapdragon 820, in terms of the benchmark scores.

So, if you have read this entire article it’s easy to guess that if you can spend Rs 2000 to get some extra storage space, spending another Rs 2000 can give you a much, much better Smartphone.

Having said that, if you do not care about the camera at all, which could be the case if you’re looking to gift this phone to some elderly people in your family, then the Redmi Note 5 is a nice option, because we all know that elderly people don’t really use the cameras on the phones efficiently, let alone the dual camera setup.

About the performance, it won’t matter in everyday life, unless you are a hardcore gamer or do a lot of multitasking.

If you have made up your mind which phones to buy you will find the product links below which will take you to the respective product that you want to buy.

Also, here are some of the best Redmi Note Pro Alternatives you can consider.

Redmi Note 5 (32 GB)  (3 GB RAM)

Redmi Note 5 (64 GB) (4 GB RAM)

Redmi Note 5 Pro (64 GB) (6 GB RAM)