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Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus Review: Cheapest Full-Screen Phone

This story starts from 2013. Much happened this year. The iPhone 5S was launched to continue Apple’s success. Nokia was bought by Microsoft. HTC was down. Motorola was almost buried. As for China, it launched 4G service. Many domestic smartphone makers were rapidly rising. Huawei became the third in the world. Xiaomi announced its valuation reached 1 billion. On July 31, Xiaomi released the first Redmi phone to make a tough competition in the budget smartphones market. The first-gen Redmi phone was priced at 799 yuan. Thanks to such a low pricing it conquered the whole Chinese market and ultimately reached total sales of 22.07 million yuan (.34 million). This made many manufacturers revise their strategy and price policy to stay competitive in this niche. But Xiaomi re-doubled its efforts. As a result, it reached total sales of 200 million yuan for Redmi line handsets. 4 years later, on December 7, the company launched the most cost-effective full-screen smartphones in face of the Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus. We are more interested in the latter, as it’s priced too low of 999 yuan ($151) only and sports a full-screen. But there are too many features we should pay attention to as well.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus Appearance

There are up to four color options to choose from – gold, black, rose gold, and light blue. We are reviewing the most attractive variant in blue and with a 4+64GB memory combination.

The box is simple. It’s in red.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus

The back of the package carries some important information about the phone and manufacturer.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus

The box includes the phone itself, a 5V/2A charger, USB cable, a pin, a user manual and a silicone case.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus

Once we take off the phone, we can see the selling point of the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus. It’s the 5.99-inch display with an aspect ratio of 18:9 and resolution of 2160×1080 pixels.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus

Unlike the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2, this handset comes with symmetrical design. Thus there is a forehead as well as a chin. The soft light, the camera sensor, and the speaker are placed on the forehead.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus

In previous Redmi models, there were three traditional physical buttons under the screen that have been changed to virtual keys. Now they are completely gone.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus

However, the chin is blank.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus

The top side carries an infrared transmitter, noise reduction microphone, and a 3.5mm audio jack.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus

The SIM card slot is on the left supporting dual nano-SIM or microSD card + nano-SIM card.

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The bottom side comes with a microphone hole, micro USB port, and two speakers.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus

The volume rocker and the unlock key are on the right.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus

The back is made of metal and uses a three-stage design. This is a common style for Redmi line handsets.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus

A 12MP single camera is in the middle upper part, while the color temperature flash and a fingerprint scanner are placed below it on the same line.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus

The corners are rounded. And the back panel uses a double-curved design. So though we are dealing with a 5.99-inch screen smartphone it is great in terms of ergonomics.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus Unboxing

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus Hardware

The first Redmi line handset powered with a Snapdragon 625 was launched back in November 2016. It was the Xiaomi Redmi 4. A year has passed, but the company still uses this SoC in its Redmi line devices. So we just have to test it via various benchmarks in order to find out how this processor behaves in new models.

Also Read: Xiaomi Surge S1 vs Snapdragon 625 vs Helio P25 vs Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 655

AnTuTu

When tested at AnTuTu we see the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus showcases results identical to the Meizu M6 Note.

GeekBench

Though our model still leads, the gap in between it and the Meizu M6 Note is not large.

GFXBench

Androbench

This is standard for eMMC flash storages.

Gaming

As usual, we test gaming by playing King of Glory. Though this is not a high-end or super mid-range smartphone, it provides a stable gaming performance at 30fps.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus Camera

As we said, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus can’t boast of great camera sensors. But the ones existing in this handset are sufficient to capture all the important moments. The front camera uses a 5MP sensor, while there is a 12MP shooter on the back. Both sensors come our way from OV.

Thanks to an aperture of f/2.2 the rear camera provide good shooting performance when there is a sufficient lightning.

It also supports HDR. So when taking photos under the direct sunlight turned it on to improve the shooting quality.

As for the nighttime shooting, thanks to 1.25?m unit pixels the phone shots pure and transparent photos with a high brightness. However, the light control is not at the highest level.

The front camera supports beauty mode. Its advantages are obvious.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus Battery

This phone sports a 4000mAh battery that is promised to provide up to 7 hours of use when the screen brightness is at maximum.

To learn how much it will last on a single test, we set the brightness at 50%, volume at 30%, WiFi and 4G were ON, and implemented various operations for four hours. The results were quite surprising. After the test, the remaining power was 62%. So with these conditions, the phone can provide up to 10 hours of heavy use.

PCMark 2.0

As for benchmark results, the PCMark showed 12 hours and 52 minutes.

Charging

As this phone doesn’t support any fast charge technology and the charging head comes with 5V2A features, it’s not been expected to see a quick charge process. The phone fully charged in 210 minutes.

Red rice 5 Plus only comes standard with a 5V2A charging head, combined with 4000mAh battery, charging speed is estimated to be generally the same.

Conclusion

If answering shortly whether the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus is worthy to get our hands on it, then YES. This is still the cheapest full-screen smartphone coming our way from a top brand. There have been launched different models with the same purpose in mind, but none of them is capable of competing with this handset when it comes to the price-over-hardware ratio. Undoubtedly, the selling point of the Redmi 5 Plus is the full-screen with a Full HD+ resolution. But we also should keep in mind this is a Snapdragon-powered phone that simply means it will provide a smooth and stable performance. Apart from this, our model comes with a large battery that has become a distinguishing factor in all Redmi line devices. So for a thousand-yuan machine, there are too many selling points, aren’t there?

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Argam Artashyan

Back in 2010, he was dismissed from his position as a lecturer at the university. This made him get another job at his friend’s digital marketing company as a blog writer. After a few years, when he was thinking the article writing is his mission, Google pushed the Panda update and affected the company and websites he was working at. (Un)fortunately and surprisingly, he got an offer to head a large knitting factory. In 2016, he got his Ph.D. and resumed teaching at the University … and writing tech-related articles following his passion.

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