Mi A2 vs Redmi Note 5 Pro: Detailed Comparison of Xiaomi Phones
Updated on 2018-08-14 by Tejas Upmanyu
How many times does it happen, that you see a smartphone competing hard with its own sibling? well, It happens a multitude of times with Xiaomi smartphones and this time Its no different. The upcoming Xiaomi Mi A2, takes on a very important position in the upper budget range for Xiaomi but wait a minute, isn’t that already a stronghold for Xiaomi, courtesy of one of the finest smartphones out there - Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro? So, before you start scratching your head finding which one is the better device, here is the investigation - done for you.
Let's take a look at the detailed comparison of Mi A2 vs Redmi Note 5 Pro. We will go through the comparison of design, camera, performance, battery, pricing. Hopefully, after reading this comparison you will be able to decide whether you should buy Mi A2 or Redmi Note 5 Pro.
1. Design & Build Comparison
Xiaomi Mi A2 isn’t really new in design terms, front fascia covered with a tall, 18:9 display with minimal side bezels but some sizeable ones at the top and bottom. At the back, you find vertical dual sensor setup protruding out of the chassis, which is quite sleek at 7mm. The fingerprint sensor still sits right where you expect it, at the centre. The aluminium metal build of the smartphone isn’t really new with rounded corners and slightly curved back - the smartphone is sturdy and looks good enough, just like Redmi Y2 or a smaller Mi Max 2.
Then, we have the Redmi Note 5 Pro with almost identical front to the Mi A2, with a tall 18:9 display, good bezels up top and bottom. The body is still aluminum with rounded corners and blending plastic bands at top and bottom, supposedly for antennas. The dual camera setup again is a vertical one, reminiscing iPhone X, with a fingerprint sensor at the center.
Both the devices, look almost the same on the front, but Xiaomi Mi A2 is more sleek and sophisticated with Its rear finish. Both the smartphones are Gorilla Glass protected, but the version remains unspecified by Xiaomi for some reasons.
Overall, Xiaomi Mi A2 does look slightly updated compared to Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro, but the difference isn’t immense. Both the smartphones, aren’t really bezel-less and the giant 6-inch display can become a hassle for some to use. So, we’d awkwardly say the devices are convenient to hold but resound inconvenience while use if you have small hands.
So, what about the display panels on these smartphones? Xiaomi Mi A2 brings an LTPS IPS LCD panel at 6-inches with a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels at 18:9 ratio making a pixel density of ~403 PPI. LTPS displays a certainly new, so if you wanna know how they stack up with other displays like IPS or AMOLED, checkout this article. Back to Xiaomi Mi A2, the display is everything you expect from a mid-ranger, It is bright, with sharp colors and good contrast levels. It has also got nice viewing angles and legit sunlight readability.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro sports a similar looking 6-inch IPS LCD display with 1080 x 2160 pixels resolution at 18:9 ratio making a pixel density of ~403 PPI. The displays are quite similar in every aspect, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro’s display also gets sufficiently bight and produces accurate colors with decent viewing angles and immersive views.
3. Internals & Performance
If the display section couldn’t resolve the contention, Internal configurations of these smartphones should give one a solid lead. Xiaomi Mi A2 at Its heart is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660, one of the new SoCs by Qualcomm in the mid-range showing off the new Kryo 260 cores. Snapdragon 660 boasts an octa-core CPU with 4x2.2 GHz Kryo 260 gold cores and 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 260 silver cores. This is serious hardware, with performance levels close to flagships. Adreno 512 for the GPU brings immense power and fluid gaming experience, whatever the case. Multi-tasking or switching between lots of apps - Snapdragon 660 doesn’t fail to amaze us.
Coming to Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro, the smartphone at Its core finds Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636, the elder sibling of Qualcomm Snapdragon 660. Launched alongside, both of these SoCs have a lot in common with the most significant identity being the new Kryo cores. Snapdragon 636 is also an octa-core SoC with 1.8 GHz Kryo 260 cores. Adreno 509 serves seamlessly for gaming and more gaming.
In use, there is not a serious difference with these smartphones until things get really intense, where Snapdragon 660 takes the lead for obvious reasons. Still, there can be no complaints about performance or lags on either of these smartphones.
Talking of numbers, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro scores a respectable 112k points on AnTuTu V7 while, Snapdragon 660 records a whopping 141k points on the same. Quite expectedly, Snapdragon 660 is the big brother with overclocked cores and serious horsepower.
Both the smartphones start with 4/6GB RAM configurations, which makes app switching and multi-tasking a breeze on these smartphones. Overall, Mi A2 is more powerful compared to Redmi Note 5 Pro.
4. Camera Comparison
So, cameras. As you turn both of these smartphones you find the images of iPhone X stirring in your mind with that vertical dual camera setup protruding out of the chassis. Xiaomi Mi A2 sports a 12 MP, f/1.8, 1/2.9", 1.25μm primary sensor alongside a 20 MP, f/1.8, 1/2.8", 1.0μm, PDAF sensor. The performance is quite superior when compared to the budget range with great details and considerably less noise in the photos. The colors are good with set exposure.
Daylight performance is undoubtedly great but low-light conditions are where Xiaomi Mi A2 makes a difference and stands out from other budget and even some mid-range cameras. Other than that, It is not really flagship level great but a decent choice in the mid-range.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro, on the other hand, features a primary 12 MP, f/2.2, 1.25μm, PDAF sensor with a secondary 5 MP, f/2.0, 1.12μm, depth sensor. Again, It is a decent budget offering but not more. The camera pumps in details but there is still noise and offsets here and there. The low-light performance is miserable, day-light performance is still pleasing considering the price point.
On the front, Xiaomi Mi A2 has a 20 MP, f/2.2, 1/2.8", 1.0μm sensor which is capable of taking some nice, detailed selfies and the low-light tension is resolved with the presence of soft-LED flash. Redmi Note 5 Pro is identical with 20 MP, f/2.2, 1/2.8", 1.0μm shooter, aided with soft LED flash for some amazing selfies, however, be the conditions.
In camera department, Mi A2 beats Redmi Note 5 Pro because of overall better performance of both rear and front cameras.
Software often takes a back seat by now in the comparison but here It can be a deciding factor as Xiaomi forayed into Android One with Xiaomi Mi A1 and gleefully it continues with Xiaomi Mi A2. The smartphone is powered by Android Oreo 8.1 under Google’s Android One program. How it matters is that you get regular security patches and updates - straight from Google. More than that, the stock Android Oreo appearance and performance is a really significant addition.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro stays in line with other Xiaomi devices with MIUI 10 custom skin by Xiaomi and Android 7.1.2 hidden under excessive customization. MIUI 10 is probably the most used and appreciated custom skin in India and quite expectedly so as It bears so many useful additions and design quirks, without a whole lot of cluttering and bloatware. MIUI 10 is a stellar skin but again It is no match for stock Android on the Mi A2, or is it? We’d like to hear your remarks on this.
6. Battery, Charging & More
The battery is where Xiaomi Mi A2 faces down with a 3010mAh battery which can’t get you past the day and if you use your smartphone a lot, expect it to be put to charging by night. Thankfully, there is QuickCharge 4 fast charging via USB-C in India for Xiaomi Mi A2.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro packs a giant 4000mAh battery which comfortably lasts for a day and some more. There is fast charging here as well with QuickCharge 2.0. It is not as fast as QuickCharge 4.0 on the Mi A2 but the difference isn’t staggering as well, considering the bigger juice pack you get on Redmi Note 5 Pro. If you don't like to charge your phone every day then you should avoid Mi A2.
Quite shockingly, Xiaomi Mi A2 says bye to 3.5mm audio jack for unknown reasons, Redmi Note 5 Pro keeps it with pride though. We have no idea why Xiaomi decided to remove the headphone jack from Mi A2. If you are someone who always has the earphones plugged in then Mi A2 can be very inconvenient as there are not a lot of options in earphones with Type C jack or you would have to carry a converter. Another useful thing that Xiaomi has removed is the MicroSD slot. So there's no option to increase the storage now. Not even a hybird sim slot.
As always, there is no IP rating for either of these smartphones so tread with care in watery environments.
7. Price & Availability
Pricing of Xiaomi Mi A2 is priced at ₹ 16,999 tag for the 4GB,64GB variant while Redmi Note 5 Pro is already a best seller with a price tag of ₹ 14,999 for 4GB, 64GB configuration on Flipkart. The 6GB 64GB variant of Redmi Note 5 Pro is priced at 16999 in India.
Mi A2 Features
- 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM
- 6" Full HD+ Display 1080p
- Rear Camera: 20MP+12MP Dual Camera
- Front Camera: 20MP
- 3010 mAh Battery
- Best Price Rs. 16999
Redmi Note 5 Pro Features
- 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM
- 6" Full HD+ Display 1080p
- Rear Camera: 12MP + 5MP Dual Camera
- Front Camera: 20MP
- 4000 mAh Battery
- Best Price Rs. 13999