Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi 5 (3GB RAM, 32GB) is a significantly better phone than the Xiaomi Redmi 5A (3GB RAM, 32GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Redmi 5 (3GB RAM, 32GB)!

Xiaomi Redmi 5 (3GB RAM, 32GB)  Xiaomi Redmi 5A (3GB RAM, 32GB) 
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Excellence Score
28.1
22.1
Value for Money Score
78.2
72.1
Price ₹ 8,992 onwards ₹ 6,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Mar, 2018 Dec, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoExpected update to next Android version Android 7.0 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.7 inches 5 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1440 pixels (~ 282 pixels per inch) 720x1280 pixels (~ 294 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass, Night display, Reading mode, Color temperature adjustment, Standard mode IPS LCD
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 1.4 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Quad Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 450Ranked #57 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 425Ranked #73 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 506 Adreno 308
RAM 3 GB 3 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB USB
Primary Camera 12.0MP 13.0MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, 1.25um Pixel Size, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), 1.25um large pixel, 5P lens, Low light enhancement, HDR, Panorama, Burst mode, Face recognition F/2.2 Aperture, 5P Lens, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face/Smile Detection, HDR, Panorama, Burst mode
Secondary Camera 5.0MP 5.0MP
Secondary Camera Features Beautify 3.0, Selfie countdown, Face recognition, Selfie Light, Full HD Video Recording F/2.0 Aperture, Face Recognition, Selfie Countdown
Internal Memory 32 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 128 GB up to 128 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.7 mm 8.35 mm
Weight 157 gm 137 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3300 mAh 3000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A 192 hrs
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging
Other Battery Parameters N/A Video Playback Time: 7 hrs, Gaming Time: 6 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Other Features WiFi Display; Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Decent design and build, pretty much in the style that has been pioneered by Xiaomi
  • Nice, tall 5.7 inches 18:9 display with minimal bezels, and a pretty compact form factor
  • Fast fingerprint scanner
  • MIUI is one of the better Android UIs around
  • Very good performance, backed by the capable Snapdragon 450, that can be considered almost on par with the current-generation Snapdragon 600-series options - on the whole, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 matches up well with devices that usually cost a fair bit more - this is visible even in practical use of the phone - it’s smooth, easy to use and performs well in most situations
  • Decent (though not great) rear and front cameras - you will get decent shots in good light - brightness, composure and sharpness are all reasonable
  • Very good battery life - thanks to MIUI 9’s frugal power consumption and the capabilities of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 SoC, you can expect to get well over a day of battery life on a single charge
  • On the whole, with very capable specifications at a very reasonable price, the Redmi 5 promises a lot for not much money, and it's main competition will likely come from its own, slightly more expensive cousins from the Redmi Note 5 series
  • Good looks with a solid build, plastic unibody design, and a compact feel
  • The gentle curves at the edges are a nice upgrade over the Redmi 4A which was more square-ish
  • Good display for the price
  • MIUI continues to be one of the more well designed Android UIs - it's clean, efficient and has a number of useful add-on apps like Mi Drop, Mi Security (lets you set passcodes on individual apps, set up dual apps or a second space on the device, block SMS senders and more), and Mi Remote
  • Decent performance in daily use
  • Acceptable cameras given the price point - take good shots in good light, and single-tone LED flash at the back will help you get a little more visibility in low light conditions
  • Decent battery life - with the low power usage of the Snapdragon 425 and the frugal HD screen, you can easily get a full day’s use out of the smartphone before needing to charge
  • Additionally, the company has taken user feedback and gone with a non-hybrid SIM tray design - there are separate slots for a microSD card and both SIMs, therefore not forcing users to have to forego one or the other
  • Overall it's a decent upgrade over the Redmi 4A, and the small changes will help in keeping the phone current - and offer very good value to users looking for a nice entry-level smartphone
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • While the bezels are slim, they are more than what you’d typically expect from a modern tall-screen phone
  • The display is nice but not quite as sharp as the one on the Redmi Note 5
  • The cameras are decent in good light, but in low light and even relatively weaker lighting conditions, pictures definitely lose competence
  • Performance is only good for basic use - you will of course need better specs (and a more expensive phone) if you intend to use heavy apps, or play a lot of games
  • Camera quality is basic too - again as would be expected at this price point
  • No fast charging support
Expert Reviews
  1. A complete smartphone and has all the necessary inclusions like a bigger display and the latest chipset
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Xiaomi has definitely raised the bar for budget smartphones once again
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Redmi 5 is definitely one of the more powerful and power-efficient offerings in the budget segment
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
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