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The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (4GB RAM) is a significantly better phone than the Asus Zenfone Zoom S ZE553KL, and is also much better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (4GB RAM)!

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Excellence Score
44.9
53.8
Value for Money Score
58.1
87.9
Price ₹ 26,999 onwards ₹ 14,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2017 Feb, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.5 inches 5.99 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch) 1080x2160 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features AMOLED, 2.5D Curved Glass, 500 Nits Brightness, Fingerprint and Smudge-resistant Oleophobic Coating 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display, Sunlight mode, Night mode, Reading mode, Color temperature adjustment, Standard mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
GPU Adreno 506 Adreno 509
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 12.0 MP 12.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features Dual Camera (12MP + 12MP), Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Laser Autofocus, F/1.7 Aperture, Sony IMX362 Sensor, 1.4um Pixel Size, 3-axis Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS), 4-axis Optical Image stabilization (OIS), 1/2.55" Sensor Size, Geo-tagging, Simultaneous 4K Video Recording and 9MP Image Recording, Touch Focus, Face/Smile Detection, Auto HDR, Panorama, 12MP secondary camera: F/2.0 Aperture; 5P Largan Lens, Manual Mode, HDR Pro, Beautification, Super Resolution, Children Mode, Low Light, Night Mode, Depth of Field Effect, Selfie Mode, Time Rewind, Smart Remove, All Smiles, Slow motion, Time Lapse Dual Camera (12MP + 5MP), 1.12um Pixel Size, F/2.0 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Enhanced low-light Photography, HDR, Panorama, Burst mode, Face recognition
Secondary Camera 13.0 MP 20.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, Sony IMX214 Sensor, Screen Flash, Beautification, Selfie Panorama, Night Mode, HDR Pro, Effect, Low Light, GIF Animation, Slow motion, Time Lapse Soft Selfie-light, 1.0um Pixel Size, F/2.2 Aperture, Beautify 4.0, Selfie timer, Face recognition, Full HD Video Recording
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 2 TB up to 128 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.99 mm 8.05 mm
Weight 170 gm 181 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 5000 mAh 4000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes, BoostMaster
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features DTS Sound Enhancement; Hi-Res Audio; Fast Battery Charging (BoostMaster); Reverse Charging; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; USB Type-C; USB On-The-Go; Noise Filtration; Google Drive (100 GB cloud storage) Face Unlock; USB On-The-Go; Wi-Fi Direct; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Upscale, simple, elegant brushed-metal design (similar to the iPhone) that feels much more premium than its price range would suggest
  • The outside edges of the phone are smooth and rounded, giving a nice hand feel
  • The fingerprint sensor at the back is intuitive to reach, and it’s really fast at recognising your print
  • Excellent AMOLED screen, with slim bezels and Gorilla Glass 5 protection - brings true blacks and more richly saturated colors and contrast to the forefront - viewing angles and view ability outdoors is very good too
  • Good, reliable performance - smooth in daily use, and can handled everything you throw at it, including graphic-intensive games
  • Pretty good set of rear dual cameras - the Zenfone 3 Zoom lives up to its camera-centric name - puts out quality images and also offers dollops of customization for people who like to have their hand in every last detail - and of course it has optical zoom (2.3x) that very few other phones can claim (the iPhone 7 Plus offers 2x optical zoom, just for reference)
  • Good front camera too
  • Hi-Res audio support and DTS:X virtual surround sound make for a good audio experience
  • Outstanding battery life - boasts a huge 5, 000mAh battery that puts two-day battery life well within reach
  • Good charging speed too - goes from 0 to 50% in an hour
  • On the whole, given the competition, the Asus Zenfone Zoom S might not be the best overall phone in its category, but it will not disappoint if camera is your priority
  • Nice, utilitarian (though not exceptional) design and good build quality, as has been the case with the entire Redmi Note series
  • Nice looking, modern 5.99 inch 18:9 display, with minimal bezels - has good viewing angles, brightness levels, and colour reproduction - looks pleasing in day-to-day use
  • In spite of the large screen, the phone remains quite ergonomic because of the tall, minimal-bezel form factor
  • MIUI interface over Android is snappy, and offers some added features such as dual apps and second space - with dual apps, one can run separate accounts of the same service/app and the second space functionality provides separate user experiences for example for work and home
  • Stellar performance - the single most defining aspect for the Note 5 Pro may be the excellent new chip that powers it - the Snapdragon 636 - in short, in terms of both benchmarks, and real life use, it blows every other phone in the price bracket out of the water - be it the loading times for heavy games, opening multiple apps or just switching between multiple heavy apps and games - the phone simply sails through everything
  • The heat management is excellent too - the phone hardly gets warm even after playing games on the phone for an hour straight
  • Very good set of dual cameras at the rear - you have a 12MP primary camera (Sony IMX486) with a sensor size of 1.25um and an aperture of f/2.2 - the secondary 5MP camera is used for depth sensing only and has a sensor size of 1.12um with f/2.0 aperture - in ample lighting conditions, the camera captures a good amount of details and has a punchy colour reproduction - low light image capabilities are equally good and the camera has good dynamic range - even the portrait (bokeh) images look better than most of its competitors - they carry plenty of details and the background blur is also quite good
  • Overall, this is the arguably the best camera phone in this price bracket now, having a slight edge over the existing top camera phones in the bracket, like the Xiaomi Mi A1
  • Very good front camera too - takes good images in all kinds of lighting conditions - you also get software based portrait image, which lets you take that ‘Bokeh’ image with background blur and is decent
  • Good audio quality through both headphones, and the speaker
  • Good call quality
  • Stellar battery life - still runs for two days straight, continuing the tradition of the Redmi Note series
  • Decent (though not great) charging speed - takes a little over two hours to fully charge the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro’s 4, 000mAh battery
  • On the whole, Redmi Note 5 Pro offers everything you need from this price bracket - superior performance, excellent battery life and a good camera - simply put, this is almost a complete package when it comes to mid-range smartphone
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • ZenUI has improved from before is now more streamlined, but it is still not the most elegant Android UI
  • The design is simple and works, but is largely a continuation of the old Redmi Note design - it's not a gorgeous, stand out device by by any means
  • Still continues with the old micro USB standard, there is no modern USB Type-C support
  • While MIUI is one of the nicer Android UIs, it does have some bloat in terms of unneeded apps - and a lot of people still prefer a more stock Android approach
  • While the cameras are excellent in still photography, they are only average as far as video recording goes
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  1. Without a doubt the top budget performer right now
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  2. There’s really no matching the Redmi Note 5 Pro in terms of performance and features at this price
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  3. The Redmi Note 5 offers everything you need from a sub-15K phone today - superior performance, excellent battery life and a good camera.
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