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Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus, analysis. Review with features, price and specifications.

26 mayo, 2021

Xiaomi continues to announce new smartphones that put the most established mid-range on the ropes. After the success of the Mi A1 with Android One, the Chinese company brings us a mid-range that also bets heavily on specifications and has a moderate price, but this time it comes with MIUI. We are talking about the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus, also known as Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 in its Indian variant and the protagonist of this analysis.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 was a best seller and the Redmi 5 Plus is expected to follow the same path. This year the Chinese firm brings us a smartphone with a Updated design adds to the trend of 18: 9 displays and has slightly smaller frames. With this renewed suit and a technical profile that follows the same line of the previous model, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus is presented.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus, video review

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus, technical specifications

XIAOMI REDMI 5 PLUS

DESIGN

158.5 x 75.4 x 8.05 mm 180 g Aluminum unibody 2.5D glass Rear fingerprint reader

SCREEN

5.99 inches 18: 9 FullHD + 2,160 x 1,080 pixels 403 dpi Brightness 450 nits

PROCESSOR

Snapdragon 625 Octa-core 2 GHz Adreno 506

RAM

4 GB (3 GB option)

ABILITY

64GB + MicroSD (32GB option)

SOFTWARE

Android 7.1.2 Nougat + MIUI 9.2

REAR CAMERA

12 MP, f / 2.2, 1.25μm sensor, dual-tone LED flash, PDAF, FullHD videos

FRONTAL CAMERA

5 MP, torch LED, beauty mode, FullHD videos

CONNECTIVITY

LTE Dual SIM, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS-Glonass-Beidou, minijack, MicroUSB

DRUMS

4,000 mAh

PRICE

165.82 euros

Xiaomi has announced that the Redmi 5 Plus will be on sale in Spain from next February 24, the date on which they open their first physical store in Barcelona. The 3/32 GB model will cost 179 euros and the 4/64 GB will go up to 199 euros.

The same design language in a new format

The design is the first novelty that we see as soon as we take the terminal out of the box and also the most notable with respect to the previous model. With the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus we have a larger design since its screen has grown and adopts the 18: 9 format how widespread it has become in the mobile landscape.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

When placed together with the Redmi Note 4 the differences are clearer. In addition to the elongated format, it also highlights that the panel now has rounded corners, a novelty that is associated with the reduction of frames. It does not affect the wearing experience at all, but from an aesthetic point of view it makes the whole have a more organic touch.

Speaking of frame reduction, the lower frame is narrower and in it There is no longer any touch button, but these have been placed within the screen itself. The top frame houses the notification light, earpiece, front camera and selfie LED and is also narrower than the previous generation.

The bezels around the screen are tighter, but the compaction effort could have been more forceful.

But although the front is better used than that of the previous model, in general we do not see a forceful compaction effort and we continue to have more than obvious frames surrounding the screen. With everything, the handling is quite comfortable to mount a six-inch screen. Here the 18: 9 aspect ratio helps the width not shoot up and the grip feels more secure.

XIAOMI REDMI 5 PLUS

XIAOMI REDMI NOTE 4

LG Q6

HONOR 7X

SAMSUNG GALAXY A8

SCREEN

5.99 inch 18: 9 FullHD +

5.5 inch 16: 9 FullHD

5.5 inch 18: 9 FullHD +

5.93 inch 18: 9 FullHD +

5.6 inch 18: 9 FullHD +

FRONT PERCENTAGE

77.4%

72.7%

78%

77%

75.6%

DIMENSIONS

158.5 x 75.4 x 8.05 mm

151 x 76 x 8.5 mm

142.5 x 69.3 x 8.1

156.5 x 75.3 x 7.6 mm

149.2 x 70.6 x 8.4 mm

WEIGHT

180 g

165 g

149 g

165 g

172 g

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

If we turn it around, we have a very conservative design that closely follows the aesthetic line set by its predecessor; aluminum back, same arrangement of camera and flash and rear fingerprint reader. Also note that covering the screen we have a 2.5D glass sheet.

The finishes of the terminal are very good and the feeling of solidity is remarkable, with a weight that without being precisely light, is balanced for its size. An important point is that the aluminum at the rear is quite slippery, but here the plastic sleeve that is included in the box offers a double solution: it improves grip and protects against possible scratches.

Finally we stop at the sides of the terminal. If we go along the edge, on the right side we have the power and standby buttons, above is the headphone and infrared port, on the left the SIM / MicroSD tray and on the bottom the MicroUSB flanked by two equal grilles, although only the right is loudspeaker.

LCD guarantee that borders the six inches

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus

Like the other Xiaomi mid-range, this Redmi 5 Plus remains faithful to LCD technology for a screen that, as we have seen, changes both its format and size. We have an 18: 9 panel of 5.99 inches and FullHD + resolution, or what is the same, 2,160 x 1,080 pixels with a density of 403 dots per inch.

On sharpness there are no surprises. The FullHD has proven to offer a good level of detail even on larger panels, and this particular model is no different. Its 450 nits also deliver in situations where reflections can give us some war. Auto brightness is usually right, although it is true that there are times when the brightness is very low when unlocking the mobile and it takes an instant to adjust to the lighting.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus

With regard to color reproduction, this LCD is right again and offers us a wide range with faithful tones, although the reddish tones sometimes appear somewhat washed out. Also highlight that both viewing angles and tactile feedback are very good.

Finally, and returning to the issue of reducing frames, although not as forceful as other competing models, the design contributes to making the screen stand out more on the front, a detail that together with the increase in size on the vertical axis. plays in favor of enhancing the visual experience.

The Snapdragon 625 is a safe bet, but dated

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus

The renewal of the Xiaomi mid-range goes through an updated design with a larger screen, but not by a next-generation processor. The Chinese firm is conservative here and continues to offer us the Snapdragon 625 as the engine of this Redmi 5 Plus, the same chip that the previous generation mounted and other models in its catalog such as the Xiaomi Mi A1.

The Snapdragon 625 is a mythical mid-range that performs very well, but Qualcomm has newer chips. I was playing a renovation.

The Snapdragon 625 has given great results in mid-range equipment, it offers smooth performance and its energy efficiency is another proof of why so many brands trust it. The Redmi 5 Plus maintains the same fluidity and efficiency, but here we expected a renewal and not a chip that dates from 2016. Be careful because the performance is good, but it is also true that Qualcomm has more current chips such as the Snapdragon 636 that we only find in the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro.

But as I said, despite being a somewhat outdated chip, Snapdragon 625 combo with 4GB of RAM runs smoothly on a day-to-day basis and it offers a good user experience for a mobile of its range. The performance is very good in basic tasks such as browsing, consulting social networks, browsing, mail and others. Only when we use very demanding apps can some lag appear, but in general it complies even with highly graphically loaded games such as Asphalt 8.

As always, we face the results of the main benchmarks and here it is striking that the Redmi 5 Plus achieves a better score than some of its rivals.

XIAOMI REDMI 5 PLUS

XIAOMI REDMI NOTE 4

XIAOMI MI A1

HUAWEI P SMART

BQ AQUARIS X

PROCESSOR

Snapdragon 625

Snapdragon 625

Snapdragon 625

Kirin 659

Snapdragon 626

RAM

4GB

3 GB

4GB

3 GB

4GB

ANTUTU

77,221

61,454

60,014

65,935

60,123

GEEKBENCH 4Single / Multi

864 / 4,293

822 / 3,034

844 / 4,089

942/3693

923 / 4,445

4,000 mAh of peace of mind with some ‘but’

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus

Xiaomi is conservative again, but this time I have no complaints. The Redmi 5 Plus continues to bet on a 4,000 mAh battery, and that translates into fewer visits to the plug, so much so that reaching two full days without loading the terminal has been the usual during these days.

Spending two days without visiting the outlet is a luxury that few mobiles can afford. It only lacks fast charging and USB-C to get a 10 in autonomy.

While it is true that with more intensive use the duration decreases, but The daily charge of the mobile does not happen with this Redmi 5 Plus. On days when I have been away from home making a fairly intensive use of social networks, camera, GPS and downloading an app, I managed to get home with about 40% charge.

Like its predecessor, the Redmi 5 Plus gets outstanding in autonomy, but it still does not implement an improvement that at this point is already necessary: ​​fast charging. With 4,000 mAh the charge lasts about two and a half hours, that is said soon. We don’t have USB-C either, but it still maintains a MicroUSB port.

MIUI 9: a lot of customization, better optimization

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus

The debate on whether pure Android or a custom layer is better is and will continue to be a source of disagreement among users of the platform. Personally, I prefer an Android free of decorations and bloatware, but from time to time I find layers that make me consider my preferences.

MIUI 9 has made me not miss the purest Android experience. Yes, the customization is very strong and comes with many pre-installed apps, but it makes up for it with excellent optimization and a very consistent and well-structured design.

MIUI has strong customization and brings many pre-installed apps, but also excellent optimization and a coherent and structured design.

We have a launcher without an application drawer in which the icons are organized on several pages. The notifications drop-down has the classic MIUI design with a white and green background to highlight the quick settings that we have activated. Here it should be noted that the management of notifications is an improvement point. For example, if we want to reply to an email, to display the notification we have to use two fingers, something we don’t …