Xiaomi Redmi 5 Hands-on [Images]

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After launching the Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro, Xiaomi’s third Redmi smartphone comes to India with the new FullScreen design and expanding its portfolio. The Redmi 5, which is the successor to the Redmi 4 we saw last year, is now slimmer, bigger in screen size, and upgraded to Snapdragon 450. Check out the new Redmi 5 below.

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Xiaomi Redmi 5 Specifications

  • Display: 5.7-inch IPS Display, HD+ Resolution (1440 x 720 pixels), 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass, 18:9 aspect ratio
  • Software: MIUI 9.2 based on Android 7.1.2 Nougat
  • Fingerprint Scanner: Yes, on the back
  • CPU: Up to 1.8 GHz octa-core Cortex-A53 processor, Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 SoC
  • GPU: Adreno 506
  • RAM: 2 GB or 3 GB or 4 GB RAM
  • Main Camera: 12 MP with Smart Beauty 3.0 Mode, 1.25μm pixel size, LED flash
  • Selfie Camera: 5 MP, LED Selfie-light
  • Storage: 16 GB (with 2 GB RAM), 32 GB (with 3 GB RAM), 64 GB (with 4 GB RAM), expandable via microSD card
  • Cellular: 4G LTE network, 2x nano SIM, microSD on SIM2
  • Connectivity: Micro USB port, 3.5 mm audio jack, IR Blaster, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS
  • Colors: Black, Gold, Rose Gold, Lake Blue
  • Battery: 3,300 mAh (5V/2A Charging)

Xiaomi has adopted a new design for its Redmi line-up following the new trend of 18:9 display. The Redmi 5 is now bigger in size, slimmer, and comes with minimalist bezels. The display used is a 5.7-inch with 18:9 aspect ratio, the current smartphone trend.

There are some internal upgrades that seem better than before, the Snapdragon 450 is a new octa-core Qualcomm chip which is equivalent to the old Snapdragon 625 found on Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 4. The top variant comes in 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage whereas the other two variants come with 2 GB RAM, 16 GB storage and 3 GB RAM, 32 GB storage respectively.

The price for the base variant starts at ₹7,999, for 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage variant is available at ₹8,999, and ₹10,999 for the 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage variant.

On the camera front, the 12 MP rear camera, as well as the 5 MP front camera, are expected to be taken from the Redmi Note 5 a.k.a Redmi 5 Plus in China. The front and the back side are aided by an LED flash.

Due to its slim form factor, the battery has been significantly reduced to 3,300 mAh. The Redmi 5 should come with at least 4,000 mAh battery otherwise it’s a degraded phone in the battery department, the Redmi 4 came with 4,100 mAh battery.

No oreo is offered, the Redmi 5 is still on the Android Nougat with MIUI 9.2 interface on top. Competitors like Honor 9 Lite has already got the Oreo update.

Xiaomi continues the use of IR Blaster which can be found on the top. There’s a micro USB port at the bottom along with loudspeakers. One the left side, you will find a hybrid SIM tray in which you can add two nano SIM cards or one microSD card on the SIM2 slot. The right side offers power button and volume key. The microphones can be found on the top and the bottom.

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IR Blaster On Top

That said, with ₹1,000 more, the Redmi Note 5 seems a tad better in terms of overall value, it offers larger and higher resolution screen, better battery, and faster CPU.

Stay tuned for the full review of the Xiaomi Redmi 5.