Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus – Redmi 4x with a 18:9 Screen

The Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus is an upgrade of the Xiaomi Redmi 4x. It has identical hardware underneath but it does come with a much bigger 18:9 Screen. The phone still bares the overused Snapdragon 625 Chip and Adreno 506, which offers mid-end Performance. It is also running the latest Miui 9.

Redmi 4x with a 18:9 Screen

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

18:9 Screen and that’s it

Xiaomi has finally adopted the 18:9 screen on their Budget Phones. The Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus  is basically an upgrade or reboot of the Xiaomi Redmi 4x. And it is perhaps the only Redmi to offer a 18:9 Screen. What that means, is a much bigger screen real estate while maintaining a cramped screen size. Anyway, at a glance especially seeing the specs, it hasn’t improved in terms of hardware. It still has the same overused Snapdragon 625 and Adreno 506, which offers mid-end performance but nothing really spectacular. And it doesn’t offer at least dual camera options, like the other budget midrangers like the Xiaomi Mi A1. It is also stuck with MicroUSB 2.0 instead of USB Type C. But I think the appealing factor for this phone is the bigger screen which as of recent, many phones have adopted.

Where to Buy?

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (3+32gb) $179

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Main Features of the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus:

  • 18:9 Screen (1080p x 2160 pixels)
  • Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 and Adreno 506
  • 3 GB RAM and 32 GB eMMC Storage
  • Runs the latest Miui 9 (based on Android 7 Nougat)
  • 12 mp Rear Camera with f/2.2 Aperture Lens
  • GPS with GLONASS
  • 4000mAh Battery with Fast Charger

Some Cons:

  • Only the screen has change, basically the Xiaomi Redmi 4x rebooted
  • No USB Type C
  • No Memory Expansion Support
  • Chinese ROM preinstalled

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