In addition to an optimal battery life and a fast processor, of course, the built-in camera sensor in a smartphone is one of the most important features in the decision of buying a smartphone.
After Huawei made it very successful with the P9; And now with the Honor 8, now Xiaomi throws with the Redmi Pro a top equipped smartphone with 2 cameras on the back.
Today I would like to introduce you the Xiaomi Redmi Pro, a dual-cam smartphone, powered by MTK’s Helio X20 SoC or Helio X25 SoC with the Xiaomi as I find everything has done right.
Packaging and content
Xiaomi remains true to his line and delivers the Redmi Pro in the well-known white, narrow carton. On the top of the box is the phone, with a transport foil on the front and back.
On the back label are the IMEIs, the MEID and the serial number as well as some warnings and test stickers.
Directly underneath is the short manual and a pin for removing the SIM tray.
Xiaomi attaches the 2A Euroloader with USB cable to the box.
Design and processing
The Xiaomi Redmi Pro convinced me completely and convinced by the design and the materials used. So far, I only knew about such a first-class “look and feel” from the Huawei flagships, such as the P9 or the current Mate series.
An absolutely successful composition of brushed aluminum and glass, rounded, without transitions or columns: just perfect!
The switches on the right side of the Redmi Pro are just as perfect, with perfect pressure points. Also the SIM Tray on the left side sits in the housing without one can feel a transition.The two cameras on the back of the case also fit into the housing, with a two-color LED light.
Also the two “covers” above and below, if you want to call them at all, sit absolutely passively in the body: it is really no transition to feel.
The fingerprint sensor of the Redmi Pro sits on the front in the center under the display and is also almost seamlessly integrated into the body. It also functions as a Home Button.
A word to the fingerprint sensor: ultra quick with an acquisition rate of 100% so far.
The Redmi Pro weighs 174g and its dimensions are 151.5 x 76.2 x 8.15mm.
An optimal choice that Xiaomi has taken here
was installed a power-saving OLED 2.5D Arc 5.5 “display with a 1080 × 1920 resolution FHD – also the display is perfectly integrated into the aluminum body.
Anyone who has ever been allowed to own a Xiaomi Phone will appreciate the extensive settings in the settings to adapt the display to their own needs. The luminosity and color reproduction is simply fantastic and even in the sunlight, the Redmi Pro display is very useful. Here Xiaomi plays in the league!
The Redmi Pro has Xiaomi in the small version of the Redmi Pro 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM memory in combination with the MTK Helio X20 SoC; The big brothers with 3GB of RAM and 64GB of ROM and 4GB of RAM and 128GB of ROM memory work with the Helio X25 SoC!
When AnTuTu benchmark the redmi scored per a result of 68220 points – a value of speaks for itself I think:
Of course, the memory can be expanded with all versions via Micro SD card up 128GB.
My tester, kindly provided by the (German) owner of the CECT-SHOP in China , is a Helio X20 SoC with 10 (!) Processor cores driven with a clock speed of 2.1GHz, while by 3GB of RAM and Mali T880 MP4 GPU with 700MHz Supported.
The internal memory with 32GB can be extended via the hybrid SIM slot by a further 128GB via microSD memory card.
In combination with a 4000mAh, more than highly successfully in the previous models, optimal running times are achieved: almost 2 days intensive use (4 mail accounts every 15 minutes Check, social media, div Messenger Apps, Navigation, Sync with SmartWatch.. And much more) are loaded with a load. This time, the battery is charged via the USB Type-C port. On the included 5V – 2A charger I am already received.
Out of the Box, the Redmi Pro is delivered without the Google Play Store and with preinstalled MIUI 7.x, after a comprehensive OTA update, the Redmi Pro now also convinces with MIUI 188.8.131.52 – on my test device in English, but nothing Problem.
If you prefer “pre-installed” German, the Redmi Pro has yet to flash with an EU Custom ROM.For instructions, please visit the Xiaomi EU Community website , you can download the ROM here .
A word about the missing Google PlayStore: a few good programmers have created an installation apk that will install the complete Google PlayStore with all the necessary services and syncs. Here all necessary information, instructions and download options:
Link to Google Installer
Conclusion: at the Redmi Pro there are no ruckers or thought-breaks!
It does what it should – and the scon in the “small” 3GB RAM variant PERFECT.
Networks and telephony
The redmi Pro supports all major worldwide frequencies:
GSM: B2 / B3 / B8
WCDMA: B1 / B2 / B5 / B8
TD-SCDMA: B34 / B39
CDMA2000 / 1X BC0
FDD LTE: B1 / B3 / B5 / B7 / B8
TD -LTE: B38 / B39 / B40 / B41 (2555-2655MHz)
the redmi Pro switches very quickly from Edge to H + or 4G and if necessary back, said for rural areas needed (depending on the provider) Volume 20 is not supported.
In my test, for example, O2 4G was relatively seldom available, whereas in the case of t-mobile, a data connection via LTE is not a problem especially in large cities and their surrounding areas.
I personally would not overestimate the said circumstance of the missing band 20 support.
The data connection is stable, here Xiaomi has also done well with the Redmi Pro with the accommodation of the antenna (s). Just as good is the communication with the telephony.
In the Redmi Pro, two SIM cards can be accommodated in the Hybrid SIM Tray: a nano SIM and a micro SIM; Or a micro SIM and a micro SD card (up to 128GB).
When using 2 SIM cards in parallel, the primary SIM supports 4G + / 4G / 3G / 2G for data connections and telephony, while the second SIM card supports 3G calls.
The Redmi Pro also supports VoLTE.
WiFi frequency bands 802.11 b / g / n with the corresponding speeds, WiFi Display and WiFi Direct. It supports
Bluetooth 4.1 is implemented and always guaranteed a stable connection to my various smartwatches.
Connectivity and sensors
The usual sensors (Ambient Light Sensor, Hall Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope) are also available in the Redmi Pro.
A special feature is an IR transmitter integrated, controlled by the App Mi Remote remote control of all kinds of devices such as TV, DVD player or music systems.
And not only theoretically, but also practical: a Samsung TV set of older generation was furnished in minutes and remote controllable. Compliment!
Redmi Pro is also excellent for navigation purposes: the GPS Fix is done in seconds and the route guidance is absolutely reliable. Supported are GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS and BeiDou positioning.
Of course, Xiaomi also offers a fingerprint sensor in the Redmi Pro.
Contrary to the usual placement as with the other Redmi models, the fingerprint sensor at the Redmi Pro finds its place in the style of the top models Mi5 and Mi5 pro directly in the home button on the front.
As expected from Xiaomi, the detection works without delay with a rate of 100% – a second attempt I never needed.
One does not necessarily have to follow the Pixelwahn to a smartphone a camera to deliver the excellent results supplies, Xiaomi here proves us with the 2 camera sensors on the back of the Redmi Pro.
A Sony IMX 258 sensor ensures excellent recording; The second sensor below, a 5MP Samsung sensor, captures the depth information.
With the finished image, when you have recorded with this stereo mode, the depth of focus can be determined subsequently, or the object can be selected, which is to be reproduced sharply. As far as theory is concerned – in practice, this process works very well. I personally find this feature absolutely useful, because I can subsequently set the desired effect on the display.
Another highlight of the two main cameras is the possibility to watch the photo taken in stereo mode in 3D. The photo has to be opened only in the camera app: a really impressive effect! Furthermore, the background of the stereo mode photo can be changed. Various modes are available:
Also in normal mode the Redmi Pro delivers very good results.
The focus is very fast and accurate; The point to be fixed can be selected by means of a fingertip on the display, and then, if necessary or desired, an exposure correction can also take place in both directions. The color reproduction is absolutely successful and on the gorgeous OLED display a real pleasure.
Both modes deliver good results even in extreme light conditions. In normal mode, the Redmi Pro automatically switches to the HDR mode, if desired, and then it becomes quite interesting: the otherwise too dark areas in the foreground with bright backlight are displayed in a fine-illuminated manner:
The triggering is just as fast as the autofocus, also here’s nothing to complain about.
In the case of poorer light conditions and internal shots, the results do not match my Huawei P9, but they still outshine all the other models tested in this league.
As a Selfie Cam-Sensor a 5MP 85 ° wide angle camera sensor is used, light intensity f2.0.
As a bonus, there are 36 so-called Smart Beauty Profiles for the absolute Selfie fan.
Through the built-sensor with wide angle lens selfies succeed perfectly.
Here are some sample photos:
The Redmi Pro I think is an absolutely successful combination of hardware and software.
The bright and vibrant OLED FHD display, the dual cameras on the back and the excellent photos it delivers, as well as the fast MTK Helio X20 10Core processor I think is an absolutely successful combination, which are already available for under 200 €!
Also here the price / performance ratio!
Here you can watch my Unboxing / Review video:
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