Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus review

So, no more Redmi Notes eh? The Redmi 5 Plus should clearly have been the Note 5, a successor of the Redmi Note 4, but Xiaomi wanted a fresh start. The fifth generation is trying to shake things up and the new look obviously called for a new name. So, Xiaomi retired the Note brand promoting the Plus from a mere qualifier to a proper name. The phablet lives on regardless, and goes all-in with a wide 6" screen.

'Tis the season of tall screens and Xiaomi is the next maker to go 18:9 in the midrange as well. Both the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus have wide screens and both build on the predecessor's 5.5" diagonal with 5.7" and 5.99" respectively.

The Redmi 5 Plus may have received a pretty obvious upgrade, but that's nearly all that's new. The 5 Plus keeps the Snapdragon 625 chip and 4,000mAh battery of the Redmi Note 4. The old 5MP selfie camera stays too, while the rear cam now has bigger pixels but smaller aperture.

We always get excited when a new Redmi checks in and enjoy watching Xiaomi give the competition a good run for its money. By the looks of the new Redmi 5 series, Xiaomi is keen on doing it again.

The Redmi 5 Plus comes wrapped in an all-red cardboard box. Just as nearly every single Redmi before it, the 5 Plus is bundled with a 10W charger (5V/2A) and a microUSB cable. Xiaomi also provides a transparent rubber case, but we almost missed it as it was packed with the quick start guides, which no one cares about, right?

Special thanks to HonorBuy for providing the review unit.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus review
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus review

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus review at a glance

  • Body: Metal unibody, 2.5D glass front
  • Screen: 5.99" IPS LCD, 1080p (403ppi); Gorilla Glass (undisclosed version)
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 625, 8x Cortex-A53@2.0GHz, Adreno 506
  • Memory: 3/4GB RAM + 32/64GB storage, Hybrid microSD slot
  • Camera: 12MP, f/2.2, PDAF, 2160p video @ 30fps
  • Selfie cam: 5 MP, 1080p video @ 30fps
  • OS: Android 7.1.2 Nougat, MIUI 9 on top
  • Battery: 4,000mAh (non-removable)
  • Connectivity: Hybrid Dual Nano-SIM (hybrid microSD slot); LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps support; Wi-Fi g/b/n; Bluetooth 4.1; GPS with GLONASS; FM radio; 3.5mm audio jack; microUSB port
  • Misc: Fingerprint reader