Introduction

Xiaomi announced recently the new Redmi 5 Plus, a smartphone that we can say is the new Note 5 and a truly successor of the Redmi Note 4. The phablet was send by GearBest for testing and can be purchased with a -10% discount ($179) from here.

The 5.99 inch phone comes in the box with a 10W (5V/2A) charger, microUSB cable, SIM tray pin, display protector film, quick start guides and a dark rubber case.
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus UnboxXiaomi Redmi 5 Plus comes with a upgraded 5.99 inch display (1080 x 2160 pixels) with an impressive ~77.4% screen-to-body ratio and a better 12 MP main camera. The new model keeps the 4.000 mAh battery, 5 MP front facing camera and the Snapdragon 625 CPU from Redmi Note 4. 

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus Specifications:

  • 5.99 Inch (2160 x 1080 pixels, 18:9) IPS LCD (84% NTSC, 450 nits brightness, Eye Care Mode);
  • 2 GHz Octa Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Processor with Adreno 506 GPU
  • 3 / 4 GB RAM and 34 / 64 GB internal storage
  • Runs on Android 7.1 Nougat (MIUI 9)
  • 12 Megapixels (f/2.2 lens) rear camera with LED Flash and a 5 Megapixels (f/2.2 lens) front-facing camera
  • Dimensions: 158.5 x 75.45 x 8.1 mm; Weight: 180 g
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, GPS (A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou), Bluetooth 4.2, microUSB 2.0, 3.5mm Headphone Jack
  • Li-Po 4000 mAh battery

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus front

The bad thing about this model is that it has the same design used on previews phones. At the price of just 179$ (with the discount), Redmi 5 Plus is a cheap and powerfull phablet with good screen quality, sound and a huge battery.

Display

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus comes with a quite good 5.99 inch panel. With a 2160 x 1080 pixels (18:9 wide aspect ratio) and the thin edges, this is a huge improve for this model.

The display reached the maximum brightness of 500 nits and the contrast of 1431:1. The brightness reached the maximum value of 555 nits when was setted to auto. With these results, the display on Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus is better than ones used on phones like vivo V7+, Oppo F5 and LG Q6.

In terms of colors, the phone impresses with a average DeltaE result of 5.7 and a maximum of 13. When the display is setted to default mode, it offers quite accurate colors.

Sadly, the sunlight legibility is not that amazing, but it’s a reasonably good for its price.

Hardware and Design

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus comes in a all-metal unibody design with diamond-cut antenna ducts. The phone feels well built and pretty sturdy. On the back is located the main 12 MP camera with Flash LED and the fingerprint reader. Seems that Xiaomi decided to reuse the Redmi Note 3 design and recycle it to Redmi 5 Plus.

On the front panel we have an 5.99 inch 2160 x 1080 pixels display protected with 2.5D glass. This time we don’t have capacitive keys. The back of the phone is same ast the one found on Redmi Note 4.

The phone is 7 mm taller and 15 g havier than Redmi Note 4. On the bottom is located the microUSB port with OTG and the main microphone next to it. On the top of the phone is located the 3.5 mm audio jack with a secondary noise-canceling microphone next to it.

On the right side are located the volume rocker and a power button. The opposite side has a micro/microSD and a nano SIM slot.

Software

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus runs on the new Android Nougat 7.1.2 – based MIUI 9 ROM. This interface is famous for its advanced system tools and runs without slow-downs.

MIUI 9 offers smart assistance, smart app launcher, smart image search, multi-window support and quick replies for notifications. These features brings a lot of improvements for RAM management and performance.

 

Performance

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus comes with the same CPU from Redmi Note 4, a Snapdragon 625 chipset and 3 or 4 GB of RAM depending on the integrated storage (32 or 64 GB). Sadly, the company didn’t switched to the newer Snapdragon 630, a chipset with a much more powerful GPU. 

Snapdragon 625 is a quite popular SoC used on mid-rangers in 2017 becouse of the balanced performance and battery efficiency. This chipset comes with a Adreno 506 GPU and eight Cortex-A53 cores. One of the most interesting things about this chipset is that it doesn’t get nowhere near hot under extreme pressure and it won’t drain the battery.

 

  

Benchmark

  • GeekBench 4 (single-core) – 849
  • GeekBench 4 (CPU multi-core) – 4175
  • GFX 3.0 Manhattan (onscreen) – 6.2
  • AnTuTu 6 – 76321

Camera

On the back of the phone we have a 12MP sensor 1.25µm big pixels and 26mm f/2.2 lens. We were impressed by the quality of the photos because the images are sharp and detailed. The noise is quite low and the colors are on the warm side.

In low-light conditions, the camera took blurry images with a lot of noise. With the HHT mode enabled, the noise level was much lower.

The 5 Megapixels front-facing camera takes photos with good detail level with pleasant colors and high contrast.

Battery

With a 4,000 mAh battery, Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus has a lot of juice to run up to 104-hour on Endurance rating. The battery charges up to 29% in just 30 minutes with the regular 5V/2A charger. 

  • 3G Talk Time – 22:16h
  • Web Browsing – 13:36h
  • Video Playback – 14:13h

Conclusion

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus is a upgraded version of Redmi Note 4, with a bigger screen. The Snapdragon 625 with 4,000 mAh makes a good team in terms of power management. The phone is cheap and capable of great things, it has a good battery, stunning screen and good imaging.

Pros:

  • Good performance
  • Stunning battery life
  • Good screen and nice camera
  • Price

Cons:

  • Old design
  • Outdated chipset

More information about the price can be found here.

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Special thanks to GearBest for providing the review unit.

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