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26 mayo, 2021

Xiaomi has a huge catalog in the mid-range. And it is that in addition to mobiles as popular as the Mi A1 or the Redmi 5 Plus they have several more affordable smartphones. Today we have to talk about one of them and that is why here we leave you with him Redmi 5 review.

Among the mess of Xiaomi models, the Redmi 5 comes with 5.7-inch screen in 18: 9 format, HD + resolution and a Qualcomm 400 series processor. A mobile with a single lens rear camera and a quite generous battery for its low price.

We have tested the 3GB and 32GB model in white and gold, although it can also be purchased in black, with 2GB and 16GB, which starts at 129 euros. An almost ideal configuration for those who need a mobile for just over one hundred euros. Let’s see what this Redmi 5 offers us, in what aspects it lags behind its older brothers and in which it has surprised us.


Xiaomi Redmi 5, technical characteristics

Xiaomi Redmi 5

Screen

5.7 “IPS LCD HD +
(1440 × 720) 18: 9

Processor

Snapdragon 450 1.8GHz

Adreno 506

RAM

2 / 3GB

Storage

16/32 GB + microSD

Drums

3,300 mAh (LiPo)

Rear camera

12MP, f / 2.2, 1.25μm
PDAF, 1080p video

Frontal camera

5MP

Dimensions and weight

151.8 x 72.8 x 7.7 mm

157g

software

Android 7.1.2 Nougat

MIUI 9.5

Others

Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, BT 4.2, FM radio,
microUSB 2.0, infrared, GPS / GLONASS
rear fingerprint reader

Price

129 euros (2 / 16GB)
159 euros (3 / 32GB)

Classic design in an ideal size

Redmi 5 Rear

The rise of 18: 9 screens has changed the design of all mobiles. Gone are the times where the lower and upper frames were huge. This is fairly normal in the high-end, where it is understood that the design of the smartphones is very careful. But when we have a Mobile as economical as the Redmi 5 attracts more attention that it is so compact and have reduced edges.

To get an idea of ​​this change, tell you that I personally prefer the Redmi 5 design to the Mi A1. The finishes are quite similar, but the Redmi 5 has a very manageable size and from an aesthetic point of view the bet on 18: 9 screens is a success in this price range.

The Redmi 5 does not aspire to be a premium terminal but it is above the cheap mobile concept that most have in mind. In addition, the inclusion of the 5.7 “18: 9 screen makes it very easy to operate.

Design Ahead Redmi 5

It should be noted that although they can be hidden when activating gestures, most of the time we will have the touch buttons on the screen occupying a strip of space. The lower edge is empty, while on the upper one we find two holes for the front camera and its LED flash, next to the notification light and the earpiece. The compaction work is equivalent to the Plus model, but in this case, having a slightly smaller screen and being a lower-priced terminal, it must be valued positively.

In the comparison with its competition we see how the Redmi 5 is somewhat lighter but also larger than rivals such as the Huawei P Smart. And compared to last year’s model, the Redmi Note 4, we see that has been increased by 0.2 inches but beyond that there is no real change in design.

XIAOMI REDMI 5

XIAOMI REDMI NOTE 4

LG Q6

HUAWEI P SMART

SAMSUNG GALAXY A8

SCREEN

5.7 inch
18: 9 HD +

5.5 inch
16: 9 FullHD

5.5 inch
18: 9 FullHD +

5.65 inch
18: 9 FullHD +

5.6 inch
18: 9 FullHD +

FRONT PERCENTAGE

75.9%

72.7%

78%

76.1%

75.6%

DIMENSIONS

151.8 x 72.8 x 7.7 mm

151 x 76 x 8.5 mm

142.5 x 69.3 x 8.1

150.1 x 72.1 x 7.5 mm

149.2 x 70.6 x 8.4 mm

WEIGHT

157 g

165 g

149 g

165 g

172 g

The finishes of the terminal are good. We found a 2.5D glass protecting the panel, glass on the front and a very balanced body. Overall it feels a very solid and well built product although it is not totally unibody. The side edge is made of plastic although with a color and a touch that totally camouflages that there are different materials.

Xiaomi also incorporates a transparent plastic sleeve to protect the mobile from scratches and small bumps. A small addition that is appreciated to find in a device whose price is not so high.

Redmi design

In the back we have the classic elements. An aluminum cover, with the fingerprint reader in the central part, above the LED flash and the single chamber that protrudes slightly more than desired. The metallic lines for the antennas are also marked.

We have a body with an aluminum back that transmits solidity and balance, to which we must add the inclusion of a plastic cover to protect the terminal.

If we look at it from above we find the 3.5mm jack port, the noise canceling microphone and the infrared. On the left we have the SIM / microSD tray while on the right the volume and on / off buttons that have a fairly standard route. At the bottom edge we have the microUSB port next to speaker grill from which only sound comes out from the right.

Xiaomi offers us a mobile on its line. A sober, solid and very manageable design due to the size and the incorporation of 18: 9 screens. It cannot be said that it is a premium mobile or that it attracts attention, but it is practical and convinces during the day to day.

A decent LCD screen with HD + resolution

Redmi display Redmi 5 (top) vs Redmi 5 Plus (bottom)

The Redmi 5 incorporates a panel in 18: 9 aspect ratio of 5.7 inches and HD + resolution, or what is the same, 1440 x 720 pixels with a density of 282 dots per inch. And the truth is that it falls a bit short. We understand that to get cheaper devices sometimes you have to bet on lower resolution panels, but staying below 300 dpi is noticeable.

Beyond sharpness, the Redmi 5’s LCD panel delivers well. We have 450 nits according to official specifications and in general automatic brightness seems acceptable to us to view the screen content. Outdoors we do not have many problems although it is a screen that gives enough reflections.

The screen contrast is not as high as the more advanced mid-range screens but even so, he usually gets the tonality and color right. Blacks are probably the point where the device has the most room for improvement.

Redmi display

Both the brightness and the tones of the Redmi 5’s LCD panel are quite successful, although it pales in contrast and sharpness compared to somewhat more expensive mobile screens.

The Redmi 5 screen viewing angles are good and in general it is a fairly uniform panel in its color representation. Xiaomi offers us a cheaper screen than the Plus model, with a lower sharpness and contrast but with a very good quality compared to the HD panels we had so far.

Good with headphones, something more just through the speaker

Redmi 5 sound

The Redmi 5 has a speaker on the bottom. Although the holes on both sides may indicate that we have a double speaker, the truth is that only the right one sounds. Something common in many mobile devices. The sound produced by the speaker is moderately powerful although the quality is quite fair. There has been an improvement over the Xiaomi of past years, but it is another point where compared to the Plus model and other more powerful mobiles it falls behind.

By connecting headphones to the 3.5mm jack port, which we must buy separately, the sound that is produced is good, with little distorted bass and tones quite even with more expensive mobiles.

The MIUI ringtones usually sound quite loud and there’s for all the tastes. During calls the Redmi 5 sounds very well and from the other side they will not have problems either. Here the noise canceling microphone does its job. A section that again remains consistent with the category of the device.

The Snapdragon 450 performs great and is not a surprise

Redmi 5 performance

When we read that the Redmi 5 came with the Snapdragon 450 we were curious to know what its performance was going to be and if it would be noticed. But the truth is that Xiaomi’s mobile flies. In fact, thanks to its HD + screen, its performance is not far from other mid-range smartphones close to two hundred euros.

What is happening? Basically that this Snapdragon 450 is actually a camouflaged Snapdragon 625. Manufactured in 14 nanometers with eight 1.8GHz cores and an Adreno 506 GPU, characteristics very similar to the popular processor that flooded the mid-range last year, including the Mi A1. That said, during the day to day the experience with this Redmi 5 is very good, we did not notice noticeable lag and most applications open without further problems.

It is not a mobile to play, but the performance of the Redmi 5 complies with ease in most cases.

The only point where we have noticed a problem is with the touch gestures to hide the lower navigation bar. Here sometimes the animations are a bit slow but nothing that tarnishes the final experience. In our case we have tested the model with 3GB and 32GB of storage and it is a more than enough combination for many. If we already mentioned last year that we were very happy with the Snapdragon 625, this year we can see how the line has dropped more in price and that is always good news.

Regarding heavy applications and games with great graphics like Asphalt 8 or PUBG Mobile, the Redmi 5 suffers more than desired. If you are looking for a mobile for uses like this, we do recommend uploading to a higher-end Android.

As always, here we leave you the comparative table of the most popular benchmarks and their scores, comparing it with other devices of similar power.

XIAOMI REDMI 5

XIAOMI REDMI 5 PLUS

XIAOMI REDMI NOTE 4

HUAWEI P SMART

ZTE BLADE V9

PROCESSOR

Snapdragon 450

Snapdragon 625

Snapdragon 625

Kirin 659

Snapdragon 450

RAM

3 GB

4GB

3 GB

3 GB

3 GB

ANTUTU

70,360

77,221

61.454 (v6)

65,935 (v6)

70,273

GEEKBENCH 4
Single / Multi

766 / 3,500

864 / 4,293

822 / 3,034

942/3693

753 / 3,754

The real strength of the Redmi range is its battery

Drums

The Xiaomi Redmi are very balanced terminals but surely their strong point is the battery. If with the Plus model we had a high level, in this Redmi 5 we achieved excellent levels of autonomy. Much larger than its 3,300 mAh suggest. But we must take into account the good efficiency of the Snapdragon processors and that the screen is “only” 5.7 inches with HD + resolution.

MIUI does excellent autonomy management. It is something that we could already verify when comparing the Mi 5X vs the Mi A1 and …