Xiaomi phones have a strict social structure, almost like royalty. Mi phones are the ruling princes, Redmis are the barons below them. Add 'Note' to the title and get half an inch of extra screen size in either tier.
That makes the Xiaomi Redmi Pro a rebel, the first of its kind. Perhaps the Pro name signifies the flagship chipset it uses but this begs the question, if this is the Pro, which Redmi phone is the vanilla version? It also has a 5.5-inch screen yet it doesn't carry a Note moniker. You can easily see why we struggled finding the right place for the Redmi Pro in the Xiaomi portfolio. Last, but not the least, this outside-the-box phone comes with a selection of unique features to match its attitude.
The dual-camera is the most recognizable one. This isn't a wide-angle lens like the LG G5 or a B&W camera like the Huawei P9. The second eye adds depth perception, used for a number of effects in the camera. The Redmi Pro is also Xiaomi's first dip into AMOLED, but it's not a familiar Samsung panel. Instead, it's a native Chinese panel from EverDisplay.
With its metal build and similar features, you may be wondering why not get an orthodox Redmi Note 4 instead? Let's break it down.
Alright, so there's some confusion in the ranks. But, honestly, once your eyes get used to AMOLED blacks, it's hard to go back. Of course, we haven't tested an EverDisplay AMOLED before - will it be as good as Samsung's Super AMOLED?
And the dual camera is always good for neat tricks, though it adds little to regular photography. HTC's efforts on this front were met with apathy (sort of like its 3D efforts), can Xiaomi really hope to do better?
And is all that worth the price bump? Well, let's first check that screen, shall we? And we'll get to the camera too.
Special thanks to HonorBuy for providing the review unit.