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Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro vs. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5: which one to choose?

ByGB Blog Official 2018-07-03 46122

The Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro, released together with the Mi Pad 4 on June 25th, made waves by being the first phone in the Xiaomi Redmi series to come with the iPhone-like notch. But how does it compare to its predecessor — the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5? In this post, we take a look at the two phones side by side and see what each model has to offer.

 

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Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro vs. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5: specs


Let's start the comparison with their specs.

 

The comparison between Xiaomi redmi note 5 and Xiaomi redmi 6 Pro
Product name
Xiaomi redmi note 5
Xiaomi redmi 6 Pro
Display
5.99 inch 2160 x 1080 pixels (18:9 full screen)
5.84 inch 2280 x 1080 pixels (19:9 full screen with notch)
CPU
Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Octa Core 1.8GHz
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa Core 2.0GHz
RAM
3GB/4GB/6GB
3/4GB
ROM
32/64GB
External memory
TF card up to 128GB (not included)
TF card up to 256GB (not included)
Camera
13.0MP front camera, 12.0MP + 5.0MP dual back cameras (dual PD dual focus tech)
5.0MP front camera, 12.0MP + 5.0MP dual back cameras (PDAF tech)
Battery capacity (mAh)
4000mAh (support fast charge)
SIM card slot
dual SIM,dual standby
OS
MIUI 9
MIUI 10
Additional features
full screen display, fingerprint recognition, dual cameras, face recognition, infrared remote control

 

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Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro vs. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5: design


The first and the most obvious difference between the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is the presence of the famous iPhone-like notch on the Redmi 6 Pro (a feature that also makes the phone stand out among other models in Xiaomi's smartphone line).


Despite this design addition, the Redmi Note 5 still packs a bigger screen — 5.99 inch compared to a 5.84-inch on the Redmi 6 Pro, a much bigger chassis and a marginally larger display.


Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro vs. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5: design


From the back, the two phones look almost identical. Plus, the dual cam and the fingerprint sensor are also located in exactly the same spots.


Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro vs. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5: features and performance


Internally, the two phones are quite different. Let's see how.


Processor. The Redmi Note 5 comes with a more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC, while the Redmi 6 Pro sports the more modest Snapdragon 625 SoC. With that said, both processors are perfectly capable of providing a solid base for multitasking, gaming, working with apps and more.


Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro vs. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5: CPU performance


RAM & ROM. Both smartphones are available in several versions. The base model of the Redmi 6 Pro comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage while the Redmi Note 5 kicks off with 4GB of RAM and a 64GB storage. The "top" version of Redmi 6 Pro is available with 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage while the Redmi Note 5 takes that up a notch with 6GB RAM and 64GB ROM.


Sensors. Both smartphones come with exactly the same set of sensors: fingerprint, accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity and compass.


Operating system. The Redmi Note 5 comes with MIUI 9.2 (based on Android 7.11 Nougat), while the Redmi 6 Pro brings the latest version of the OS to the table — MIUI 10 (based on Android 8.1 Oreo). This means that with the Redmi 6 Pro you will get to experience all the benefits and upgrades of the new UI including Gestures, AI Preload, Paytm QR Integration and more.


Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro vs. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5: cameras and battery


Both phones come with very decent camera setups and both sport similar AI-capabilities. The Redmi Note 5 features a 13MP front camera with an LED and a 12MP + 5MP dual rear cameras: the 5MP secondary sensor with f/2.0 aperture gives the cam an extra edge by allowing the lens to let in more light. The Redmi 6 Pro comes with a 12MP primary sensor + 5MP secondary sensor and an f/2.2 aperture. You get a 5MP selfie shooter.


Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro vs. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5: camera


Both smartphones come with 4,000mAh batteries — non-removable — and should be well enough for a good full day of use without a recharge.


Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro vs. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5: battery


Summing things up


As it often is with our head-to-head gadget comparisons, it all boils down to the price difference. However, in this case, this factor may not be that helpful. The Redmi 6 Pro (4GB RAM + 64GB ROM) starts off at around $215, while the Redmi Note 5 (with the same configurations) is $229.99 on GearBest. 


Featurewise, the Redmi Note 5 boasts higher performance specs, a bigger display and more powerful front camera. With that, the Redmi 6 Pro is the first full-screen phone with a notch display in Xiaomi's Redmi series and sports the latest MIUI 10.


Thus, it's all pretty much a matter of personal preference — do you want to be the proud owner of Xiaomi's one and only smartphone with a notch or will you be content with a powerful processor with the classic Redmi design? 


Personally speaking, if you like playing games or taking photos, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is a good choice. While if you like the popular full-screen display with notch, and don't expect too much on performance, especially for some girls who seldom play games, the latest Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro may be right to your taste.    

 

 

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