The Redmi Note 5 Pro (Review) was the best-selling smartphone in India last year due to its great overall performance and impressive value-for-money factor. Xiaomi was selling millions of Redmi Note 5 Pro units every month. Now, the company’s India head has announced that Xiaomi has managed to sell over 1 crore units of the Redmi Note 5 Pro.
To celebrate its success, the smartphone brand has decided to permanently drop the pricing of the device by at least INR 2,000, and it applies to both the variants of the phone. Let’s have a look at the new pricing.
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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Price Drops Permanently
After this permanent price drop, the Redmi Note 5 Pro variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage is priced at INR 12,999 (earlier priced at INR 13,999). The variant of the phone with 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage will now cost INR 13,999 (earlier priced at INR 15,999) after a price drop of INR 2,000.
Shockingly, we had noticed yesterday that the company was selling the Redmi Note 5 Pro, Redmi Note 6 Pro, and the Mi A2 for the same price. Why would anyone buy the Redmi Note 5 Pro if it is selling for the same price as that of the newer and better Redmi Note 6 Pro? Well, now that the company has dropped the pricing of the Redmi Note 5 Pro, the pricing structure looks logical.
Is Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Still A Good Choice?
No. The Redmi Note 5 Pro is one year old now. It was launched in February 2018 and was succeeded by the slightly improved Redmi Note 6 Pro after just eight months. At a price of INR 12,999, you get a 5.99-inch IPS LCD screen with Full HD+ resolution, Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, microSD card slot (uses SIM 2 slot), a 12MP+5MP dual-camera with 1080p video recording, a 20MP selfie camera with LED flash, Android 8.1-based MIUI 10, fingerprint reader and a 4000mAh battery.
At the same price, you can get yourself the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M2, which has a much faster Snapdragon 660 processor and a larger 5000mAh battery. You get most of the other features as that of the Redmi Note 5 Pro: a 12MP+5MP dual-camera at the rear (but with better 4K video recording), a high-resolution 13MP front-facing camera, and all the latest connectivity features. It also comes with stock Android UI and is set to get the Android 9 Pie update soon. However, you would be losing on a bit of RAM and storage. The entry-level variant of the Zenfone Max Pro M2 has 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. Spend INR 2,000 extra, and you get the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage variant for INR 14,999.
If you don’t want to skimp on RAM and storage, you can look out for the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 (Review), which was released a few months ago. The variant of the phone with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage brings with it a 5.99-inch IPS LCD 1080p screen, Snapdragon 636 processor, metal design, Android 8.1 Oreo, 13MP+5MP dual-camera with 4K video recording (something that the Redmi Note 5 Pro still lacks), an 8MP selfie camera, dedicated dual-SIM and microSD card slots, and a 5000mAh battery. All of this for INR 1,000 less than what the Redmi Note 5 Pro now costs.