The Redmi 5 was launched by Xiaomi in December 2017, along with the Redmi 5 Plus. Both smartphones are currently available only in China, but are expected to launch in India soon. We have already brought you unboxing of both, as well as have compared them with many other competing smartphones in the same segment.
Now, every smartphone works fine when it’s brand new. But what’s important is how it performs after extended usage. So I used Xiaomi Redmi 5 as my daily driver for the entire month to get a better idea about the good and bad points of the device.
For those of you who are planning to buy Redmi 5 (whenever it launches in India), Xiaomi latest budget smartphone has some professional and opposing ones. But before starting, take a quick look at the hardware specifications of Redmi 5 here:.
Redmi 5 Specifications & Features
|Display||5.7 inch IPS LCD, 720x1440px,|
|Processor & GPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 | Adreno 506|
|OS & RAM||Android v7.1.2 | 2GB or 3GB RAM|
|Storage||16 or 32GB | Expandable up to 128GB|
|Primary Camera||12MP, f/2.2, PDAF, LED Flash|
|Batter Back up||Li-Po 3,300 mAh non-removable battery|
Xiaomi Redmi is available at the cost of 5 CNY 799, which translates to approximately Rs. Going with the glasses, the smartphone appears to be quite up-to-date on its predecessor, Redmi 4.
Solid Build Quality
The build quality of Xiaomi Redmi 5 is very nice. With a combination of plastic on top / bottom and metal on the back, the handset looks good in hand. It is a sleek, light weight device which is not much bigger than its precessor. This is also helped by the 18:9 display, which will allow even users with small palms to use the device without any issues.
Xiaomi Redmi 5 doesn’t really have the best display out there, but it’s definitely an upgrade over the panel of Redmi 4. With resolution of 720x1440px, HD + display looks bright. The 18: 9 aspect ratio also allows to display more content in a material.
Fast Fingerprint Sensor
One thing I’ve found in all the Xiaomi smartphones is that they actually have a sharp fingerprint sensor, and there is no exception in Redmi 5. Its fingerprint sensor is good than the others majority of competitors, including Lenovo’s 8 Note, Honor 6X and mid-range smartphones such as the Moto G5S Plus. With 360 degree fingerprint recognition, you can unlock the smartphone by putting your finger in any direction on the sensor.
For the price, Xiaomi Redmi 5 offers a decent camera, which is probably better than the other low-end smartphones available in the market. I actually had a lot of fun using the camera. The app comes with several shooting modes, including my favourite – ‘Portrait Mode’. That said, the camera struggles to focus on tiny objects.The camera app also offers advanced manual controls for those who like to tinker with the settings, thus allowing for better photos to be captured.
After using Xiaomi Redmi 5 for a a liitle minth , I can say that this is definitely one of the best low-end smartphones available there. Its performance is better than devices like Redmi 4A, Redmi 4, Redmi 4 Prime, Nokia 3 and Moto C Plus, all of which have similar price tags. SoIf you have a budget of less than Rs 10,000 and want a smartphone then go for the holistic decent performance, good camera and battery life, redmi 5.