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Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus Smartphone Review

Florian Wimmer, 👁 Florian Schmitt, Felicitas Krohn (translated by Mark Riege), 05/23/2018

Lots of screen for little money. The Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus offers a large display and a mid-range performance for less than 200 Euros (~$236). This sounds like a good offer, but let us look more closely in our test!

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Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus

A long time ago, it was still an adventure to get smartphones of the Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi: The quite interesting devices such as the Xiaomi Mi Mix were only available as imports, had to be sent to China in case of a warranty repair, and did not always work with all the European LTE networks. At this point, the devices can be purchased from local online vendors without any trouble, and thanks to the global versions, nowadays you don't need to worry about the LTE reception. What remains still the same is that at an affordable price, you are getting a smartphone not everyone has. 

Xiaomi's Redmi series is known particularly for its good price-performance ratio, and we are now looking more closely at the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus in this test. It is slightly larger and has a larger battery than the Redmi 5 and is supposed to convince by a high performance and a high-resolution 18:9 screen. For less than 200 Euros (~$236; starting at around $190 in the US), this sounds like a good offer. However, we want to get to the bottom of this and compare the Xiaomi smartphone with the Ulefone Power 3, the Maze Alpha X, the Gigaset GS370 Plus, and the Honor 9 Lite.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
4096 MB 
Display
5.99 inch 18:9, 2160 x 1080 pixel 403 PPI, Capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
64 GB eMMC Flash, 64 GB 
, 55.9 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 1 Infrared, Audio Connections: 3.5 audio port, Card Reader: microSD up to 128 GB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Acceleration sensor, gyroscope, proximity sensor, compass, FM radio, USB OTG, WiFi Direct
Networking
802.11a/b/g/n (a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.2, GSM (850/​900/​1800/​1900), UMTS (850/​900/​1900/​2100), LTE (Band 1,3,5,7,8,20,34,38,39,40,41), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.1 x 158.5 x 75.5 ( = 0.32 x 6.24 x 2.97 in)
Battery
15.2 Wh, 4000 mAh Lithium-Polymer, Quick Charge
Operating System
Android 7.1 Nougat
Camera
Primary Camera: 12 MPix f/​2.2, phase comparison AF, dual-LED flash, videos @2160p/​30fp
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix LED flash, videos @1080p/​30fps
Additional features
Speakers: Mono speaker at the bottom edge, Keyboard: Virtual keyboard, Charger, USB cable, SIM tool, Security, Mi Drop, Mi Video, Mi Remote Control, 24 Months Warranty, VoLTE, LTE Cat.6 (300 MBit/s download, 50 MBite/s upload), SAR values: 1.01 W/kg (head), 1.47 W/kg (body), fanless
Weight
180 g ( = 6.35 oz / 0.4 pounds), Power Supply: 59 g ( = 2.08 oz / 0.13 pounds)
Price
199 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case – Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus with a very robust metal case

Currently there are three colors available in Europe: black, blue, and gold. Officially, the rose-gold version is not available in the West yet. The smartphone is surrounded by a metal case with a 2.5D glass front and with its rounded corners feels very nice in the hands. The weight is appropriate for its size and at 8.1 mm (~0.32 in), it is quite slim. We test the black version. The back of the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus has a matte surface that is fairly impervious to fingerprints. The case gives a robust impression with good workmanship. Indeed, neither pressure nor attempts at twisting can harm the device, which is quite impressive for the affordable price.

Größenvergleich

Equipment – The usual storage equipment

While 64 GB of storage and 4 GB of working memory are the standard at this price range, some smartphones in this segment already offer 6 GB of working memory. 55.9 GB of the storage is actually available for use, which is a decent value, and you can still insert a microSD card to expand the storage. However, in order to do that, you have to sacrifice a SIM slot, since our test unit supports dual SIM. App data cannot be transferred to the microSD and it can only be formatted as external storage.

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Software – Android 7 and very little bloatware

Android 7.1.2 serves as the basis for MIUI Global, which is the adapted user interface of Xiaomi. The security patches on our Xiaomi phablet are at the level of March 3, 2018 and thus fairly current. There is supposed to be an update to Android 8.1 in the third quarter of 2018.

After a brief period of getting used to it, the operation of the MIUI surface should become easy, even for those who change from other Android user interfaces. The thing that took us most to get used to was the Settings, which are sorted differently. You will not find any excessive bloatware on the Redmi 5 Plus, and Xiaomi has merely preinstalled Microsoft Office and WPS Office. Whether the users need two different office programs is rather questionable, though. Otherwise, there are a couple of tools from the manufacturer, such as a screen recorder, a compass, or Mi Drop with which you can send or receive files via WLAN.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus Software
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus Software
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus Software
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus Software

Communication and GPS – Redmi 5 Plus with slightly slow WLAN

It is unfortunate that there is no 802.11-ac WLAN support in the Xiaomi smartphone, but this is not unusual in this price range. Only the Maze Alpha X can score with that. At least you can also use the less trafficked 5-GHz band. However, the WLAN transfer rates are more in the lower range in our test with our Linksys EA8500 reference router. While rendering pages takes quite a long time already near the router, the full reception is available. At a distance of 10 meters (~33 ft) and through three walls, the reception still remains very strong, but the time it takes to render pages remains unchanged and quite slow. 

The Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus supports LTE Cat. 6 with speeds of up to 300 MBit/s during download and up to 50 MBit/s during upload. While VoLTE is supported, you cannot use Wi-Fi to call directly. With 11 LTE bands, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus is well equipped and also suited for travel. We did not have any problems with the mobile reception during our testing.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Average of class Smartphone
  (5.9 - 939, n=297)
205 MBit/s ∼100% +280%
Gigaset GS370 Plus
Mali-T860 MP2, MT6750, 64 GB eMMC Flash
108 MBit/s ∼53% +100%
Ulefone Power 3
Mali-G71 MP2, Helio P23 MT6763T, 64 GB eMMC Flash
106 MBit/s ∼52% +97%
Maze Alpha X
Mali-T880 MP2, Helio P25, 64 GB eMMC Flash
82.8 MBit/s ∼40% +54%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
53.9 MBit/s ∼26%
Honor 9 Lite
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 659, 32 GB eMMC Flash
52.6 MBit/s ∼26% -2%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Average of class Smartphone
  (9.4 - 703, n=297)
200 MBit/s ∼100% +259%
Gigaset GS370 Plus
Mali-T860 MP2, MT6750, 64 GB eMMC Flash
102 MBit/s ∼51% +83%
Ulefone Power 3
Mali-G71 MP2, Helio P23 MT6763T, 64 GB eMMC Flash
99.1 MBit/s ∼50% +78%
Maze Alpha X
Mali-T880 MP2, Helio P25, 64 GB eMMC Flash
95.1 MBit/s ∼48% +71%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
55.7 MBit/s ∼28%
Honor 9 Lite
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 659, 32 GB eMMC Flash
49.9 MBit/s ∼25% -10%
GPS test indoors
GPS test indoors
GPS test outdoors
GPS test outdoors

Indoors, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus is unable to locate us, and outdoors it takes quite long to locate us exactly down to 5 m (~16 ft). In Google Maps our location and compass direction are correct in our short test.

To evaluate the locating capabilities of the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus in more detail, we take the smartphone on a bike tour and also pack the Garmin Edge 520 professional navigation device, in order to have a comparison. However, our first attempt failed, since using the Runtastic app, the Redmi 5 Plus refused to locate us and record our path. A second attempt also resulted in barely one bar and one unusable short distance measurement. We spent some time awkwardly deactivating all the power saving modes in the menu which block the background activity of the app, and lo and behold, we got acceptable results in our third attempt. While the accuracy is not perfect, it is quite acceptable for an affordable smartphone. However, it is not only an annoyance for inexperienced users that you have to awkwardly try various system settings in order to find the one that enables the locating. 

GPS Garmin Edge 520 – overview, second attempt
GPS Garmin Edge 520 – overview, second attempt
GPS Garmin Edge 520 – gardens, second attempt
GPS Garmin Edge 520 – gardens, second attempt
GPS Garmin Edge 520 – bridge, second attempt
GPS Garmin Edge 520 – bridge, second attempt
GPS Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus – overview, second attempt
GPS Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus – overview, second attempt
GPS Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus – gardens, second attempt
GPS Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus – gardens, second attempt
GPS Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus – bridge, second attempt
GPS Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus – bridge, second attempt
GPS Garmin Edge 520 – overview, third attempt
GPS Garmin Edge 520 – overview, third attempt
GPS Garmin Edge 520 – gardens, third attempt
GPS Garmin Edge 520 – gardens, third attempt
GPS Garmin Edge 520 – bridge, third attempt
GPS Garmin Edge 520 – bridge, third attempt
GPS Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus – overview, third attempt
GPS Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus – overview, third attempt
GPS Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus – garden, third attempt
GPS Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus – garden, third attempt
GPS Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus – bridge, third attempt
GPS Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus – bridge, third attempt

Telephone Functions and Voice Quality – Xiaomi smartphone with good voice quality

As its start screen, the Xiaomi Telephone app shows the phone keyboard with the recent calls above that. You can directly search for your contacts in a small Search field or you can go into the separate Contacts tab. While the app offers all the basic options and quite a lot of settings, it is not superior to Google's standard app.

The voice quality using the internal ear piece is good. If necessary, the voice of the conversation partner can be reproduced quite loud, but still remains clear and understandable even at a high volume. The microphone tends to distort a bit when speaking very loud, but also reproduces our voice decently overall. The voice of our conversation partner is also clear and understandable using the speaker and microphone. However, the microphone has some problems with quiet voices and also produces some clearly noticeable noise. Overall, the voice quality on the part of the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus user in particular is really good for such an affordable device.

Cameras – Average image quality

Picture taken by front camera
Picture taken by front camera

With the cameras, Xiaomi has followed more along the standards of its price range, rather than integrating something exceptional. There is a 12-MP camera on the back and a 5-MP camera in the front, but at least that has an LED flash. You can find cameras with a higher resolution in the other devices; the Honor 9 Lite even has two dual cameras.

The main camera inside the Redmi 5 Plus illuminates dark areas quite well, the particularly large pixels are supposed to make sure of that. On the other hand, the details in the bright areas often get lost because of this, as the sky in the flower picture shows. In cameras of higher-quality smartphones, details often appear sharper and are reproduced more cleanly. However, because the colors are quite good, the camera images are okay for the price range. You can record 4K videos at 30 FPS. While the exposure is decent here, the auto-focus is pumping quite a bit before it can put an object into focus.

The front camera takes pictures with the colors being slightly too pale, and due to the fixed focus, it is also difficult to get them sharp.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

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Looking at the images taken under controlled light conditions in the lab, we like the main camera to some degree. While the sharpness of the details could have been higher and the color areas appear a bit spotty, the fact that there are hardly any fringes around the objects and the text on a color background is reproduced fairly cleanly are clearly positive points.

The color reproduction is slightly too pale, but the areas are overall reproduced reasonably.

Image of test chart
Image of test chart
Test chart detail
Test chart detail
Image of ColorChecker chart: The target color is displayed in the bottom half of each field.
Image of ColorChecker chart: The target color is displayed in the bottom half of each field.

Accessories and Warranty – Xiaomi warranty cases now easier

Xiaomi includes a charger, a charging cable, a SIM tool, and a protective Silicone case.

Xiaomi offers a 24-month warranty. Currently, it is best to turn to the vendor for this, since at this point Xiaomi does not have a branch office in central Europe yet. However, Austria, Italy, and France are supposed to become officially Xiaomi countries in the next few weeks, and the rest of Europe is supposed to follow shortly. So the devices will no longer need to be sent by the customer to China for a warranty repair.

Input Devices and Operation – Fast fingerprint sensor and good navigation

Xiaomi is using Google's GBoard as the keyboard app, which is at least a solid choice since the standard keyboard of the operating system manufacturer offers many features and input options.

Using a menu called Quick Ball, which can be freely placed anywhere on the screen, the user can quickly access some functions that are freely configurable. You can specify gestures or key combinations for various actions such as starting the camera. The menu keys are displayed on the screen, but can be hidden in some apps, if so desired. There is also a single-hand mode for smaller hands.

The fingerprint sensor is at the back of the device and can be easily felt. While it unlocks the smartphone from Standby and is very fast, it cannot be used for navigation.

The touchscreen is also quite responsive in the corners and reacts promptly to our inputs. The hardware buttons for volume and standby are on the right side of the case and have a clear pressure point.

Keyboard landscape
Keyboard landscape
Keyboard portrait
Keyboard portrait

Display – Good color reproduction, even brightness distribution

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid

Xiaomi has equipped the Redmi 5 Plus with a very bright 18:9 display, and the brightness distribution is also very even at 96%, so that large color areas appear evenly lit. The resolution of 2160x1080 pixels is standard for this price range at this point and corresponds to a slightly stretched Full HD resolution. Due to the format of the display, video which usually has the 16:9 format never fills the whole screen, but is always displayed with narrow black strips on the sides.

622
cd/m²
614
cd/m²
598
cd/m²
621
cd/m²
620
cd/m²
599
cd/m²
619
cd/m²
620
cd/m²
596
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 622 cd/m² Average: 612.1 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 96 %
Center on Battery: 613 cd/m²
Contrast: 1088:1 (Black: 0.57 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.46 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3
ΔE Greyscale 3.9 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
99.6% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.073
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
IPS, 2160x1080, 5.99
Maze Alpha X
IPS, 2160x1080, 6
Ulefone Power 3
IPS, 2160x1080, 6
Honor 9 Lite
IPS, 2160x1080, 5.65
Gigaset GS370 Plus
IPS, 1440x720, 5.7
Screen
-93%
-4%
1%
-52%
Brightness middle
620
497
-20%
494
-20%
627
1%
472
-24%
Brightness
612
478
-22%
485
-21%
622
2%
468
-24%
Brightness Distribution
96
87
-9%
87
-9%
82
-15%
92
-4%
Black Level *
0.57
0.6
-5%
0.33
42%
0.41
28%
0.73
-28%
Contrast
1088
828
-24%
1497
38%
1529
41%
647
-41%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.46
11.6
-235%
5.1
-47%
4.5
-30%
6.8
-97%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
7.88
22.1
-180%
9.9
-26%
7
11%
14.5
-84%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.9
13.5
-246%
3.5
10%
5.1
-31%
8.2
-110%
Gamma
2.073 106%
2.93 75%
2.16 102%
2.26 97%
2.13 103%
CCT
7230 90%
9955 65%
7253 90%
7201 90%
7924 82%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8773 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

We did not notice any display flickering at a lowered brightness. The contrast and white balance can be adjusted in three steps respectively. While the standard white balance produces a slight blue tint, this is only minimal compared to other smartphone displays.

The color deviations are also relatively small using the standard settings, and our spectral photometer only shows a stronger reading for bright blue tones and to a lesser extent for red. So for amateur photographers who are not too ambitious, the display should be sufficient to check the color accuracy of their own pictures, especially since the approximation value for the sRGB color space coverage is also quite high.

CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color space
CalMAN color space
CalMAN Grayscales
CalMAN Grayscales
CalMAN saturation
CalMAN saturation

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
13 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ ms rise
↘ ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 10 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (25.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
11.5 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ ms rise
↘ ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 5 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (41 ms).

The high brightness allows you to still see the display content even in bright surroundings. However, you have to take the strong reflections on the screen into account. The viewing angles from the side are good, you can still see the image from steep viewing angles, and there will be some minimal brightness changes at most.

Outdoor use, brightness sensor
Outdoor use, brightness sensor
Outdoor use, minimum brightness
Outdoor use, minimum brightness
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance – The Redmi 5 Plus performs at mid-range level

The Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus is equipped with a mid-range SoC from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 625. All our comparison devices use either SoCs from MediaTek or HiSilicon, so that the Redmi 5 Plus offers a certain unique feature here. Correspondingly, with eight cores and a maximum clock speed of 2000 MHz the smartphone offers slightly more performance than its competitors. In some benchmarks, it is even eye to eye with the Honor 9 Lite at the top of the comparison field. The storage speed appears to be a limiting factor for the overall system performance, and we will look more closely at this in a moment.

As the graphics unit, an Adreno 506 is used which offers the customary performance at this price range.

AnTuTu v6 - Total Score (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
60490 Points ∼81%
Maze Alpha X
63989 Points ∼86% +6%
Ulefone Power 3
54201 Points ∼73% -10%
Honor 9 Lite
67727 Points ∼91% +12%
Gigaset GS370 Plus
42909 Points ∼57% -29%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (59867 - 68348, n=17)
63396 Points ∼85% +5%
Average of class Smartphone (23275 - 250848, n=382)
74754 Points ∼100% +24%
AnTuTu v7 - Total Score (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
76178 Points ∼66%
Maze Alpha X
73822 Points ∼64% -3%
Ulefone Power 3
54192 Points ∼47% -29%
Honor 9 Lite
89639 Points ∼77% +18%
Gigaset GS370 Plus
55925 Points ∼48% -27%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (65759 - 81789, n=7)
65501 Points ∼57% -14%
Average of class Smartphone (17073 - 348178, n=162)
115755 Points ∼100% +52%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
4905 Points ∼100%
Maze Alpha X
3795 Points ∼77% -23%
Ulefone Power 3
4770 Points ∼97% -3%
Honor 9 Lite
4911 Points ∼100% 0%
Gigaset GS370 Plus
3394 Points ∼69% -31%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (4626 - 5558, n=14)
4894 Points ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (2829 - 9868, n=244)
4496 Points ∼92% -8%
Work performance score (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
5801 Points ∼91%
Maze Alpha X
4562 Points ∼72% -21%
Ulefone Power 3
6344 Points ∼100% +9%
Honor 9 Lite
5887 Points ∼93% +1%
Gigaset GS370 Plus
4411 Points ∼70% -24%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (4596 - 7846, n=16)
5855 Points ∼92% +1%
Average of class Smartphone (3681 - 13211, n=412)
4894 Points ∼77% -16%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
722 Points ∼78%
Maze Alpha X
924 Points ∼100% +28%
Ulefone Power 3
829 Points ∼90% +15%
Honor 9 Lite
888 Points ∼96% +23%
Gigaset GS370 Plus
697 Points ∼75% -3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (649 - 958, n=17)
772 Points ∼84% +7%
Average of class Smartphone (7 - 1731, n=488)
691 Points ∼75% -4%
Graphics (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
1017 Points ∼60%
Maze Alpha X
1122 Points ∼67% +10%
Ulefone Power 3
855 Points ∼51% -16%
Honor 9 Lite
859 Points ∼51% -16%
Gigaset GS370 Plus
645 Points ∼38% -37%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (968 - 1026, n=17)
1008 Points ∼60% -1%
Average of class Smartphone (18 - 15969, n=488)
1687 Points ∼100% +66%
Memory (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
961 Points ∼55%
Maze Alpha X
1294 Points ∼74% +35%
Ulefone Power 3
1566 Points ∼89% +63%
Honor 9 Lite
1757 Points ∼100% +83%
Gigaset GS370 Plus
799 Points ∼45% -17%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (584 - 1553, n=17)
1018 Points ∼58% +6%
Average of class Smartphone (21 - 6283, n=488)
1213 Points ∼69% +26%
System (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
3236 Points ∼100%
Maze Alpha X
3064 Points ∼95% -5%
Ulefone Power 3
2906 Points ∼90% -10%
Honor 9 Lite
3058 Points ∼94% -6%
Gigaset GS370 Plus
1882 Points ∼58% -42%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (1960 - 3261, n=17)
2819 Points ∼87% -13%
Average of class Smartphone (369 - 12202, n=488)
2453 Points ∼76% -24%
Overall (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
1229 Points ∼86%
Maze Alpha X
1424 Points ∼100% +16%
Ulefone Power 3
1340 Points ∼94% +9%
Honor 9 Lite
1423 Points ∼100% +16%
Gigaset GS370 Plus
906 Points ∼64% -26%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (1019 - 1362, n=17)
1206 Points ∼85% -2%
Average of class Smartphone (150 - 6097, n=492)
1225 Points ∼86% 0%
Geekbench 4.1/4.2
Compute RenderScript Score (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
3316 Points ∼75%
Maze Alpha X
2726 Points ∼62% -18%
Honor 9 Lite
3117 Points ∼71% -6%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (2628 - 3678, n=10)
3281 Points ∼74% -1%
Average of class Smartphone (836 - 21070, n=186)
4418 Points ∼100% +33%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
4292 Points ∼100%
Maze Alpha X
3795 Points ∼88% -12%
Honor 9 Lite
3730 Points ∼87% -13%
Gigaset GS370 Plus
2624 Points ∼61% -39%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (3148 - 4396, n=12)
4171 Points ∼97% -3%
Average of class Smartphone (883 - 11598, n=235)
4232 Points ∼99% -1%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
870 Points ∼70%
Maze Alpha X
833 Points ∼67% -4%
Honor 9 Lite
945 Points ∼76% +9%
Gigaset GS370 Plus
618 Points ∼49% -29%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (841 - 881, n=13)
799 Points ∼64% -8%
Average of class Smartphone (394 - 4824, n=236)
1249 Points ∼100% +44%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
2038 Points ∼100%
Maze Alpha X
1700 Points ∼83% -17%
Ulefone Power 3
1240 Points ∼61% -39%
Honor 9 Lite
1748 Points ∼86% -14%
Gigaset GS370 Plus
1129 Points ∼55% -45%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (1636 - 2177, n=17)
1958 Points ∼96% -4%
Average of class Smartphone (549 - 4183, n=342)
1631 Points ∼80% -20%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
379 Points ∼32%
Maze Alpha X
598 Points ∼51% +58%
Ulefone Power 3
54 Points ∼5% -86%
Honor 9 Lite
253 Points ∼22% -33%
Gigaset GS370 Plus
325 Points ∼28% -14%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (372 - 397, n=17)
384 Points ∼33% +1%
Average of class Smartphone (69 - 5241, n=342)
1172 Points ∼100% +209%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
463 Points ∼41%
Maze Alpha X
699 Points ∼62% +51%
Ulefone Power 3
69 Points ∼6% -85%
Honor 9 Lite
312 Points ∼28% -33%
Gigaset GS370 Plus
386 Points ∼34% -17%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (452 - 484, n=17)
467 Points ∼42% +1%
Average of class Smartphone (86 - 4734, n=350)
1120 Points ∼100% +142%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
2058 Points ∼100%
Maze Alpha X
1725 Points ∼84% -16%
Ulefone Power 3
1237 Points ∼60% -40%
Honor 9 Lite
1788 Points ∼87% -13%
Gigaset GS370 Plus
1116 Points ∼54% -46%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (1631 - 2157, n=17)
1968 Points ∼96% -4%
Average of class Smartphone (532 - 4150, n=373)
1519 Points ∼74% -26%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
732 Points ∼46%
Maze Alpha X
928 Points ∼58% +27%
Ulefone Power 3
57 Points ∼4% -92%
Honor 9 Lite
184 Points ∼12% -75%
Gigaset GS370 Plus
480 Points ∼30% -34%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (390 - 751, n=17)
710 Points ∼45% -3%
Average of class Smartphone (55 - 8312, n=373)
1589 Points ∼100% +117%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
854 Points ∼63%
Maze Alpha X
1034 Points ∼76% +21%
Ulefone Power 3
72 Points ∼5% -92%
Honor 9 Lite
230 Points ∼17% -73%
Gigaset GS370 Plus
550 Points ∼41% -36%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (476 - 876, n=17)
826 Points ∼61% -3%
Average of class Smartphone (69 - 6378, n=381)
1353 Points ∼100% +58%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
15593 Points ∼99%
Maze Alpha X
15189 Points ∼97% -3%
Ulefone Power 3
Points ∼0% -100%
Honor 9 Lite
14780 Points ∼94% -5%
Gigaset GS370 Plus
10201 Points ∼65% -35%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (14195 - 16267, n=16)
15727 Points ∼100% +1%
Average of class Smartphone (3958 - 36794, n=527)
12686 Points ∼81% -19%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
13219 Points ∼75%
Maze Alpha X
13708 Points ∼78% +4%
Ulefone Power 3
Points ∼0% -100%
Honor 9 Lite
11712 Points ∼67% -11%
Gigaset GS370 Plus
9094 Points ∼52% -31%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (7668 - 13491, n=16)
12957 Points ∼74% -2%
Average of class Smartphone (2465 - 162695, n=527)
17520 Points ∼100% +33%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
13682 Points ∼93%
Maze Alpha X
14012 Points ∼95% +2%
Ulefone Power 3
Points ∼0% -100%
Honor 9 Lite
12278 Points ∼83% -10%
Gigaset GS370 Plus
9968 Points ∼68% -27%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (8541 - 14003, n=16)
13468 Points ∼91% -2%
Average of class Smartphone (2915 - 77599, n=528)
14743 Points ∼100% +8%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
23 fps ∼76%
Maze Alpha X
24 fps ∼79% +4%
Ulefone Power 3
fps ∼0% -100%
Honor 9 Lite
19 fps ∼63% -17%
Gigaset GS370 Plus
17 fps ∼56% -26%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (22 - 23, n=17)
22.9 fps ∼76% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (4.1 - 251, n=551)
30.2 fps ∼100% +31%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
17 fps ∼68%
Maze Alpha X
21 fps ∼84% +24%
Ulefone Power 3
fps ∼0% -100%
Honor 9 Lite
18 fps ∼72% +6%
Gigaset GS370 Plus
25 fps ∼100% +47%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (17 - 35, n=17)
22.9 fps ∼92% +35%
Average of class Smartphone (6.9 - 120, n=554)
24.4 fps ∼98% +44%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
9.9 fps ∼61%
Maze Alpha X
11 fps ∼68% +11%
Ulefone Power 3
fps ∼0% -100%
Honor 9 Lite
8.6 fps ∼53% -13%
Gigaset GS370 Plus
7 fps ∼43% -29%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (3.1 - 10, n=17)
9.43 fps ∼58% -5%
Average of class Smartphone (2.2 - 132, n=473)
16.2 fps ∼100% +64%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
9.4 fps ∼61%
Maze Alpha X
9.5 fps ∼61% +1%
Ulefone Power 3
fps ∼0% -100%
Honor 9 Lite
8.4 fps ∼54% -11%
Gigaset GS370 Plus
13 fps ∼84% +38%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (7.4 - 19, n=17)
10.6 fps ∼68% +13%
Average of class Smartphone (4.1 - 115, n=476)
15.5 fps ∼100% +65%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
6.5 fps ∼47%
Maze Alpha X
3.7 fps ∼27% -43%
Ulefone Power 3
fps ∼0% -100%
Honor 9 Lite
3.2 fps ∼23% -51%
Gigaset GS370 Plus
4.6 fps ∼33% -29%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (3.5 - 14, n=17)
6.66 fps ∼48% +2%
Average of class Smartphone (1.3 - 88, n=336)
13.8 fps ∼100% +112%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
6.2 fps ∼46%
Maze Alpha X
6 fps ∼44% -3%
Ulefone Power 3
fps ∼0% -100%
Honor 9 Lite
5 fps ∼37% -19%
Gigaset GS370 Plus
10 fps ∼74% +61%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (3.1 - 14, n=17)
6.52 fps ∼48% +5%
Average of class Smartphone (2.6 - 110, n=339)
13.5 fps ∼100% +118%
GFXBench
off screen Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
3.5 fps ∼36%
Maze Alpha X
4.1 fps ∼43% +17%
Ulefone Power 3
fps ∼0% -100%
Honor 9 Lite
3.2 fps ∼33% -9%
Gigaset GS370 Plus
2.4 fps ∼25% -31%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (3.4 - 3.8, n=16)
3.52 fps ∼37% +1%
Average of class Smartphone (0.72 - 54, n=268)
9.6 fps ∼100% +174%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
3.4 fps ∼39%
Maze Alpha X
3.6 fps ∼42% +6%
Ulefone Power 3
fps ∼0% -100%
Honor 9 Lite
2.9 fps ∼33% -15%
Gigaset GS370 Plus
4.9 fps ∼57% +44%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (3.1 - 7.4, n=16)
3.98 fps ∼46% +17%
Average of class Smartphone (1.1 - 58, n=271)
8.67 fps ∼100% +155%

Legend

 
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Qualcomm Adreno 506, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Maze Alpha X Mediatek Helio P25, ARM Mali-T880 MP2, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Ulefone Power 3 Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763T, ARM Mali-G71 MP2, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Honor 9 Lite HiSilicon Kirin 659, ARM Mali-T830 MP2, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Gigaset GS370 Plus Mediatek MT6750, ARM Mali-T860 MP2, 64 GB eMMC Flash

In terms of the browser speed, the Redmi 5 Plus falls behind the Honor 9 Lite and the Maze Alpha X and remains in the middle of the comparison field. We are using Google's Interland in order to test a demanding HTML-5 website on the device. Indeed, there are some noticeable delays while loading the pages, some slight stutters during animations, and even some difficulties during navigation. So for anyone who surfs a lot on the internet, the Redmi 5 Plus might not be the best choice.

JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (10.8 - 273, n=410)
36.2 Points ∼100% +57%
Maze Alpha X (Chrome Version 64)
27.463 Points ∼76% +19%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (21.3 - 31.8, n=17)
27.2 Points ∼75% +18%
Honor 9 Lite (Chrome 63)
26.42 Points ∼73% +14%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Chrome 66)
23.097 Points ∼64%
Ulefone Power 3 (Standardbrowser 7.1.1)
22.91 Points ∼63% -1%
Gigaset GS370 Plus (Chrome 63)
19.949 Points ∼55% -14%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (1506 - 43280, n=547)
5468 Points ∼100% +24%
Maze Alpha X (Chrome Version 64)
4990 Points ∼91% +13%
Honor 9 Lite (Chrome 63)
4742 Points ∼87% +7%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (3781 - 4979, n=17)
4524 Points ∼83% +2%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Chrome 66)
4424 Points ∼81%
Gigaset GS370 Plus (Chrome 63)
3310 Points ∼61% -25%
Ulefone Power 3 (Standardbrowser 7.1.1)
3155 Points ∼58% -29%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Ulefone Power 3 (Standardbrowser 7.1.1)
23714.1 ms * ∼100% -118%
Gigaset GS370 Plus (Chrome 63)
12469.7 ms * ∼53% -14%
Average of class Smartphone (603 - 59466, n=567)
11574 ms * ∼49% -6%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Chrome 66)
10895 ms * ∼46%
Honor 9 Lite (Chrome 63)
10250.4 ms * ∼43% +6%
Maze Alpha X (Chrome Version 64)
10244 ms * ∼43% +6%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (8028 - 12194, n=17)
9289 ms * ∼39% +15%
WebXPRT 2015 - Overall Score
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Chrome 66)
112 Points ∼100%
Honor 9 Lite (Chrome 63)
108 Points ∼96% -4%
Average of class Smartphone (27 - 362, n=276)
108 Points ∼96% -4%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (60 - 113, n=12)
90.5 Points ∼81% -19%
Ulefone Power 3 (Standardbrowser 7.1.1)
43 Points ∼38% -62%

* ... smaller is better

In terms of storage, the Redmi 5 Plus prefers reading over writing, at least if you look at the achieved speeds. While our reference microSD, a Toshiba Exceria Pro M501, achieves good read rates, writing is a bit slow. Primarily the transfer rates during random writing stand out negatively for the internal storage.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 PlusMaze Alpha XUlefone Power 3Honor 9 LiteGigaset GS370 PlusAverage 64 GB eMMC FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
8%
36%
136%
15%
18%
-10%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
59.46
73.99 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
24%
71.87 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
21%
71.94 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
21%
56.14 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-6%
53.8 (14.1 - 74.7, n=67)
-10%
45.2 (3.4 - 87.1, n=313)
-24%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
84.38
80.96 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-4%
81.82 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-3%
83.13 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-1%
76.52 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-9%
72.3 (21.1 - 86.9, n=67)
-14%
63.5 (8.2 - 96.5, n=313)
-25%
Random Write 4KB
7.1
11.61
64%
21.25
199%
66.83
841%
17.1
141%
20 (3.4 - 87.1, n=75)
182%
15.4 (0.14 - 164, n=595)
117%
Random Read 4KB
79.5
70.27
-12%
61.38
-23%
68.39
-14%
48.4
-39%
50.9 (11.4 - 149, n=76)
-36%
37.4 (1.59 - 173, n=596)
-53%
Sequential Write 256KB
194.5
162.16
-17%
214.88
10%
138.21
-29%
182.4
-6%
164 (40 - 246, n=76)
-16%
78.5 (2.99 - 246, n=596)
-60%
Sequential Read 256KB
270
247.44
-8%
294.58
9%
269.56
0%
284.9
6%
276 (115 - 704, n=76)
2%
226 (12.1 - 895, n=596)
-16%

Games – No 60-FPS gaming

An ability to play games smoothly at 60 FPS is not a strength of the Xiaomi smartphone: In "Arena of Valor" we are not offered the high-frame rate mode and in "Shadow Fight 3" the frame rate vacillates around 53 frames. However, the performance is still sufficient for gaming with 30 FPS at high details.

The control via position sensor and touchscreen does not give us any problems.

Arena of Valor
Arena of Valor
Shadow Fight 3
Shadow Fight 3
Arena of Valor
 SettingsValue
 min31 fps
 high HD31 fps
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Shadow Fight 3
 SettingsValue
 high53 fps
 minimal54 fps
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Emissions – Average warming, good speaker

Temperature

While the maximum warming of 36.6 °C (~98 °F) under load is clearly noticeable, it is not problematic. At most, it could become uncomfortable if you put the phone back into your pant pocket after prolonged use. However, other smartphones become significantly warmer. At 30 °C (86 °F ) in idle mode, the warming is hardly noticeable.

Max. Load
 36.6 °C
98 F
34.7 °C
94 F
35.8 °C
96 F
 
 36.3 °C
97 F
35 °C
95 F
35.7 °C
96 F
 
 35.9 °C
97 F
35.3 °C
96 F
35.2 °C
95 F
 
Maximum: 36.6 °C = 98 F
Average: 35.6 °C = 96 F
34.1 °C
93 F
35 °C
95 F
36.2 °C
97 F
35 °C
95 F
35.1 °C
95 F
35.8 °C
96 F
35 °C
95 F
35.5 °C
96 F
35.5 °C
96 F
Maximum: 36.2 °C = 97 F
Average: 35.2 °C = 95 F
Power Supply (max.)  35.6 °C = 96 F | Room Temperature 22.8 °C = 73 F | Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 35.6 °C / 96 F, compared to the average of 33.2 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 36.6 °C / 98 F, compared to the average of 35.8 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the bottom side is 36.2 °C / 97 F, compared to the average of 34.3 °C / 94 F, ranging from 22 to 326 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 29.4 °C / 85 F, compared to the device average of 33.2 °C / 92 F.
Heat map, front
Heat map, front
Heat map, back
Heat map, back

Speaker

Pink Noise speaker test
Pink Noise speaker test

The speaker of the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus is at the bottom edge and can get fairly loud at 86.9 dB(A). It sounds mostly clear and present, without the highs becoming uncomfortable. Our speaker test also shows good test values, so that we can indeed call the speaker "good," particularly considering the price point of the Redmi 5 Plus.

While the system has an equalizer, it is only usable when headphones are connected. You can choose from different profiles, depending what kind of headphones you have. If you use a Xiaomi headset, every unit even has its own sound profile.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2033.332.42538.2353134.145.54034.934.35043.336.96328.627.98025.825.510024.224.31252130.51602141.520020.150.125019.955.831518.260.440017.964.550017.667.963016.472.980016.572.7100015.875.3125015.474.7160015.174.1200015.273.8250015.274.6315015.177.7400015.176500015.178.2630015.176.4800015.2711000015.267.31250015.360.71600015.144.4SPL27.986.9N170median 15.4median 71Delta1.810.635.238.332.938.737.231.131.732.939.636.328.330.627.327.126.930.326.729.12435.220.939.920.943.519.548.618.556.917.560.417.563.315.765.415.87016.671.815.873.215.470.715.571.11672.515.878167916.375.216.375.216.277.716.468.716.458.328.686.11.162.4median 16.4median 68.72.112.2hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseXiaomi Redmi 5 PlusHonor 9 Lite
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (86.9 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 27.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (3.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.5% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (20.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 12% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 80% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 42% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 49% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Honor 9 Lite audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (86.1 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 30.9% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 5% lower than median
(+) | mids are linear (6.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.8% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (23.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 36% of all tested devices in this class were better, 13% similar, 51% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 63% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 29% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Battery Life – The Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus has an unconvincing battery life

Power Consumption

The Xiaomi smartphone is not really efficient in terms of its power consumption. The only measured values that are acceptable to us are for the minimum average usage; otherwise the power consumption is always higher than for the comparison devices. Under maximum load, it can even consume up to 7.2 watts.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.4 / 0.6 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.7 / 2.8 / 3.4 Watt
Load midlight 4.2 / 7.2 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
4000 mAh
Maze Alpha X
3900 mAh
Ulefone Power 3
6080 mAh
Honor 9 Lite
3000 mAh
Gigaset GS370 Plus
3000 mAh
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
11%
31%
21%
24%
13%
15%
Idle Minimum *
0.7
0.9
-29%
0.79
-13%
0.85
-21%
0.77
-10%
0.981 (0.49 - 2.2, n=17)
-40%
0.883 (0.2 - 3.4, n=630)
-26%
Idle Average *
2.8
2.14
24%
1.82
35%
2
29%
1.58
44%
1.985 (0.87 - 3.92, n=17)
29%
1.723 (0.6 - 6.2, n=629)
38%
Idle Maximum *
3.4
2.18
36%
1.87
45%
2.04
40%
1.73
49%
2.27 (0.9 - 4.03, n=17)
33%
1.998 (0.74 - 6.6, n=630)
41%
Load Average *
4.2
3.96
6%
2.7
36%
3.23
23%
3.59
15%
3.51 (1.69 - 6.2, n=17)
16%
4.03 (0.8 - 10.8, n=624)
4%
Load Maximum *
7.2
5.81
19%
3.62
50%
4.93
32%
5.69
21%
5.38 (3.8 - 7.2, n=17)
25%
5.73 (1.2 - 14.2, n=624)
20%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Of course, this also has an effect on the battery life, and despite a relatively large battery of 4000 mAh, it only lasts barely 8:17 hours in the WLAN test. Although you can get through a work day with this, you may need to recharge the smartphone in the evening. Despite supporting Quick-Charge, this takes quite a long time at significantly more than two hours.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
8h 17min
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
4000 mAh
Maze Alpha X
3900 mAh
Ulefone Power 3
6080 mAh
Honor 9 Lite
3000 mAh
Gigaset GS370 Plus
3000 mAh
Battery Runtime
21%
177%
21%
-2%
Reader / Idle
1624
965
WiFi v1.3
497
603
21%
1376
177%
601
21%
487
-2%
Load
240
253
H.264
622

Pros

+ great speaker
+ good voice quality
+ hardly any bloatware
+ bright screen with good color reproduction
+ fairly powerful performance
+ high-quality case

Cons

- problems with the GPS receiver in some apps
- slow WLAN
- no Android 8 (yet)
- high power consumption in parts
- mediocre battery life

Verdict – The Xiaomi smartphone is a good deal

Testing the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus. Test unit provided by notebooksbilliger.de
Testing the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus. Test unit provided by notebooksbilliger.de

The Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus offers a modern 18:9 display format with small bezels, a good voice quality, a great speaker, a high-quality case, and decent performance values.

However, you should not expect too much from the camera and the battery life. For technically less versed users, it is also difficult to figure out that the integrated power saving mode blocks the GPS functions in some apps. Those who surf the net a lot might not be happy with the Redmi 5 Plus, and there are considerably faster devices for this.

Despite its rough edges in some features, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus is a good deal.

So should you buy this smartphone from Xiaomi? We would say yes. If you can live with the weaknesses we have mentioned, the smartphone offers a quite good price-performance ratio. While this is not as great on paper anymore as for some of its predecessors, many things such as the warranty now work better. 

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus - 05/15/2018 v6
Florian Wimmer

Chassis
88%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
93%
Connectivity
41 / 60 → 69%
Weight
90%
Battery
91%
Display
88%
Games Performance
28 / 63 → 44%
Application Performance
50 / 70 → 72%
Temperature
91%
Noise
100%
Audio
70 / 91 → 77%
Camera
67%
Average
74%
83%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Florian Wimmer, 2018-05-23 (Update: 2018-05-25)