Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (64GB): Hands-on and first impressions
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Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (64GB): Hands-on and first impressions

Last updated on March 26th, 2018 at 10:52 am

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus also known as the Redmi Note 5 in the Indian subcontinent, is one of the two smartphones, aside from the affordable Redmi 5A that was announced yesterday during the official comeback of the Chinese tech company in the country.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (64GB): Hands-on and first impressions

The Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus is the first 18:9 smartphone from the company that showcases narrow or thin bezels and larger screen. Offering a sub-P10K price is a surprise, as some of its competitors are having much more price, but with almost same features. As we go on to the screen, the aforementioned 18:9 form factor features a 5.99-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 panel and 2.5D glass screen. Measuring 158.5 x 75.5 x 8.1 mm, and weighing 180 grams, the phone isn’t much larger than the previous Redmi Note 4 with the standard 5.5-inch screen.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (64GB): Hands-on and first impressions
Redmi 5A (left) and Redmi 5 Plus (right)

There is two memory options: 32GB with 3GB RAM and 64GB with 4GB RAM. The latter storage version will be available here in the Philippines this upcoming March 17, with a price tag of P9,990.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (64GB): Hands-on and first impressions

When it comes to the camera department, the 12-megapixel rear camera has a f/2.2 aperture with phase detection auto-focus and dual-LED flash. Surprisingly, it comes with a 4K video recording, a rare feature in the mid-range segment. For capturing selfies, we have the 5-megapixel that is accompanied by a softlight LED flash.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (64GB): Hands-on and first impressions

The battery of the Redmi 5 Plus has a 4,000 mAh non-removable, that supports fast charging feature. Unfortunately, you’ll have to deal with the micro-USB 2.0 port, as the phone doesn’t have the USB Type-C which is better for rapid transferring of files and documents.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (64GB): Hands-on and first impressions
The infrared, primary microphone and 3.5 mm jack
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (64GB): Hands-on and first impressions
The speaker grille and micro-USB port
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (64GB): Hands-on and first impressions
The power button and volume rockers
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (64GB): Hands-on and first impressions
The hybrid nano-SIM and microSD card trays

Proving to be one of the best in its costing range, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus delivers a good quality of specifications. The power-efficient Snapdragon 625, big-screen size with narrow bezels, highly-customizable user interface, fast fingerprint scanner, superb battery size and expandable storage, all for just under P10,000. There are no camera samples and benchmark scores due to limited time, so stay tuned for the full review.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus key specs:

Display5.99-inch FHD+ IPS LCD screen, 2160 x 1080 pixels, 403 ppi
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 5
CPU2.0Ghz 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset
RAM4GB
GPUAdreno 506
SIMDual-SIM, dual-standby (hybrid)
Storage64GB
Storage expansionmicroSD slot up to 128GB
Rear camera12-megapixel, f/2.2 aperture with phase detection auto-focus and dual-LED flash
Front camera5-megapixel
Video recording1080p (30 fps)
Operating systemAndroid 7.1.2 “Nougat”, MIUI 9
OthersFingerprint scanner
USB-OTG support
ConnectivityWiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.2
GPS, with A-GPS and GLONASS
GSM, HSPA+, 4G LTE
Infrared port
FM Radio
microUSB 2.0
Dimensions158.5 x 75.5 x 8.1 mm
Weight180 grams
Battery4,000 mAh non-removable capacity, fast battery charging
ColorsRose Gold, Gold, Black and Light Blue
SRPP9,990

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