Xiaomi has proven over and over as one of the best budget smartphone producers and with the Redmi 5, it doesn’t get any better; or does it? Xiaomi smartphones provide a quality build, reliable battery life and continuous support through MIUI updates, while still remaining affordable. The Redmi 5 offers a premium feel with its rounded corners, a Snapdragon 450 14nm chipset that powers your device and its Corning Gorilla Glass.
The Upgrade, Redmi 5 Plus:
Having been released 3 months after the Redmi 5, one would be misguided to think that the Redmi 5 Plus does not offer much from its predecessor. The Redmi 5 Plus, also dubbed the Redmi Note 5, is a timely upgrade to the Redmi 5 despite the rather short launch dates.
The Redmi 5 Plus has the same basic design.
The Redmi 5 Plus is a little heavier than the Redmi 5, given its larger screen and other tech add-ons, weighing 180 g, unlike the latter’s 157 g weight. The weight difference is barely noticeable.
The Redmi 5 Plus has an aluminium back and frames with plastic ends while the Redmi 5 has plastic backs and frames with an aluminium end. The combination on the Redmi 5 Plus is better in that by increasing the aluminium coverage on the phone, the Redmi 5 Plus gets the premium and modern look as well as improving on the heat transfer on your phone. The plastic ends have their appeal too, by reducing cost and enabling those radio frequency transmissions to pass through with very little signal loss.
The Redmi 5 Plus has a better 1080 x 2160 screen resolution from the 720 x 1440 resolution, a 5.99-inches screen display from the 5.7-inches one and a 403 PPI, an upgrade from the 282 PPI. With the improved display expect bold, lively and sharp colors on your screen.
The Redmi 5 Plus has a better 4000 mAh battery than the 3300 mAh battery n the Redmi 5, giving you more time on your phone better having to get it to charging again. The Redmi 5 Plus has a 104-hour endurance battery life rating compared to Redmi 5’s 83-hour rating. Sadly, the absence of USB Type-C means there is no fast charge.
The Redmi 5 runs on the Qualcomm SDM450 Snapdragon 450 (14 nm) chipset while the Redmi 5 Plus runs on the Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 (14 nm) chipset. The latter on the Redmi 5 Plus provides a better 1080p Full HD display, support for your 12MP camera and supporting an Octa-core 2.0 Cortex-A53 CPU to run your device. The Redmi 5 Plus runs on Xiaomi’s MIUI 10 unlike the Redmi 5 which runs on MIUI 9
The Redmi 5 Plus will give you better audio quality and a clearer loudspeaker should the need arise.
Redmi 5 Plus or Redmi 5?
Despite a number of rather similar characteristics, the Redmi 5 Plus will offer a better smartphone experience having essentially been released after the Redmi 5. On the other hand, the Redmi 5 Plus 5.99 inch screen might be a bother to people who prefer smaller screen sizes. Given the specification, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus, being an upgrade, is the better smartphone worth owning.