Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus short review

The wait is over, at least the first half. So Xiaomi has finally introduced the new Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus. We can still wait for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 . Significant changes compared to the predecessor relates to the size. So the Redmi series was now compact over the year and the Redmi Note series was responsible for size. “A lot of display, little housing” is the instruction from the manufacturers currently. This reduces margins above and below the display. So you bring in the Redmi 5 a 5.7 inch display and the Redmi 5 Plus a gigantic 6 inch display.For the “small” Redmi only €100 are due and for the “big” Redmi then €130. As an import smartphone prices will initially be higher. What’s possible with Xiaomi in the low budget range, you will learn in this announcement to the brand new Xiaomi Redmi 5!

The differences between Redmi 5 and 5 Plus at a glance

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
  • 5,7 Zoll
  • 1440 x 720 Pixel, 282 PPI
  • 450cd/m²
  • 6 Zoll
  • 2160 x 1080 Pixel, 403 PPI
  • 450cd/m²
  • Snapdragon 450 1,8 GHz
  • Snapdragon 625, 2,0 GHz
  • 2/16 GB
  • 3/32 GB
  • 3/32 GB
  • 4/64 GB
  • 3300 mAh
  • 5V/2A
  • 4000 mAh
  • 5V/2A
Weight and dimensions
  • 151,8 x 72,8 x 7,7 mm
  • Weight: 157g
  • 158,5 x 75,45 x 8,05 mm
  • Weight: 180g
  • WIFI (2,4GHz)
  • n-Standard
  • Bluetooth 4.2


  • Dual-Band WIFI (2,4 + 5GHz)
  • n-Standard
  • Bluetooth 4.2
Price $193 $239

Design and Display

From the back, the Redmi 5 looks a bit like the Redmi 5 Plus, the difference lies in the 5-Plus dual-LED flash. In addition, both phones are strongly reminiscent of Redmi 4X, but are much larger. The Xiaomi Redmi 5 is 151.8mm long, 72.8mm wide and 7.7mm thick according to the manufacturer. The Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus is 158.5mm long, 75.45mm wide and 8.05mm thick. In comparison, the Redmi 4X was significantly shorter at 139mm, but not really narrower at 70mm and 8.65mm thicker than the two successors. The 18: 9 display trend combined with narrow margins above and below the display ensure this form factor. This should not be confused with frame-less cell phones, because the margins left and right to the display remain unchanged in 3-4mm range. The Redmi 5a is 157g light and the Redmi 5a Plus brings 180g on the scales.

You can choose from baby blue, rose, gold and black for both versions. The Android typical touch keys are history and you will need to control the Redmi 5 with on-screen buttons. The fingerprint sensor is on the back and a notification LED is probably present. On the right side you will find the power button and the volume rocker.

The 5.7-inch display of the Redmi 5 resolves with 1440 x 720 pixels (HD + resolution). This results in 282 pixels per inch with 72% color space coverage and 450 cd / m² brightness. The 6-inch display of the Redmi 5 Plus, however, now has the long-awaited FHD + resolution with 2160 x 1080 pixels. That’s then crisp 403 pixels per inchat 84% color space coverage and also 450 cd / m² brightness. Xiaomis individual contrast and color settings are of course also available here as well as the reading mode. Personally, I’m not a fan of the 18: 9 displays, which for example show for Youtube 2 black bars above and below. Also, the trend to replace the classic Android touch buttons with on-screen buttons, for me is not entirely understandable, because if you now fade them down, this area is also not usable for content. Also, due to the sheer size of the Redmi series, the one-handed operation is likely to fall by the wayside. With an old micro-USB port you must probably expect synonymous.

Performance and system

The Redmi 5 now gets a Snapdragon 450 under the hood. The latest low-budget chip from Qualcomm. The 8 cores are now boosted by 30% to 1.8GHz per core and the chip is manufactured in the current 14nm process. This probably means more power and less energy consumption in practice. The Redmi 5 Plus gets that from the Redmi Note 4X already known Snapdragon 625 processor missed. This clocked at 2 GHz again faster than the 450 of the Redmi 5a. In practice, the difference between the two devices will not be that great. Only the FHD display of the Redmi 5a Plus will reduce the performance somewhat in contrast to the Redmi 5a. But here we have to wait for the detailed review. At memory there are 2/16 or 2 / 32GB at the Redmi 5a. By contrast, the Redmi 5a Plus has 3/32 or 4 / 64GB.

As a system of course MIUI 9 on Android 7 basis is used. In the second quarter of 2018, there will be the Oreo update, but these updates have no relevance to such a highly customized system as MIUI.

Redmi 5 camera

Both Redmis are equipped with a 12 megapixel main camera about which not much can be said yet. An f / 2.2 lens aperture and a PDAF autofocus are available. In practice, Xiaomi should have upgraded to the Redmi 4X, but here we have to wait for the detailed review. Also, the front camera is absolutely identical in both models with 5 megapixels. Only the dual LED flash provides the difference between the Redmi 5 versions.

Connectivity and communication

As usual, the China version without LTE Volume 20 will appear first, followed by the Global Version with the LTE frequency, which is important for Germany. Of course, the China version in Germany in the 2G, 3G and 4G network easily usable, just not with LTE Band 20 support. The memory will probably be expandable via a hybrid slot. But even here you can expect a surprise like the Redmi 5a Global Version . (The Global version of the Redmi 5a now has an additional slot for 2 x Nano-SIM and 1 x Micro-SD !!!) A noise-canceling microphone is located next to the jack and infrared transmitter on top of both smartphones.

WIFI is supported with n-standard (300 Mbit), with the Plus version also supports the 5GHz network. Bluetooth 4.2 is available as GPS course. An FM radio can also be used with both devices with connected headphones. At sensors there is the complete package with acceleration, proximity and light sensor. On top of that is a gyroscope and probably a compass, even if it is not mentioned. A Hall sensor (support for smart cases) is only available in the Redmi 5 Plus.

Battery life

The Xiaomi Redmi 5 has a 3300 mAh battery, so much smaller than the battery of the Redmi 4X. For this purpose, even the larger display needs to be powered, with “only HD +” resolution and the more economical processor, the battery life will still be good. The 6-inch Redmi 5a Plus, however, will again get a 4000 mAh battery on board. Both cell phone batteries are charged at 5V at 2A, which will probably lead to a fast, but not quick-charge worthy charging time.

Buy Xiaomi Redmi 5 For $193.99


Buy Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus 3GB + 32GB For $239.99


Buy Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus 4GB + 64GB For $269.99


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