Redmi 5 Pros and Cons: Top 16 Solid Reasons to buy & Top 8 Reasons not to buy

Xiaomi with no-doubts is dominating the Indian Smartphone market with the well reputed and budget-friendly Redmi series. After the launch of Redmi Note 5 and Redmi note 5 Pro almost over a month ago, Xiaomi has introduced the Redmi 5 to the Indian market. Xiaomi has implemented few features like the 18:9 aspect ratio and Snapdragon 450 when compared to its predecessor – the Redmi 4.

Xiaomi has always paid close attention to the value for the price and the Redmi 5 is no exception. It has followed up the trend of thin bezel screen and 18:9 aspect screen ratio.

In the provided budget segment of the Redmi 5, the device faces competitors like the Redmi Note 5, Honor 9 Lite, Infinix Hot S3, Lenovo K8 Plus and a few other Smartphones. Below we have made a list of Pros and Cons which will help you in deciding whether Redmi 5 is the right phone for your money.

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Redmi 5: Pros and Cons [Highlights]

  • 5.7 inch FULL HD + display
  • 5 MP Front + 12 MP Rear Camera
  • 2GB RAM/16 GB , 3GB RAM/32 GB and 4 GB/64 GB storage.
  • Android 7.1.2 Nougat.
  • 3300 mAh battery.
  • 1.8 GHz Snapdragon 450 octa-core processor.
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Redmi 5: Pros or Reasons to buy

  • Front camera: The 5MP camera offers an enhancement filter called “Beauty enhancement filter 3.0”. The given filter makes selfies shot to be even better good looking, making the selfies social media ready. The given selfie flash comes in handy in low light conditions.
  • Rear camera: The 12 MP (f/2.2) offers some useful camera features like Face detection and Autofocus. The overall performance of the Rear camera is the same as what is to be expected from the given price. Images that are captured in daylight conditions are satisfying and contain an ample amount of details.The HDR mode is impressive in low light situations providing extra details to the darker areas. The shutter speed is instantaneous.
  • The phone can capture videos in 1080p at 30 FPS. Timelapse video can also be recorded. Here is video Sample of the Redmi 5 from gsmarena-

  • Redmi 5 is powered by a powerful Snapdragon 450 octa-core processor clocked at 1.8 GHz. The Redmi 5 is the first budget Smartphone to feature this processor at this low price.
  • The trending 18:9 aspect ratio display has been used in the Redmi 5 with 2.5 D glass on top. The FULL HD+ display has decent viewing angles and the colours are bright and clearly visible outdoors as well.2D vs 2.5D vs 3D Glass
  • The Redmi 5 runs on Xiaomi’s custom ROM, MIUI 9 based on Android 7.1.2 Nougat. The MIUI 9 creates an impressive user interface between the user and the device. MUI 9 also offers useful features like dual apps, Second space, Mi drop and a lot more.
  • The Redmi 5 looks similar to the Redmi Note 5, retaining the premium look and feel. Thanks to the metal finish, the device attracts a minimum amount of smudges and Fingerprint.
  • Important sensors like Accelerometer, Proximity, Gyroscope, Magnetic, Ambient Light sensor, step, hall, are provided in the Smartphone.
  • Similar to the Redmi 4, the Fingerprint sensor placement is excellent making it’s easily accessible when using with just one hand. The sensor is quite accurate and unlocks the device and apps in a split-second.
  • The IR (INFRARED) senior is placed on top of the device next to the 3.5 mm headphone jack. The IR sensor can be used to control IR supported devices like Television and air conditioners.
  • The Redmi 5 comes with a back cover in the box, which provides a better grip while holding the phone.

  • The device weighs around 157 grams which make the device comfortable to hold.
  • The 2 GB/3 GB/4 GB is sufficient enough for running heavy games like Asphalt 8 and PUBG mobile with no lags what so ever. The maximum temperature recorded was 35 degrees which are normal.
  • 3300 mAh allows lasts up to almost a day of moderate usage.
  • The Redmi 5 comes with a scratch-resistant glass protection, but not Gorilla Glass protection. However, Xiaomi did not confirm the type of glass protection being used.
  • 4G is supported and works fine.

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Redmi 5: Cons or Reasons not to buy

  • Front Camera: The front camera lacks detailing under low light circumstances. Images taken with the Redmi 5’s front camera under low light is too noisy and the colour grading is not up to the mark.
  • Rear camera: Taking images with the Rear camera took a lot of effort and time to get the right shot. Images from the rear camera in low light scenarios suffered in detailing and saturation as well. When compared to the same budget segments phone like the Honor 9 Lite and Infinix Hot S3, they have a much better camera then the Redmi 5.
  • The Redmi 5 lacks the bokeh/portrait mode.
  • Xiaomi didn’t include any earphones in the box. Here, is our suggested list of Top 10 Best Earphones under 1000 Rs in India and Top 5 Best Earphones under 500.
  • Compare to the Redmi 4, the battery of the Redmi 5 has been downgraded from 4100 mAh to 3300 mAh. We think Xioami could’ve have done a better job in terms of battery backup. Here, is our suggested list of Top 5 Best Power bank under 1500 Rs in India.
  • The sound, when used at max volume, tends to distort.
  • Despite Android Oreo being launched while back in 2017, the Redmi 5 still runs on the old Android Nougat. The Redmi 5 is still running on the Android Nougat when today world’s using Android 8 Oreo.
  • Unfortunately, Xiaomi hasn’t upgraded the Hybrid SIM slot which was seen in its predecessor the Redmi 4. The Hybrid SIM slot allows you to use either two sim cards or a SIM card and an SD card. Here, is a solution on how to Use Dual Sim + microSD together.

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Final Conclusion

Redmi 5 offers a decent camera and a good performance at a good price. However, in terms of camera, the Redmi 5 is left behind by its competitors like the Honor 9 Lite and the Infinix Hot S3. The Redmi 5 can be considered as a minor upgrade of the Redmi 4 with a slightly better processor and design. If you are the kind of person who is looking for Smartphone which can do heavy multitasking and gaming, then this phone is suggested for you.

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Redmi 5 [Expert Score] & User Rating

8.4 Total Score
Redmi 5: A Budget Smartphone eclipsed by Redmi Note 5

Battery Life
Camera Performance
Value for Money
  • Good value for money
  • Relatively powerful processor
  • Good Build quality
  • Average Camera Performance
  • Hybrid Sim Slot
  • Android Nougat
  • No Bokeh/Portrait Mode
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