Redmi 5

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus Review

Budget Bezel-less Phone

Xiaomi with its new 18:9 Ratio Bezel-less Display phone is setting a mark in the market with the most affordable phone with a huge display. With this step, Xiaomi is ready to beat its competitors in every way, it will exciting to see how the other companies has to offer at this price range. Talking about the availability it is rumored to be available for sale on Amazon India, MI Indian site and also in the offline market at MI stores. 

Introduction

Yesterday, Xiaomi has come up with its new phone with 18:9 ratio (1080 x 2160 pixels), Redmi 5 Plus and Redmi 5 are successors of Redmi 4 . With MIUI 9 out of the box it comes with a 5 MP selfie and 12 MP Primary camera, both comes with a LED flash. The phone is powered with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset with a 5.99-inch HD Display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection. You can choose between its two variants of 3 GB RAM and 4 GB RAM with support of 32 GB and 64 GB of on-board storage respectively which can expanded using dedicated memory card slot for up to 128 GB. Redmi 5 Plus also comes with a great battery capacity of 4000 mAh to easily give stand-by time for couple of days with nominal use and all common features a phone has. We see very less use of metal on this phone and we are not complaining as it indeed is a phone with good feel and hold to our hands. 

We tested it for a single day and results were:

Design

TEST


7/10

Performance

TEST


8/10

Camera

TEST


8/10

Overall

RATING


8/10

Redmi 5

Design test review

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus and Redmi 5 has the same metal and plastic combination frame design as its predecessor Redmi 4. At the back it the primary camera setup below which is the fingerprint sensor and at the front its flags the 5.99-inches Full-HD display for Redmi 5 Plus whereas Redmi 5 comes with a 720p Dispaly. Here I see Xiaomi is compromising with the designs of its phones! Not impressed.

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Performance test review

Redmi 5 Plus and 5 are is a good performer with Snapdragon 625 chip-set clocked at 2.0 GHz with 8-cores and Adreno 506 GPU under the hood. The app launching was smooth and had no percent of lag while playing limited games. But as always, a lot has to be worked on its OS by Xiaomi which makes its phone a little laggy after some hours of heavy use and yes lots and lots of bloatware apps.

Redmi 5

Camera test review

A lot has improved with the picture quality of the 5 MP front camera, thanks to the front flash and the beauty sense v3.0 to take some good selfies. In low-light, the pictures had some amount of noise though. Talking about the rear 1.25μm f/2.2 12 MP camera, it performed decently and did a little better with HDR mode but surely is not a low-light camera. While in daylight you can click some great photos but you will have to compromise with little noise and the dynamic range.

Summary

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus is a decent performer but is definitely not a phone for heavy users or gamers. But yes with a bezel-less gorgeous screen the phone is a great option if you want a phone with decent performance and multitasking. If you don't play much of heavy games and for general daily use, this phone is a great option for you. However, Xiaomi has always impressed us with the pricing of feature rich phones without compromising with the hardware. Kudos to Xiaomi for that. The Redmi 5 and 5 Plus was launched China for 999 yuan and 1299 yuan respectively. However it is set to launch in India for the value for money price of Rs 9,700 for 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM and Rs 12,700 for 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM variant with a TPU Protection Case and in three different colours.

Some of the key features

  • 4G VoLTE
  • 12MP Primary Camera
  • Camera with HDR mode
  • Infrared Blaster
  • MIUI 9 
  • USB OTG
  • Dedicated Micro-SD Slot
  • Casting
  • Fingerprint Reader

Xiaomi Phones are always loaded with features and Redmi 5 Plus is no less, it comes a pretty good fingerprint sensor with easily reads your fingers, and you will not have to compromise with an external storage if you have two SIM Cards as it comes with a dedicated memory card slot you expand your storage for some extra photos and entertainment. This Redmi 5 Plus is directly launched in the competition with Honor 7X that also comes in a 18:9 bezel-less screen but costs a hefty more that the Redmi 5 Plus but you do get a dual camera setup as a major difference between them. 

So if you are planning to buy you need to wait for its availability in India as it is set launch in India in January 2018 and will be available for purchase in the mid of January. Or if you can wait, it will soon be available at the offline MI stores so can visit any MI store near, use it and buy later in January 2018. To search for MI store nearby, you can visit here by entering your state and city name.

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PROS

  • MIUI 9 with Android Nougat
  • No compromise with common phones sensors
  • Snapdragon 625
  • 13 MP Selfie Camera
  • Dedicated SD-card Slot

CONS

  • Nothing new in Design
  • No Dual Camera Setup
  • No fast charging

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