Xiaomi Redmi 5 review: Superior build, eager performance

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The metal surface adorns a premium matte finish, whereas the plastic ends are cleverly textured to make sure the unibody theme is carried ahead. The rear camera now gains a bump like the Redmi Note 5, but carries it in an original fashion unlike some of its expensive cousins (we are referring to the Redmi Note 5 Pro’s iPhone X-like design). As standard with any Xiaomi handset, you are presented with an IR sensor and a secondary noise-cancelling microphone.

However, the front is where the Redmi 5 has actually changed drastically — gone are the fat bezels seen on the Redmi 4 and in its place, there still exist bezels, albeit narrower. The 18:9 display makes the Redmi 5 taller to accommodate more viewing area than its predecessors. However, it’s no Mi MIX 2; which means Xiaomi had space to stuff in an LED flash for the selfie camera — and that’s neat. The display is claimed to be protected by an unspecified version of Gorilla Glass — so you can be worry-free here.

Here’s where the Redmi 5 evolves from its predecessors. As stated, there’s a tall 18:9 display with a rather big 5.7-inch IPS LCD panel. Compared to the Redmi 4, the display has made a huge leap in terms of the picture quality.

Last year, the Redmi 4 impressed us with the fact that there are budget smartphones that can handle most tasks thrown at them with ease. The Redmi 5 carries the baton forward by adding quality to the effortless performance of its predecessor. Powering the phone from within is a Snapdragon 450 SoC — Qualcomm’s first budget chipset manufactured using 14nm FinFET.

While this silicon combination is capable of handling most daily tasks with ease, keep in mind that it has to support Xiaomi’s heavily customised MIUI 9, which disappointingly is still based on 2016’s Android 7.1 Nougat. For those concerned about security, this might be a major concern as Android 8.0 Oreo is blessed with more advanced security features. The Redmi 5 still features a January 2018 security patch, which despite being old is still acceptable considering MIUI’s slow update timeline.

One department where we were disappointed — the Redmi 4 had a massive 4100mAh battery, but the slimmer Redmi 5 forced a slimmer battery — all the way down to 3300mAh.

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