The Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus is a budget Android Device, and at around $200, it’s worth every penny in my opinion!
The phone has some good specs including an IPS LCD display which is covered in Gorilla Glass, it has an 18:9 aspect ratio, a resolution of 2160 x 1080 and the screen is nice and bright with great colour saturation.
It may not be running the very latest version of the Android operating system (currently 7.1.2), however that’s really not too old in the grand scheme of things, and coupled with the MIUI software, out of the box you get a fantastic experience.
Personally I don’t like the square shapes and dull colours that come with the MIUI software, however you can very quickly change a lot of that using for example Nova Launcher and an Icon Pack. I’ve been using the Pixel Icon pack and I think it looks superb on the Redmi 5 Plus.
The handset has a fingerprint sensor, which really is fast, as well as a front facing 5mp camera, and a rear 12mp camera. Both cameras do a good job, however in low light situations you really will notice the quality start to degrade. That said though, we are dealing with a budget Android device here, and for a budget device the photo and video quality is very good!
On the top you’ll find a 3.5mm headphone jack, and an infrared sensor too. I’m never going to use that, but it’s yet another feature that many other phones can’t offer. Talking about extras features, this handset also supports 2 sim cards or 1 sim card and a micro SD card. I personally think that dual sim card handsets are incredibly useful, especially for people that have different numbers for work and personal use. Also if you travel abroad, you could save money by using one sim for your calls and texts, and then a sim card local to the country you are staying in for data!
The 4000 mAh battery is yet another very impressive feature. After 11 hours of usage, I still had over 50% of the battery remaining. How many other phones have that sort of battery longevity? Not many I can tell you that much! The Redmi 5 Plus does also support fast charging, not wirelessly sadly but even using a cable it can charge back up to 100% very quickly.
The bottom of the handset has a microphone, speaker and micro USB charging port. The speaker really isn’t the best in the world, it lacks bass but again for a device in this price range, you still get a very loud and clear sound. Honestly not bad at all.
Model: Redmi 5 Plus Global Version
Sim Card Support: Dual Nano-SIM card slot
Available Colours: Black | Gold | Blue
Capacity: 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM, Support expandable storage up to 128 GB (VFAT)
Language: Multi-Languages, English as default
CPU: Snapdragon 625, up to 2.0GHz
GPU: Adreno 506
System Software: MIUI 9
Display Size: 5.99-Inch HD display. Resolution: 2160 x 1080 pixels, 403PPI
Rear Camera: 12MP 1.25μm, 5-element lens, ƒ/2.0 aperture PDAF supported, Low light enhancement,HDR,Panorama,Burst mode,Face recognition
Front Camera: 5MP front camera
Network and Wireless Connectivity: 4G, 3G, 2G
GPS: GPS + AGPS + GLONASS + BDS
WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n, 2.4G/5G, Wi-Fi Display, Wi-Fi Direct
Battery capacity: 4000mAh (typ) /3900mAh (min) lithium-ion battery
Fingerprint sensor, Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Infrared sensor, Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Hall sensor
Handset Dimensions: 158.5 × 75.45 ×8.05 mm
Net Weight: 180g
In the box
1 x Cellphone
1 x Original Xiaomi EU Charger
1 x USB Data Cable
1 x SIM Insertion tool
1 x TPU Case Cover
1 x English User Manual
Overall I’m really finding it very hard to spot any major issues with the phone. Sure it’s not the best handset on the market, but taking the price into consideration there is no reason at all why I wouldn’t recommend the handset to anyone. Unless you are a power user. If you are like me and you use your phone for very important tasks all day everyday…and I mean literally everything, then you may find the performance is a little slower than you would like. Don’t get me wrong here, it will handle pretty much anything you throw at it, it’s just not going to be as fast as a more expensive handset with better specs.
Based on the time I have spent with the handset, I can fully recommend the Redmi 5 Plus. Great handset, good value and it’s yet another product that Xiaomi can add to a long list of successful devices they have released over the last few years!
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