As a developer of one of the best Android devices that are currently in competition with Samsung, OnePlus and Huawei devices, Xiaomi has once again flaunted their best features in this smartphone.
The Redmi 5 as the latest smartphone in the Redmi series that also features the Redmi 5A, 5S, Y1 etc. is a successor to the Redmi 4 smartphone that was released early last year.
It has a remarkable processor instead of the MTK processor of stock Android phones, features a full view display, eye-catching design, and as would've been expected, a large battery capacity.
Not to be left out,
Are its cameras whose image and video quality makes the Redmi 5 a good choice for the social enthusiast, selfie enthusiast, and the self-love.
These and much more features as outlined below will make this smartphone a competitive device in 2018, and given its price tag, it might easily warm into the hearts of mobile enthusiasts.
The Redmi 4 is a popular choice among smartphone users in China, India, Malaysia, Nigeria as with some other countries, and now the Redmi 5 as a better device of the duo might even gain more popularity.
How and when that will happen will be determined by its real-life operation.
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Xiaomi Redmi 5 Overview Features
The Xiaomi Redmi 5 features mid-end specs in its external build and design, hardware, software, and cameras. Here's an overview of the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Gsmarena features:
- Display size: 5.7-inch
- Display type: IPS Display
- Resolution: 1440 x 720 pixels
- Pixels Per Inch: 282 Pixels Per Inch
- CPU: Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor
- RAM: 2GB or 3GB or 4GB
- Inbuilt storage: 16 or 32GB with support for microSD card up to 128GB
- Operating system: MIUI 9.1 ontop Android 7.1.2 Nougat
- Rear Camera: 12MP
- Front Camera: 5MP
- Data connection: 4G LTE
- Security: Rear embedded fingerprint sensor
- Battery capacity: 3300mAh
Display and BuildThe Xiaomi Redmi 5 features a 5.7-inch screen with a resolution of 720 x1440 pixels, an aspect ratio of 18:9, and pixel density of 282 pixels per inch.
The screen size means this is neither an overly large device at 6.0 inch nor a small one at 5.5 inches.
That being so,
You get a screen wide enough to enjoy your movies and games, and read texts and type conveniently; a screen that is protected from being marred by cracks and scratches with a Corning Gorilla Glass.
For lovers of devices with a large screen, this is your smartphone, and for those who thought the Infinix Note 4 is too large, then you might want to steer clear of this beast.
The Redmi 5 also has a metallic build as is the case of most mid-range devices.
Its build material gives it a premium look and sleek design, one that will stand the test of time due to its durability.
This smartphone has a dimension of 151.8 x 72.8 x 7.7 mm, a weight of 157g, and is available in different colors such as Gold, Black and Light blue.
Judging from its weight and dimension, one can expect a very light device because the Redmi 5 is not quite on the chunky side.
In terms of security,
There is a fingerprint sensor mounted at the device's rear, and this fast and responsive sensor can ensure the user's data and files are not tampered with by unauthorized users.
Hardware and SoftwareThe Xiaomi Redmi 5 features an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor with a processing speed of 1.8GHz.
For rendering graphics especially in graphics intensive games, is an Adreno 506 GPU.
This processor is fast and powerful enough to provide a high level of performance without occasional lags and hangs.
In terms of RAM and inbuilt storage, you can either get the 2GB, 3GB, or 4GB variants of the Xiaomi Redmi 5 with an inbuilt storage of 16GB or 32GB.
The Inbuilt storage can be expanded up to 128GB with the use of a microSD card in its expansion slot.
On either variant of the Redmi 5, there is adequate RAM to handle multi-tasking needs, and depending on your purchasing aim,
You can go for the one that best meets it as each variant is correlated with a different price tag (the higher the RAM, the higher the price).
For its operating system, this smartphone is powered by Xiaomi's customized user Interface MUIU 9 based on Android 7.1.2 Nougat.
CameraThe Xiaomi Redmi 5 camera features include a rear and front camera with a resolution of 12MP and 5Mp respectively.
Its rear camera also comes with a f/2.2 aperture, phase detection Autofocus and LED flash while its front camera features several beauty modes to produce enhanced selfies.
The Redmi 5's cameras are capable of recording videos in 4k resolution, hence you can expect videos captured to be of great quality.
Battery and ConnectivityThe battery capacity of the Xiaomi Redmi 5 is 3,300mAh, and this battery is non-removable and based on Li-Po technology.
Even though of late we're used to devices with at least 4,000mAh battery, this capacity of the Mi 5 is not a total let down as it still promises long hours of talk time, and standby time.
Like its predecessor, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 is also a dual SIM smartphone with support for two Nano SIMs only when the second slot is not used for a Micro SD card.
What does this mean?
You can either use a SIM and a memory card or two SIMs at the same time, but not two SIMs and a memory card simultaneously since the second SIM slot is a hybrid slot.
Now if that's something you can wrap your head around, you'll have to prioritize as to which to use at any given time.
Other connectivity options of the Xiaomi Redmi 5 include USB OTG, Bluetooth, GPS, Infrared, FM, 3G, 4G LTE, and WIFI.
Its sensors include ambient light, accelerometer, proximity sensor, and gyroscope sensors.
Price and Availability
The Xiaomi Redmi 5 was launched in December 2017.
In Nigeria and other African countries like Ghana, Kenya, and Malaysia, the smartphone is available and can be purchased from reputable online and offline stores in either country.
The Xiaomi Redmi price differs for each variant of the smartphone, where the 2GB, 3GB and 4GB variants cost about $120, $135 and $174 respectively.
Deducing from this price, where you purchase the smartphone and the current exchange rate, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Price in Nigeria ranges from 45,000 Naira to 75,000 Naira.
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Specs
151.8 x 72.8 x 7.7 mm
Black, Gold, Rose Gold, Light Blue
IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
1440 x 720 pixels
Memory And OS
Yes, Up to 128GB
Android 7.1.2 (Nougat)
Octa-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53
Qualcomm Snapdragon 450
Touch Focus, Face detection
HDR, Geo-tagging, Panorama
3,300mAh Li-Po battery
Yes, v4.2, A2DP, LE
Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
Dual Nano SIM (Hybrid Slot)
Ambient light sensors