Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus review

The Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus is a big brother of the Redmi 5. But behind the “plus” hides much more than just a 6 inch FHD display in 18: 9 format. A faster Snapdragon 625 processor, more memory with at least 3 / 32GB and a 4000 mAh large battery. Even though both devices are hardly distinguishable externally, it is not only little things that make the difference here. The Redmi 5 Plus is already trading on the Net as a Redmi Note 4X successor, but the Note series has definitely earned a more powerful successor. In this detailed review, you may fall in love with this phone.

Package

Packaging is very simple, with a “Red” tone. As can be seen from the picture, I was holding a 3GB + 32GB version of the Redmi 5 Plus. This may be the most popular low-end phone with 18: 9 screen.

Design

In the eyes of many Xiaomi fans and MIX users, the heart is very reluctant to admit that the Redmi 5 Plus is a full screen mobile phone. Indeed, judging from screen occupancy and visual impact, it really does not match the Xiamomi MIX line. However, if you put aside the concept of full screen, purely from a design point of view, Redmi 5 Plus looks really better than the previous Redmi phone.

In front of the phone, Redmi 5 Plus equipped with a 5.99-inch 2160*1080 resolution screen, with a narrow cell phone forehead and chin, the overall visual impression is still very good. It is worth mentioning that this phone’s screen with a rounded design, looks very comfortable.

In the back of the phone, Redmi 5 Plus design style and previous Redmi models are basically the same: three-section metal body, rear fingerprint recognition, the center of the camera.

The upshot is that the Redmi 5 Plus has a slightly raised camera.

Overall, the appearance section, Redmi 5 Plus uses the mainstream nowadays full screen design, high screen share brings a good visual perception.

Display

The Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus has a huge 6-inch display with a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels. The result then in a 18: 9 format with pin sharp 402 pixels per inch. You can also see a difference in sharpness between a Redmi 5 (HD display only) and a Redmi 5 Plus. Although the 6-inch look powerful, the handling is comparable to the 5.5-inch display of the Redmi Note 4X. The color representation is rather cool for Xiaomi conditions and white areas tend to a bluish cast. The brightness of 450 cd/m² is high enough for easy outdoor use. The viewing angles are typically stable for IPS, but slight color changes are perceptible here. In this point, the Redmi 5 Plus performs a little worse than the Redmi 5 and the Redmi Note 4X, where no change is visible.

Haptically, the display is perfectly rounded with 2.5D glass and blends seamlessly into the frame. The finger glides perfectly over the surface and fingerprints are not as visible as on most smartphones. The 10-point touchscreen reacts lightning fast and also very precisely to all inputs. The display of the Redmi 5 Plus is protected from scratches, even though Gorilla Glass is not mentioned here. If you are looking for a 6 inch display with a contemporary 18: 9 ratio, you will not find alternatives with similar quality in this price range.

Performance and operating system

The Redmi 5 Plus features our favorite Snapdragon 625 processor. The Octa-Core clocks at 8 x 2.0GHz and is supported by an Adreno 506 GPU and in our case by 3 / 32GB memory. There is also a version with 4 / 64GB. Slowly I’m pretty bored about writing the processor in combination with MIUI 9 but alright; The Snapdragon 625 combines the perfect mid-range performance with superior energy efficiency. The Snapdragon 450 of the Redmi 5 is basically based on the same manufacturing process and the structure of the CPU is almost identical, so the performance gap between the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus is barely perceptible.

The Redmi 5 Plus rattles through standard tasks such as surfing, Whats-App or videos easily and at high speed. The normal user hardly needs more speed and even demanding 3D games are no problem for the SD625. In practice, there is only at lags 8 at lags. In the Antutu benchmark, it brings the Redmi 5 Plus on expected 63300 points. The cutting-edge MIUI 9 system is based on Android 7.1 and accelerates the Redmi 5 Plus to the same level as a Redmi Note 4X. The 3GB RAM bring it to solid transfer rates of 5.4 GB/s and even the 32GB of memory is not bad parents with 216/212 MB/s read/write speed.

The Antutu score of Redmi 5 Plus is 75416, Compared to Ulefone Power 3 – 78868 point (The CPU is MTK 6763,and 6GB RAM + 64GB ROM) ,  the difference between the two is small.

In the game test, the “King of glory” can be stabilized at 30 frames, when group occasionally, it will be dropped to about 28 frames, so fluency is quite good.

Nevertheless, devices with SD821 / 835 processor and UFS memory chip are noticeably faster on the go, but also cost a pole more money. Every Otto-Normal consumer will already feel like in seventh heaven. Xiaomi’s MIUI operating system is not only optically highly adapted, there are also some additional features to discover. You can love it and you can hate it, but you definitely have to try the system once. If you would like to experience the advantages of a Snapdragon 625 on stock-Android, you will be well advised with the slightly more expensive, but also better-equipped Mi A1. Whether you should now resort to Redmi Note 4X or Redmi 5 Plus, is not decided on the performance. But you have to wait for the official Global ROM.

Camera

Xiaomi makes everything right here and installed the 12MP camera sensor of the Mi A1 in the Redmi 5 Plus. In normal light conditions, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus makes color-realistic and detailed shots. The noise is minimal and Xiaomi visibly restricts the software editing. What appears colorful on the Redmi Note 4X is more realistic with the Redmi 5 Plus. The soft contours of the Redmi Note 4X images have disappeared and the details are more visible. In close-ups, the Redmi Note 4X continues to get the better pictures. Selfies succeed well with the Redmi 5 Plus, with many details, nice sharp and accurate colors. Even in low light conditions, the results of the images are now visibly better than with a Redmi Note 4X. Nonetheless, the camera is still a good deal of high-end smartphones.

Let’s take a look at pictures taken by the Redmi 5 Plus:

In addition to the Redmi 5 or Redmi 4X, there is now also the possibility to record 4K videos, but the permanent automatic focus comes here occasionally stumble. The slow motion mode is now available. Shutter speed and focus when taking pictures are impeccable. Anyone looking for good cameras for occasional snapshots and videos in the beginner area will definitely be happy with the new Redmi.

From the phone’s own engineering model inquiries found that Redmi 5 Plus’s rear camera model is OV12a10, and The main camera was the same as Xiaomi 5C and Xiaomi 5X which the main highlight is 1.25μm large pixels.

Connectivity and communication

The Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus supports the following networks:

  • 2G GSM 2/3/5/8
  • 3G: UMTS 1/2/5/8
  • 4G: FDD LTE 1/3/5/7/8

The reception is just excellent. During the conversation disturbing background noises are reliably filtered out and the conversation partner is understood loud and clear. The internal speaker is not as loud as the Redmi 5, but more differentiated and clearer. The quality is perfectly OK for the price, there is a lack of bass and stereo is not synonymous here. The 3.5mm jack connector can score with high volume and crystal clear sound.

WLAN remains at the n-standard but 5GHz networks can be used. The reception is consistently strong and the data throughput maximum. Sensors have the typical Xiaomi package. Acceleration, proximity and brightness sensor as standard. In addition, a gyroscope, e-compass and infrared transmitter. An FM radio is also on the starting line and an additional smart sensor hall sensor. Bluetooth 4.2 does perfect work.

The GPS Fix is ​​also in buildings usually no problem and outdoors you land quickly at 4-5m accuracy. As a pedestrian or motorist, there were no problems with the navigation.

Battery life

The Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus is powered by a 4000mAh battery with enough juice. But the 6-inch FHD display eats neatly and in the PCMark battery test, the Redmi 5 Plus has to beat the smaller Redmi 5. Nevertheless, 12 hours of running time are an excellent result, in practice, my Redmi 5 Plus had after 2 days with 7-8 hours DOT to the socket – of course, with intensive testing load of benchmarks, games and GPS navigation. So here you do not have to look for a power outlet every day. The Redmi 5 Plus is a true endurance runner, but does not come close to the life of a Redmi Note 4X or Mi Max 2.

Finally, if you are interested in Redmi 5 Plus, I recommend you go to Gearbest Mall to get it:

 

Buy Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus 3GB/32GB at GearBest.com for $198.99

Buy Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus 4GB/64GB at GearBest.com for $258.06

Summary

Compared to Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus these two phones, the main shortboard of Redmi 5 is 720P screen, the display is not delicate enough, and the Redmi 5 Plus is more worth buying. Redmi 5 Plus's main selling point is the 18: 9 screen and long battery life.  At the same time it has good imaging quality of the camera in the $200 full screen mobile phone market.
9.5
Perfect!

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