Xiaomi Redmi 5
Hello, Folks! Today I’m going to do a full review of Xiaomi Redmi 5. We have the latest budget-friendly device from Xiaomi, the Redmi 5 and with this phone, Xiaomi has finally caught up with the competitions in terms of design and I’m talking about the budget phones. So, Let’s start-
Redmi 5 cost somewhere between a $150 to $180 but like anything else it really depends on you is gonna buy it from. For that price, we get the phone that’s mostly made out of metal.
The Xiaomi Redmi 5’s back it’s made out of metal. However, we have plastic at the top and the bottom. The phone’s frame made out of plastic as well. So, on the back, we have a 12-megapixel camera, also have the flash and the fingerprint scanner.
Now, the fingerprint scanner is very fast and probably one of the fastest that I’ve seen for any budget device. The back camera also sticks out a bit and that means, that whenever you’re gonna place the phone on a flat surface, the phone is not gonna sit down flat.
The power button and the volume rockers are sitting on the right-hand side of the phone and they’re made out of metal. On top, we have a 3.5mm Headphone jack, a secondary microphone and the IR blaster. The sound output from that audio jack, it’s loud crisp and a lot of basses. So, I really don’t have any complaints about it and that IR blaster also works great with any device that has an IR receiver. So, like a TV or pretty much anything that you have around the house.
On the other side of the phone, you’re gonna find a SIM card tray and this device can take either two SIM cards or a SIM card and SD card. Moving all the way to the bottom, you’re gonna find speaker grilles, micro USB port and microphone. On the front, we have a front-facing 5-megapixel camera, front-facing flash and the earpiece.
The Xiaomi Redmi 5 has a 5.7-inch 18 by 9 aspect ratio screen that has a 720p resolution but unfortunately, we still have bezels all-around the screen. The phone looks quite good. In my opinion, it’s small enough so you can actually hold it in one hand like most Xiaomi devices the screen still looks good. Even though we only have that 720p resolution and realistically you’re only gonna notice that you have a 720p resolution when you’re reading something. Because either than that you’re not really gonna notice that.
So, the colours are nice and vibrant. The viewing angles are really good and the brightness is decent enough so you can use the phone outside. The touch sensitivity is also good, you can touch the screen 10 places at the same time and I haven’t really had any issues whenever I was typing or playing games. You have the navigation keys on the screen so you don’t have physical buttons as we’ve seen for a lot of budget-friendly phones from Xiaomi in the past.
The Xiaomi Redmi 5 has 12-megapixel on the back of the phone. So first of all, the maximum recording resolution for videos from the rear camera is 1080p. So, we don’t get 4K recordings and we also don’t have the Optical image stabilization or electronic image stabilization. Now, the sound quality from the video recordings has improved over past budget phones from Xiaomi.
This camera is among the best that I’ve seen for any device under $200. The pictures that you’re gonna take with plenty of light are very detailed with accurate colours and very good dynamic range and that’s not something that we see every day for phones under $200. So, taking pictures with this device mostly plenty of light it’s an absolute pleasure. Low-light image quality is decent and once again for a phone under $200 that is quite good.
The image quality of the front-facing camera, it’s alright but definitely not spectacular. So, you have plenty of light pictures do turn quite crisp and detailed but if you don’t have enough light the pictures become kind of blurry and grainy.
Processor, Memory & Performance: –
Performance wise, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 performs much better than I was expecting. So, we have the Snapdragon 450 and the scores that we get on the AnTuTu benchmark and the Geekbench 4 or just somewhat lower than the scores that we would get from the Snapdragon 625.
The CPU is powerful enough so you can run two apps at the same time so you can use the Split Screen function for Android 7 Nougat and the multitasking is also exceptionally good. Mostly considering that we only have 3 gigabytes of RAM available for this device and most Xiaomi devices don’t do that great for multitasking but the Xiaomi Redmi 5 did very well for that. I tried a whole bunch of apps on this phone and pretty much every single one that I tried perform very well. Now, of course, it takes one to two second to load an app but once an app is loaded you will not have any issues.
Gaming is also possible on the Xiaomi Redmi 5 but of course, we don’t have the most powerful CPU or GPU, therefore, you may see some skipped frames and lags for certain games. But the two games that actually played on the phone I didn’t have any issues at all.
The Xiaomi Redmi 5 is using MIUI 9.1 and this is the Chinese ROM that I have installed on this device and that based on Android 7.1.2 but I have to say that this version of MIUI is probably the best that I’ve seen any Xiaomi device. The Redmi 5 UI is very smooth and very quick.
So, MIUI 9.1 is definitely an improvement from anything that we’ve seen from Xiaomi in the past but at the same time its still missing some key features. So, I miss the ability to reply to notifications from the notification tab. You actually have to open the app to reply to it and that’s a bit annoying in my opinion.
The call quality and the signal receptions are good. The phone can connect 4G networks but strangely enough, we don’t have Dual-band Wi-Fi. So, you can only connect to the 2.4GHz Wi-Fi bands. The GPS unit will it only takes the phone one or two seconds to find your location, once your location is found it doesn’t seem to lose it. So, no issues with the GPS. As for sensors you have all the sensors that you would find in a much more expensive device including a gyroscope. So, if you’re planning to use this phone for VR headsets it will definitely work.
The Redmi 5 ships with a 3300 milliamp-hours battery but keep in mind that we have a power efficient processor and we also have a 720p resolution. So, we’re gonna be able to go for about 2 days on one charge and out of that about 12 hours of screen time. So, 12 hours screen time is very good for any device. The Xiaomi Redmi 5 supports OTG and also fast charging. So, charging the device from 0 to 100% is done in just under 2 hours.
So, it’s probably gonna be one of the best budget phones for 2018 and I really don’t have any bad things to say about it. Now, of course, I wish the screen to have a better resolution, the frame would be made out of metal and so on. But let’s keep in mind the price of this device and I imagine that the price will actually drop in the next couple of months as well. So, if you are looking for a good phone this is a phone to get.
|Indian Buyers||Buy Now||Price|
|Xiaomi Redmi 5||Coming Soon||Rs 10,999|
|Xiaomi Redmi 5||GEARBEST||$ 184.75|
|Technology||GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE|
|SIM||Hybrid Dual SIM|
|BODY||Dimensions||151.8 x 72.8 x 7.7mm|
|DISPLAY||Type||IPS LCD, 720 x 1440p 18:9 Ratio (282 PPI)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass|
|CAMERA||Rear||12-MP, F/2.2, PDAF, LED Flash|
|Features||Geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR, Panorama|
|PROCESSOR||OS||Android 7.1.2 Nougat|
|Chip||Qualcomm Snapdragon 450|
|CPU||Octa-Core 1.8GHz Cortex-A53|
|MEMORY||Internal||32GB, 3GB RAM / 16GB, 2GB RAM|
|External||Up to 128GB (microSD)|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyro, Compass, Proximity|
|CONNECTIVITY||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct, Hotspot|
|USB||micro USB 2.0|
|Others||Bluetooth v4.2, GPS, Radio, and Infrared Port|
|SOUND||Speaker||Loudspeaker & 3.5mm headphone jack|
|Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|BATTERY||Li-Po 3300 mAh|