10 Pros and 5 Cons of Xiaomi Redmi 5 (Explained)

Review of Xiaomi Redmi 5 (Advantages and DIsadvantages)

This article is about the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Pros and Cons Review.

Only six months have passed by but Xiaomi has decided to launch their next budget smartphone in the Redmi line up. No price for guessing the name, its the Redmi 5. It comes in three models in terms of processor, primary memory RAM and secondary memory internal space. On paper the specs has improved but at the same time there are specs which has been downgraded. I have discussed them below as problems and issues. So lets review the Xiaomi Redmi 5 with pros and cons.


Below are the lists of Xiaomi Redmi 5 advantages and disadvantages review which can be also be considered as pros and cons along with problems and issues.

Processor, Graphics and primary memory

Reasons to Buy Xiaomi Redmi 5 (Pros and Advantages):

1. This is for the smaller hands, I mean it comes with a 5 inch display. It has a pixel density of 441 ppi (pixels per inch) which makes the panel a full HD IPS LCD screen. An AMOLED would have been better, but other than Samsung more than 95% of smartphones has never got an AMOLED screen, so I don’t complain. The display is vibrant enough to view outdoors without any issues. Contrast and saturation are also pretty great with a wide viewing angle of 178 degrees from all sides.

2. Next Xiaomi Redmi 5 advantages is in the engine category. It comes in two variants. The first model has the older 2.0 GHz Snapdragon 625 chipset and the other model has the latest 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 630. Sure the later cost more but not much. Even under continuous usage for a very long period of time the processor does not have any heating problems. The maximum temperature it reaches is about 42 degree Celsius. I suggest you to go with the Snapdragon 630 model as there are things you will get much more from it if you read down further.


3. Multitasking is another area where the Redmi 5 has improved considerably. Now it comes with 4 GB LPDDR3 of RAM for the higher variant which has Snapdragon 630 CPU. You also do have the option to go with a lower 3 GB LPDDR3 RAM variant but you will be compromising the processor. It has about 1.4 GB and 2.2 GB left after initial boot of the 3 GB and 4 GB RAM respectively.

Very good 16 megapixel camera

4. It comes with Adreno 506 and Adreno 508 GPU. Xiaomi users are not just casual users. I mean to say they don’t buy smartphones for just making calls and internet. They are gaming addicts. The Adreno 508 graphics will come with Snapdragon 630 and the 506 with 625. The maximum frames speed which has been measured with Nenamark benchmarks is 59.4 fps (frames per second).

5. In term of internal memory it has three variants. The first two is 16 GB and 32 GB for 3 GB RAM model which has the Snapdragon 625 chipset. On the other hand the 4 GB RAM which has Snapdragon 630 have 64 GB of internal memory. All the three models have a micro SD card slot which supports up to a max of 128 GB.

6. The primary camera is equipped with a 16 megapixel PDAF (phase detection autofocus) sensor. It takes very good quality images even in low light conditions. The dynamic range, colors and contrast are also very good. The secondary camera has a 5 megapixel fixed focus sensor. The maximum resolution that it can record videos is 1080p at 30 fps (frames per second).


7. The software is MIUI 9.0 which is based on the latest version of Android Nougat 7.1.1 operating system. The user interface is very smooth and enjoyable to use which does not lags or freeze.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 display is 5 inch

8. Another Xiaomi Redmi 5 pros is that on the rear it has a fingerprint sensor. It is very convenient to unlock the smartphone as the index finger automatically rests there upon holding the device with any hand. It is a pretty fast and responsive fingerprint scanner.

9. The other sensors are accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity and compass.

10. And here we come to the last one which is the support of USB OTG cable.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 has MIUI 9.0

Reasons Not to Buy Xiaomi Redmi 5 (Cons, Demerits, Downsides, Disadvantages, Issues and Problems):

1. The first and the foremost cons is the battery which has been shrinked down to 3680 mAh from 4100 mAh of the predecessor.

2. Second Redmi 5 problem or cons is that the device comes pre-installed with bloatwares or unnecessary application. Some of them can be uninstalled but others can only be disabled from running in the background. If you root the device then all of them can be uninstalled but rooting will terminate the warranty terms from Xiaomi.

3. Next disadvantages is the absence of NFC (Near field communication).

4. The exact Xiaomi Redmi 5 SAR value has not revealed by the manufacturer. In case if you want to know how to reduce the radiation levels of any smartphone then follow this link.

5. And lastly the last Xiaomi Redmi 5 cons is the absence of Corning Gorilla glass for the protection of display. It does not even have Asahi Dragontrail glass. I recommend you to install a tempered glass as screen protector.

My Verdict: If you have no problem with the above cons then its a good to go. But if in case you are looking for a better alternative smartphone then follow the link below.


So, that’s all about the newly launched Xiaomi Redmi 5 pros and cons.

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