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Comparison: Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro vs Mi A1

The Redmi Note 5 Pro is the primary cellphone from the home of Xiaomi to enter India in 2018. Not simply this, however it’s also the primary Redmi Phone to return with ‘Pro’ branding and a dual-camera. 

The 4GB RAM variant Redmi Note 5 Pro is priced at Rs 13,999, which clashes with one other in style smartphone from Xiaomi — the Mi A1.

The Redmi Note 5 Pro clearly has a more moderen , however the digicam prowess and inventory Android expertise of the Mi A1 makes it a worthy competitor. So let’s hold the telephones aspect by aspect and see which trumps the opposite and through which division. 

Design and construct

If you take into account first impressions, the entrance of the Redmi Note 5 Pro is sufficient to catch your consideration, because of the brand new 5.9-inch show with 18:9 side ratio. Also, if you’re extra involved in flaunting the iPhone X like digicam design, then that’s one of many causes to go for it.

Logically, the Mi A1 has a greater design and construct. The edges of the Note 5 Pro and the Mi A1 are equally thick visibly, however that’s as a result of Xiaomi has elevated the curvature on the perimeters of the again panel. It may look skinny however it’s really zero.8mm thicker than the Mi A1. This might be felt instantly as you maintain it. 

The longer display screen measurement of the Redmi Note 5 Pro makes it barely tough to entry all elements of the display screen with one hand, the place the Mi A1 feels higher. So, if you happen to ask which among the many two might be held for an extended interval comfortably – I’d say the Mi A1 it’s. 

If you might be allergic to bezels, which I suppose many already are, the Mi A1 may not impress you. This doesn’t imply the Redmi Note 5 Pro is void of bezels, it simply has thinner bezels that additionally led to extinction of the bodily navigation keys. 

The Mi A1 can be barely lighter than the Redmi Note 5 Pro, which provides as much as the usability issue. Also, the digicam protrusion on the Note 5 Pro makes the cellphone wobble once you place it on the again. This signifies that you could slap a again cowl on it.

So the Mi A1 is healthier by way of consolation of usability however if you want to hold a tool that appears extra 2018, then the Redmi Note 5 Pro is definitely the one.

Performance and software program

To make it truthful for each, we in contrast the 4GB RAM variant of each the telephones. While measurement of storage and RAM are alike, the SoC is an enormous differentiator. The Mi A1 runs the Snapdragon 625 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro runs Snapdragon 636. 

During our take a look at, the Mi A1 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro fared equally in primary duties. But there’s little question that the Snapdragon 636 on the Redmi 5 Pro is a greater performer in the case of intensive utilization. The distinction is clearly seen within the digicam, the place the Mi A1 is barely sluggish in capturing and processing pictures.

Opening and shutting of apps is barely quicker on the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Although it is exhausting to note, it turns into extra evident when there are tons of apps working within the background. 

On the software program entrance, the Mi A1 feels loads neater and straightforward to make use of when in comparison with the MIUI 9. The Redmi Note 5 Pro regardless of being a more moderen cellphone nonetheless runs the older model on Android. 

Ideally, the Mi A1 ought to really feel smoother and quicker however the processing prowess of the Redmi Note 5 Pro makes up for it. 


Hands down, the Redmi Note 5 Pro is a transparent winner on this division. The decision on each the telephones is full HD, however the distinction right here is huge. The Mi A1 has a smaller 5.5-inch show, whereas the Redmi Note 5 Pro has a tall 5.9-inch show that stands out.

The show on the Note 5 Pro offers an immersive and a premium really feel. It is loads brighter than the Mi A1 and that makes it nice for daylight legibility. I used to seek out the Mi A1’s show higher than many however when in comparison with the Note 5 Pro’s show, issues modified. 

The Mi A1 has a blue tint, which isn’t apparent till you set the Redmi Note 5 Pro by its aspect. The Mi A1 absolutely produces good color tones, however the Note 5 Pro appears to be like far too vivid in entrance of it. 

Both the telephones have an honest show for watching movies, gaming and studying. But if now we have to decide on one, the Redmi Note 5 Pro wins by an enormous margin. 


The Mi A1 comes full of a 3080mAh battery and the Redmi Note 5 Pro has a 4000mAh cell. The Redmi Note 5 Pro is a transparent winner on paper, and in actual life utilization as properly. 

Below are some outcomes of our battery take a look at. 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro

Video (20 minutes) – 2% drop

Browsing (20 minutes) – 2% drop

Gaming (15 minutes) – 2% drop

Xiaomi Mi A1

Video (20 minutes) – four% drop

Browsing (20 minutes) – four% drop

Gaming (15 minutes) – three% drop

The Redmi Note 5 Pro lasts for greater than 12 hours on single cost after primary utilization. The Mi A1 however offers round eight hours of backup after related utilization.


Both the telephones boast of a twin digicam setup, which on the Mi A1 is a telephoto + vast angle, whereas the Redmi Note 5 Pro has a monochrome secondary digicam. 

The Redmi Note 5 Pro produces punchier colors, however the Mi A1 has higher dynamic vary within the photos. Both the telephones are good in the case of capturing particulars however the photos from Mi A1 seemed barely sharper in daylight. 

Also, the Mi A1 does a greater bokeh than the Redmi Note 5 Pro, which suffers with the identical uneven blurring concern. 

Both the telephones deal with lighting very properly, and for his or her worth we will suggest any for his or her efficiency in good gentle. 

The Mi A1 does click on good photos however the superior processor of the Redmi Note 5 Pro comes into play to hurry up picture processing. In quick, the Note 5 Pro has it snappier.

In low gentle, the Redmi Note 5 Pro does approach higher job at dealing with gentle and the colors are properly saturated. The Mi A1 positively captures well-defined photos however when the images are in contrast – the distinction reveals up. 

You can evaluate the digicam samples under.

What’s extra?

The Mi A1 has a 10v amplifier which makes it sound a bit higher than the Redmi Note 5 Pro whereas utilizing headphones. 

Which one to purchase?

Overall, the Redmi Note 5 Pro is undoubtedly a extra highly effective cellphone than the Mi A1. The cellphone additionally excels within the digicam division apart from the portraits, show can be extra immersive, and it dominates the Mi A1 by way of battery life as properly. 

So the one division the place the Mi A1 stands out is the design and ease of usability. So, if you happen to do not care concerning the software program and the design a lot, then Redmi Note 5 Pro is what you want. 

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