Defined by many as a mix of design already seen on previous models proposed by the company, by others instead a smartphone that brings few innovations and some improvement compared to the past, but he actually follows the 2017 trend, a year characterized by smartphones with few frames and displays in 18: 9. But he manages to bring this form factor into the medium / low range of the market without sacrificing performance and a high quality / price ratio: we are naturally talking about the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus, of which we bring you our personal full review made possible by the store Gearbest.com thank you for sending the sample.
The package is presented in a new guise composed of a red and white hardback, in which we will find in addition to our smartphone also a USB cable with micro USB connection for charging and data transfer, the loader of compact size with 5V / 2A output (with Chinese socket connection for which you will have to equip yourself with adapter), lo pin for removing the SIM cart, quick manual in Chinese language but also a welcome represented by one soft silicone cover smoked color really well done, also given the presence of the written DESIGNED BY MI on the left lower profile.
Some might think that the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus, as belonging to the mid / low range of the market, is a smartphone of little value and instead constructive quality amazes since the first contact showing a really well designed general construction with a body entirely made of opaque aluminum with the exception of the two bands made of polycarbonate, one upper and the other lower, which conceal the communication antennas.
Also on the back we find the main camera accompanied by a LED flash Dual Tone and the fingerprint sensor which was really quick and free of uncertainties. Despite the compact dimensions (158,5 x 75,45 x 8,05 mm) and a weight of 180 grams, ergonomics is not compromised at all even without the use of the supplied cover. Xiaomi has cleverly succeeded in inserting a display in 18: 9 from 5,99 inches, therefore narrower in width, in the size of an 5,5 inch and this implies a better grip and use even for a single hand.
The four corners have a greater thickness designed to reduce the possibility of breaking the screen in case of accidental impact. Right profile dedicated to the on / off button and volume rocker (also made of aluminum) while the left profile houses the hybrid type SIM slot, that is we can use two SIM cards in Nano format or a SIM card and a micro SD card for the expansion of internal memory. In the lower part we find the main microphone, themicro USB input with OTG support and the system speaker. Finally, in the upper part are located the input jack 3.5 mm, the second microphone and a convenient infrared port to control TV, top-box set and other devices.
To complete the appearance of the design on the front placed at the top of the display are the capsule, the sensor of brightness and proximity, the Monochromatic notification LED (white color) and a small one LED flash for selfie shots in low light conditions. There are no physical buttons because they are integrated into the display with the possibility of being able to be reversed with each other via software or be hidden in the case in which we enable the gesture on the screen (iPhone X style).
As mentioned before, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus offers a display in 18 format: 9, a unit IPS from 5,99 inches and resolution Full HD + (2160 x 1080 pixels), 403 PPI of density, Relationship of 1000 contrast: 1 and 450 brightness nits. It is certainly not the best panel on the market, but it is perhaps the best I have seen on this price range thanks to one very good color reproduction through which you can grasp the various nuances without particular changes except in very extreme angles and for the black that inevitably, given the technology applied, the gray trend is almost a certainty. The vision of multimedia content is definitely rewarding, with images that seem almost printed on the Glass with 2.5D machining while the curvature at the corners of the display is one fashion feature of pleasant impact.
Naturally, there is no lack of software at the software level possibility to adjust the color range and contrasts, the reading mode so as not to strain your eyes at night. The brightness has a good intensity range and the sensor works excellently, as the touch is always fluid and reactive. The oleophobic treatment is also good, even if not first level.
The hardware used on Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus is not first hair and in a sense the configuration adopted is something already seen in other devices of the company. In fact, on board the terminal we find the tried and true processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, an octacore with clock frequency at 2.0 GHz and production process at 14 nm, flanked by Adreno GPU 506 to 650 MHz. They are also present 3 GB of RAM memory LPDDR3 e 32 GB of expandable internal storage additional 128 GB via micro SD (the 4 / 64 GB variant also exists).
The performances are more than satisfactory if not excellent in the classic daily use and do not disappoint even when we try to stress the smartphone with games that require power. Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus is always ready to face every situation and need always being fluid and reactive. Even multitasking does not put in difficulty the device managing to manage one considerable number of background applications at the same time. Unfortunately, there is still a problem with the GeekBench test for Xiaomi devices, making it impossible to test the smartphone with this platform.
I do not have never detected particular heating which confirms the optimization implemented by Xiaomi already seen on previous smartphones with a similar technical data sheet and also on the Redmi 5 Plus, which sees from itsfurther improvement from the energy point of view. THE 4000 mAh of the integrated battery they can guarantee almost 2 days of use always giving away about 7 hours of active screen without taking advantage of any energy savings, still present at the software level. With the supplied battery charger we will be able to perform a full charge in about 2 hours and 20 minutes but it is worth noting the support for Quick Charge technology through which only 90 minutes will be enough to bring the smartphone from 0 to 100.
Perhaps the one that could make the user's nose turn out to buy the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus is theabsence of 20 band at 800 mHz, even though I have never personally felt this lack while living in rural areas, with Wind operator and another virtual operator that offers connectivity only in 3G. In any case the LTE modem cat. 7 ensures excellent signal reception as well as possibility of exploiting the navigation in 4G on both SIM slots.
Calls, both departing and arriving, are supported by one good audio quality both in capsule and in speakerphone, through the mono speaker positioned at the bottom of the device, which offers a clean and flawless sound, with a fairly high volume. At the software level there is also the possibility to equalize the sound and choose predefined ear profiles to increase the listening experience.
Finally, there is no lack of connectivity Dual Band WiFi module (2.4 / 5.0 GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS Compass / A-GPS / GLONASS / BeiDou e FM radio, now unavailable on many smartphones. All the elements did not report any critical issues in any test situation, resulting reliable and precise. The absence of the NFC should be noted.
For Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus do not expect Android Oreo (at least for the time being) since the smartphone will arrive at your home with the MIUI 9.2 China Stable on Android 7.1.2 Nougat and security patches updated in December 2017, with no installed Google service and no Italian language. At this point you can choose to keep this ROM waiting for the release of the Global Stable (empty folders have appeared ready to host the ROM directly on the release forum en.miui.com) or proceed with the installation of the ROM provided by xiaomi.eu, which will also bring to your terminal the latest features offered by the proprietary interface of Xiaomi.
Recall that the bootloader will be unlocked, installed the TWRP (released officially) and proceed to the flash of the latest version on the site xiaomi.eu (in our case MIUI 9.3 8.1.4 version Developer OS Android 7.1.2 security patch 05 / 12 / 2017 ) which offers the opportunity to install either the Global Stable version or the Developer version which contains all the latest news. Needless to go into all the functions integrated into the MIUI but it is worth remembering that the Xiaomi interface offers enormous possibilities for customization as well as features dedicated to security and privacy. Among the latest news we also find the screen gesture through which we can "say goodbye" to the keys on the display as with specific gestures we could have the same functions as Home, Back and Multitasking, or theUnlock Face that I did not find reactive like the one tried and already integrated in the Mi Note 3 but still very valid or the quick call through the quick numbers from the telephone dialer.
Only aspect for which I found anomalies is related to the keyboard that suffers from a vibration too accentuated and then the keys on the display that in some circumstances are too camouflaged with the background of the application, problems still resolvable with an upcoming software release.
Finally we face an aspect that is important to anyone who buys a smartphone, and therefore also those who are considering the purchase of Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus. We speak of the photographic sector that for the Redmi series in general has never shone in terms of quality and in in a sense the company's new device is no exception. The main sensor is a 12 megapixel unit with aperture f/ 2.2, 1.25 nm pixels, PDAF autofocus and Dual Ton dual LED flashand with sensor provided by OmniVision.
All this translates into a quality of shots and videos, which can be recorded with resolution up to 4K is 30fps and for which a sort of digital stabilizer comes into play, very good with excellent light conditions while with the lowering of the same the background noise becomes very consistent and the colors immortalized are very battered. Present the possibility of exploiting the HDR function (manual only), which performs its work satisfactorily.
The novelty of the Redmi 5 Plus, however, resides in the front chamber, a unit from 5 megapixel with aperture f/ 2.0 and sensor supplied by OmniVision, which boasts thetiling of an LED flash able to work in automatic mode. Unfortunately this innovation did not live up to expectations, as the selfie camera captures just enough photos in the daytime while at night the yield is undoubtedly insufficient also with the help of the LED flash, which remains always on during use. However, it is possible to record videos with 1080p resolution to 30 fps. Both in the use of the rear chamber and the front ones the recorded audio is instead of good quality with good environmental noise management.
The software remains the classic that we are used to on all the terminals of the Chinese company offering various filters to be applied in real time to the photos, possibility of registration time lapse and slow motion (720p) as well as 3.0 beauty filter.
Net of what we have just said it Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus convinces. Convince not only for the user experience in 18: 9 provided by the display but also for the general performance that can give as a result considering that the hardware belongs to a price range higher than that offered by the smartphone. Although the photographic industry is not exceptional, but on the other hand the Redmi 5 Plus does not want to be a camera-phone, it is very difficult to ask for better.
In fact, nowadays it makes sense to spend almost (sometimes even longer) 1000 euro for a smartphone when with almost 10 times less we can achieve the same results without having to give up quality and performance. Xiaomi always responds to this enigma and does it in the best way, and this time the answer for those who want a device with aspect ratio in 18: 9 is simply Redmi 5 Plus that you can find on Gearbest.com, whom we thank for sending the sample, remembering that through this store you can make all your technological purchases with extreme professionalism and payments also through Paypal.
To fully appreciate the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus, at the moment you need to be a knowledgeable user as you will have to deal with the unlocking of the bootloader and the installation of an unofficial rom like the one offered by xiaomi.eu, but once you overcome this small obstacle you can boast a smartphone with 18: 9 ratio that has nothing to envy to the top cousins from the really dizzying prices. Record autonomy and reliability in every situation are the highlights of this device that does not disappoint in any aspect. Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus is a terminal you will love.
- GENERAL PERFORMANCE
- AUDIO CAPTURED BY VIDEO RECORDING
- 4K VIDEO FORMAT
- MICRO USB AND NOT TYPE-C INPUT
- NIGHT-TIME CAMERA
- BAND 20 ABSENCE