Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (4GB RAM) is a significantly better phone than the realme 2 (4GB RAM, 64GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (4GB RAM)!

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (4GB RAM)  realme 2 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
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Excellence Score
50.3
33.6
Value for Money Score
89.6
82.3
Price ₹ 13,405 onwards ₹ 10,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Feb, 2018 Sep, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.99 inches 6.2 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2160 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch) 720x1520 pixels (~ 271 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display, Sunlight mode, Night mode, Reading mode, Color temperature adjustment, Standard mode IPS LCD, FullView Display, 2.5D Gurved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 636Ranked #30 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 450Ranked #55 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 509 Adreno 506
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB USB
Primary Camera 12MP + 5MP 13MP + 2MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 1.12um Pixel Size, F/2.0 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Enhanced low-light Photography, HDR, Panorama, Burst mode, Face recognition 13MP: F/2.2 Aperture, 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture, PDAF, 5P Lens, Bokeh mode, Live AR sticker, AI beautification 2.0, HDR
Secondary Camera 20.0MP 8.0MP
Secondary Camera Features Soft Selfie-light, 1.0um Pixel Size, F/2.2 Aperture, Beautify 4.0, Selfie timer, Face recognition, Full HD Video Recording F/2.2 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size, AI beautification 2.0, AR sticker, HDR
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 128 GB up to 256 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
Thickness 8.05 mm 8.2 mm
Weight 181 gm 168 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 4230 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, Quick Charge 2.0
Other Battery Parameters N/A Gaming time: 10 hrs, Video Playback Time: 15hrs, Audio Playback Time: 18hrs, Internet Browsing Time: 18hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Dual VoLTE; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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
  • Stunning, unique design, carrying on the design language of the Realme 1 - the first thing you notice about this device is the back panel - it is made of fibreglass body with a Diamond-like finish at the back, which reflects light in attractive ways - continues to be one of the best-looking devices you will find in the budget segment
  • The rounded edges provide good grip
  • Now includes a fingerprint sensor, which was missing in the Realme 1
  • The display is now a slightly larger 'notch' panel - it provides an immersive experience, decent colours, and wide viewing angles
  • ColorOS UI adds some useful features like an AI board (which can be accessed by swiping left on the Home and shows stuff like steps count, photos, favourite contacts, travel tickets), smart driving mode, app cloning, privacy password, and tons of customisation options - though, having said that, it can get somewhat cluttered too in areas such as the Settings panel, and is not quite as simple as stock Android
  • Decent dual-camera setup - does reasonably well in good lighting conditions (similar to the Realme 1) and can also additionally give some decent bokeh shots thanks to the secondary camera
  • Decent selfie camera too in daylight, again very similar in quality to the Realme 1 selfie camera
  • Excellent battery life - the combination of a 4230mAh battery, and AI battery management means that the phone can comfortably last the day even with heavy use - and go up to 2 days with light to moderate use
  • On the whole, the Realme 2 is another good phone in the Realme series, with a beautiful design, and is essentially an alternative to the Realme 1 (as opposed to a 'better' successor) - it gains over the Realme 1 in terms of a slightly larger 'notch' display with Gorilla Glass protection, and better battery life - and lags behind it in terms of display resolution, and speed/performance - which one you prefer might be down to what you value more
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • 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
  • 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
  • Still continues with the old micro USB standard, there is no modern USB Type-C support
  • The back panel is prone to scratches and fingerprints (you will probably want to use the included case)
  • While the display is slightly larger, the resolution is actually a degrade over the Realme 1
  • At the same time, the display is also reflective and not the most bright, which means sunlight legibility is not the best
  • While the phone works perfectly fine as a daily driver, it's performance is definitely not the best in class owing to its Snapdragon 450 internals
  • No fast charging support
Expert Reviews
  1. Without a doubt the top budget performer right now
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. There’s really no matching the Redmi Note 5 Pro in terms of performance and features at this price
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Redmi Note 5 offers everything you need from a sub-15K phone today - superior performance, excellent battery life and a good camera.
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. It takes the title of our favorite mid-range smartphone of 2018
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  16. beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. news18.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. If you are shopping for the best bang for your money, look no further
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. If you are looking for a phone in this price range, there are better options
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A handy phone for someone who isn’t a power user, and looks for a device that looks good and offers a lot of features
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. If you are looking for a smartphone in this price that offers a stellar battery life, and a design that you can flaunt, the Realme 2 is a good option
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. Still good value for money
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Impresses with its design, battery performance and it is one of the cheapest phones to come with a notched display
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. The premium-looking phone comes with too many compromises
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. A great-looking smartphone
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. The cheapest phone with a notch
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. There are better options out in the market
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. If you are not a camera enthusiast and want a budget phone model with strong build and long battery life, Realme 2 would be a good choice
    gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. Realme 2 has a couple of compromises, but it is still one the best phones you can buy right now at this price
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. livemint.com hands-on Read Review »
  16. stuff.tv hands-on Read Review »
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