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Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus review

My default response is usually whichever Motorola device comes in at just under that price point at the time of asking. Right now that would be the single SIM Moto G6, which you can find for around 199.

However, look further afield and a tenner less will buy you a phone with a bigger screen, larger battery and a more powerful processor. I’m talking about the Redmi 5 Plus from Chinese OEM Xiaomi, which may just be the best sub 200 smartphone in the world.

The Redmi 5 Plus (our review device was acquired from Chinese reseller GearBest for the princely sum of 188) is actually a revamp of the Redmi Note 4, but since that was a highly regarded and best selling device this is not actually a problem.

The most significant change is that the Note 4′s 5.5 inch 16:9 screen has been swapped out for a 5.99 inch 1080 by 2160 (18:9) IPS LCD affair. As screens go it’s big, bright, sharp and colourful. For the price it’s an absolute cracker.

The 5.99 inch Redmi 5 Plus weighs 180g and runs on an octa core Snapdragon 625 chipset with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, expandable via MicroSD card.

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The large screen hasn’t had any unduly deleterious effects on the size of the Redmi 5 Plus. At 75.5mm wide by 158.5mm deep by 8.1mm thick it’s eminently usable with one hand, and at 180g it’s reasonably light for a device packing a larger than average 4,000mAh battery.

It’s well made, too. The end caps at the back may be made from well disguised plastic but the rest of it is made either of glass of the Gorilla variety naturally and aluminium. Make no mistake, this budget phone looks and feels quite premium.

The new 18:9 screen aspect ratio coque de telephone huawei y6 pro silicone has allowed Xiaomi to shrink the bezels to a degree that, if not bezel less, the handset is certainly bezel lite. The lack of much screen surround means the rear mounted fingerprint scanner is easily accessible even for those with tiny hands.

You can use two SIMs or a SIM and an MicroSD card in coque samsung j5 france the Redmi 5 Plus.

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Inside the Redmi 5 Plus you’ll find a coque aimante huawei mate 20 pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset (that’s an coque samsung galaxie ace 4 octa core coque samsung galaxy a5 2016 bois chip with eight 2.0GHz Cortex A 53 cores and an Adreno 506 GPU) with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. If you’re willing to forgo the second SIM card you can install a MicroSD card to boost storage by at least coque huawei mate 20 pro riverdale another 64GB (that was the largest capacity card I had to hand for the test).

That hardware runs Android 7.1 (Nougat) beneath Xiaomi’s all encompassing coque samsung s7 2016 MIUI 9 overlay. The Redmi 5 Plus is coque samsung galaxy s3 m&m’s scheduled for a bump to Android coque samsung galaxy s7 egde 8 (Oreo) and then MIUI 10 in the near future, but neither had landed on my review device at the time of writing.

MIUI takes a bit of getting used too if you’re coming from stock Android as it looks very iOS like and dispenses with the app drawer. However, installing a coque samsung galaxy a5 2016 rigide givré nillkin third party launcher like my personal fave Nova or Google’s own Now Launcher fixes this in a trice without interfering with any of coque samsung galaxy note 4 bois MIUI’s more coque samsung galaxy j3 2016 darty useful features like split screen apps.

As a hardware platform the 5 Plus is slick, powerful and efficient. The UI is smooth and hitch ebay coque samsung j5 2017 free and the chipset, although not one of Qualcomm’s latest, is still very efficient. Geekbench 4.1 multi core scores of around 4,300 and AnTuTu 6 scores of 64,500 are good rather than great, but in the real world the Redmi 5 Plus can run even quite demanding games like Shadowgun without drama.

Xiaomi has come in for criticism for not using the Snapdragon 630 chipset, but bear in mind the Moto G6 offers the less powerful Snapdragon 450 component for similar money.

A full charge of the 4,000mAh battery easily saw me through two full days of pretty intense use. To put a more solid number on that, I played a 1080p MP4 video with the brightness and volume set to 75 percent for just over 14.5 hours before the Redmi 5 Plus coughed and died. That’s very good going.

The presence of an IR blaster and a good old 3.5mm audio jack are coque samsung a3 2016 silicone noir both welcome. The single speaker does a good job, offering plenty of cheshire cat coque tpu huawei mate 10 pro coque samsung a5 2016 volume and a composed soundscape even when turned up to the max. Call quality was good too, if you still make those quaint phone calls.

The single 12MP camera does a good job and fingerprint scanner coque samsung ultrabook is well placed.

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When it comes to wireless connectivity you get support for 802.11a/b/g/n 2.4/5GHz wi fi protocols, Bluetooth 4.2 and Bluetooth HID. There’s no NFC chip though, which is something the Moto G6 does offer.

The camera arrangement is nothing out of the ordinary. At the back you get a single 12MP f/2.2 coque samsung galaxy s6 edge prix unit with 1.25m pixels that can shoot 2160p video lot coque huawei y6 pro 2017 at 30fps, while up front there’s a 5MP unit that can shoot 1080p, again at 30fps. Both cameras work very well in decent light and better than I expected in low light. The HDR algorithm was particularly impressive.

As with the rest of the Redmi 5 Plus, for the money you absolutely cannot argue with the performance of the cameras and that covers video as well as stills photography.

Are there coque samsung coque silicone huawei p20 mate pro galaxy trend lite s7390 drapeau any drawbacks Well, you have to make do with MicroUSB rather than USB Type C connectivity but other than that, there’s really nothing to gripe about.

ConclusionsSo is the Redmi 5 Plus really the best sub 200 phone in the world The case can definitely be made. The looks, coque samsung a3 2016 amazon lumineuse performance and build quality all belie the price. The Moto G6 by contrast, although a good coque samsung s6 brillant 200 phone, looks, feels and performs like a 200 phone. Add to that the impressive battery life and high quality of the display I can’t imagine coque samsung galaxy a10 personnalisé anyone being disappointed.

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