Redmi 5 Plus – A Value for Money

The Redmi 5 Plus was recently released last year and I’ve finally gotten my unit last week. Today, we’ll be taking a look at one of the best mid-range smartphones on Malaysian market.

Redmi 5 Plus Specifications:-

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Processor (Octa-core, 2.0Ghz)
  • 4GB/3GB Ram
  • 64GB/32GB Storage
  • 12MP PDAF, dual-LED dual-tone flash rear camera
  • 5MP front camera
  • 5.99″ IPS LCD with 18:9 Aspect Ratio
  • Dual-sim 4G LTE
  • Fingerprint Scanner
  • MIUI9 (Android 7.0)
  • 4000MAh battery



The overall design of the Redmi 5 Plus is what I would say similar to my Redmi Note 4 just a little bit taller. At 5.99″, the Redmi 5 Plus is somewhat a Phablet rather than a phone but it’s a size where we’re getting used to.

Xiaomi is taking a new direction with the Redmi 5 Plus and joining in the 18:9 bandwagon. We’ve seen the 18:9 aspect ratio on high-end smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ and the latest Huawei Mate 10 but seeing this on a mid-range smartphone raises the bar of what we can expect from Xiaomi on it’s mid-rangers.

The placement of the cameras, speakers, and fingerprint scanner are all too familiar, it’s similar to the Redmi Note 4X. The backside of the phone, is metal with plastic top and bottom strips. The phone feels extremely solid in hand and the build quality is just great.


The Snapdragon 625 is a mid-range chip released by Qualcomm. It’s got an 8-core A57 design clocked at 2.0Ghz, enough to run even the demanding games like FIFA and PES 2018. Paired with a 4GB/3GB ram, surely you can remember which phone has a hardware like this?  The Redmi Note 4/4X.

However I do hope that Xiaomi would use the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 or 660/670 chipsets on their next iteration of the Redmi series since both of those processors offer better speed.

On to the other stuff: the Redmi 5 Plus’ fingerprint scanner is fast and accurate, unlocking the phone in less than a second. Audio from the speakers are pretty good, with good definition even at full volume. No problems with data connectivity as well (Smart LTE) and calls made to, and from the phone were loud and clear.


MIUI9, any Xiaomi user would know about Xiaomi’s latest MIUI offering. The Redmi 5 Plus comes with the latest MIUI9 and also Android 7.1.2 out of the box! MIUI9 comes with a plethora of features such as Second Space, Dual-Apps, and smart memory management.

I’ve run Antutu Benchmark on the Redmi 5 Plus, and it returned a pretty good score of 62k. One step above the Redmi Note 4X. You should, when buying, ask the store to check if the Play Store and other Google Services are installed since the Redmi 5 Plus comes with the China Stable rom which doesn’t includes Google Play Services.


The Redmi 5 Plus 12MP shooter is well than enough to capture your favorite pet moments or to insta-story your food. However, low-light capture is a bit on the down low with occasional blurrings.


With a 4000mAh battery and a relatively power efficient processor (despite its age) we knew that the Redmi 5 Plus would go the distance in a battery benchmark test. What I didn’t expect was its overall score – at 12 hours and 24 minutes.

With regular use, that translates to around two days worth of battery life on a single charge, something that’s no longer common in phones.

Even better, the phone comes with a 5V/2A fast charger (and is compatible with Qualcomm QuickCharge 2.0 chargers) for fast top up.

Verdict: Easily one of the best value 18:9 phones available if you can find it

Xiaomi has this reputation of offering excellent value phones that don’t cost an arm and a leg to acquire. The Redmi 5 Plus is one such device, offering a relatively powerful chipset, excellent display and astounding battery endurance for not much money. While it stumbles a bit in the imaging category, that trade off is worth it considering what you’re getting.

The biggest problem now is availability – without an official presence, you’ll have to rely on grey market or parallel imports to buy one here in the Malaysia.

Haikal Izzuddin

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