When you say the word REDMI you expect a smartphone that will have a very successful success over time. But if I tell you Xiaomi Redmire 5, younger brother of the Redmi 5 Plus, then luck has nothing to do with it behind this smartphone there is the whole philosophy of the company, the love and the passion that for years gives us pearls of technology at really low prices. Let's find out together Xiaomi Redmi 5 in our review, thanking the store right away Gearbest.com for providing the sample and with its professionalism offers the best technological products at the lowest price on the market.
Inside the sales package marked by bright red (like passion) we find our smartphone, one short user guide in Chinese, power pack wall with exit 5V - 2.0 A with Chinese attack so you'll have to get an adapter, USB cable with micro connection for charging and data transfer, pin to remove the SIM carrier and finally a pretty one transparent TPU protection cover.
Delicate lines with soft curves that seem to be the central theme of the design that distinguishes the Redmi 5 from the Redmi series in general, which was decidedly revisited and modernized according to the canons dictated by today's smartphone market. Back shell made of opaque aluminum with shiny details about the two horizontal lines (one upper and one lower) that divide the two plastic bands that hide the antennas for signal reception, but also for the circular profile that surrounds the fingerprint sensor, the LED single tone flash and the rear chamber protruding from the body.
Details that make the difference as they transmit a touch and feel of a premium product despite the profile that runs along the smartphone is made of plastic where they are placed cart for SIM (two SIM cards in Nano format or losing the Dual SIM Dual Standby function you can opt for the insertion of a micro SD card for the expansion of the integrated memory) on the left and the On / off button and volume rocker made of metal, on the right.
Jack from 3.5 mm for earphones, according to microphone for noise reduction e IR transmitter are the components that we find on the upper profile while on the lower one we find the main microphone, the mono system speaker both hidden behind a symmetrical grid with respect to themicro USB input with OTG support.
The construction is excellent and free of defects or crunches with the skilful blend by the company, respect the materials used that also provide a front glass with 2.5D processing which covers a display from 5,7 inches, brightness and proximity sensor, ear capsule, camera selfie assisted by a LED flash and a small monochromatic notification LED (white light), all on the upper frame to the display while in the lower one, even if the dimensions allow it the physical keys have not been inserted and therefore will be on display considering the form factor in 18: 9 of the latter, which is more elongated than the traditional 16: 9 allows areally extraordinary ergonomics and an always firm grip even without having to resort to the supplied cover (151,8 x 72,8 x 7,7 mm and weight of 157 grams).
Un display by well 5,7 inches with HD Plus resolution that is 1440 x 720 pixels that translate to 282 DPI, 1000 contrast: 1, with IPS LED technology. A visually very nice display thanks to the rounded corners that create a feeling of immersion during the use of multimedia contents. Excellent experience also given by the perfect color calibration (72% NTSC color range) and one brightness (450 nits) che ensures a vision even outdoors. Of course in extreme angles the blacks could tend to gray but nothing dramatic, indeed in some respects this display is better than many competing smartphones with 2 times higher prices. Really responsive brightness sensor while at the software level there is the reading mode (adjustable intensity) that will dampen the background brightness by eliminating the basic radiation from blue light, but it is also possible to set the color temperature and the contrast. Finally with a double tap on the screen it will be possible to activate it from standby.
But beauty is not everything, because ours Xiaomi Redmi 5 is really snappy, responsive and fluid. Starting from fingerprint sensor, the best I've tried on a smartphone, Reliable 11 times on 10 and with which we could also take pictures, block access to certain applications and for supported apps enable payment with footprint. Reliability also given by the hardware that consists of a processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 Octa Core to 64bit with maximum clock of 1,8 Ghz Cortex A53 architecture and production process at 14 nm, Adreno GPU 506, 3 GB of RAM memory LPDDR3 e 32 GB of expandable internal memory via micro SD up to 128 GB.
Honestly despite the Snapdragon 450 processor is less powerful (on paper) than the 625 seen on the Redmi 5 Plus, I have not found substantial performance differences between the two devices, so that the score obtained on AnTuTu is even higher on the Redmi 5 than on the 5 Plus (it must be said that the AnTuTu software has recently renewed itself in the interface and in the algorithm for calculating the final score). Unfortunately, there is still a problem with the GeekBench test for Xiaomi devices, making it impossible to test the smartphone with this platform. The Redmi 5 behaves very well in stressful situations, allowing gaming sessions with even demanding titles, all without excessive overheating and without jamming.
Perhaps the merit is also of the software, which in our case is the release provided by xiaomi.eu based on Android 7.1.2 Nougat, which in addition to offering all the typical functions of the MIUI interface as the possibility of customization and its ease of use, also allows us to take advantage of the multi-screen mode, the release with the face but also to exploit the screen gesture in style iPhone X. User experience promoted with flying colors, being able to exploit in the background notable applications jumping quickly between the last two open simply by quickly clicking the multitasking button. Supported the main audio and video files with maximum file reproduction in 2K with H.265 / HEVC codecs.
La battery, integrated and non-removable, is a unit from 3300 mAh which ensures a day of intense use exceeding the 5 active display hours, with the possibility of going even further as everything depends on the actual use that you will make of the smartphone. These values are very good considering the really excessive use that I have made out of one perfect consumption optimization from the company but also from the developers of the ROM xiaomi.eu. However, it will take about 90 minutes to get a full charge with the included charger and if you are back in the most desperate cases you can resort to good energy-saving options integrated into the ROM.
The Xiaomi Redmi 5 also offers a module at the connectivity level 802.11 WiFi b / g / n monoband type which proved to live up to expectations like the Bluetooth 4.2 but above all the GPS Compass/ AGPS / GLONASS / Beidu with quick signal coupling and that gives a reliable navigation to 100%. Absent the NFC sensor but appreciated the presence of the Radio FM. We also find a LTE module whose only fault is related to the absence of the B20 band at 800 MHz, even if in my case I not only did not find problems but sometimes I managed to hook also the 4G signal where other smartphones could not.
Perfect audio during a telephone conversation is through the headset but just as valid from the mono speaker which offers a very good listening volume although the low frequencies are slightly damped by the high frequencies. Also good management of the two SIMs can choose with which call default or send messages, surf the internet with hot switches.
Another aspect that is very dear to users who are inclined to buy a smartphone is the photographic department that in the case of Xiaomi Redmi 5 consists of one selfie camera from 5 megapixel with OmniVision OV5675_i sensor and opening f/ 2.0 assisted by a LED flash that helps in low light situations, but it does not do miracles. However, we can record videos in Full HD format to 30 fps. The photos and videos obtained with this room under ambient conditions with good lighting are more than satisfactory allowing you to use it even outside of social networks.
On the back of the camera is a 12 megapixel unit 1.25μm with OmniVision sensor OV12a10_i and opening f/ 2.2 as well as an LED flash with the possibility of video recording up to a maximum of 1080p to 30 fps. A decidedly not at the top that in low light conditions greatly degrades the final quality of the shots and videos shot, but in good light conditions the photos and videos returned are of appreciable quality and above the average of the market segment in which the Redmi 5 is located, getting a good level of detail and color fidelity. Quick and precise theautofocus PDAF even in difficult conditions, but the best of itself the Redmi 5 gives it with the natural blurred and macro shots. Too bad that just on the macro has sometimes encountered a small bug, which tends to burn the background of the subject framed making the final colors less natural.
The software interface is the classic to which we are accustomed for some time with the possibility of take advantage of real time filters, HDR, Time Lapse, beauty filter Smart Beauty 3.0 but also manual mode being able to act only on the white balance and the ISO value. Appreciable digital zoom that reaches up to 10X without particular grain presence in the results. The Redmi 5 is not a camera phone nor wants to be, and although the use of night is of poor quality, the latter is more than appreciable in the vast majority of situations of common use.
in short Xiaomi Redmi 5 arrives on the market with a really aggressive price and for what it costs is a truly exceptional smartphone, able to offer the visual experience of 18: 9 despite being an entry level. To this are added general performances that do not disappoint in no aspect with potentialities at the software level that with the passage of time can only improve. Under these conditions we could easily call it a best buy, but it must be considered that the price difference with the brother Redmi 5 Plus is minimal and therefore who should you recommend this smartphone? Surely for those looking for a device with small dimensions but with a very generous display, for those who do not want to give up reliability and satisfying daily performance while spending a small sum. Recommended for all those who are looking for a second phone, but who do not want a forklift truck, but also for those who want to approach the Xiaomi world without having to settle or simply want to give a gift to their teen son who has confused ideas about the world of mobile telephony because he thinks that in order to be figs it is necessary to have an iPhone, when with a Redmi 5 in hand and an 18 display: 9 will be the others to consider you figs. So if you are among these cases do not waste more time and visit the store Gearbest.com to make the purchase with prices starting from 129 euro where you will also find additional colors as well as the version with 20 band support.
Xiaomi Redmi 5 is a cheap smartphone that can offer a lot. Difficult to find defects in consideration of the market segment in which it is placed, especially in virtue that manages to bring the experience of a display in 18: 9 for everyone. The only flaw that I can find him is too little distance in price from his older brother Redmi 5 Plus, but overall it is a device of sure interest, complete and efficient ... in short, a real little best buy !!!
- 18 DISPLAY: 9
- SELFIE CAMERA 1080P VIDEO
- DESIGN AREA
- GENERAL PERFORMANCE
- CAMERA IN THE URBAN
- MICRO USB AND NOT TYPE-C INPUT
- BAND 20 ABSENCE
- PRICE TOO NEAR THE ONE OF REDMI 5 PLUS