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Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus Review

1184 Views Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 at 1:57 pm   (5 years ago)   Feature Image, Gadgets

Redmi phones have a long epitomize amazing budget phones and now Xiaomi seems to add something new to the lineup. The Xiaomi Redmi 5 is here, continuing the company’s legacy of releasing phones with good specifications at low price tags.   While the company’s vast product portfolio now includes fitness bands, earphones, air purifiers, power banks, and other devices, smartphones continue to be the stars, and the Redmi series – of which the Redmi 5 plus is the most recent member.

Redmi 5Plus is all about display so let’s begin with the display. The device features 18/9 for the first time in Redmi. 5.9 inch IPS LCD panel. Looking at its display you won’t be able to call this device budget phone. For starter the resolution is a very respectable, full HD plus that spread over 5.99 inches, makes for a pixel density around 400 pixels per inch mark meaning it is quite a sharp, the color reproduction is natural, the viewing angles are excellent.

According to reviewer Ashwin S Ganesh “outdoors in my week this phone I didn’t face any issues, the display was quite legible. Ashwin also added there was a one small thing that kind of hurt me in my time with the Redmi 5Plus the corners area are code for this panel but unlike the renders the curb of the actual display and the panel above it are different resulting in the variance and the thickness of the black bar running around the panel.

Apart from the display the device builds pretty much the standard affair for up closer look at the placements. The Redmi 5plus features dual sim hybrid set up the headphone jack and the IR blaster are present accounted for no capacitive keys the fingerprints scanner is set underneath the single rear camera lens and flash unit as fast and accurate as ever.

There is a LED flash to the front side. Overall Xiaomi has done a good job with this build. The clicky buttons, the metal back, the 8.1-millimeter thickness, the Redmi 5plus feels nice in hand. It almost feels like Redmi note 4. Comparatively, Redmi 5plus is a little taller and heavier.

Similarities with Redmi Note4

Redmi 5plus sports identical internals. It is powered by a Snapdragon 625 chip with 3 or 4 gigs of RAM along with 32 or 64 gigs of storage respectively.

According to Ashwin as expected the performance was really good. We have seen the set up used by Xiaomi in the past with the phone like the Redmi Note4, Redmi prime and among others. Just like others phones, Redmi 5plus has no issues with day to day usage. It is running on ME UI 9 built on top of Android 7 new gate and ME UI here on Redmi 5plus was fast and snappy apps opened up quick without any holdup, the RAM management was though little iffy.  At times I felt ME UI was a little aggressive in an ending background task. I did tinker around with them in UI optimization setting but that doesn’t really help, hopefully, this is something Xiaomi can address in future updates. Redmi 5plus has some issues with gaming.

Now let’s talk camera threatening 5plus ports a 12 megapixels sensor on with F 2.2 aperture and 1.25 micron sized pixels. The good lighting conditions this camera fared quite well, the images turned out sharp, the details level were admirable.

Specifications of Redmi 5plus


Release date December 2017
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions (mm) 158.50 x 75.45 x 8.05
Weight (g) 179.50
Battery capacity (mAh) 4000
Removable battery No
Colours Black, Rose Gold, Gold, White, Blue, Red, Pink, Gray, Silver


Screen size (inches) 5.99
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 1080×2160 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 403


Processor 2GHz octa-core
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
Internal storage 32GB
Expandable storage Yes
Expandable storage type microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 128


Rear camera 12-megapixel
Rear Flash LED
Front camera 5-megapixel
Front Flash LED


Operating System Android 7.1.2
Skin MIUI 9


Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.20
Infrared Yes
Headphones 3.5mm
FM Yes
Number of SIMs 2
SIM Type Nano-SIM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) No
SIM Type Nano-SIM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) No


Compass/ Magnetometer No
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes


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