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Xiaomi Redmi 5 Review: Design and Built Quality

The Xiaomi Redmi 5 features a metal unibody with the trending 18:9 display aspect ratio. The screen is a 5.7-inch IPS display, with a 1440 x 720 HD+ resolution, similar to what you have on the Tecno Camon CM and the Infinix Hot S3.

You get a front facing 5-megapixel camera, a front facing soft flash, the speaker grill and the ambient sensor just above the display. The right hand side carries the power button and the volume rocker, while a 3.5mm audio jack, and IR blaster and a noise cancelling secondary microphone are kept overhead the phone.

Only a Hybrid SIM trail is kept to the left hand side of the device, but at the basement, you get what looks like a dual Loud speaker set up (one opening carries the speaker, while the second host the Primary Mic), and the USB 2.0 port.

At the back, you get a protruded 13-megapixel main camera, a single LED flash and a fingerprint sensor just below it. Nothing else at the back, aside the MI logo and some network certifications.

Design wise, the device is of course taller than previous Redmi series, considering it 5.7-inch display. But if you are coming from a 5.5 display like the Redmi Note series, then you are surely going to notice how slim the Redmi 5 is.

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The smartphone feels very comfortable to hold with it 2.5D curved edges at the front and back. However, I’m not a fan of protruded rear cameras on a smartphone, and of which the Xiaomi Redmi 5 is a big victim, thanks to Gearbest for the included TPU silicon case.

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