Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro

Xiaomi unveiled the Redmi Note 5 Pro earlier this week in India, and among its many highlights is the fact that the phone is the first to be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 636 platform. Like the Snapdragon 660, the Snapdragon 636 is built on the 14nm node and brings Kryo cores to the mid-range category, with the chipset featuring eight Kryo 260 cores in a 4 + 4 cluster.

The Kryo 260 leverages four semi-custom Cortex A73 cores clocked at 1.8GHz, along with four semi-custom Cortex A53 energy-efficient cores at 1.6GHz, Adreno 509 GPU, and Qualcomm's X12 LTE modem with up to 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 isn't a phone in the budget segment that comes close to the Redmi Note 5 Pro in terms of sheer performance, as we'll see from the benchmarks. I compared the Redmi Note 5 Pro to the Redmi Note 5, which shares the same Snapdragon 625 platform as its predecessor. I also included scores from older devices, including the Snapdragon 650-based Redmi Note 3, which has two Cortex A72 cores.

The higher-performance Cortex A72 cores give the Snapdragon 650 a lead in CPU-intensive tasks, but the 28nm design doesn't really offer the same levels of battery efficiency as the 14nm chipsets. And to provide an overview of just how competitive the Snapdragon 636 platform really is, I included benchmarks from the Snapdragon 835-based Mi 6, the Snapdragon 821-based Mi 5s, and the Snapdragon 820-based Mi 5. The Snapdragon 660-toting Mi Note 3 rounds off the list of devices included in the test, and it serves as a baseline for the results.

All seven devices are running MIUI, but the platform version is different — the Mi 5, Mi 5s, and Redmi Note 3 are on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, and the rest of the devices are on Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

Before we begin: The Redmi Note 5 Pro has received the stable 9.2.4.0 build of MIUI 9, so I updated the scores after running the benchmarks on the stable build and added Geekbench, GFXBench, and 3DMark.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro benchmarks

AnTuTu

AnTuTu Benchmark v7.0.4

Device Overall score
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (SD636) 112649
Xiaomi Mi Note 3 (SD660) 139140
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (SD625) 77236
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (SD650) 90539
Xiaomi Mi 6 (SD835) 187793
Xiaomi Mi 5s (SD821) 157090
Xiaomi Mi 5 (SD820) 128339

AnTuTu Benchmark v7.0.4

Device CPU GPU UX Memory
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (SD636) 55347 21162 29574 6566
Xiaomi Mi Note 3 (SD660) 65571 30348 35569 7652
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (SD625) 38270 12749 20432 5335
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (SD650) 43001 17452 25237 4849
Xiaomi Mi 6 (SD835) 63731 71994 42303 9765
Xiaomi Mi 5s (SD821) 53281 64072 32554 7183
Xiaomi Mi 5 (SD820) 48261 43162 30493 6423

Xiaomi faithful have been relying on AnTuTu for several years now to gauge the overall performance. The benchmark isn't a reliable indicator of how good a device is to use on a day-to-day basis, but AnTuTu maintains a leaderboard that gives us an idea of where a particular phone ranks in the overall scheme of things.

With a score of 112649, the Redmi Note 5 Pro is miles ahead of any other device in the budget segment, with the Snapdragon 625-based Redmi Note 5 posting a score of 77236. The high score is down to the semi-custom Cortex A73 cores, which elevate the overall performance of the device.

Geekbench

Geekbench 4.0

Device Single-core Multi-core
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (SD636) 1323 4896
Xiaomi Mi Note 3 (SD660) 1610 5803
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (SD625) 860 4292
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (SD650) 1366 2560
Xiaomi Mi 6 (SD835) 1921 6278
Xiaomi Mi 5s (SD821) 1733 4337
Xiaomi Mi 5 (SD820) 1489 3348

Geekbench 4.0 includes CPU tests that are modeled after real-world usage, allowing you to get an overview of how a processor handles day-to-day tasks, including multi-core performance. The Redmi Note 5 Pro pulls ahead of the standard Note 5, and comes close to the scores posted by the Mi Note 3.

Basemark

Basemark OS II

Device Overall Graphics Memory System Web
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (SD636) 2020 1621 2351 4274 1023
Xiaomi Mi Note 3 (SD660) 2430 2296 3029 5083 987
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (SD625) 1259 1020 1022 3234 746
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (SD650) 1410 1547 1580 1946 831
Xiaomi Mi 6 (SD835) 3557 6227 3509 5712 1283
Xiaomi Mi 5s (SD821) 2323 4752 1628 3466 1086
Xiaomi Mi 5 (SD820) 2053 3956 1570 3050 939

Basemark OS II is a system-level benchmarking tool that gives a high-level overview of a device's performance. The suite consists of an array of tests that gauge the system, internal and external memory, graphics, and web browsing performance.

Basemark Web 3.0

Device Score
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (SD636) 138.71
Xiaomi Mi Note 3 (SD660) 152.8
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (SD625) 98.81
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (SD650) 91.92 (without WebGL 2.0)
Xiaomi Mi 6 (SD835) 239.92
Xiaomi Mi 5s (SD821) 116.86 (without WebGL 2.0)
Xiaomi Mi 5 (SD820) 89.04 (without WebGL 2.0)

Basemark Web 3.0 offers a set of over 20 web benchmarks that measure browser performance and graphics, including page load responsiveness, along with CSS, and HTML5 capabilities. Once again, we can see the Redmi Note 5 Pro holding its own next to the Mi Note 3.

GFXBench

GFXBench 4.0 Manhattan 3.1 (ES3.1)

Device FPS
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (SD636) 10
Xiaomi Mi Note 3 (SD660) 15
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (SD625) 6.2
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (SD650) 8.8
Xiaomi Mi 6 (SD835) 38
Xiaomi Mi 5s (SD821) 31
Xiaomi Mi 5 (SD820) 21

GFXBench 4.0 1080p Car Chase Offscreen (ES3.1)

Device FPS
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (SD636) 6.1
Xiaomi Mi Note 3 (SD660) 8.8
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (SD625) 3.5
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (SD650) 5.3
Xiaomi Mi 6 (SD835) 25
Xiaomi Mi 5s (SD821) 19
Xiaomi Mi 5 (SD820) 14

GFXBench 4.0 T-Rex (ES2.0)

Device FPS
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (SD636) 34
Xiaomi Mi Note 3 (SD660) 50
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (SD625) 18
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (SD650) 29
Xiaomi Mi 6 (SD835) 60
Xiaomi Mi 5s (SD821) 60
Xiaomi Mi 5 (SD820) 53

GFXBench is a benchmark that tests the graphics performance of a particular device. Here we see the Snapdragon 8xx series devices take the lead by some margin thanks to the vastly increased number of ALUs in the Adreno 530 and 540 (256 vs. 96 in SD625). The Adreno 512 in the Snapdragon 660 fares better, as does the Adreno 509 in the Snapdragon 636.

3DMark

3DMark Sling Shot Extreme (ES3.1)

Device Overall Graphics Physics
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (SD636) 950 812 2333
Xiaomi Mi Note 3 (SD660) 1362 1192 2715
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (SD625) 464 380 2089
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (SD650) 818 729 1426
Xiaomi Mi 6 (SD835) 3249 3677 2308
Xiaomi Mi 5s (SD821) 1994 2233 1451
Xiaomi Mi 5 (SD820) 1858 2046 1406

Chrome

Google Octane 2.0

Device Score
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (SD636) 8647
Xiaomi Mi Note 3 (SD660) 8948
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (SD625) 4750
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (SD650) 9068
Xiaomi Mi 6 (SD835) 10727
Xiaomi Mi 5s (SD821) 9440
Xiaomi Mi 5 (SD820) 7974

JetStream 1.1

Device Score
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (SD636) 44.748
Xiaomi Mi Note 3 (SD660) 52.293
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (SD625) 25.845
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (SD650) 48.101
Xiaomi Mi 6 (SD835) 62.854
Xiaomi Mi 5s (SD821) 54.003
Xiaomi Mi 5 (SD820) 43.907

Kraken 1.1

Device Total in ms (lower is better)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (SD636) 4785.1
Xiaomi Mi Note 3 (SD660) 3586.4
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (SD625) 9897.6
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (SD650) 4706.4
Xiaomi Mi 6 (SD835) 3114.6
Xiaomi Mi 5s (SD821) 2630.4
Xiaomi Mi 5 (SD820) 3390.3

We've seen phones in this segment field increasingly powerful hardware over the last two years, and the Snapdragon 636 is a generational leap forward. Essentially, the Snapdragon 636 is an underclocked version of the Snapdragon 660 — the chipset offers massive gains over the outgoing Snapdragon 625, and should make budget phones that much more exciting.

With the Redmi Note 5 Pro priced at ₹13,999 ($215), Xiaomi is once again offering incredible value in this category. The phone will go up for sale in India starting February 22 on Flipkart, and is available in two variants — a model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage for ₹13,999 ($215), and a version with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory for ₹16,999 ($260).

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