Xiaomi Redmi Pro Review: Peripheral Vision

By 11:42 Tue, 17 Aug 2021 Comments


Xiaomi phones have a strict social structure, almost like royalty. Mi phones are the ruling princes, Redmis are the barons below them. Add 'Note' to the title and acquire half an inch of extra classy screen size in either tier.

That makes the Xiaomi Redmi Pro a rebel, the first of its kind. Perhaps the Pro name signifies the flagship chipset it uses but this begs the question, if this is the Pro, which Redmi phone is the vanilla version? It also has a 5.5-inch classy screen yet it doesn't carry a Note moniker. You can easily see why we struggled finding the correct place for the Redmi Pro in the Xiaomi portfolio. Last, but not the least, this outside-the-box phone comes with a selection of unique features to match its attitude.

The dual-camera is the most recognizable one. This isn't a wide-angle lens like the LG G5 or a B&W capturing camera like the Huawei P9. The second eye adds depth perception, used for a number of effects in the camera. The Redmi Pro is also Xiaomi's first dip into AMOLED, but it's not a familiar Samsung panel. Instead, it's a native Chinese panel from EverDisplay.

With its metal build and similar features, you may be wondering why not acquire an orthodox Redmi Note 4 instead? Let's break it down.

Xiaomi Redmi Pro key features

  • Aluminum unibody design
  • 5.5" LTPS-AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) display of 1080p resolution; 403ppi
  • Android 6.0.1 with MIUI 8
  • MediaTek Helio X20; Standard 10-core processor at 2.1Giga Hertz (GHz) (Standard edition); 3GB of RAM; Mali-T880 MP4 GPU at 700Mega Hertz (MHz) (the one we're reviewing)
  • High and Exclusive editions with Helio X25 - 10-core processor at 2.5GHz; 3GB (High) or 4GB (Exclusive) of RAM; Mali-T880 MP4 GPU at 850MHz
  • Storage: 32GB (Standard), 64GB (High) or 128GB (Exclusive); microSD support, hybrid slot shared with 2nd SIM
  • Dual SIM, LTE, Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, Universal Serial Bus (USB) Type-C; IR blaster
  • Dual 13MP + 5MP rear capturing camera with PDAF, f2.0 aperture, dual Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash; depth and other effects; 1080p video, 720p @ 120fps
  • 5 megapixel front camera, f2.0 aperture; 1080p video
  • Fingerprint sensor on the Home key
  • 4,050mAh battery

Main shortcomings

  • Hybrid DualSIM/microSD card slot limits options on the dual-SIM model
  • No Quick charge 2.0/3.0 support, just 5V/2A charging
  • No 5Giga Hertz (GHz) Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) support

Versus the Redmi Note 4

  • The dual camera, of course (but same photo and video resolution)
  • AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) classy screen - better contrast and color accuracy
  • Options with overclocked chipsets, more storage, and Random-Access Memory (RAM)
  • No quick charging; but Universal Serial Bus (USB) Type-C instead of microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0
  • No 5Giga Hertz (GHz) Wi-Fi
  • Metal bodies of the same size and weight; virtually identical battery
  • Higher price (~40% for the respective 3GB/64GB versions)

Alright, so there's some confusion in the ranks. But, honestly, once your eyes acquire used to AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) blacks, it's hard to go back. Of course, we haven't tested an EverDisplay AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) before - will it be as fine as Samsung's Super AMOLED?

Xiaomi Redmi Pro next to the Redmi Note 4

And the dual capturing camera is always fine for neat tricks, though it adds small to regular photography. HTC's efforts on this front were met with apathy (sort of like its 3D efforts), can Xiaomi really hope to do better?

And is all that worth the price bump? Well, let's first check that screen, shall we? And we'll acquire to the capturing camera too.

Special thanks to HonorBuy for providing the review unit.



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