Recently launched Redmi 5 Just take it. This Redmi 5A ,review) And Redmi Note 5 ,review), but sometimes it becomes difficult to differentiate. The new phone has all the necessary features, that too in a strong and slick package. xiaomi It has molded the market according to itself by repeatedly offering powerful products at low prices. There are some similar expectations from Redmi 5 as well. Will this phone live up to the expectations? Through the review, we will try to find the answer to this question itself.
redmi 5 design
Xiaomi Redmi 5 looks very much like Redmi Note 5, which was launched in India only last month. There is nothing surprising in this, because the Redmi Note 5 came to the Chinese market under the name of Redmi 5 Plus. If seen, Redmi 5 and Redmi Note 5 seem to be of the same family, but Xiaomi has launched Redmi Note 5 and Note 5 Pro ,review) which now seems a bit awkward.
As expected, there is an 18:9 screen on the front panel. The display is tall. But still the plastic is clearly visible on the border. Especially on the forehead and lower part of the phone, there is a lot of space for the border.
We got a black unit for review. For customers, this phone is also available in Gold and Rose Gold colors. You can also go for the Lake Blue option to stand out from the crowd. The front panel of all these three variants is in white color, while that of the black unit is in black color.
Xiaomi claims that it has used 2.5D curved edge glass on the front. Plastic has been used in the sides, top and bottom. The rear is mostly metal. The main camera is centered on the rear. It is uplifting. About 1 millimeter out from the back surface of the phone. Below it is a single LED flash and below that is the fingerprint sensor. The size of the body is such that there is no problem in reaching this sensor.
The power and volume buttons are on the right and they are easy to reach. There is a Micro-USB port on the bottom. Speaker is present in only one grill. At the top is the headphone socket and infrared ammeter. On the left is the hybrid SIM slot, which means you have to choose between a second SIM card or a microSD card. We were disappointed to see the Micro-USB port.
Considering the price, the build quality and finish of the phone impressed us. We only have a complaint with the ring on the side of the rear camera. It gets scratched easily. Apart from this, it is convenient to hold and use the phone in hands. The good thing is that fingerprints do not fall easily on the front or rear part of the handset.
Redmi 5 Specifications and Features
Popular launched last year Xiaomi Redmi 4 ,reviewThe new model is an upgrade in many ways. The most important of these is the long screen. Now the display is 5.7 inches. Remember that the Redmi 4 handset comes with a 5-inch screen. The resolution of the new handset is HD + (720×1440 pixels), which is enough for us.
The processor has gotten better. You will get Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chipset. Considering the processor available in the price range of Rs 10,000, this is a very powerful chipset. Based on RAM and storage, you have three options – 2 GB RAM and 16 GB storage, 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage and 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage. Rest of the specifications of all the three variants are exactly the same. We have reviewed the variant with 3 GB RAM. Our guess is that this will be the most popular option. Interested customers will be able to get more RAM and more storage than the initial variant by just spending a thousand more. At the same time, the price of the top variant is of the league of Redmi Note 5. You can buy the 32 GB variant of Redmi Note 5 cheaper than the 64 GB variant of Redmi 5.
Battery capacity is of average Android phone. It is of 3300 mAh and does not support fast charging. The rear camera is of 12 megapixels, which is equipped with PDAF, f / 2.2 aperture and single LED flash. At the same time, a 5-megapixel sensor has been given on the front panel and there is an LED illuminator along with it. Redmi 5 supports Wi-Fi 802.1n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS and 4G VoLTE.
We were surprised, and disappointed, about Xiaomi’s use of Android 7.1.2 Nougat on the phone. Xiaomi’s custom skin is up to date, so MIUI 9.2.7 will be available. Many people are fans of Xiaomi’s MIUI skin, but we think it would have been better if there were new Android features like shortcut menu. Xiaomi says that there is support for bundled notifications and inlight reply in the notification shade.
You can do multitasking by running a few apps at the same time. But it is important to have support in them. The screen to the left of the first home screen is called App Vault. There are several handy action shortcuts and widgets for select apps. Mi Drop is a clone of Apple AirDrop. With its help, you will be able to transfer any file directly to another phone. However, other phones should also have the Mi Drop app.
Redmi 5 Performance, Camera and Battery Life
As expected, the performance is very smooth. We never had any problem. Whether the phone is being used for work, or for entertainment. Many apps now work fine on 18:9 screens. The rest of the apps run in a letterbox fashion. There is no problem in understanding the MIUI. However, sometimes you will need to search through the Settings app.
In every day use, the phone does its job firmly. There was no problem in running all kinds of apps and games on this phone. The phone slowed down a bit while playing select powerful games. We also found that the phone did not get very hot even during multitasking.
During the time spent with the phone, we found that the screen is dull. Colors do not shine. Videos and games look fine. But looking at the pictures it was clear that he was not looking his best on the screen. One can expect loud noises from the speaker, but clarity is lost at highest volumes.
Battery life is strong. It lasted 13 hours and 36 minutes in our video loop test. In normal use, it supported for more than a day. It would have been better if there was fast charging. But considering the price, such expectations are meaningless. After charging for half an hour, the battery was charged only 32 percent and after an hour 62 percent.
Like most budget phones, the camera of the Redmi 5 is also good, but not very great. Shots look good on the phone, but not on the big screen. The lack of detail is clearly visible when zooming in at full size. Photos taken even in sunlight were a bit dull and grains were visible in them. We managed to get some great depth effects in macro shots. But the photos got blurry when in motion.
The Smart Beautification mode already works while taking selfies. Sorry the pictures don’t look natural. You will be able to record videos in full-HD resolution.
There is no doubt that Xiaomi Redmi 5 will prove to be a popular phone. This is a value for money product. Like before, once again this Chinese company has given such strong specifications at a low price, which is not easy for other companies to replicate. The processor is so powerful that it will last for many years. You will get 18:9 screen which is in high demand today. It seems that the 3GB RAM and 32GB storage variant will be the top seller. We would suggest you to buy the same variant too, because even for a cheap Android phone in today’s date, 2 GB RAM does not seem enough. Regrettably, we can’t tell you with confidence the experience of the 2GB or 4GB RAM variants.
We were impressed by the battery life and user experience of the Redmi 5. There are many customized features in the MIUI, but the older version of Android disappoints. The phone is expected to get MIUI 9.5 in the month of April. But it is also based on Android Nougat. The camera is by no means great. If photography is a priority then you should consider buying a slightly expensive phone.
It can be said with confidence that Xiaomi has once again set a new benchmark for budget smartphones. In such a situation, our eyes will be on the handsets of other companies.