2018 introduced a number of things to the mid-range Android smartphones which were initially reserved for the higher specced models. The rear camera setup saw an increment from single to multiple sensors, while regular 16:9 screens started to phase out in favor of 18:9 or more taller variants.

Redmi Note 5 Pro: First dual camera phone in Redmi Note series

Xiaomi quickly adapted these new design trends, and released Redmi Note 5 Pro (known as Redmi Note 5 in China and Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera in other countries) during the Q1 of 2018. However, they did not opt for the notch for this one which was later introduced in Redmi Note 6 Pro.

Apart from the revamped exterior, Redmi Note 5 Pro holds separate records in terms of software development. It is the first Redmi Phone to carry Project Treble support out of the box (after Oreo update to be precise). Two major Android version upgrade in lifetime as a Redmi phone – yes, none other than Redmi Note 5 Pro.

Redmi Note 5 Pro after receiving stable update of Android Pie in the form of MIUI

There was a slight hiccup though. The official Pie OTA allegedly rigged with some kind of region verification routine, which began to brick a bunch of Note 5 Pro units which were cross-flashed (e.g. global ROM on Chinese variant and vice-versa).

Usually such restrictions can be bypassed by having an unlocked bootloader, but the enforced checking did not mandate such exceptions. Amidst this chaos, Xiaomi is pushing a new MIUI update via stable branch for global/Indian Redmi Note 5 Pro units.


The 505 MB incremental OTA carries the version number while featuring latest August security patches – similar to Redmi Note 7(S) and Note 7 Pro. That’s a pretty significant jump from May patch level in the previous version.

Xiaomi also incorporated truckload of MIUI features, such as a brand new customizable lock screen clock, the ability of lock Google Contacts and lock screen pocket mode. The full changelog is as follows:


– Optimization: Lock screen pocket mode

– Optimization: Updated Android Security Patch to August 2019. Increased system security.

App lock

– New: Locking Google contacts is available now

Lockscreen, status bar, Notification shade

– New: Introducing customizable Lock screen clock (Settings > Lock screen & password > Advanced settings). New Lock screen clock doesn’t work with third party themes.

– Fix: Screen didn’t always light up for notifications

– Fix: Media volume couldn’t be restored after receiving a notification


– Optimization: Sorting principles for Wi-Fi networks

Game speed booster

– Fix: Hands-free call duration wasn’t displayed correctly in Game Turbo

Thanks to the staged rollout model, the OTA is available to a small percentage of Redmi Note 5 Pro owners at this moment. Give it some time for a wider rollout or grab the full package from here to sideload manually.

  • Device: Redmi Note 5 Pro
  • Codename: whyred
  • Channel: Global Stable
  • Version: V10.3.2.0.PEIMIXM
  • Android: 9.0
    • Type: Recovery
      • Download: Link
      • MD5: 7d750f3322b4e79b85729258cb4fdcbf

Credit goes to yshalsager and the Xiaomi Firmware Updater project for tracking the OTA update URLs.

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Kingshuk De
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I came from a mixed background of Statistics and Computer Science. My research domains included embedded computer systems, mobile computing and delay tolerant networks in post-disaster scenarios. Apart from tinkering with gadgets or building hackintosh, I like to hop on various subreddits and forums like MyDigitalLife and XDA.

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