Review Xiaomi Redmi 5 (5A, 5X, Pro, Plus): Price, Release Date, Specs

Review Xiaomi Redmi 5 (5A, 5X, Pro, Plus): Price, Release Date, Specs

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Actually, Xiaomi Redmi 5 is not one smartphone, it is a series of budget Xiaomi devices that have already been released or are planned for release in the second half of 2017. At the moment, you can already buy one of the devices of the series – Xiaomi Redmi 5A.

From the point of specifications, communication and multimedia features, build quality and price, Redmi series doesn’t have competitors on the market. The devices from other brands cost much more, and often they have weak performance.

Rumors say that Xiaomi Redmi 5 will be released in December 2017 and go on sale until the winter holidays. However, some sources say that new devices will get officially only in the second half of January 2018.

It is interesting that among Redmi 5A series there can be even bezel-less smartphone, but we don’t know official name of this device.

According to rumors, it can be either Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus, or Redmi Note 5.

Xiaomi Redmi 5: release date, features and other important points

Xiaomi Redmi 5 (Redmi 5X) Features

The basic version of Redmi 5 based on eight-core chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (MSM8953). According to the latest leaks, the smartphone will come with 3/4 GB of LPDDR3 RAM, 5-inch FullHD screen and 32/64GB of built-in storage.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 may have following versions:

  • 3 GB of RAM + 32 GB storage
  • 4 GB RAM + 64 GB storage

Other specs of Redmi 5 devices are identical, we will talk about them later.

Xiaomi Redmi 5: release date, features and other important points

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Pro (Prime)

It is more advanced version. Xiaomi Redmi 5 Pro (Prime) will be powered by new SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 (SMD630). It can boast 3/4 GB of faster RAM LPDDR4 @ 1333 MHz, support for 4G LTE Category 12/13 networks (download speed up to 600 Mbps) and Bluetooth 5.0.

The modifications are similar:

  • 3 GB of RAM + 32 GB Storage
  • 4 GB RAM + 64 GB Storage

The rest hardware (display, cameras, etc.) is probably similar to the basic Redmi 5.

Xiaomi Redmi 5A

It is the cheapest smartphone in the series. To be honest, it differs very little from last year’s Redmi 4A: the same Snapdragon 425, the same 2 GB of RAM and 16/32 GB built-in memory, as well as similar 5-inch HD 1280 × 720 pixel screen.

However, it runs on latest Android 7.1 Nougat “out of the box”. Also the cameras were improved. At the same time, Xiaomi cutted the battery capacity from 3120 to 3000 mAh.

The design of Xiaomi Redmi 5A and Redmi 4A are similar enough, so you can play the game “find 10 differences”. We think that Xiaomi could just release an update Android 7.0 Nougat for last year device, rather than release a new phone.

Xiaomi Redmi 5: release date, features and other important points

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus

According to rumors, this is generally a separate smartphone with 5.7-inch display. Its resolution is HD+ 720×1440 or even Full HD+ 1080×2180. As you can see, Xiaomi uses new trend in budget series. The design of the front panel reminds LG G6 (a relatively noticeable bezels around the screen).

It can differ in terms of hardware. According to insiders, Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus is based on new budget chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 450. It is more useful for smartphone with 18:9 aspect ration and FHD+ resolution.

It is also said that Redmi 5 Plus will receive dual rear camera 16MP + 5 Mp, and 12MP front camera. The battery capacity will be about 3500 mAh.

It is important to note that Chinese certification database TENAA doesn’t have any information about this smartphone, so you should treat all information with skepticism.

Xiaomi Redmi 5: release date, features and other important points

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Features

  • Relatively powerful hardware for its money.
  • Display with Full HD resolution, which is not often found among budget Chinese devices.
  • Support for 4G LTE Category 7/13 networks (300 Mbps download, 150 Mbps upload), or even Category 12/13 (600 Mbps and 150 Mbps, respectively) for Redmi 5 Pro.
  • Good 16-megapixel main camera with aperture f/2.0 and phase autofocus (not for the most budget Redmi 5A).
  • Fast charge technology Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0.
  • Bluetooth v5.0 support for Xiaomi Redmi 5 Pro.
  • The battery capacity of 3680 mAh, which is quite good considering not the most demanding hardware.
  • More affordable price compared with flagship brands of 2018 such as Samsung Galaxy S9 and LG G7.

Xiaomi Redmi 5: Chipset

We talked about processors used in different Xiaomi Redmi 5 versions earlier. Snapdragon 625 is very good chipset with decent performance for everyday tasks and low power consumption.

Snapdragon 630 used in Xiaomi Redmi 5 Pro (Prime) does not differ much from the previous chipset, though it support faster memory controller (LPDDR4 ) and LTE modem (LTE Category 12/13). Thanks to 14nm technological process, power consumption is significantly reduced.

Also, Qualcomm 630 chipset has a number of top-end features, such as Bluetooth v5.0 and QuickCharge 4.0 fast charging. However it is not yet known whether Xiaomi’s management plans to implement them in new Redmi series or not.

Xiaomi Redmi 5: release date, features and other important points

Xiaomi Redmi 5: Memory

Unlike other Chinese manufacturers, Xiaomi clearly does not hurry to increase the amount of RAM of its budget and mid-price smartphones. While other companies from China easily put maximum 6 GB on their new products, different modifications of Xiaomi Redmi 5 will have 3/4 Gb.

As for internal storage, the situation is slightly better. Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Pro will have models with 64GB of built-in memory. Also, users can use MicroSD memory cards.

Xiaomi Redmi 5: Camera

Unlike more expensive models, budget smartphones Redmi is not yet ready to experiment with dual cameras. Dual camera module cannot offer something interesting, except bokeh effect.

It is expected that Redmi 5 will receive 16MP main camera,  f/2.0 aperture, phase autofocus and LED dual flash. We think that it will be based on one of available CMOS sensors from Sony 200th series. According to rumors, front camera will be 5-megapixel.

Xiaomi Redmi 5: release date, features and other important points

Xiaomi Redmi 5: Connectivity

If we talk about the basic modification of Xiaomi Redmi 5, then there will be minimal differenes compare with last year’s Redmi 4X. Unless the potential download speed in 4G LTE networks will increase to 150 Mbit/s, but if the corresponding equipment is available on the side of mobile operator.

Also, you can finally get the opportunity to connect to WiFi 802.11ac access points at a frequency of 5.0 GHz.

Xiaomi Redmi 5: Fingerprint reader

Nothing new is planned: the same round fingerprint reader on the back panel. We think that it will be installed latest sensor with better accuracy and sensitivity.

Xiaomi Redmi 5: release date, features and other important points

Xiaomi Redmi 5: Battery

Leaks say that Xiaomi Redmi 5 battery capacity will be 3680 mAh. The last year’s Redmi 4 had 4100 mAh battery. In this case, it should appear support for fast charging Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0 technology (in Pro version).

Xiaomi Redmi 5: Software

Most likely, Xiaomi Redmi 5 will be based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat with user interface MIUI 9. In 2018 the smartphone will receive an update to version Android 8.0 Oreo and MIUI 10.

Xiaomi Redmi 5: Release date

According to rumors, the presentation of Xiaomi Redmi 5 will take place either in late November or early December 2017. The smartphone will go on sale in the same month. However, there is also an alternative point of view that release date will be in the first days of November to 11 (“Bachelor Day”).

Representatives of Xiaomi itself have not commented on their plans for the release date of Xiaomi Redmi 5 and its modifications Pro and Plus.

Xiaomi Redmi 5: release date, features and other important points

Xiaomi Redmi 5 vs Xiaomi Redmi 5 Pro: Specifications

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Xiaomi Redmi 5 Pro
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (MSM8953) Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 (SMD630)
Process technology 14 nm 14 nm
CPU 8 x ARM Cortex-A53 64bit @ 2.0 GHz 8 x ARM Cortex-A53 64bit @ 2.2 GHz
GPU Adreno 506 Adreno 508
RAM 3/4 Gb LPDDR3 @ 933 MHz 3/4 Gb LPDDR4 @ 1333 MHz
Flash 16/32/64 Gb eMMC 5.1 32/64 Gb eMMC 5.1
MicroSD Yes (up to 256 Gb, hybrid slot)
Screen Diagonal: 5.0 inches
Matrix Type: IPS Resolution: FullHD (1080 x 1920 pixels)
Aspect ratio: 16: 9
Pixel density: ~ 441 ppi
Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass
Main camera Resolution: 16.0 Mp
Image Stabilization: No
Autofocus: Phase
Flash: dual dual-tone LED
Video recording: 4K
Front-camera Resolution: 5.0 Mp
Video recording: FullHD
Connectivity 2G GSM + CDMA, 3G UMTS + CDMA 2000 + TD-SCDMA, 4G TDD LTE + FDD LTE
GSM All Modifications All Modifications
UMTS All Modifications All Modifications
LTE All Modifications All Modifications
CDMA Only China Only China
CDMA 2000 Only China Only China
TD-SCDMA Only China Only China
Modem Qualcomm X9 LTE Qualcomm X12 LTE
Support 4G LTE Download: LTE Category 7, up to 300 Mbps
Transfer: LTE Category 13, up to 150 Mbps
Download: LTE Category 12, up to 600 Mbps
Transfer: LTE Category 13, up to 150 Mbps
Dual-SIM Yes
SIM card format micro-SIM + nano-SIM
WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, dual-band 2.4 / 5 GHz, Wi-Fi Direct, speed up to 433 Mbps
Bluetooth v4.1, A2DP, EDR, LE v5.0, A2DP, EDR, LE
Navigation GPS + A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
NFC No
FM radio Yes
USB microUSB 2.0, OTG
3.5 mm audio Yes
The fingerprint scanner Yes (on the back)
Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, distance sensor, compass, gyro
Quick charge Qualcomm QuickCharge 2.0 Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0
Wireless charger No No
Battery 3680 mAh, non-removable
OS Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Shell MIUI 9
Voice Assistant Google Assistant
Dimensions No data
Weight No data