Review Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus budget-with edge-to-edge display

Xiaomi company has always been famous for its budget smartphone Redmi. The first phone in this series appeared in 2013. The company released it due to the big competition in the budget segment of devices. The device cost about $120. Because of such low price, he quickly captured the market of China. It sold about 22 million units in the amount of 3.34 million dollars. After this successful launch, Xiaomi company “flipped” the market of inexpensive smartphones.

And now, after four years Xiaomi is Xiaomi Redmi Xiaomi Redmi 5 and 5 Plus. This generation got edge-to-edge display, a metal body and good performance. In today’s review we will talk about older versions of the device.

Specifications Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus

  • Display: IPS LCD 5.99-inch, 2160×1080p, 403 ppi
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
  • RAM: 3/4 GB LPDDR4
  • Flash memory: 32/64 GB
  • Main camera: 12 MP with f/2.2
  • Front camera: 5 MP
  • Battery: 4000 mAh
  • Navigation: GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
  • Wireless interfaces: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • Operating system: MIUI V9 (Android 7.1.2 Nougat)
  • Dimensions: 158.5×75.5×8.1 mm
  • Weight: 180 grams

Equipment and appearance Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus

There are several color options Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus: gold, black, rose gold and light blue. We have to review the version 4/64 in color light blue. The smartphone comes in a minimalist box red color. On the back of the package has a main technical characteristics of the device. The package includes the phone, charging block for 5V/2A, USB cable (don’t Type-C), user manual and silicone case.

The smartphone has a 5.99-inch edge-to-edge display with an aspect ratio of 18:9 and a resolution of 2160×1080p. In contrast frameless Xiaomi Mi Redmi Mix 2 5 Plus has a small frame at the top and bottom. Due to this, in the upper part of the device placed flash, earpiece, front camera and a standard set of sensors.

All previous models of Redmi had three touch buttons under the screen. Now they have removed and instead made three on-screen buttons. To some this solution may not like it, but it looks quite harmoniously and most importantly — comfortable. On top of the smartphone is located an infrared sensor, a headphone Jack and a noise-canceling microphone. Slot for SIM-card placed on the left side. There is support of two SIM or you can install one, but with a microSD card.

On the bottom you can see the charging port, another microphone and two speakers. Button the unlock and sound control is located on the right side. The rear of the device is made of metal with plastic inserts on top and bottom. There is a peephole 12 Megapixel camera, under which is located an led flash and a fingerprint scanner.

In General, the design of new products is similar to its predecessors. It just occurred small changes. For example, the corners are now a bit rounded. The device looks very good. At least in the smartphone and there is a large 5.99-inch screen, but the phone has compact dimensions.

The hardware of the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus

Since the Redmi note 4, the company Xiaomi sets in this range of devices Qualcomm Snapdragon processor 625. Also happened with Redmi 5 Plus. Of course, we cannot say that the chipset is bad. No, he proved himself very well. But still, I would like to see Snapdragon Snapdragon 626 or 630.

Couldn’t expect any discoveries in the performance of the device. But in order to test how the SoC works in this smartphone, we decided to test it in several programs. In Antutu Benchmark 5 Redmi Plus gaining about 65 thousand points. This result is similar to the Meizu M6 Note.

In GeekBench, the device has gained about 900 points in a single core and about 4500 in multi-core test. We checked the memory in Androbench. There is also nothing unusual. The speed of writing and reading have shown that the device has a standard eMMC flash drive.

If to speak about games, then all is clear. You can play all, except in more demanding games will have to put medium or minimum graphics. Thanks to all of our tests, we can confidently say that this smartphone works perfectly and without any complaints.

Camera the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus

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The smartphone is equipped with not the best of the 12 MP sensor c an aperture of f/2.2. But in the presence of direct hands, on the camera you can take good shots. There is a HDR mode that works well for a smartphone of this price category. If we talk about the night photos, they turn out decent. Sometimes, of course, the picture is smeared, but it is not strongly critical.

About front camera, I want to say that it is pretty good and has a resolution of 5 MP. Angle decent. Also present is the usual mode of “Beauty” to smooth out the face. Perhaps the female half, he will have to taste.

If generalize, we can say that the smartphone has a relatively good camera, especially considering its attractive price. By the way, both modules from the company OmniVision. Of course, I would like some module from SONY, but then the price of the phone would have been much higher.

Autonomy Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus

All the latest smartphones Redmi line always had great battery and good battery life. The Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus, nothing has changed. The smartphone has installed a battery capacity of 4000 mAh. New without any problems will last a full active day. And if you’re not very demanding user and you only need to call and sometimes check social networks, the smartphone will be able with ease to work and two days.

Unfortunately, the device does not support fast charging. And it’s very strange, considering that built-in the Snapdragon 625 supports Quick Charge 2.0. From the standard 2-amp charging block Redmi 5 Plus recharged in 3.5 hours. And this, of course, a very long time. So the ideal solution is to put the smartphone on charge before bed.

Operating system

The phone works on the latest version of the operating system. On top of the Android installed 7.1.2 Nougat shell MIUI 9. On the one hand it is bad that the smartphone out of the box does not have the latest version of the OS, but on the other hand, the shell MIUI has a huge variety of interesting functions and features that are not even in Android 8.0 Oreo.

The pros and cons of Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus

  • Great design (+)
  • Frameless screen (+)
  • Good (+)
  • High-quality materials (+)
  • Optimal performance (+)
  • Good battery life (+)
  • Acceptable camera (+)
  • The lack of quick charging (-)
  • There is no USB Type-C (-)

What we get in the end

If you respond quickly, whether to buy new Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus, then the answer is Yes. It is, at the moment, the cheapest smartphone with a screen “edge to edge” from a good manufacturer. Yes, there are already some devices with edge-to-edge display in the budget segment, but they have no competition when it comes to price and quality Redmi 5 Plus.

Undoubtedly, the main advantage of this phone is the large 5.99-inch edge-to-edge display with Full HD resolution+. But it is also worth remembering that the device has a processor from Qualcomm, which provides smooth and stable operation of the smartphone. It also has a large battery, which has always been famous for the Redmi smartphones.

So if you are thinking about replacing your old unit, definitely look to the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus. This is a really good smartphone. It can be purchased in the Chinese online store GearBest.

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