Redmi Note 5 Pro, the high-end variant in Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 series, is now open for pre-orders. This means users will no longer have to wait for a flash sale in order to pick up the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Instead, they can pre-order Redmi Note 5 Pro from Mi.com, which is Xiaomi’s e-commerce website. However, the cheaper Redmi Note 5 is still being sold via weekly flash sales. Redmi Note 5 Pro’s price in India starts at Rs 13,999 for the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage version, while the 6GB RAM+64GB storage version costs Rs 16,999. This is the most expensive Redmi phone that Xiaomi has ever launched in the Indian market.
The pre-orders are now open and users will be able to pick the colour and variant they wish to buy. Xiaomi says pre-orders of the Redmi Note 5 Pro will be shipped within 2-4 weeks, so this could be a long wait in some cases. The other alternative for buying the Redmi Note 5 Pro and the regular Redmi Note 5 is Flipkart.com. Sale takes place every Wednesday. However, sales on Flipkart for Redmi Note 5 Pro have one condition: no cash on delivery as an option. Full payment has to be made for the phone when buying from Flipkart.com.
Redmi Note 5 Pro: How to pre-order, terms and conditions to keep in mind
Xiaomi says the pre-ordered products are priority dispatches, and generally shipped within 5 business days if the online transaction is successful. The shipping time varies from product to product, says the company, and it can take 2-4 weeks for delivery. Users should keep in mind that they cannot change the delivery pin code after placing an order for the Redmi Note 5 Pro.
However, users have the option to cancel the order for the Redmi Note 5 Pro. But the cancellation needs to be done before it is shipped. Do note that with pre-order of Redmi Note 5 Pro, cash on delivery is not an option. Users will have to do an online payment only, before placing an order. If the payment is not successful, it means the pre-order has not gone through.
Xiaomi’s terms and conditions also says that users can add 1 to 2 products per pre-order. Other in-stock products can be added to the pre-order as well, but they will all be dispatched together. If an order is cancelled before it has been dispatched, refund will take between 5 to 7 business days (excluding holidays). Once it has been delivered, the return and refund process is the same as normal orders. Users have to accept Xiaomi’s terms and conditions, and then sign into their Mi account or via Facebook to place the order.
It should be noted that the Redmi Note 5 has been made available in offline stores by Xiaomi. This is available with select retailers. However, users will have to pay Rs 500 more when they purchase the Redmi Note 5 offline. Redmi Note 5 Pro is not yet available offline, though this should happen soon. With Redmi Note 5 Pro, the company is offering free delivery as well.
Redmi Note 5 Pro: Top specifications, features to keep in mind
Redmi Note 5’s Pro big change compared to Redmi Note 5 is the processor and camera. Redmi Note 5 Pro has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, which is an octa-core one. For those who are on the older Redmi Note 4, the Redmi Note 5 Pro makes a better option to consider, simply because this one has a newer, more powerful processor. Redmi Note 5 continues to be on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, which was the same on the Redmi Note 4 smartphone from 2017. Also Redmi Note 5 Pro comes in only two RAM variants: 4GB and 6GB RAM. The storage is the same on both at 64GB, which is expandable via a microSD card to 256GB.
Camera is the other highlight of the Redmi Note 5 Pro, which has a 12MP+5MP set up on the back. Xiaomi is using two RGB sensors on the Redmi Note 5 Pro. This is not a telephoto and wide-angle lens setup like the Mi A1, which is an Android One phone from the company. The front camera on Redmi Note 5 Pro is also a big improvement: 20MP with flash. The Redmi Note 5 in comparison has a 5MP front camera. The phone’s front camera supports facial recognition as well.
Redmi Note 5 Pro’s other big highlight is the taller display which is 5.99-inches with 18:9 aspect ratio and Full HD+ resolution. On the battery front, the phone has a a 4000 mAh, which is the same as the Redmi Note 5, and can easily last a day. However, Xiaomi has not pack the phone with a Type-C USB port or fast charging. The major negative with Redmi Note 5 Pro is that the phone is still on the older Android Nougat 7.1.2 with MIUI 9.