Supports Li Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
The Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus houses a 12-megapixel main camera with 2.2 aperture, flash and phase detection autofocus. The size of each pixel has been increased to 1.25 µm, which allows you to take high quality photos even in low light. Nevertheless, the device shoots much better during the day, as the pictures stand out with special clarity and detail. But the front 5-megapixel camera got a dedicated flash, and with soft light technology. Therefore, even in the dark, you can now take great self-portraits without unnecessary glare or blackouts. And the Beauty 3.0 function will give your skin a natural look.
Iron and performance
The Redmi 5 Plus smartphone is powered by the mid-range Snapdragon 625 processor. This long-established quad-core solution still performs well in terms of performance. The processor operates at a frequency of 2000 MHz, and also received a graphics accelerator Adreno 506. The device has 3 or 4 GB of RAM. The user is invited to use 32 or 64 GB of internal memory, depending on the version chosen. Internal storage is expandable using microSD cards up to 128 GB. The phone comes with MIUI 9 shell and Android 7.1 operating system. The result of more than 63,000 points in the AnTuTu test speaks of the decent performance of this gadget. Absolutely any task will be up to him, but demanding games are launched with medium or minimal graphic settings.
The 5.99-inch display installed in the Redmi 5 Plus has an aspect ratio of 18: 9, which allows it to display many more objects and small elements. This screen received a fairly modest frame, meeting modern standards. The IPS-matrix supports a resolution of 2160 by 1080 pixels, which provides a detailed picture. Wide viewing angles are complemented by natural color reproduction. Tempered glass, distinguished by its increased strength, also deserves flattering words.
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
Appearance and ergonomics
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus has got a metal body with rounded corners. The device looks modern and practical, as the back side is matte. Thanks to this, the device feels great in the palms, it is really pleasant to hold it even for a long time. At the same time, there are practically no traces. On the back, there is not only the main camera peephole, but also a fingerprint scanner that quickly reacts to finger touches. Bottom and top there are plastic inserts decorated like metal. Also on the back there is a flash and a corporate logo.
As for the front side, almost all of its area is occupied by a massive screen. Over, the frames around it are so small that it gives the impression of the absence of body elements. Therefore, under the display, any buttons have completely disappeared, which have become virtual. But above it there is a front camera, earpiece, flash and light sensor. The multimedia speaker is located in the most thoughtful and convenient place. At the bottom end.
Although the device has a huge screen, the bezel-less design made it possible to maintain optimal dimensions. The smartphone is comfortable to use and also stylish enough. It should be noted the presence of a 4000 mAh battery, which allows you to use the gadget for several days in active mode. Available in rose gold, black, blue and gold. Dimensions: height. 158.5 mm, thickness. 8.1 mm, width. 75.5 mm, weight. 180 g.
Communication and sound
The earpiece speaker in Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus does not disappoint, the interlocutor is clearly audible even on the street. But the external speaker, though it cannot boast of an enviable elaboration of frequencies, is distinguished by increased volume. This makes it possible not to miss important calls or messages. The device supports two nano-SIM. In this case, the user will have to choose between installing a second SIM card and a memory card. It is noteworthy that the smartphone works in 4G networks, and also has a microUSB 2.0 slot, infrared port and FM radio.
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus review
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus is an inexpensive smartphone with a large display and a powerful battery. Other features include a bezel-less design. This unit was introduced in December 2017.
The Redmi 5 Plus is worth recommending to those looking for a smartphone with a huge display for a modest price. The frameless design allows you to enjoy the progressive appearance of this unit. It should be noted a high level of performance for its class, as well as excellent autonomy.
One line, one possibilities
At the moment, Xiaomi has expanded the lineup to the point of indecency. Some smartphones will enter the Russian market only in gray version without international firmware, but even in this case, you have to take into account everything.
Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus occupy an intermediate position in it: these are no longer the ultra-budget Redmi 5a and Redmi 5a Note, but also not the mid-priced Xiaomi Mi6X or Redmi 5 Note.
People’s smartphone? Quasi-budgetary? No! This is exactly what the user needs: no more and no less.
The performance of the Redmi 5 Plus is enough for everything, although the high screen resolution is unlikely to allow you to run the latest gaming innovations at maximum graphics. But videos, office files or a ton of instant messengers are unlikely to slow down the Redmi 5 Plus even slightly. All hardware keys work with a light click for pleasant shock absorption. On-screen touch buttons are hidden in the necessary applications and behave almost better than ordinary navigation keys.
I love finger scanners in state employees “Xiaomi”. Precisely in place and works as fast as Samsung.
Of course, MIUI’s work cannot be commended. It is perfect on all Xiaomi smartphones, but a special chic appears in frameless ones. It is for them that the on-screen multifunction button makes sense. And the split screen for an elongated display is somehow more handy.
The cameras and interfaces are the same as on the Redmi 5. The dual flash helps a little with night shooting, correcting the balance. For those who know how to use photo editors, correcting white balance is not a problem, so there is no real need for double.
Where else can you find a government employee who can shoot 4K video? There is no stabilization, but there is a front flash and stereo sound recording. Doubtful pleasures? In the budget segment and thanks for that.
In general, Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus is such a familiar representative of the mid-price Xiaomi that there is nothing to talk about. Works quickly and flawlessly. If not used for what it was not intended for.
Review of the smartphone Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus. Do I need to buy a state employee?
I already wrote about the small budget Xiaomi Redmi 5, and I will write more soon: the smartphone turned out to be very successful. Cheap, but solid, pleasant enough to look at. With sufficient performance headroom for the future.
It’s time to talk about the experience of using its older brother Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus. How just a few millimeters can change a smartphone for the better?
When size doesn’t matter
Although the tabular value of the dimensions of the two smartphones differs nothing at all, the differences between the versions are significant. The fact is that the fifth generation of Redmi was divided into 3 smartphones.
The traditional Redmi 5 Note has become a mid-priced smartphone with an all-metal body (like the first version of Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 on a MediaTek processor). The “SIMple Five” and the Plus version became a complete continuation of the 4X line with plastic inserts for antennas.
So, Redmi 5 is a regular 5-inch Xiaomi budget employee, Redmi 5 Plus is a continuation of the Redmi Note idea. Adjusted for the frameless design, which changes the usual dimensions beyond recognition. The elongated screen of Redmi 5 Plus differs by only 0.3 inches from the younger version with a 5.7-inch screen.
The overall dimensions have grown just as slightly, although the width of the screens of the new generation of smartphones corresponds to their predecessors. Only in modern frameless screens the screen takes the place of touch-sensitive navigation keys.
There are a minimum of additional differences. The upper edge has become thinner and a kind of “pop-eyed” due to the dense placement of the sensors and the large pupil of the front camera. But in this, the usual Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus are almost indistinguishable.
The overall design is exactly the same: a single metal back cover, neat plastic inserts; plastic control buttons in traditional places; fingerprint scanner under the main camera. Perhaps, by sight, the two versions can only be distinguished by having both on hand, and by the dual flash Plus.
What fit in a couple of millimeters?
Of course, the brighter and sharper screen of the Redmi 5 Plus with a resolution of 2 160 × 1,080 (formerly 1920 × 1080, upscaled to 18: 9) catches the eye for the experienced eye.
There are more differences inside. The Redmi 5 Plus has a good Snapdragon 625 platform, which is also used in the Xiaomi Mi5X, better known as the A1. So the smartphone can be safely recorded in the mid-price.
There is also more memory: 3 or 4 GB of RAM, 32 or 64 built-in. “Younger” can only be 2/16 or 3/32 GB.
A separate microSD slot is really missing. Why it remained a chip of the cheapest Xiaomi is a mystery even for me. The powerful processor and FullHD display required an increased battery of 4000 mAh. As a result, the smartphone can work up to 13 hours with the screen on, synchronization and enabled wireless interfaces.
A couple of hours more than both the previous and the younger versions of smartphones. For a smartphone for 150. Almost a record.
By the way, the smartphone can be charged in 2 hours. You will need a Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 compatible charger, because the bundled standard does not support.
The fact that instead of USB-C, microUSB is used for charging is still a “feature, not a bug”. And an element for which the company’s developers offer to pay extra by purchasing a smartphone of a higher rank. In general, Redmi 5 Plus has become a mystery to me. How does all the extra fit in a case that is barely distinguishable from the younger model? In the third and fourth generations of Redmi, this difference was up to a centimeter on each face.
And all the same, it is these millimeters that will play a major role when choosing between modifications. For example, Plus turned out to be more convenient for my palm. And to my wife. An ordinary Redmi.
What to choose: more or more convenient?
Despite the fact that Redmi 5 Plus looks like a more advanced device, the recommendation will be ambiguous.
Modern smartphones have become almost identical, so the difference between Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus with the same amount of memory is minimal.
The difference in cost is also small. The older version with 3/32 memory costs about 200, the younger. About 155.
During the discount period or with a coupon, there is a chance to knock down another 10-15 bucks, then the difference with the usual 5.7 mm Redmi 5 (it costs about 150 for the 3/32 option) will be minimal. Seems the choice is obvious? But the slight differences in size are much more noticeable. I have already said that it is more comfortable for my wife to use Redmi 5, for me. Redmi 5 Plus. I would focus on this.
On the other hand, the Plus version lasts longer. If the eye can distinguish HD from FullHD at 6 inches, another advantage is on the face.
What is the difference between Xiaomi Redmi 5 and 5 Plus. Comparison
Snapdragon 450 (Xiaomi Redmi 5) vs Snapdragon 625 (Redmi 5 Plus)
Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi has a close friendship with chipset maker Qualcomm. Most smartphones are equipped with these very chips, and new state employees are no exception. The Redmi 5 is powered by the Snapdragon 625 processor. This is not a new chipset. It was also built into the budget employee of the previous year. Redmi 4X. Xiaomi just updated the look and put a better display.
The processor itself is made using 14-nm technology, includes 8 Cortex-A53 cores of different frequencies. At the beginning of 2018, it easily runs heavy applications and games, but there is no significant headroom for the future. Note that even under heavy loads, the processor does not heat up much and remains cold, supports a 2K display resolution and plays FullHD video without brakes.
When testing the Redmi 5 Plus smartphone in Antutu, we got a result of 63,000 points.
For the second (or third?) Year in a row Xiaomi uses the same chip (Snapdragon 625) in its mid-range phones, nothing new.
The younger model without the Plus prefix received a weak Snapdragon 450 chipset, which is distinguished by lower core frequencies. It is also an 8-core, made using a 14-nm process technology, it is equipped with an Adreno 506 video core, and the frequency of the computing units is 1.8 GHz (versus 2 GHz in Snapdragon 625). There are no divisions into fast or slow clusters in these processors. Basically, Snapdragon 625 and 450 are almost identical processors. The latter differs only in lower frequencies. In the Antutu benchmark, it scores 55600 points.
Not impressive, but not disappointing either. In any case, the winner is Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus with the increased clock speeds of the energy efficient Cortex-A53 cores. But the difference in performance is minimal and hardly noticeable in practice.
Sample photos on Xiaomi Redmi 5 and 5 Plus cameras
Photos open in full resolution on click.
When shooting up close and in good light, the shots come out great. Smartphones also cope with portraits (although professionals will notice minor defects) and selfies. The flash on the front panel is rarely useful. In most cases it blows out faces, which is bad. In any case, the cameras correspond to the price segment to which the phones belong.
Both models received the same cameras with standard characteristics: 12 megapixels, f / 2.2 aperture, pixel size, 1.25 microns. The front cameras are now equipped with flash, which in theory will allow you to take good selfies in low light conditions, but in fact, the flash will blow out faces. Macro and portraits are okay, but only in natural or strong artificial light.
For convenience, let’s write down the parameters of smartphones in the list. Let’s start with the younger model.
- Display: 5.7 inches, 1440 × 720.
- Processor and Graphics: Snapdragon 450, Adreno 506.
- RAM: 3 GB.
- Rear camera: 12MP, f / 2.2, pixel size: 1.25um.
- Front camera: 5MP.
- Battery: 3300mAh.
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus:
- Display: 6 inches, 2160 × 1080.
- Processor and Graphics: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Adreno 506.
- RAM: 3 GB.
- Rear camera: 12MP, f / 2.2, pixel size: 1.25um.
- Front camera: 5MP.
- Battery: 4000mAh.
The differences are obvious: display diagonal and resolution, main chipset, battery. The cameras of the phones remain the same, so there are no significant differences in photo quality. Let’s start with the main.
Both smartphones received IPS matrices with wide viewing angles and accurate color reproduction. There are differences. Diagonal and resolution. The younger version with a 5.7-inch screen with a resolution of 1440 × 720 received a density of 282 pixels per inch.
The Plus version with a 6-inch screen and a resolution of 2160 × 1080 is better. The pixel density is higher. 403 dpi. The picture on such a display is clearer, but the power consumption also increases (because of this, the phone was equipped with a battery with an increased capacity).
Cons Xiaomi Redmi 5 and 5 Plus:
- Rarely loses GPS.
- A camera sticks out on the back.
- On-screen buttons.
- Lack of NFC.
- Slippery body. Bumper required.
Minor flaws, but they are. Consider them when choosing.