Pros and Cons of the new Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus

Yes, the new generation of the Xiaomi mid-range is already here, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus are already official, we’ve talked about them, and the truth is that we think of two large terminals, although this, as everything, has certain nuances.

Now, we will contextualize these terminals in the line that Xiaomi has followed in its latest models, and we will tell you our opinion about both smartphones, stay with us and leave your opinion in the comments.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus

Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus, a very big renewal, but that knows us little

First of all, we are going to show you the specifications of the terminals that Xiaomi has just presented. As you can see, they are not bad, and, for what they cost, they are much more top than what other traditional companies offer us. Let’s see them!

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
Dimensions 151.8mm x 72.8mm x 7.7mm 158.5mm x 75.45mm x 8.05mm
Weight 157grams 180 grams
screen 5.7 inches at HD + resolution (1440 × 720) 5.99 inches at Full HD + resolution (2160 × 1080)
Pixel density 282 dpi 403 ppp
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
RAM 2 GB or 3 GB 3 GB or 4 GB
Storage 16 GB or 32 GB 32 GB or 64 GB
Cameras 12MP, aperture f / 2.2 12MP, aperture f / 2.2
Battery 3,300 mAh 4.000 mAh

As you can see, there are two very decent terminals, which cost less than 200 euros, something that makes them unbeatable. In addition, their changes in the design lines, bring frames without frames to this range of prices so low, which is excellent news.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus

Inside both terminals, we find very decent processors such as the Snapdragon 450 and the 625 in the case of the plus model. However, it would not have mattered if the Chinese firm came up, and chose to introduce the Snapdragon 660 in the Redmi 5 Plus and the 625 in the normal model. Since, at the end of the day, the only thing that changes with respect to the previous generation in the Plus model, is the screen. And this seems too little to us. As happens with the RAM in the Redmi 5, which part of 2 GB, which we know very well by the previous generation that Xiaomi does not need to do to cut price.

Of the change in the screen, obviously, we can only say wonders, Xiaomi has rightly hit by getting the 18: 9 and the reduction of frames in both terminals. But, as always there is a but, the resolution HD on the 5.7-inch screen of the Redmi 5 seems to us quite short, and we believe that the firm should have opted for Full HD +, as in the Redmi 5 Plus.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus

The shortcomings of always

To these few objections we have of the new Redmi, we have to add certain shortcomings of the terminals of Xiaomi that have been suffering for some generations, such as the NFC, which, to this day, seems to us something that all terminals to be able to make mobile payments.

In addition, we find striking the fact that these terminals do not already have USB Type C because it is a natural change that should not be delayed. In addition, although many users would have to renew the wiring that we currently have, it seems a change that is worth it if we consider the higher speed in the transfer of data and the convenience of being able to put the cable more conveniently, being reversible.

Even so, we still see two very good terminals, which are worth buying. Our recommendation, of course, is the Redmi 5 Plus model, due to its higher battery and screen resolution.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus


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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