Although our eyes are going to the most cutting-edge smartphones, not only brands like Xiaomi have their best-selling terminals among the entry range, you just have to look at the Samsung and Huawei best-selling in Spain in 2016. But going back to the Chinese brand Newly officially arrived in Spain, after the success of their Redmi 4 played a new touch to the range, so it did not seem a minor renovation.
And here are finally the Xiaomi Redmi 5 and 5 Plus, which at a first glance already move away from the typical design line of smartphones at these prices. As the rumors pointed and confirmed the last official images that from the own brand showed, the new Redmi 5 bet for screens of 18: 9. Beyond the design, both models differ as much by the size and resolution of their screens as by their power.
XIAOMI REDMI 5 XIAOMI REDMI 5 PLUS
SCREEN 5.7 “1.440 x 720 pixels 5.99” 2.160 x 1.080 pixels
PROCESSOR Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
NUCLEI 8 x 1.8 GHz 8 x 2 GHz
RAM 2/3 GB 3/4 GB
STORAGE 16/32 GB (+ microSD up to 128 GB) 32/64 GB (+ microSD up to 128 GB)
CONNECTIVITY 4G, VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, Wi-Fi ac 4G, VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS. Wi-Fi ac
BATTERY 3.300 mAh 4.000 mAh
PHYSICAL DIMENSIONS 151.8 × 72.8 × 7.7 mm and 157 grams 158.5 x 75.45 x 8.05 mm and 179.5 grams
In the design is the evolution
SOFTWARE VERSION Android 7.1.2 Nougat under layer MIUI 9 Android 7.1.2 Nougat under layer MIUI 9
REAR CAMERA 12 megapixels, f / 2.2, PDAF, LED flash 12 megapixels, f / 2.2, PDAF, LED flash
5 megapixel FRONT CAMERA, 5 megapixel LED flash, LED flash
On many occasions the renewals of a family of smartphones within a brand leave us cold, due to the scarce differences with respect to the previous generation. And that does not only leave a bad taste in the mouth when knowing the new terminals, it also subtracts sales when the owners of previous smartphones of that family are not attracted to renew their devices. This is not the case.
On the technical specifications side we may not see a big step forward, although the Plus version incorporates a more usual processor in the midrange than in the input and the resolution of the screen goes up to FullHD +, but Xiaomi has taken the Redmi range that fashion of stretching the screens, going from the usual aspect ratio of 16: 9 to 18: 9. A fashion that seems to be to stay and that until now had not reached smartphones of just over 100 euros.
The memory configurations are as expected: 16 or 32 GB of internal storage with 2 or 3 GB of RAM respectively for the Redmi 5 and 32 or 64 GB of internal memory with 3 or 4 GB of RAM for the Redmi 5 Plus. Where apparently there is no difference between both models (in the absence of knowing all the details) is in the photographic aspect, with 12 megapixels for the rear camera and five for the front, both accompanied by LED flash.
On the side of software and connectivity, we did not find any difference either: Android 7.1.2 under the MIUI layer, 4G, voice calls over LTE, and Wi-Fi ac are the most noteworthy points in these sections. Now, next to the difference of sizes (and weight) by the different dimensions of the screens, the batteries are not of the same capacity either: 3,300 mAh for the Redmi 5 and 4,000 mAh for the Redmi 5 Plus.
In summary, we are facing terminals that have no competition for their price. Perhaps its weakest point is that of the cameras, although we will have to test them, but the power they offer combined with a screen with an aspect ratio that is prevailing in the market makes the Redmi 5 smartphones more attractive in its range of prices.