Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus are here: 18:9 displays, excellent battery life, ultra-affordable pricing

Major Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi just announced its two newest affordable troopers, the Redmi 5 and the Redmi 5 Plus. Ushering a whole new era for Xiaomi's aggressively-priced and pleasantly affordable lineup, the two new devices aim to bring the flashy new trend of tall displays  to the masses. Granted, the two devices never step into Mi Mix 2-levels of streamlined bezel-less design.

We've already seen what the two phones look like, with the rear on either one literally unchanged from what we saw on the Redmi Note 4 and a front that allows Xiaomi to do away with physical navigation buttons for the first time in its affordable lineups. Software buttons are in as the tall 2:1 displays simply leave no space for capacitive navigation buttons at the bottom.

The Redmi 5 comes with a 5.7" HD+ screen that boasts a resolution of 720 by 1440 pixels and has a Snapdragon 450 chipset ticking alongside a 3,300mAh battery, which should provide an admirable battery life. This one could be paired with either 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage or 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The former will cost $120 (799 yuan) while the better-spec'd version will be going for $135 (899 yuan) in China. 

The beefier Redmi 5 Plus has a 5.99" Full HD+ display that boasts a resolution of 1080 by 2160 pixels and has the more-than-capable Snapdragon 625 chipset that will be drawing power form a 4,000mAh battery and will easily last you 2 days of intensive usage. The phone will be available with 3GB of RAM/32GB of storage that will go for $150 (999 yuan) and a top version with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage foir $195 (1,299 yuan).

You should also know that Xiaomi has not yet provided in-depth information about the 12MP cameras on either device except for revealing that they boast large 1.25-micron pixels and dedicated selfie lights. At least a bunch of camera samples got released, which is something.

The Redmi 5 and the Redmi 5 Plus are launching on December 12 in China and will most likely become available in India and some Western markets later on.

source: Xiaomi

Related phones

Redmi 5
  • Display 5.7" 720 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Octa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh
Redmi Note 5
  • Display 6.0" 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh



1. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Best $150 smartphone you can get.. (Probably $200 including VAT :v )

10. tangbunna

Posts: 491; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

you will get a poor camera. dull color display, early 2016 cpu in a new body form.

18. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

In those categories, it beat all smartphone in similar price range.. If you never use Xiaomi, at least try to read review about it's phonehttps://www.gsmarena.com/xiaomi_redmi_note_4_snapdragon-review-1593p8.php

24. raky_b

Posts: 420; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I had 5 of them, and this year i went back to Samsung s8. I won't be consider Xiaomi until they provide warranty and service support in EU...after all problems with Redmi Pro, Mi4i and Mi5s, I can't recommend that brand to anybody...it's ok if you need cheap, backup device...something from Redmi line could do fine....but it is stupid to give more than 200$ on Xiaomi.

15. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Oh and... Notifications will NEVER work unless you lock apps in the background.

19. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It's should work properly (I don't use MIUI right now), or else people will complain it in MIUI forum, and dev will fix it in the next weekly update

20. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Found it.. And they already fix it (not actually "fix it", it's just permission problem)http://en.miui.com/thread-268224-1-1.html

25. raky_b

Posts: 420; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

You know on how many things have I complained on that forum....and no one helps there. There, you can just find biggest sheeps on world...they would give their ads for a forum badge

2. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Android phones are getting dirt cheap while ASP of the iPhone is climbing up and up.....lol These low budget but reasonably performing phones reduces the appeal of the flagship android phones too. Nobody earn money with android. Nobody.

6. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Bigger profit margin of the product you buy = more money you lost for buying overpriced product I'm sure your tiny brain can't handle that simple fact.. Lower price and better value is great for consumers

9. umaru-chan

Posts: 372; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

Samesung fanboys will soon start crying (especially fart smeller g2) because Xiaomi is slowing killing Samesung in india (samesung's biggest market outside their homeland) and I see no slowdown of this trend. Samsung is not even in top 5 in China. LOL. I would love to have a cheap android phone for a change of pace. If google decided to bring android one programme in these device with google camera app as default I would buy it in a heartbeat.

13. Chaise unregistered

Only reason Chinese phones are trending is because of the cheap price and fusion of Apple/Samsung design. Sadly, I feel that the rise of Chinese phones means the fall of innovation and cheapening of Android phones overall.

23. umaru-chan

Posts: 372; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

Only reason samsung was able to take leading position in smartphone world is because they provided relatively cheap phone compared to other companies. Now same thing is happening to samsung. Chinese companies is outclassing samsung in their own game - Cheap price and massive marketing campaign. Android market will keep on innovation with or without Samsung. #Fact.

26. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Because the smartphone are fully matured and no one will pay extra price for extra gimmick. Give me a big battery phone then I call it innovation

3. Chuck007

Posts: 1416; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

I usually give Chinese OEMs hell for ripoff designs but dang... this looks fantastic. Great value for the money.

5. Bondurant

Posts: 786; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

This is actually a ripoff of Meizu design. They ripped it off since 2 years and still sticking to it.

7. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Did meizu have smartphone with slim bezels design? And if you refer to the back design, it's looks exactly like redmi note 3 (which is almost 2 years old now)

8. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

btw, I just check in gsmarena, and meizu didn't have any phone with backside FPscanner

17. Bondurant

Posts: 786; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

And Redmi note 3 ripped it off from Meizu MX5.

21. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

And Meizu MX5 looks nothing like Redmi 5

4. Modest_Moze

Posts: 184; Member since: Mar 23, 2015

Why the girl on the right is scared in the first picture?

14. Chaise unregistered

She's afraid of her clones next to her.

11. Nkukza

Posts: 53; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

Mhhhh I actually don't mind replacing my Redmi Note 3 with this Redmi 5 plus especially now that I got the Redmi Note 4. to be honest these so called mid range phones are so good these days and Xiaomi with their pricing leaves you wondering about the future of the so called top tier or premium devices, honestly I can hardly feel the difference between my new Redmi Note 4 and my Galaxy S7 except that my redmi note 4 gives me infrared, x2 sim slots, a massive 4100 battery life for days and that friends on its own makes this phone better then my S7 by miles and its display is not bad at all its crisp and clear on top that it comes with a solid and premium design. I honestly don't give an fword about the snapdragon 820 or exynos on my s7 its just a gimmick for me and am done chasing such specs. my redmi note 3 handles games etc exceptionally and never over heats the same can be said about my moto z play although it heats up when charging. the only exception for me would be my Note 8 which feels a bit more muscular in all deps. I still cant believe i paid $569 for my s7 though.

12. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

It must be the price of any Android phone. A phone with Android as OS does not deserve more than $150.

16. orklid

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 07, 2017

This doesn't make any sense... What will be the sizes of Redmi note 5 phones then? Or will there be any Note 5 anyway? Either way, these 2 phones turned out to be in no land afterall. Even with the 18:9 screens, the overall sizes are huge. I want a phone that I can handle with my one hand, that's the point of having larger screens in a smaller body. These phones are almost like just another 5.5" phone in my hand, with little larger displays that apart from looking cool, doesn't do much. 5.3" or 5.5" 18:9 displays would be perfect for Redmi. LG did this with its Q6. I was hoping for the smaller one with the specs of the larger one, but if its for specs, I better go with honor 7x.

22. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Bigger diagonal is partly because new aspect ratio. 5.5" with 18:9 ratio is just slightly bigger than 5.1" with 16:9 ratio and thanks to it's slimmer bezel, 5.7" phone is physically same size with 5" phone with fat bezels S7 5.1" -> S8 5.8" S7E 5.5" -> S8+ 6.2" Redmi4 5" -> Redmi5 5.7" RN4 5.5" -> RN5 6.2" ? MiMax2 6.44" -> MiMax3 6.8" ?

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