Xiaomi has announced the addition of full-screen gesture feature for its latest smartphones featuring an 18:9 aspect ratio display, including the Redmi Note 5 Pro. The iPhone X-style feature has been added to the latest Global beta ROM version 8.3.1 as well as MIUI 9.5. Apart from the Redmi Note 5 Pro, the full-screen gestures will also be available on the Mi Mix, Mi Mix 2, Redmi 5, and the Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5 in India). However, most Redmi Note 5 Pro owners will still need to wait some time to be able to utilize the new feature as Xiaomi hasn’t confirmed exactly when it plans to roll out the stable MIUI 9.5 update for the smartphone.
Redmi Note 5 Pro: Full-Screen Gesture Feature
The new full-screen gestures basically allow users to enjoy a true full-screen experience without the on-screen buttons occupying the screen real estate at the bottom. Once you install the latest MIUI 9 Global beta ROM, you will be able to use gestures to go back to the home screen, find all recent apps, or simply go back to the previous page.
To enable the full-screen gestures on the Redmi Note 5 Pro, you will need to head over to Settings > Full Screen Display and select Full Screen Gestures. Once the full-screen gestures are enabled, you will be made to go through a tutorial to use the gestures. Full-screen gestures supported on the Redmi Note 5 Pro include swiping from bottom to top to get to the home screen, swiping from the bottom of the screen and then pause to find recent apps, and swiping from the left or right from the edge of the screen to go back to the previous page. When you are using an app that has its own feature when performing gestures from the left or right from the screen, you will need to swipe left or right from the top edge of the screen in the top area to trigger the app’s gesture feature. Xiaomi also says that users may need to perform a double swipe in certain situations such as playing games or watching videos in full screen for the gestures to take effect.
Redmi Note 5 Pro: Price in India
The Redmi Note 5 Pro in India starts at Rs.13,999 for the base variant, which includes 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Xiaomi has priced the higher end variant of the Redmi Note 5 Pro at Rs.16,999. While the more expensive variant offers the same 64GB of onboard storage, it packs 6GB of RAM for a superior multitasking experience.
Redmi Note 5 Pro: Features and Specifications
The Redmi Note 5 Pro, similar to the more affordable Redmi Note 5, features a 5.99-inch 1080 x 2160 Full HD+ IPS display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. Not only does the Redmi Note 5 Pro display have a bigger display area but is said to be more resistant compared to previous budget smartphones from the company, thanks to the 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass layer on top. To further prevent screen damage, Xiaomi has added reinforcements to the corners of the device to spread the impact in case of an accidental drop.
Powering the Redmi Note 5 Pro is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636 octa-core processor, manufactured on a 14nm process. Utilizing Qualcomm’s custom Kryo architecture, the chipset is claimed to be up to 40% faster compared to its predecessor. In terms of memory, as we mentioned above, the smartphone is offered in two variants – 4GB RAM + 64GB storage and 6GB RAM + 64GB storage.
The Redmi Note 5 Pro is equipped with a 1.25μm pixel dual camera on the back with a 12MP primary sensor sourced from Sony and a 5MP Samsung sensor. However, unlike the Mi A1, the Redmi Note 5 Pro does not support 4K video capture. On the front is a 20MP resolution selfie camera paired with a 4500k Selfie-light for taking selfies even in low light conditions. To help you take better selfies, Xiaomi offers the AI-based Beautify 4.0 technology, said to have been optimized for India. The smartphone offers Face Unlock as well, allowing users to unlock their phone in under 0.2 seconds.
In the connectivity department, Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band, Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, IR blaster, and 4G VoLTE. The fingerprint sensor is placed on the back of the handset. The battery inside the phone is a 4000mAh unit with support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0. In terms of dimensions, the Redmi Note 5 measures 158.6 x 75.4 x 8.05mm and weighs in at 181 grams. The smartphone currently runs on Android 7.1 Nougat-based MIUI 9.0 software.