When it comes to the smartphone industry, trends come up, evolve and go away just as fast. Right now, we are in the era of big screens but how much big a screen gets depends solely on the price point. However, emerging global smartphone makers realize this gap and turned their eyes on the mid-range set and came up with outstanding daily drivers that are not only friendly to the pocket, but offer quality phones which are value money. Let’s talk about the Xiaomi Redmi 5 plus launched in December 2017.
It is a worthy successor to the Redmi Note 4 with a lot of packed upgrades. It retails at less than $200 which is friendly for most given it is a tall 6-inch screen. The Redmi 5 plus ships out in black, gold, blue and their specific colour which they like to call Rose Gold. It has a nice feel to the hand being an aluminium frame and back, front glass and plastic ends which feel quality and premium. Weighing at 180 grams, it is very comfortable to hold and carry around.
About its display, it is an IPS LCD Capacitive touchscreen with the capacitive buttons being discarded and on-screen navigation buttons incorporated. The phone, however, is not IPS certified so no water-proofing for this one but it is quite alright for a device at this price-point. Its resolution being 18:9 aspect ratio, 1080 by 2160 pixel and 403 ppi density give out sharp images with excellent contrast-rich for everyday use.
Xiaomi decided to go with Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset with Adreno 506 GPU. Although this is not the newest silicon out there, it compares quite alright and holds up to many games and applications of an average user. The phone comes packed with a massive battery of 4000mAh which combined with an efficient chipset the phone posts an impressive 104hour endurance rating. The phone is quite welcoming to the consumers especially when it comes to the battery life of a smartphone.
The Redmi 5 plus comes either in 64GB or 32 GB of internal storage upgradable to 128 GB. It is a hybrid dual SIM giving the consumer the option of using two numbers; a trend that is highly becoming popular especially in third world countries. It runs on a custom interface MIUI 10 on top of Android 7.1.2 which is upgradable to Android 8 (Oreo) offering more software features that enhance the user experience.
Its camera stands out being a 12MP, f/2.2 and being able to shoot at 4K; a feature very rare for a phone in the midrange section. The company decided to stick with the old 5MP selfie camera. But it offers sharp images with a wide dynamic range and less noise. Due to camera software upgrades, it has a rear-mounted fingerprint reader which is very fast and responsive.
The Xiaomi Redmi 5 plus is a good phone, quality in its build and able to withstand the test of time in relevancy. At that price point, Xiaomi sets up other competitors a good run for their money. For more discounts to buy this phone, please go to Banggood.