There are features that are out of reach for obvious reasons of cost: Quad HD screen, Bluetooth 5.0 or even facial unlocking, although none of them is essential to enjoy an excellent user experience, especially if you remember that you bought your phone at the price of a bargain.
Xiaomi has been present in Nigeria for just one year and already accumulates several surpluses in sales, starting with the Xiaomi Mi A1 and ending with the Redmi 5A, the best-selling smartphone in the world right now. But they do not settle for that and plan to present several more devices with similar characteristics. And that’s where the game comes in, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus.
In this analysis of the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus, we will see how it is the first of them for 2018, an ultracompetitive low-cost mobile with features that are difficult to match. In addition, it only costs 179 euros in its version of 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. It seeks to repeat the success of the Mi A1 with some extras that are worth checking out.
It is a smartphone that ventures into the field of screens 18:9, one of the few shortcomings of the Mi A1. Much more prepared for the competition this year, the Redmi 5 Plus will have much to say in the top international sales.
Is it worth buying the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus? We will see it after analyzing it in detail section by section.
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus: Metal and colour, an innovative bet in its range
In 2018 we will begin to see for the first time many mobiles of less than 200 euros with a metallic body, and the truth is that a note of solidity is appreciated in a segment that has usually opted for plastic. The metal makes the body of smartphones more resistant and helps them not to get so hot.
One of the things that we liked most about the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus during this review is precisely its design, made of metal in its back area with a couple of plastic details and with the front completely made of glass. The solidity is noticeable to the touch, with well-assembled buttons that do not dance or move.
Like almost all devices today, it is unibody, and that means that you cannot remove the battery. For its part, the Nano SIM and MicroSD are inserted in a removable side tray, something in line with what today the whole industry does.
In addition, the Chinese brand has again given options to its users, and that is why this terminal is available in blue, black and gold. We have been able to try the blue version and the truth is that if you like to have something more than a black and white mobile, it is an attractive option.
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus: Jump to format 18:9 and its implications
As we have mentioned before in this analysis of the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus, the brand has chosen to switch to the 18:9 format for its screen. This aspect ratio directly affects the user experience in both video and image display and simply by holding the mobile.
When you enter the 18:9 on the screen, the body of the device takes an elongated shape. It is difficult to reach all points on the screen with one hand, especially those located in the upper area. Its 5.99 inches attached to this feature give it a large mobile appearance, although not everything is negative.
To begin with, the resolution is Full HD + (the variant of the FHD for 18:9 screens) and of a quite remarkable quality in terms of sharpness and colours, although what we liked the most is the brightness of the panel. It is very bright and looks perfectly even in bright sunlight.
It is not usual, especially in cheap phones, so it is a point to be positively evaluated in the review of the Redmi 5 Plus. In addition, the panel has protection Corning Gorilla Glass, a guarantee against scratches.
As a negative note, it must be said that the viewing angles are acceptable, although without producing strange colours, although far from what other more advanced terminals can offer.
Xiaomi redoubles its bet on MIUI on the Redmi line
Although Xiaomi opted for Android One for the Mi A1 and it has worked, it seems that it will not bring this version of Android to the Redmi line. For the Redmi 5 Plus bet on MIUI 9, its usual customization layer in this line of products.
This layer is quite complete and interesting, although if you are looking for a pure Android experience, it is not the best choice. MIUI is Android, but above all it is… MIUI. It has its own personality thanks to several extras that it adds to Android, but above all to its great fluidity, at least in this mobile.
The problem with MIUI 9 is that it is based on Android 7.1.2 Nougat, not Oreo. It is virtually certain that there will be an update to Oreo for this mobile, although we must wait for the brand to pronounce itself on this matter.
Let’s start the house on the roof: the software in Redmi 5 Plus is partly what makes its fluency very good, a subject that we will analyze later.
In a mobile, this section is the one that “pilots” the performance and efficiency, beyond the apps and services that it incorporates. As soon as you turn on your mobile phone, you can see that, as always for years, the Chinese brand tries to “catch” the user in its ecosystem. It is something that Apple does well and that Xiaomi wants to do too, hence it offers backup copies with your Xiaomi account and has several pre-installed apps developed by themselves.
It is you who must decide if an app to install themes interests you, if you are going to stay true to Xiaomi and its backup copies or if you prefer another user experience. What is clear is that this mobile comes with a lot of pre-installed applications, although they do not affect the performance or slow down the speed.
At least yes there are some options included in MIUI that are interesting and that are not in other versions of Android. An example is the Application Block, which protects the app you choose with a key. Also the Dual Applications, to have WhatsApp or Facebook on the same mobile with more than one account.
The file cleaner “garbage” is also quite interesting if you are one of those who usually accumulates files and files that end up eating virtually all the storage space.
As we mentioned before, MIUI is MIUI, and it is you who decides if everything you have to offer interests you or you prefer lighter alternatives.