Xiaomi Redmi 5 Review: A Worthy Mid-range Smartphone

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Review Introduction

While Xioami is a well know smartphone maker in countries like China, India and even some of the Western countries, the company is still a big stranger to many smartphone user in the entire African continent. Although, I have seen recent efforts by Xioami to make it products available in some African countries like South Africa, Nigeria, Botswana and Malawi, via some third party dealers. Sadly only mid-range and rather aged Mi devices are available via the above means. Well, all thanks to GearBest.com for sending us a unit of the Xiaomi Redmi 5 for review.

So here are the highlights of the Xiaomi Redmi 5 smartphone

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Smartphone Specifications and Features

  • OS: MIUI v9 based on Android 7.0 (Nougat)
  • SIM Type: Dual Nano-SIMs
  • Network Type: GSM/CDMA/WCDMA/TD-SCDMA/FDD-LTE/TDD-LTE
  • Screen Size : 5.7-inch HD+ IPS display with 720 x 1440 pixels resolution (280 PPI)
  • Processor Type: 1.8 GHz Snapdragon 450 Octa-core Cortex-A53 64-bit CPU
  • Storage: 16 GB + 2GB RAM/32 GB + 3GB RAM
  • External Storage: Dedicated microSD slot, with support up to 128 GB
  • Camera: 12-Megapixel rear camera with single LED Flash and 5MP front-facing camera with LED flash Back-placed Fingerprint scanner
  • Battery: 3300mAh Non-removable Battery
  • Price: Starting at $127

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Major Set Backs

  • Not available in African stores yet

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Quick Unboxing

The Xiaomi Redmi 5 came in a very thin and compact red and white box. When I opened the box, I thought the Redmi 5 smartphone was the first thing I was going to see, but no, it wasn’t. The first thing I saw was a white beautiful pack, hosting a TPU silicon case. After taking it out, then…there it was…a Golden-colored Xiaomi Redmi 5 smartphone with white front panel.

Digging further into the box, I got the following;

  1. a Micro USB cord
  2. a 5V-2A wall charger
  3. the aforementioned TPU silicon case
  4. and of course the Xiaomi Redmi 5

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