Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus Review

By 07:09 Wed, 18 Aug 2021 Comments


So, no more Redmi Notes, eh? Or so we thought until Xiaomi recently launched the Redmi 5 Plus in India calling it the Redmi Note 5. The Redmi 5 Plus certainly looked like a proper successor of the Redmi Note 4 so we're glad the company's lineup naming is back at making sense.

The Redmi 5 Plus now bears the model name it should have been given since the start - the Note 5. So, the Redmi phablet lineup lives on and it now goes all in with a tall 6" screen.

'Tis the season of tall screens and Xiaomi is the next maker to go 18:9 in the midrange as well. Both the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus have wide screens and both build on the predecessor's 5.5" diagonal with 5.7" and 5.99" respectively.

The Redmi 5 Plus may have received a pretty obvious upgrade, but that's nearly all that's new. The 5 Plus keeps the Snapdragon 625 chip and 4,000mAh battery of the Redmi Note 4. The recent 5MP selfie capturing camera stays too, while the rear cam now has bigger pixels but smaller aperture.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus specs:

  • Body: Metal unibody, 2.5D glass front
  • Screen: 5.99" IPS LCD, 1080p (403ppi); Gorilla Glass (undisclosed version)
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 625, 8x Cortex-A53@2.0GHz, Adreno 506
  • Memory: 3/4GB Random-Access Memory (RAM) + 32/64GB storage, Hybrid microSD slot
  • Camera: 12MP, f/2.2, PDAF, 2160p video @ 30fps
  • Selfie cam: 5 MP, 1080p video @ 30fps
  • OS: Android 7.1.2 Nougat, MIUI 9 on top
  • Battery: 4,000mAh (non-removable)
  • Connectivity: Hybrid Dual Nano-SIM (hybrid microSD slot); LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps support; Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) g/b/n; Bluetooth 4.1; GPS with GLONASS; Frequency Modulation (FM) radio; 3.5mm audio jack; microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port
  • Misc: Fingerprint reader

We always acquire excited when a recent Redmi checks in and like watching Xiaomi give the competition a fine run for its money. By the looks of the recent Redmi 5 series, Xiaomi is keen on doing it again.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus Unboxing

The Redmi 5 Plus comes wrapped in an all-red cardboard box. Just as nearly every single Redmi before it, the 5 Plus is bundled with a 10W charger (5V/2A) and a microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) cable. Xiaomi also provides a transparent rubber case, but we almost missed it as it was packed with the quick start guides, which no one cares about, right?

Special thanks to HonorBuy for providing the review unit.



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