Earlier this week, Xiaomi revealed the Redmi Note 5 Pro in India. Among its many features, the device is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636. The Snapdragon 636 is the same as the Snapdragon 660 in that it is built on the 14nm node and it also brings Kyro cores to the mid-range category with the chipset carrying 8 Kyro 260 cores in a 4 + 4 cluster.
The Kyro 260 leverages four semi-custom Cortex A73 cores bonked at 1.8GHz in addition to four semi-custom Cortex A53 energy-efficient cores at 1.6GHz, Adreno 509 GPU, and Qualcomm’s X12 LTE modem with about 600Mbps downlink. The Cortex A73 cores are some of the fastest available today, and as such the Redmi Note 5 Pro offers a noticeable uptick in performance over the likes of the Redmi Note 5 and other Xiaomi phones in the budget segment.
In fact, there is no device in the budget segment that can compare to the Redmi Note 5 Pro in terms of absolute functionality. Not the Redmi Note 5, which shares the same Snapdragon 625 platform as its predecessor or even the Snapdragon 650-based Redmi Note 3, which has two Cortex A72 cores.
The Cortex A72 cores of higher-performance give the Snapdragon 650 a lead in CPU-intensive tasks, but the 28nm design does not in actual terms provide the same levels of battery efficiency as the 14nm chipsets.
With a score of 112649, the Redmi Note 5 Pro is in the lead among the devices in the budget segment, with the Snapdragon 625-based Redmi Note 5 posting a score of 77236. The high score is as a result of the semi-custom Cortex A73 cores which elevates the overall performance of the device.
Other phones in this segment have even more powerful hardware, and the Snapdragon 636 is a generational leap forward and should make budget phones more exciting.
The phone will be available for sale in India beginning tomorrow the 22nd of February on Flipkart, and it is in two variants — a model with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage for ₹13,999 ($215), and a version with 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage for ₹16,999 ($260).