Xiaomi’s array of smartphones have always epitomised affordability and performance. Their latest offerings, the Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus aim to do that and more. Both new phones have officially been launched in Malaysia and bring some exceptional features that include full screen displays – the feature du jour – for smartphones today.
The Redmi 5 has a 7.7mm thin metal casing and sports a 5.7-inch, 18:9 aspect ratio HD+ display up front. It runs Android Nougat out of the box on a Snapdragon 450 1.8GHz octacore and pairs this with 3GB RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. The rear camera comes with a 12-MP sensor with an f/2.2 aperture, PDAF and large 1.25 μm for better low light sensitivity while the front has a 5-MP camera. Both front and rear cameras are capable of 1080p video capture. The Redmi 5 comes in your choice of black, gold and blue.
The Redmi 5 Plus is a larger, more capable phone all around. While it weighs more at 180g, versus the Redmi 5’s lighter 157g carry weight, it also has much better hardware. For starters, it comes with a 5.99-inch 18:9 aspect ration FHD+ display at 2,160 x 1080 pixel resolution, a midrange Snapdragon 625 processor and 3GB RAM with 32GB RAM of expandable storage. The camera setup is similar to the Redmi 5 with a 12-MP f/2.2 single rear camera with PDAF and 1.25 μm along with a front 5-MP camera.
The Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus are available for purchase at DirectD and can also be acquired at authorised Mi Stores nationwide as well as their official store on Lazada.
The Redmi 5 with 3GB RAM/32GB storage retails for RM699 at DirectD though it’s slightly cheaper on the Xiaomi Lazada online store at RM679. A Redmi 5 variant with 2GB RAM and 16GB of storage also exists for those on a more modest budget that retails at RM599 though it is only available in gold from DirectD.