Redmi 5 Price in India: Redmi 5 was launched in India in march 2018. Redmi 5 offers amazing features such as 5.7-inch display with an aspect ratio of 18:9, octa-core Snapdragon 450 processor, 12-megapixel high quality camera, 3,300 mAh battery and more. Redmi 5 is now discontinued from the brand.
After the successful launch of Redmi Note 5 and Note 5 Pro, Xiaomi has unveiled the Redmi 5 in India back in March 2018. It joins the new lineup of Redmi smartphones that boasts of a bezel-less design. The phone builds up on the success of its predecessor, the Redmi 4 and is all set to disrupt the budget smartphone segment in India again. The main attraction of this smartphone is its full-screen display and bezel-less design along with capable hardware. However, the battery is on the lower side compared to its predecessor since it is also slimmer in size. So let us take a closer look at the Redmi 5 review in order to find out if it will become the best-selling budget smartphone of 2018 or not. However, first check out the specifications of the mobile below.
The Redmi 5 is powered by a Snapdragon 450 octa-core processor, coupled with options of 2GB/3GB/4GB RAM and 16GB/32GB/64GB internal memory (expandable up to 128GB). The phone sports a 5.7-inch HD+ display and runs on MIUI 9 based on Android 7.1.2 Nougat OS out of the box. In the camera department, we get a 12 megapixel primary rear camera and a 5 megapixel secondary selfie shooter on the front. A fingerprint sensor is located at the back. There is Dual SIM connectivity along with 4G VoLTE support. Others include 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, IR blaster, GPS + GLONASS. In the sensor department, we get an accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity and ambient light sensor. Under the hood, there is a 3300mAh non-removable battery.
The Redmi 5 is part of the bezel-less budget smartphone revolution and hence looks beautiful. The build quality is great and the phone feels very premium. It has a fairly large display but the phone does not feel too big. Although, it might be difficult to use the phone with one hand all the time since the phone is a bit tall. The Redmi 5 looks very elegant because of the 2.5D curved glass and minimalistic bezel-less design. It weighs 157 grams and is 7.7mm thick. So, it is on the lighter side and is quite slim as well. The edges are slightly curved. The metal back has a matte finish but it still feels a bit slippery.
On the front, we get a 5.7-inch display along with the selfie camera, LED flash, earpiece and couple of sensors. There are three on-screen touch buttons for navigation. The volume rocker and power/lock buttons are located on the right side while the left side houses the hybrid slot for SIM and microSD card sits. The primary microphone, microUSB port and loudspeaker are found at the bottom while the IR blaster, 3.5mm audio jack and secondary microphone are found at the top. Turning towards the back side, the primary rear camera along with the LED flash is found on the top middle in a vertical arrangement. The fingerprint sensor is found in the middle, followed by the Mi branding at the bottom. The back cover is not removable but a 3300mAh battery sits underneath it. Overall, the Redmi 5 has a beautiful, modern design along with good hardware.
The Redmi 5 features a 5.7-inch IPS display, which comes with a resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels (HD+). It is a 18:9 bezel-less Full-Screen display like most modern budget displays and it looks absolutely beautiful but we do not get Full HD+ resolution. It is a good display for playing games, viewing images and watching videos. Despite of not having Full HD resolution, it is quite sharp and vivid. The brightness and contrast levels are also good. The colors are on the neutral side and the saturation is on point as well. The viewing angles are good and sunlight legibility is decent as well. We do not get a branded glass protection on top of the display like the Redmi Note 5 series but there is a generic protection that is able to protect it from daily wear and tear. However, do not drop the phone ever as the display might get a crack. So always use a protective cover and its good that Xiaomi is bundling a clear case for free.
The touch response of the Redmi 5 is quite smooth and lag-free. It is mainly due to the fluid interface, and good quality display. Overall, the Redmi 5 has a big, modern, Full-Screen display suitable for entertainment but the resolution is slightly on the lower side.
The Redmi 5 is powered by a Snapdragon 450 octa-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz. It is one of the latest mid-ranged processors from the house of Qualcomm, which is able to handle most of the general day-to-day tasks along with sophisticated ones. Also, it is currently the best chipset that you can get in this price segment for sure. The multitasking experience is quite smooth and you can easily run more than five apps simultaneously in the background without facing any lag or frame drops. We get three options when it comes to the RAM configuration - 2GB, 3GB and 4GB. The 2GB model is a bit slower compared to the 3GB one but the 4GB model is an overkill for this device. Hence, you should definitely go for the 3GB model and avoid the 4GB one but the 2GB variant is also fine for basic usage. Most popular apps and games load up fairly quickly and they do not show any stuttering. In terms of gaming, you can play most of the games at the highest settings but some of the high-end ones will run at medium or low settings. The Redmi 5 comes with 16GB/32GB/64GB of internal storage, out of which you will get around 9GB/25GB/55GB of free space. If you go for the 3GB RAM variant, then you will get 32GB storage. If you want more space, then you can increase it up to 128GB by adding a microSD card but you will have to sacrifice a SIM car since it comes with a hybrid slot. There is a fingerprint sensor at the back and it can unlock the phone quickly as well but we do not get Face Recognition here.
Talking about connectivity, there is 4G VoLTE support. It is a Dual SIM phone (nano) and both of them supports 4G simultaneously. The battery capacity of the Redmi 5 is 3300mAh and there is no fast charging support. It is certainly lesser than the Redmi 4 and hence you will get around one day of battery life with moderate usage. Overall, the Redmi 5 is certainly one of the best in its segment in almost all departments.
The Redmi 5 Pro boasts of a 12 megapixel primary camera at the back. Unlike the Redmi Note 5 Pro, we only get a single lens here. The lens is able to take great pictures that captures a lot of detail in bright outdoor conditions. The photos looked quite sharp and vivid along with a natural color tone. When it comes to low light photography, there is some amount of noise and grain but it is better than most other cameras in this segment. The focusing mechanism is quite accurate as well as fast. HDR photos looked good while macro images also had some blur effect. Talking about the selfie camera, we get a 5 megapixel front-facing camera with LED flash and it can take good selfies. You can use the flash in bad lighting conditions to click awesome selfies.
The camera app of the Redmi 5 has a very easy to use and simple interface. We get a lot of shooting modes in the stock camera app including a pro mode for photography enthusiasts. Most of the modes are useful but if you're not sure about a particular situation, then you should obviously use the Auto Mode for clicking the best pictures. The rear camera can shoot Full HD videos and the quality is impressive for a budget phone. Overall, the Redmi 5 comes with a good set of cameras but dual rear cameras at the back would have taken it to the next level.
The loudspeaker of the Redmi 5 is located at the right bottom. The audio quality of the speaker is very good and the sound is quite loud as well. There is no sound distortion even at the highest volume levels. However, the sound gets blocked by the palm when a movie is being watched or a game is being played. We get a native music app along with Google Music and both of them have the necessary features for enjoying good music. There is no bundled earphone with the phone and thus you have to purchase a good pair of earphones if you already do not own one.
The Redmi 5 can easily play both HD and Full HD videos but it will struggle a bit with 4K videos since the processor is not very powerful. The native video player is capable of good video playback and thus you do not need any third-party app. Overall, the Redmi 5 offers quite a good audio and video experience.
Out of the box, the Redmi 5 runs on MIUI 9 based on Android 7.1.2 Nougat OS and will get Android 8.0 Oreo OS update in the near future. Unlike other budget smartphone brands, Xiaomi updates their smartphones but they take a bit of time. However, be rest assured that you will receive major OS updates from both MIUI and Android in the future. In terms of software, the UI experience is top-notch and can be termed to be one of the best in the business when it comes with custom ROMs. There is no lag or frame drops in general day-to-day usage or while playing high-end apps or games. We get all the standard features such as split-screen multitasking, quick actions, Doze and more that are part of Android Nougat and Oreo since MIUI offers a lot of customization. Hence, the base Android version does not signify much as MIUI is always getting updated with the latest Android features. We get a couple of pre-installed apps (bloatware) but you can easily delete them if you are not fond of them. If you do not like the look and feel of MIUI, then you can always install a third-party theme such as Pixel Launcher or Nova Launcher to get your desired interface.
Overall, the Redmi 5 comes with a feature packed and customizable interface with no lag.
The Redmi 5 from the house of Xiaomi is another super important smartphone from the company and it is surely a winner. It does well in mostly all the departments but has a few shortcomings as well. If we talk about the cons first, there is no fast charging support, no dual rear cameras and no dedicated microSD card slot. Also, we do not get Full HD+ resolution and the battery is on the smaller side compared to its predecessor. However, it is a beautiful smartphone with a bezel-less design and rock solid metal body. The Full-Screen display looks wonderful, the interface is smooth and feature packed, the overall performance is great. We get a good set of cameras and a moderately decent battery life. So if you want one of the best budget smartphones in this price segment, then go for the Xiaomi Redmi 5. In case you would like to check out the competition, then have a look at the iVooMi i1s, Infinix Hot S3 and Honor 9 Lite.
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