Xiaomi, biggest Chinese phone manufacturer recently came up with its appealing mid-range phone to demolish similar budget range phones. With covering primary market in China and India, Xiaomi is no less than a nightmare to other competitor companies including Samsung, Motorola and more.
Moreover, after all the rumor and leaks, Xiaomi added its latest value for money phone to its Redmi Note range on 14th Feb 2018. After the success last year with Redmi Note 4 is the most sold phone, Xiaomi raised a bar and thus to continue with what Xiaomi is known for, they have launched two new phones Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro with the “Full-View Display.” Redmi Note 5 Pro is their first phone with the 18:9 display and few hardware tweaks under the hood.
Now talking about its quick specs, the Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with excellent built quality and the gorgeous 18:9 Full-HD Display to other beautiful colors, crisp texts, and excellent viewing angles to get your hands on. Apart from the design and looks, the device is packed with some serious hardware to complete all your tasks quickly. The device is shipping with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Chipset coupled with Andreno 509 and 4/6 GB RAM to choose from in four different colors Black, Gold, Lake Blue and Rose Gold.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Specifications
Before we continue to tricks and features, do check out the specifications of the phone.
|Operating System||MIUI v9.2.4 based on Android v7.1.1 Nougat|
|Display||5.99-inch 18:9 FHD+ (2160x1080) IPS LCD panel|
403 PPI pixel density
450 nits maximum brightness
|Chipset||14nm Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 up to 1.8GHz|
|RAM||4 GB/6 GB|
|Storage||64 GB/64 GB |
microSD slot up to 128 GB with Hybrid Slot
|Rear Camera||12 MP with 1.25 um pixel size and f/2.2 lens + 5 MP with 1.12 um pixel size and f/2.0 lens|
PDAF, LED flash
1080p video recording
|Front Camera||20MP with LED Selfie light |
1080p video recording
|Battery||4000mAh battery |
Fast charging (5V/2A)
|Connectivity||LTE with VoLTE|
Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, GLONASS
Micro-USB, 3.5mm audio jack, IR blaster
|Dimensions||158.6 × 75.4 × 8.05 mm|
|Colors||Black, Gold, Lake Blue, Rose Gold|
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Hidden Features, Tips and Tricks
In this segment of the article, we will explain some amazing features and tricks your Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with and how to master it while you read our listings.
So lets us begin…
1. Fullscreen Mode
One of the significant addition, Xiaomi came up with its latest Redmi Note 5 Pro, is its beautiful Full-HD 18:9 Display and hence enables the full-screen mode for all the installed application on the phone. The best part is you can also disable the fullscreen compatibility for any app running on the device to view it in 16:9 aspect ratio.
To enable the fullscreen mode, go to Settings -> Additional Settings -> Button and Gesture Shortcuts -> Fullscreen Mode
After enabling this mode, it stretches the apps to a native 18:9 screen ration which does not support the mode instead of showing blank black space on the screen. You can also toggle to enable/disable it for each app under this mode.
2. Enable EIS on Camera
Talking about the cameras in the mid-range phones, the Redmi Note 5 Pro has the best camera feature and specs. With the inclusion of dual-camera setup, the device manages to capture great shots and video in its segment. However, one of the most important features EIS to stabilize images and videos was missing when the phone was initially launched. However, with the later OTA updates, Xiaomi has brought the most asked feature and to enable Electronic Image Stabilization in Redmi Note 5 Pro.
Head over to Video Mode in Camera Application and tap on the menu button on the top-right corner and tap on Settings.
Search for the Image Stabilization option under Video Settings and toggle to enable/disable it and you are ready to take shots without any blurs.
3. Front Camera Portrait Mode
With the trending portrait modes, Xiaomi has also dived into one but with the Front Camera of Redmi Note 5 Pro. Its camera comes with the inbuilt portrait mode for the front camera which blurs everything in the background of the object.
However, to enable that in the front camera you need Open the Camera App and switch to front camera mode in the Photo Mode.
Now, you will see a person icon at the center of the top bar. Clicking on that enables the portrait mode or depth effect called by Xiaomi. Moreover, photos clicked using this mode will have blurred background, focusing only on the object or the person and resulting in a portrait image.
4. Remember last used Settings
If you use your phone’s camera more often to shoot selfies, videos, and pictures. However, closing the app after using the camera, it resets back to the default mode in the background. However, to remove the struggle to choose the mode everytime you open the app, you can enable to remember the last used settings and forget the problem on Redmi Note 5 Pro.
To enable it, head over to Camera Settings and toggle to enable/disable Save the previous mode option and now everytime you open your camera app, you will the same mode you closed the app at.
5. Enhance Low-Light Photos
Capturing low-light images with the mid-range mobile phones can be frustrating as they do not result to be of any use. However, to let the user come out of the problem and deliver the best results from its Dual-Camera Setup, Xiaomi has come with an option to Enhance low-light images while you use its camera Automatically.
Moreover, to enable the feature go to the Camera Settings and search for Enhance lowlight photos automatically option under camera tab. This feature in the phone makes sure you get the best possible low-light image quality.
6. Second Space
Lots of people including me are concerned about their phone’s privacy and never wishes to share the phone or its storage with anyone. Similarly, the second space feature on Redmi Note 5 Pro enables you to add a user to your phone just like you use it on a Windows PC. This feature thus creates a guest account for anyone, e.g. your roommate or partner or anyone you do not want to share your data with. However, you also get to choose to share common data for both the spaces.
If you want to use the Second Space head to Settings -> Second Space -> Click on Turn on Second Space.
You will find the second space option under System & Device tab. Moreover, switching between spaces is also easy through the notification shade to Secondary Space and by using Switch button to primary space.
7. Quick Reply and Notification Management
As we know, the Redmi Note 5 Pro is running on MIUI 9.2 based on Android Nougat and thus inherits tons of its features including quick reply and managing your notifications in a better way. With quick reply, you can quickly reply to your messages by just sliding down the notification bar and send it without even opening the respective app.
Also with nougat’s inbuilt notification filtering which groups the notification together based on its importance. This features groups the unimportant notifications under the single column and mutes it.
8. App Vault/Shelf and Quick Ball
Indian market is one of the most successful markets for Xiaomi due to which they have launched a new Indian Market-oriented feature and is promised to continue that in future. With MIUI 9 Xiaomi has brought a new App Vault feature on the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Using this shelf which is available when you swipe left from the home screen, you can access your favorite or essential applications right on the screen using their widgets.
Another feature added by Xiaomi for a better assistant to their user, Quick Ball is also brought on the Redmi Note 5 Pro. It is the assistant similar to found on the iPhones or iPads as Assistive Touch and provides you an interface on every screen to control your phone.
To enable it head over to Settings -> Additional Settings -> Quick Ball and toggle to enable/disable it by clicking on Turn on Quick Ball. Moreover, the best part is you can also customize each according to your usage.
9. Navigation Bar & Gestures
Xiaomi with Redmi Note 5 Pro has given most of the freedom to their users to customize their phone the way they like and now feature to allow customization of the navigation buttons is no less. Yes, you read that right now you can directly customize your Navigation Bar and to do that go to Settings -> Additional Settings -> Button and gesture shortcuts and choose Screen Buttons option. Under that, you can also toggle on Mirror Buttons to swap positions of new and back buttons. Below that you will have another option to Hide Soft Buttons, you can toggle it to enable/disable to hide the navigation bar when you are not using it.
Under the same option, you can also setup your desired gestures on your phone to open and use specific applications right from your lock screen including screenshots, camera, torch and more. Gestures are very convenient to use your most used applications right from the lock screen. To customize or enable gestures head over to Button and gesture shortcuts under settings and choose your gesture under Functional Shortcuts.
10. One-Handed Mode
For few the Redmi Note 5 Pro, could be huge to handle and use with a single hand but worry not as Xiaomi has given another feature to let you use it the way you like. On the Redmi Note 5 Pro, Xiaomi has brought this feature for the users with the small hands or for the one who may find the 5.99-inch display big.
To enable this mode head over to Settings -> Additional Settings -> One-Handed Mode.
Once you toggle it to enable it, you can choose the screen size you like from 3.5 to 4.5 inches. Also, if you swipe left or right after the enabling the mode, the screen will come closer to the respective side.
11. Dual Apps & Split Screen
Using more than one app on a single device is not possible even when you have a dual-SIM phone. Well, Xiaomi has the solution for you, with MIUI 9 you can use this feature to create two accounts of an app on the same device like WhatsApp (if you want to use it from on both of your numbers), Facebook (if you have more than Facebook Account), and same with other social media app. This feature makes managing multiple accounts efficiently and works similar to the original app.
Utilizing the big 5.99-inch screen the right way is always an advantage, and the split-screen multitasking is one the feature. Using split-screen feature on big display phone like on the Redmi Note 5 Pro makes things a lot easier for everyone. Moreover, to use it you need not head over anywhere, just tap on the Recent button and you will see the Split Screen option on the top left of the screen, just tap on it, and you are good to go.
Once you select the option, the screen splits into two screens and lets you interact with two apps at a time.
12. Advanced Gallery Feature
With a great camera, the device should be coupled with the perfect companion apps and with MIUI 9, Xiaomi has brought many changes in its Gallery App. The Redmi Note 5 Pro running on MIUI 9 based on Android Nougat 7.1.1 has the advanced gallery which comes with tons of features to either tweak your app or to find out its EXIF details.
On MIUI 9 Gallery, you can efficiently manage your media files and create animations and collages using right from the app. Also, it allows you erase the unwanted objects from photos in the background to make your shot look apart.
13. Face Unlock
With the latest MIUI update v9.2.4, Xiaomi has managed to bring the much-hyped feature to the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Yes, you guessed that right, we are talking about unlocking your phone just by looking at it using your face. In this latest OTA update, you get the option to unlock your device using your face data stored in the device. However, we do not agree that it is as secure as the fingerprint reader but sure is very convenient to everyone without reaching out to the back of your phone to unlock it when you can only look at it and rest is done by its front camera setup.
However, the Redmi Note 5 Pro is the first phone from Xiaomi to have this unlocking feature and is claimed to authenticate your face and unlocks your device in mere 0.2 seconds.
So once you update your phone to latest MIUI version 9.2.4, activate your Face Unlock by heading over to Settings -> Lock Screen & password -> Face Unlock and scan your face to store the face data.
14. Lock Screen Enhancement
You will not find many changes and will look similar to previous edition devices at first glance. However, it is not what it looks like as in the MIUI 9; you get few enhancements right on the lock screen. When you swipe left from your lock screen, it will directly take you to the camera and allows you to capture all the beautiful and natural shots without a hassle.
Also, when you swipe right from the lock screen, it will take you to the never before seen page with all the Xiaomi devices connected to your phone like Mi Remote or the Mi Home. Below that you will also see a torch button to toggle right from the lock screen and adds excellent ease whenever you need it.
15. 4K Recording
With everyday growing tech, we want every feature possible on our devices no matter we use it or not, but we want it right on our phones. So when the Redmi Note 5 Pro was launched, missing 4K recording feature was much talked about.
Finally, Xiaomi has listened to its users’ demand and has brought the feature to record videos in 4K on your Redmi Note 5 Pro with the latest update.
Now, you can effortlessly record your favorite moments in 4K resolution in the video mode. To modify your default video settings to 4K, open the camera app and switch to Video Mode. Later, head to Settings -> Video Quality -> Choose 4K recording option.
Master your Redmi Note 5 Pro with these Features and Tricks
Undoubtedly, Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 Pro is the best mid-range smartphone one can buy under that price range. If not the design or the camera but these features mentioned above inevitably brings the phone in competition with many other phones available in the market or soon will. Also, with the features as mentioned earlier will surely help you master your device. However, do tell us if we have missed any of the fantastic feature available on the Redmi Note 5 Pro and do tell us your favorite feature(s) listed in the article in the comment section below.
You can also choose to buy it from online Mi Store or Flipkart or can visit nearby Mi Store or Mi Home to try and buy it.
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