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Redmi 5 vs Redmi 5 Plus In-Detail Comparison, Which One You Should Buy?

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Successor to the Redmi 4, the Redmi 5 and Redmi Plus have been launched recently in China. As soon as the duo got launched, leaks and rumors started emerging regarding cancellation of the launch of upcoming Redmi Note 5. However, I hardly believe. Since Redmi Note 4 has been the best-selling smartphone of 2017, I don’t think Xiaomi would give up on the Redmi Note 5.

Redmi 5 vs Redmi 5 Plus comparison

Anyway, the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus are currently exclusive to China but we expect the company to launch them soon in India. Falling under lower mid-range price segment, both smartphones share a lot in common when it comes to specifications. We have imported these two handsets from China to see if they are worth their money.

PHYSICAL APPEARANCE

With a Redmi Note 4 look-a-like design, the newcomers come with metallic body. Much like all the previous Redmi phones, the Redmi 5 and 5 Plus have all of their physical keys placed on the right edge. Top edge of them has 3.5mm audio jack, Mi-Remote sensor and noise cancellation mic; whereas the bottom edge has speakers grill and USB cum charging port. On the back, they have their camera and fingerprint sensor.

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Both smartphones are compact and easy to hold, thanks to the 18:9 aspect ratio display which minimizes the bezel-size. However, the Plus variant is 23 grams heavier than the Redmi 5 which weighs 157 grams. I think it would be easy if one gets used to the plus variant. Talking what’s new, Xiaomi has ditched capacitive keys and placed on-screen navigation keys which is customizable and can be hidden.

Redmi 5 vs Redmi 5 Plus comparison in detail

In this section, no one is winner.

DISPLAY

The Redmi 5 features a 5.7 inches display with 720×1440 pixels of resolution and ~282ppi of pixel density, whereas the Redmi 5 Plus is built around a 5.99 inches display with 1080×2160 pixels of resolution and ~403ppi of pixel density. What’s interesting is their 18:9 aspect ratio. In an average size of Android device, we are getting bigger display. This aspect ratio makes web browsing and social media surfing fun.

Redmi 5 vs Redmi 5 Plus Display

Talking about the quality of both smartphones’ display, the plus variant is definitely better however it’s not easy to find difference until you look closer. With a higher resolution and pixel density, the plus variant offers a clearer view of a still photo or a video. The display is brighter, colours are vibrant and objects look sharp on the Redmi 5 Plus compared to Redmi 5.

The Redmi 5, on the other hand, offers decent display and is somewhat similar to Redmi 4

This section is won by Redmi 5 Plus.

UI & PERFORMANCE

MIUI is one of the heavily tweaked Android skin, so it is full of exciting features. The more you dig, the more you know. Both the handsets run latest MIUI 9 based on Android 7.1. The UI doesn’t lag and provides the smooth experience. Quick toggles and gestures work fine.

In terms of performance, both smartphones are poles apart. The Redmi 5 is powered by a 1.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon 450 processor with Adreno 506 graphics processing unit, 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM. The Redmi 5 Plus, on the other hand, packs a 2.0GHz octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor with Adreno 506 graphics processing unit, 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM.

Starting with the benchmark, the Redmi 5 scored 432 and 369 points in Sling Shot Extreme – OpenGL ES 3.1 and Sling Shot Extreme – Vulcan respectively. These two tests were done by 3DMark. We also tested the Redmi 5 on GeekBench4 where it scored 755 points on single-core and 3486 points on multi-core.

Redmi 5 vs Redmi 5 Plus benchmark comparison

The Redmi 5 Plus, on the other hand, scored 468 and 431 points in Sling Shot Extreme – OpenGL ES 3.1 and Sling Shot Extreme – Vulcan respectively. These two tests were done by 3DMark. Coming to the result of GeekBench4, it scored 874 points on single-core and 4348 points on multi-core.

Coming to the actual performance, I played four heavy games Shadow Fight 3, ContractKiller: Sniper, Gangster Vegas: Mafia Game and Mission Impossible: RogueNation on both handsets for around 30 minutes. While all these four games ran smoothly on the Redmi 5 Plus, the Redmi 5 was struggling.

Graphics performance on both smartphones is more or less the same. However, Redmi 5 Plus appears to be better at rendering frames in comparison to Redmi 5, which gets stuck occasionally, probably due to the low-end SoC/processor.

The Redmi 5 also gets stuck while heavy multi-tasking and screen goes black occasionally. The Redmi 5 Plus, on the other hand, is good at handling heavy multitasking. It is smooth and doesn’t lag. During gaming, the Redmi 5 and 5 Plus consumed 12 and 10 percent juice respectively.

In this section, the Redmi 5 Plus leaves Redmi 5 behind with flying colors.

CAMERA

Both the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus features a 12 megapixels camera with f/2.2 aperture and phase detection autofocus tech on the rear and a 5 megapixels camera at the front. The only difference between them is that the Redmi 5 has single LED flash while the plus variant comes with dual LED dual-tone flash.

-REAR

Starting with daylight images, their performance is more or less similar. Both produce images with average details and colors. After looking at them, I can definitely say that their images aren’t better than Redmi Note 4.

Redmi 5 vs Redmi 5 Plus Daylight comparison

Switching to HDR mode does bring some changes. I saw improvements in sharpness and color quality but unfortunately, this happens only with Redmi 5 Plus.  The Redmi 5’s HDR images are somewhat similar to non-HDR images.

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Redmi 5 vs Redmi 5 Plus In Depth comparison

Coming to the depth of field, their Bokeh effect is impressive; at least in lower mid-range segment. I tried taking some close shots and results were somewhat similar to the Redmi Note 4. Both of them effectively blurred the background while capturing enough details of a focused object.

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Both handsets come with several photo modes like Portrait, Sport, Landscape, Flowers, Sunset, etc. however, they are just for namesake purpose. I didn’t find any difference between normal photo and those pre-defined scene modes but one thing was worth checking out – Panorama.

I took panorama shots from both handsets and found surprising result. The Redmi 5 wasn’t able to capture details. Picture is unacceptably dark while the photo was taken in daylight. I also saw some broken points when looked closely. The Redmi 5 Plus, on the other hand, produces decent panorama shots. The details and color production are much better than the Redmi 5.

And here comes the most challenging part – the low light images. None of them are good for lowlight photography however, the Redmi 5 Plus is a bit better than the Redmi 5. Normal lowlight images of both handsets are similar to each other but as soon as I turned on the HDR mode, I saw noticeable difference. Have a look below:

As you can see, Redmi 5’s HDR mode is just for namesake purpose, whereas this feature on Redmi 5 Plus is working fine and bringing noticeable changes by capturing details. Both smartphones also have noise in both normal and less lightened area, even in HDR mode.

In this section, though their photos are more or less similar, the Redmi Note 5 Plus is winner for its better HDR and Panorama algorithm.

-FRONT

Selfie cameras of both handsets also perform similar. Zooming these photos in reveals noise and less details. Both come with inbuilt beauty mode which is a bit better on Redmi 5 comparing to Redmi 5 Plus however, it produces a bit overexposed photos.

In this section, no one is winner.

SOUND & FINGERPRINT SENSOR

Much like all previous Mi Devices, these two newcomers don’t come with bundled earphones. Speakers on both devices have average acoustics but sound experience is better than previous Redmi devices. Xiaomi must have done some changes in the speakers. Anyway, for better sound experience, you should buy good earphones or headphones.

Talking about biometric, Xiaomi is as impressive as it was. The fingerprint sensor is really fast and unlocks the device in less than a blink. With a support of 360 degree recognition, you can unlock the device by putting your finger in any direction.

In this section, no one is winner.

BATTERY

The Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus are backed by a 3,300 mAh and 4,000 mAh non-removable battery respectively. They have fast charging tech but unfortunately when most of the devices come with QuickCharge 3.0, these two devices have QuickCharge 1.0.

Talking about usage first, both smartphones last around 35 hours during normal usage, while the usage time slashes to around 20 hours during moderate usage.

Their battery performance encouraged me to do marathon usage. So I did heavy operations on both smartphones for an hour. During this test, the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus consumed 21 and 26 percent juice respectively. It means the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus can last around 5 and 4 hours during heavy usage. And this makes their battery performance better than some of the popular smartphones like Mi A1, Moto G5s Plus, Moto X4, Honor 7X and Lenovo K8 Note.

Charging speed of both smartphones is nearly similar with each other. The Redmi 5 took 2 hours and 7 minutes to charge the battery from 3 to 100 percent, whereas the Redmi 5 Plus took 2 hours and 18 minutes.

In this section, no one is winner.

OUR VERDICT

Summing things up, the Redmi 5 Plus is definitely better than the Redmi 5 in terms of performance and display. It is also a bit better than the Redmi 5 in terms of camera. Our vote goes with Redmi 5 Plus.

The Redmi 5, on the other hand, is also not a bad choice for those having tight budget. The handset offers decent performance, decent camera quality and good battery life.

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