Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
Hello, Guys! Today I’m going to do a full specifications review of Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus. This is the last Xiaomi mobile phone release here for 2017 we’ve got the Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus which I’m reviewing here which is the larger better model. The Redmi 5 Plus you can get it for just under $200 and for that price you get the phone that’s mostly made out of metal. It’s very similar smartphone to the XiaOMI Redmi 5 but it’s bigger, it has better specifications and it’s actually shaping up to be one of the best budget phones of 2018. So, let’s start-
Size wise, the Redmi 5 Plus is fairly big and somewhat difficult to use holding it in one hand but if you compare this with other devices that have 6-inch screens you can notice the size it’s somewhat normal.
The Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus isn’t very heavy phone, it only weighs about 180 grams and considering that we have a metallic body and a 4000 milliamp-hours battery, I think that’s pretty decent.
Moving to the back of the phone so as I mentioned earlier the back of the phone it’s made out of metal but we have plastic at the top and another bottom. On the back, that you’re gonna find the 12-megapixel camera, we also have a Dual-tone flash and a fingerprint scanner.
The fingerprint scanner is accurate 99% of the time and it’s also very fast and among the fastest that I’ve seen on any budget device. We might have a 3.5mm headphone jack and IR blaster at the top of the device and we don’t really get to see those two things very often.
The sound coming out of that audio jack is great, it’s loud and crisp and a lot of basses so no complaints and you can also control any device that has an IR receiver so like a TV or anything like around the house.
The Volume buttons and the power key are sitting on the right-hand side of the phone and they’re also made out of metal. On the left side, you’re gonna find a slot for the SIM card so this device can take either two SIM cards or a SIM card and an SD card. The bottom of the device, we have a speaker grille, a microphone and micro USB charging port. The speaker quality is decent but the sound seems to get to be distorted of the maximum volume.
Now, moving to the front of the device and starting all the way at the top, so, first of all, we have a very small notification light, we also have a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with a flash.
The Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus has 5.99-inches IPS LCD screen that has an 18 by 9 aspect ratio and we also have a 2160 x 1080p resolution. So, the screen that they use for this device isn’t exactly bad but if you compare this with other budget devices like the Doogee Mix 2, we are definitely gonna notice that the screen on the other one it’s much better. The colours are very saturated and the viewing angles are great. I wish the brightness would have been a bit better because if you take the phone outside in direct sunlight it’s gonna be a bit difficult to actually see it. The screen sensitivity is great and in part, much more expensive devices and the screen can register up to 10 touches at the same time. You’ve probably noticed by now that the navigation buttons are on the screen so we don’t get physical buttons anymore as we used to have for previous Xiaomi devices.
The Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus has a 12-megapixel main camera on the back of this device so the main difference between the Redmi 5 Plus and the Redmi 5 is the ability to record in 4K. So, this one can record in 4K the Redmi 5 can only record on in 1080p. Now, unfortunately, we don’t have image stabilization so the footage is a bit shaky.
The Picture quality has improved as well but mostly if you compare this to last year’s Redmi Note 4X, in my opinion, the pictures from the Redmi 5 Plus look much better. So, daytime pictures are very sharp detailed and very accurate colours but we’re gonna notice the biggest difference is the low-light pictures. Before the pictures that you take in low-light conditions weren’t exactly usable but for this phone that has improved quite a lot. So, the pictures are actually sharp enough that you can use them and they look quite good as well.
The picture quality from that 5-megapixel front-facing camera it’s great as long as you have plenty of light, as soon as you don’t have enough light. Well, the pictures become kind of blurry and grainy but that’s quite normal for pretty much all budget phones these days. The pictures that you’ve just seen or taken with this device.
Processor, Memory & Performance: –
So, just like the Xiaomi Note 4X, this device is using the Snapdragon 625. So, this is an Octa-Core CPU but it’s not the fastest CPU order so the scores that we are gonna get on the AnTuTu benchmark and the Geekbench 4 are not that high but normal for that CPU.
MUIU 9 has improved quite a bit as well, therefore, the phone doesn’t feel slow or sluggish but when comparing these two a much expensive device so flagship device from other company you’re gonna notice the slower loading time for apps but either isn’t that the phone does perform very well. Since you only have 3 gigabytes of RAM available. You’re also gonna notice that the phone cannot keep that many apps running in the background.
So, every now and then you’re gonna notice that the phone has to reload on some of the apps that you have running in the background. So, not the big deal but definitely something to consider if you like keeping a lot of apps running in the background. I’ve been using this phone for about two weeks now and I’ve installed all the regular apps that I use on all my devices. So, for example, if you’re gonna use Chrome you’re not gonna have any issues with the page loads.
Gaming it’s also possible but of course, it’s gonna take a bit longer to actually load the games mostly when comparing this to a flagship phone. However, the games that I played some Mortal Combat 5 and Asphalt Extreme did perform very well without any skipped frames.
Networks & Connectivity: –
The GPS unit inside the Redmi 5 Plus works decent, maybe takes a second longer than previous Xiaomi devices to find your location but once your location is found it doesn’t seem to lose it and using any navigation app also works great. As for sensors, we have all the sensors that you would find in a flagship device including a gyroscope. So, if you are planning to use this one for VR headsets it’s gonna work for that.
Connectivity wise, the phone supports 4G and also dual-band Wi-Fi but as always we don’t get NFC. The call quality is great and the speaker on top it’s loud enough so you can hear on the other person. As for the speed over Wi-Fi and the 4G network will they’re appropriate for a phone in this price range.
Since we are talking about the battery we might as well talk about the battery life so this one you’re going to be able to go for about two days without charging the phone and out of that between 11 or 12 hours of screen on time and realistically 12 hours of screen on time it’s great for any phone at any price range. On top of that, the phone even supports fast charging through that micro USB charging port that we have at the bottom. So, charging the phone from 0 – 100% is done in about 2 hours. The Phone also supports OTG.
Overall, I don’t have any bad things to say about the Redmi 5 Plus, for most considering the price range and the value that it offers. If you already have a Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X it may be difficult to call this an upgrade because realistically you just get a better camera and a new screen other than that everything is kind of the same but if you want something new then this is definitely a good smartphone.
|Indian Buyers||Buy Now||Price|
|Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (3/32GB)||Coming Soon||Rs 11,999|
|Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (3/32GB)||GEARBEST||$ 198.99|
|Technology||GSM / CDMA / LTE / HSPA|
|SIM||Hybrid Dual SIM|
|BODY||Dimensions||158.5 x 75.5 x 8.1mm|
|DISPLAY||Type||IPS LCD, 1080 x 1920p, 18:9 Ratio (403 PPI)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass|
|CAMERA||Rear||12-MP, f/2.2, PDAF, Dual LED dual-tone Flash|
|Features||Geo-tagging, Touch focus, Face detection, HDR, Panorama|
|PROCESSOR||OS||Android 7.1.2 Nougat + MIUI 9|
|Chip||Qualcomm Snapdragon 625|
|CPU||Octa-Core 2.0GHz Cortex A53|
|MEMORY||Internal||64GB, 4GB RAM / 32GB, 3GB RAM|
|External||Up to 128GB (microSD)|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Fingerprint, Compass, Gyro, Accelerometer, Proximity|
|CONNECTIVITY||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, WiFi Direct, Hotspot|
|USB||micro USB 2.0|
|Others||Bluetooth v4.2, GPS, Infrared Port and Radio|
|SOUND||Speaker||Loudspeaker & 3.5mm Headphone Jack|
|Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|BATTERY||Li-Po 4000 mAh|