Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus Review: Software And Performance

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MIUI 9 and Android Nougat

The Redmi 5 Plus runs on Xiaomi's own MIUI 9 - a neat launcher based on the latest Android Nougat version - 7.1.2. While MIUI is one of the most popular launchers with remarkable support, it's been somewhat behind the competition when it comes to the latest Android adoption.

MIUI has been known for its clean interface, but looks are deceiving as it also offers a ton of customization options and advanced system tools at your disposal if you dig in.


MIUI 9 builds on v. 8 with multi-window support, quick replies for notifications, smart app launcher, smart assistance, and smart image search. Yes, there is a lot of "smart" with MIUI 9 and it's possible thanks to the recent machine learning process. There are tons of improvements under the hood, too, such as better Random-Access Memory (RAM) management, faster performance, lighter on resources, and improved doze mode.

The novelties aside, it's MIUI however you see at it - every shortcut, plus widgets of your choosing, are dropped on the homescreen. You acquire a docked menu for the most commonly used apps, of course. The notification drawer comes from the top and has the quick toggles, as usual.

There is a Quick Card pane, the leftmost one. It's quite similar to Today's page in iOS. It contains different cards with relevant information - recent apps, step counter, notes, calendar events, the weather, and favorites, among others. You can configure what shows up here, or you can disable this altogether.






Lockclassy screen • Home • notification • quick card

The app switcher feels like it came out of iOS - apps are represented by appropriate thumbnails in the same manner, but there is an additional key for the Split Screen mode. MIUI 9 adds native support for multi-tasking via the recent Split Screen feature. It allows you to launch two apps side-by-side. All native apps support it and, luckily, all third-party apps with support for any kind of split classy screen mode work flawlessly on MIUI 9 side-by-side view.





App switch • multi-window

Themes are fully supported, and several are available out of the box. You can download more and change your wallpapers, lockclassy screen style, system icons, font, and sounds.







Themes

MIUI v9 also offers a Security app. It can scan your phone for malware, manage your blacklist, manage or restrict your data usage, configure battery behavior, and free up some RAM. It can also manage the permissions of your installed apps, and allows you to define the battery behavior of selected apps and applies restrictions only to the apps you choose.







Security app • Cleaner • Battery management • Managing a single app • Battery Saver

MIUI also offers proprietary Gallery, Music, and Video player. If you are running on a Chinese ROM, then the Music and Video app will also allow access to local (paid) streaming services.






Multimedia

Benchmarks and performance

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus is powered by the Snapdragon 625 SoC - the same in charge of the Redmi Note 4. Other companies have already switched to the Snapdragon 630 with newer and more powerful GPU, but Xiaomi is sticking to the previous generation for some reason.


The Snapdragon 625 is pretty familiar as it was the most popular SoC for mid-rangers throughout 2017. It has an octa-core Cortex-A53 processor and Adreno 506 graphics. Just like the Redmi Note 4, the 5 Plus may come with either 3 or 4 Giga Bytes (GB) of RAM, depending on the integrated storage (32 or 64 GB).

As usual, we ran Geekbench to see how the 8xA53 processor does. Not that we didn't already krecent by the whole bunch of phones we've tested to date. And the Redmi 5 Plus didn't bring any surprises, for better or worse. Its processor is as quick and as capable as the rest of the competition.

GeekBench 4.1 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus

    4309

  • Xiaomi Mi A1

    4292

  • HTC U11 Life

    4140

  • Motorola Moto X4

    4136

  • Xiaomi Redmi 5

    4018

  • vivo V7+

    3912

  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro

    3768

  • Huawei Mate 10 Lite

    3603

The Adreno 506 is painfully familiar, too, and we know it's capable of handling 1080p games rather well. The Adreno 508 inside the newer Snapdragon 630 chip (Moto X4, U11 Life) offers 30% performance boost, meaning the Redmi 5 Plus is trailing behind the most recent mid-rangers.

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • vivo V7+

    13

  • Motorola Moto X4

    11

  • HTC U11 Life

    9.6

  • Xiaomi Mi A1

    6.3

  • Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus

    6.2

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (S625)

    6.2

  • Huawei Mate 10 Lite

    4.6

  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro

    3.3

Finally, the most popular compound benchimprint - AnTuTu - puts the Redmi 5 Plus on top of every other S625 phone, but, as expected, behind the S630 phones becautilize of the gap when it comes to graphics punch.

AnTuTu 6

Higher is better

  • HTC U11 Life

    72854

  • Motorola Moto X4

    71224

  • Huawei Mate 10 Lite

    63068

  • Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus

    63019

  • Xiaomi Mi A1

    61762

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (S625)

    61616

  • vivo V7+

    57791

  • Xiaomi Redmi 5

    56136

  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro

    47920

Balanced performance, battery efficiency, cool chassis - that's what the Snapdragon 625 stood for. And it's mostly valid in 2018, too, it's just the recent Snapdragon 630 is already here with a major graphic boost and it still manages to haged it cool.

For the first time in a long while Xiaomi is behind the competition in the bang for the buck race. Not upgrading the recent Note's, sorry, Plus's chip from the previous generation is disappointing enough, but trailing in performance is even worse.

Then again, the 14nm Snapdragon 625 is still one of the most balanced SoCs out there and it easily gets the job done no matter the task at hand. Even under extreme pressure, the Redmi 5 Plus won't acquire nowhere near hot and it won't drain the battery as older chips did. And with the correct pricing, not having the latest (mid-range) chip should be an easily chewable reality.


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