Xiaomi Redmi 5 Review: The Best Entry-Level Smartphone So Far

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The most significant upgrade Redmi 5 brings over its predecessor is the bezel-less display. Before the launch of the Redmi 5, I expected it to have a more powerful processor, and a larger battery, etc., but I never expected it to have a bezel-less display. Making a smartphone bezel-less increases the production cost, and I knew Xiaomi wouldn’t waste resources on such features, but Xiaomi somehow managed to include a bezel-less screen among the other upgrades; Kudos to Xiaomi for it.

The display is a 5.7-inch IPS LCD unit with HD+ resolution. The screen missies out on Corning Gorilla Glass protection, but during my usage, I didn’t feel the lack of it. I dropped the device accidentally a couple of times on hard surfaces, and that too directly on the screen, but the display didn’t break. Same goes for the scratch-resistance, the screen didn’t pick any scratch even after two weeks of usage. 

The Xiaomi Redmi 5 has a 12MP primary camera with phase-detection autofocus, and a 5MP front-facing camera, both cameras also feature an LED flash.

In daylight, the images from the primary camera have just adequate amount of details. If you zoom-in the image, you can find that the images don’t capture the minute details, which is not surprising for a budget smartphone, but I expected better from the Redmi 5. The focusing is fast, but not accurate always; the camera sometimes gets confused, especially while capturing macro images, resulting in a blurry picture. On the positive side, the images have a very vibrant colour tone, giving the users a sense of quality.

It is surprising to see the Snapdragon 450 SoC in the Redmi 5, as it is usually seen in smartphones above Rs. 10,000. The Snapdragon 450 has eight CPU cores and Adreno 506 GPU; it is even capable of handling smartphones with Full HD displays. The Redmi 5 is available in 2GB and 3GB RAM variants, and the one we received from Xiaomi has 3GB of RAM. The device was running Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS with MIUI 9 when we got it for review. Later, the device received the MIUI 9.5 update. 

The Xiaomi Redmi 5 has a great battery backup too. The device lasted a day and a half with approximately 8 hours of screen-on time. Even while using WiFi hotspot, the battery drain was very minimal. The battery capacity is just 3200mAh, but it still has an excellent performance. The device doesn’t has fast charging option, and I wouldn’t expect one for the price; it took 2 hours and 35 minutes for the device to charge from 0 to 100 percent.

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