Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus Early Review – The best 18:9 Midranger?

Here is my unboxing and early review of what can possibly be the best value Midranger Smartphone that has an 18:9 Screen. The Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus sports an 18:9 Screen Ratio with a mid-tier Snapdragon 625 chip. It runs the latest Miui 9.2.6 and is also the global version.

A bigger version of the Xiaomi Redmi 4x

The Good:

  • 18:9 screen first perfectly, nice quality
  • Great build quality for a budget phone
  • Excellent Connectivity
  • 14 hours Battery life

The Bad:

  • Not a huge difference compared to the Xiaomi Redmi 4X
  • No Dual Camera Feature

SpecsXiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa Core
GPU: Adreno 506
MemoryRAM: 3 GB LPDDR3
Expansion: Supports MicroSD up to 128GB
OSMiui 9.2.6 Global ROM (Android 7.1.2 Nougat)
Display5.99 inch
2160 x 1080p, 403 ppi
Other FeaturesRear Fingerprint ID
Main Camera12 mp Sony IMX CMOS, f/2.2 Aperture, 4K @ 30fps
Front Camera5.0 mp
NetworkHybrid Dual SIM (Nano SIMS)
2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G: WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100MHz
4G: FDD LTE 850/900/1800/2100/2600MHz
ConnectivityDual Band WiFi (2.4/5GHz)
Bluetooth 4.0
SensorsGravity, Gyroscope, Proximity, Accelerometer, Light, Hall
IO2x Nano SIM Card Slot
1x 3.5mm Audio Jack
1x MicroUSB 2.0
Dimensions158.5 x 75.4 x 8mm
Weight: 179g
Fast Charger 5V 2A

You can watch my full unboxing and early hands on below


One of the best priced Midranger available

Well, just basing on my first impression with this Smartphone, it is probably one of the best priced midranger available. Although it lacks other trendy features like Dual Cameras or Face ID unlock, everything works as it should. Performance is surprisingly good and that includes gaming, and connectivity is near excellent. The camera performs well and it is basically what you expect from a midrange Smartphone. A no fuss, no gimmick Smartphone.

First Impressions (PROS)

  • Premium build, polished aluminum with great ergonomics
  • Decent 18:9 Screen (2160 x 1080p)
  • Decent Midrange Performance
  • Clean OS, Global ROM, supports multi-language and no bloatwares
  • Miui 9.2.6 (updated), based on Android 7.1.2 Nougat
  • Has a lot of useful apps (word, powerpoint etc…) built in
  • No issues with performance or apps
  • Fast and Stable GPS performance, great for point to point navigation
  • So far Dual Band Wireless Performance is excellent, no issue with connectivity
  • Good 12 mp rear camera performance
  • Hybrid Dual SIM Card Support (Memory Expansion via MicroSD)
  • Fast Charger 5V 2A included
  • Above average Audio Quality of the loudspeakers
  • 3.5mm Audio is clean and has good audio
  • Fast and Accurate Fingerprint ID


  • No USB Type C, still stuck with MicroUSB 2.0
  • No Dual Camera Feature


Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (3+32gb) $169 (promo price until March 23)

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