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Overview of the smartphone Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus. Do I have to buy a state employee?

On the small budget Xiaomi Redmi 5  I already wrote, and soon I’ll write again: the smartphone turned out very successful. Cheap, but sound, quite pleasant to look at, with enough performance for the future.

It’s time to talk about the experience of using his older brother Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus . How just a few millimeters can change the smartphone for the better?

Housing Metal alloy, plastic, tempered glass
Display 5.99 inches, FHD (2 160 × 1 080), IPS
Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
RAM 3/4 GB
Built-in Memory 32/64 GB, a hybrid slot for memory cards up to 128 GB
Cameras The main one is 12 Mp; front – 5 megapixel
Connectivity nanoSIM / nanoSIM or nanoSIM + microSD; 2G (GSM): 850/900/1 800/1 900 MHz; 3G (WCDMA): 850/900/2 100 MHz; 4G (FDD-LTE): 800/900/1 800/2 100/2 600 MHz (Band 1/3/7/8)
Wireless Interfaces Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, GLONASS, A-GPS
Expansion Slots microUSB, microSD (up to 128 GB, instead of the second SIM card)
Sensors Illumination, approximation, accelerometer, electronic compass, fingerprint
operating system MIUI 9.5 (Android 7.1 Nougat)
Battery 4 000 mAh (non-removable), quick charge Quick Charge 2.0
Dimensions 158.5 × 75.4 × 8.05 mm
Weight 180 g

When the size does not matter

Although the tabular value of the dimensions of the two smartphones differs nothing at all, the differences of the versions are significant. The fact is that the fifth generation of Redmi was divided into 3 smartphones.

Traditional Redmi 5 Note became a mid-priced smartphone with an all-metal casing (like the first version of Xiaomi Redmi Note 4  on the MediaTek processor ). The “Simple Five” and the Plus version became a complete continuation of the 4X line with plastic inserts for antennas.

So, Redmi 5 is a regular 5-inch budgetary Xiaomi, Redmi 5 Plus – the continuation of the idea of ​​Redmi Note. Adjusted for frameless design, which changes the usual dimensions beyond recognition. The extended screen of the Redmi 5 Plus differs only by 0.3 inches from the younger version with a 5.7-inch screen.

The overall dimensions have grown just as slightly, although the width of the screens of the new generation of smartphones correspond to the predecessors. Only modern frameworks screen takes the place of touch navigation keys.

Additional differences at least – the upper edge became thinner and some “lupoglazoy” because of the dense placement of sensors and the large pupil of the front camera. But in this usual Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus are almost indistinguishable.

The overall design is exactly the same: a single metal back cover, neat plastic inserts; plastic control buttons on traditional places; a fingerprint reader under the main camera. Perhaps, apparently, two versions can only be distinguished by having both on their hands, and by a  double flash Plus.

What fit in a couple of millimeters?

Of course, for an experienced look in the eye rushes a brighter and clear screen Redmi 5 Plus with a resolution of 2 160 × 1 080 (former 1920 × 1080, increased to 18: 9).

Inside the differences more. In Redmi 5 Plus works a good platform Snapdragon 625. It is also used in  Xiaomi Mi5X , better known in Russia as A1 . So the smartphone can be safely written in the mid-price.

Memory is also more: 3 or 4 GB of operational, 32 or 64 built-in. “Young” can only be 2/16 or 3/32 GB.

Really there is not enough separate slot for microSD. Why he remained a token of the cheapest Xiaomi is a mystery even to me. A powerful processor and a display with a FullHD +resolution required an increased to 4000 mAh battery. As a result, the smartphone is able to work up to 13 hours with the screen turned on, synchronized and the wireless interfaces turned on.

A couple of hours more and past, and younger versions of smartphones. For a smartphone for $ 150 – almost a record.

By the way, the smartphone can charge for 2 hours. It will be required compatible with fast charging Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0  charger, because the bundled this standard does not support.

The fact that microUSB  is used instead of USB-C for charging is still “a feature, not a bug.” And the element for which the company’s developers offer to pay extra, buying a smartphone of a higher rank. In general, Redmi 5 Plus has become a mystery to me. How does the extra fit in the case, barely distinguishable from the younger model? In the third and fourth generations of Redmi, this difference was up to a centimeter on each face.

And still these millimeters will play a major role when choosing between modifications. For example, for my palm was handier than Plus. A wife – the usual Redmi.

One ruler – one possibility

At the moment, Xiaomi has expanded the model range to obscene. Part of the smartphones will fall on the Russian market only in gray version without an international firmware, but even in this case it is necessary to take into account everything.

Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus occupy an intermediate position in it: they are no longer ultra-budget Redmi 5a  and  Redmi 5a Note , but they are not mid-priced Xiaomi Mi6X or Redmi 5 Note .

The national smartphone? The quasi-budgetary? No! This is exactly what the user needs: no more and no less.

Performance Redmi 5 Plus is enough for everything, although the high screen resolution is unlikely to allow you to drive in the latest game updates on the maximum schedule. But video, office files or a ton of instant messengers are unlikely to slow Redmi 5 Plus even a little. All hardware keys work with an easy click, pleasantly damping. The onscreen touch buttons are hidden in the required applications and behave almost better than the usual navigation keys.

I love scanners of prints in state employees “xiaomi”. Exactly on the spot and running lightning fast, as in Samsung.

Of course, one can not mention the work of MIUI . It is ideal on all Xiaomi smartphones, but in frameless there is a special chic. It is for them to make sense in the on-screen multi-function button. And splitting the screen for an extended display is somehow more handy.

The cameras and interfaces are the same as the Redmi 5. The dual flash helps a little with night shooting, correcting the balance. For those who can use photo editors, correcting the white balance is not a problem, so there is really no real need for a double one.

Well, where else can you find a state employee who can shoot 4K videos ? There is no stabilization, but there is a front flash and a stereo sound recording. Doubtful pleasure? In the budget segment and for this, thank you.

In general, Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus is so familiar representative of the mid-price “xiaomi” that there is nothing to talk about. It works quickly and flawlessly – if not used for what it is not intended for.

What to choose: more or more convenient?

Despite the fact that Redmi 5 Plus looks more advanced device, the recommendation will be mixed.

Modern smartphones have become almost identical, so the difference between Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus with an equal amount of memory is minimal.

The difference in cost is also small. The older version of 3/32 memory costs about 200 dollars, the younger version – about 155 .

In the period of discounts or with a coupon, there is a chance to knock down another 10-15 bucks, then the difference with the usual 5.7mm Redmi 5 (it costs about $ 150 for option 3/32) will be minimal. It seems that the choice is obvious? But minor differences in dimensions are much more noticeable. I have already said that my wife is more comfortable using Redmi 5, me – Redmi 5 Plus. I would focus on this.

On the other hand, the Plus version works longer. If the eye can distinguish HD from FullHD at 6 inches, another advantage is on the face.

With an equal price, take more!

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