Xiaomi Redmi 5 review: a solid smartphone that’s eclipsed by its own brethren

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A trend which started with Xiaomi’s flagship smartphone, the Mi Mix, has now made its way over to the company’s budget offerings. You guessed it, I am talking about the Redmi 5’s bezel-less design which immediately gives the smartphone an edge over the competitor’s bezel-laden offerings. With that said, while Xiaomi has increased the screen-to-body ratio of the smartphone, the company has refrained from making any changes to the Redmi 5’s blueprint. In fact, from the back, you’d be hard-pressed to tell the difference between the Redmi Note 5, the Redmi 5 and the Redmi Note 4.

Be that as it may, the Redmi 5’s familiar design still feels solid and as far as the construction is concerned, the smartphone employs a mix of plastic and metal in its design. The frame of the smartphone has been constructed out of plastic, whereas the majority of the phone’s rear panel is metal, with the exception of two small sections on the top and the bottom which house the antenna bands. The smartphone feels really sleek and premium in the hand too, which is why I didn’t slap a case on my unit, even though the company bundles one with the retail packaging of the device. Moreover, thanks to its outstanding ergonomics and one-handed usability, I didn’t drop the Redmi 5 even once over the course of my review period.

Your primary means of interacting with the Xiaomi Redmi 5 will be via its 5.7-inch, 18:9 aspect ratio, HD+ display. Since it’s a 720p panel stretched across a 5.7-inch canvas, you will be able to see some pixels here and there. On the flip side, the display has decent viewing angles and gets adequately bright (and dim) under direct sunlight. Moreover, you also get the option of changing the colour temperature of the display from within the settings as per your taste. I preferred the tone of the display on my unit of the Redmi 5 from the get-go and therefore, didn’t tweak it further.

The cameras on the Xiaomi Redmi 5 are a bit of a sore point. In terms of specs, the handset features 12MP and 5MP sensors on the back and the front respectively. There’s a dedicated flash module present for both the camera sensors too, which helps with lowlight photography. Unfortunately, I wasn’t too impressed with the quality of the images shot from the Redmi 5. In situations with ample lighting, the smartphone manages to deliver decent quality pics with natural-looking colours. However, the smartphone takes a while to latch on to the subject and even then, the macro shots are often blurred. The low-light performance of the smartphone is nothing to write home about either, and the images I clicked with the device had substantial grain in them.

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