The Xiaomi Redmi range of smartphones can be incredibly confusing at times. But the large list of phones achieves one thing: there’s a Xiaomi phone in practically every budget price point you can imagine. From Rs 5,999 to Rs 16,999, there are six Xiaomi phones with multiple variants of each, letting you buy a Xiaomi phone in increments of Rs 1,000 for nearly the entire price range. No matter how specific your budget, there’s a Xiaomi phone for you.
The latest launch that helps fill in those price gaps is the Xiaomi Redmi 5. With it, Xiaomi brings all of its affordable phones up to date, sporting current-generation specifications and features. Priced from Rs 7,999, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 is affordable, but offers a lot for your money. It’s available in three variants with prices going up to Rs 10,999, and is being touted as the ‘compact powerhouse’ by Xiaomi. We’ve reviewed the new phone, and here’s what we think.
One of the biggest USPs of this phone as pitched by Xiaomi is the fact that it’s a ‘compact powerhouse’. To be clear, it isn’t quite as compact as you may have expected. But to be fair, compactness isn’t quite the same today as it was even a couple of years ago. Phones are larger now, and people have gotten used to large slabs of phone as opposed to the easily pocketable devices of the past.
In this case, you get a phone that is noticeably smaller than most full-size devices. The device has a 5.7-inch HD+ IPS screen, but is more closely comparable to a classic device with a screen that’s a bit smaller than 5.5 inches. The phone comes with an 18:9 screen and trimmed-down bezels, allowing it to achieve the form factor. If you’re used to big screens, you won’t have to sacrifice that for the size advantage on the Redmi 5. However, it is an HD+ resolution screen, which isn’t quite as sharp as the one on the Redmi Note 5.
For more, watch our first look video for the Xiaomi Redmi 5!