Xiaomi Redmi 5 review

GSMArena team, 29 January 2018.

A decent 18:9 LCD

Xiaomi is clearly keeping up with display size and aspect trends. Despite its price tag, the Redmi 5 comes packing a tall 5.7-inch screen and one of pretty decent quality too. There's a welcome increase in real-estate compared to previous generations.

The Redmi 5 effectively has what is a 5.5-inch screen with a bit of extra screen on the top and bottom, which makes it look taller and increases the diagonal to 5.7 inches.

Resolution, on the other hand, is set 720p. Well, it's HD+, with some extra pixels top and bottom as we already explained. The whole thing works out to 282ppi - not ideal, but still perfectly usable.

Display test 100% brightness
Black, cd/m2 White, cd/m2 Contrast ratio
Nokia 5 0.69 632 916
Motorola Moto G5S (Max Auto) 0.415 582 1402
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus 0.548 555 1013
Xiaomi Mi A1 0.351 551 1570
Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime 0.475 528 1112
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A (Y1) 0.315 527 1673
vivo V7+ 0.289 515 1782
LG Q6 0.288 510 1771
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Standard) 0.355 508 1431
Xiaomi Redmi 5 0.378 503 1331
Nokia 2 0.409 502 1227
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (S625) 0.322 484 1503
Nokia 6 (Global version) 0.364 484 1330
Nokia 3 0.353 477 1351
Vivo V7 0.295 470 1593
Xiaomi Redmi 5 (Standard) 0.381 460 1207
Motorola Moto G5S 0.266 415 1560
Meizu M5s 0.426 407 955
Samsung Galaxy J2 0.00 346

The Redmi 5's display is pleasantly bright, topping out at around 500 nits. That's certainly not spectacular for an LCD but it's quite alright. This applies to the default adaptive display mode in which the system will subtly change colors and contrast according to the amount of ambient light. Switching over to the fixed Standard contrast mode lowers the brightness down to 460 nits max.

Sunlight contrast ratio

  • Apple iPhone X
    5.013
  • OnePlus 5T
    4.789
  • Samsung Galaxy S8
    4.768
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+
    4.658
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+
    4.615
  • Motorola Moto Z2 Play
    4.459
  • Oppo R11
    4.454
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
    4.439
  • OnePlus 3
    4.424
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
    4.376
  • HTC One A9
    4.274
  • Samsung Galaxy Note7
    4.247
  • Samsung Galaxy A3
    4.241
  • Nokia 8
    4.239
  • Google Pixel 2 XL (pre-update)
    4.234
  • OnePlus 3T
    4.232
  • Google Pixel XL
    4.164
  • ZTE Axon 7
    4.154
  • Samsung Galaxy Note8
    4.148
  • Meizu Pro 7 Plus
    4.147
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
    4.124
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)
    4.124
  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro (normal)
    4.096
  • Samsung Galaxy Note5
    4.09
  • Google Pixel 2 (pre-update)
    4.023
  • LG V30
    4.022
  • Huawei Nexus 6P
    4.019
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro
    3.998
  • OnePlus X
    3.983
  • Vivo Xplay5 Elite
    3.983
  • Oppo R7s
    3.964
  • Apple iPhone 7
    3.964
  • Apple iPhone 8 (True Tone)
    3.957
  • Huawei P9 Plus
    3.956
  • Meizu Pro 6 Plus
    3.935
  • Lenovo Moto Z
    3.931
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
    3.918
  • OnePlus 5
    3.914
  • Samsung Galaxy C5
    3.911
  • Samsung Galaxy C7
    3.896
  • Samsung Galaxy A5
    3.895
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 outdoor
    3.879
  • Samsung Galaxy J2 outdoor
    3.873
  • Samsung Galaxy A8
    3.859
  • Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018)
    3.842
  • Sony Xperia XZs
    3.818
  • Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)
    3.817
  • Motorola Moto X (2014)
    3.816
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)
    3.812
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
    3.804
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) outdoor mode
    3.802
  • Xiaomi Redmi Pro
    3.798
  • LG V20 Max auto
    3.798
  • Sony Xperia XZ
    3.795
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)
    3.789
  • Apple iPhone 6s
    3.783
  • Meizu Pro 5
    3.781
  • Microsoft Lumia 650
    3.772
  • Xiaomi Mi 6
    3.767
  • Sony Xperia XZ1
    3.765
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016)
    3.756
  • Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
    3.729
  • Apple iPhone 8 Plus (True Tone)
    3.725
  • Oppo F1 Plus
    3.709
  • Vivo X5Pro
    3.706
  • Sony Xperia X Compact
    3.694
  • Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)
    3.688
  • Apple iPhone SE
    3.681
  • Huawei Mate 9
    3.68
  • Samsung Galaxy A7
    3.679
  • Meizu PRO 6
    3.659
  • BlackBerry Priv
    3.645
  • Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra
    3.597
  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus
    3.588
  • LG G6
    3.556
  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus
    3.53
  • Motorola Moto Z Play
    3.526
  • Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016)
    3.523
  • Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016) outdoor mode
    3.523
  • Acer Jade Primo
    3.521
  • Microsoft Lumia 950
    3.512
  • Oppo R7 Plus
    3.499
  • nubia Z11
    3.466
  • Huawei P10 Plus
    3.456
  • HTC U Ultra
    3.453
  • Samsung Galaxy J7
    3.422
  • Meizu MX5
    3.416
  • LG V20
    3.402
  • Huawei P10
    3.379
  • Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)
    3.378
  • Oppo R9s
    3.352
  • Honor 8 Pro
    3.341
  • Oppo R7
    3.32
  • Lenovo P2
    3.316
  • Archos Diamond Omega
    3.305
  • Honor 9
    3.289
  • Xiaomi Mi 5s
    3.276
  • Nokia 5
    3.261
  • Nokia 6 (Chinese version)
    3.244
  • Nokia 6 (Global version)
    3.238
  • Samsung Galaxy J2
    3.235
  • Sony Xperia X Performance
    3.234
  • Xiaomi Mi Note 2
    3.228
  • Motorola Moto X Play
    3.222
  • Oppo F3 Plus
    3.218
  • Huawei Mate 9 Pro
    3.206
  • Huawei P9
    3.195
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2
    3.19
  • ZTE Nubia Z17
    3.159
  • Oppo R11s
    3.153
  • Lenovo Vibe Shot
    3.113
  • HTC U11 Life
    3.108
  • Motorola Moto X Force
    3.105
  • LG Nexus 5X
    3.092
  • HTC U11
    3.089
  • Huawei Mate S
    3.073
  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
    3.065
  • Sony Xperia XA1
    3.012
  • Motorola Moto X4
    3.012
  • Sony Xperia L1
    2.994
  • Sony Xperia X
    2.989
  • LG Q6
    2.987
  • Huawei P10 Lite
    2.974
  • Samsung Galaxy Note
    2.97
  • Xiaomi Redmi 5
    2.951
  • Sony Xperia Z1
    2.95
  • Huawei Mate 8
    2.949
  • Xiaomi Redmi 4
    2.92
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3S
    2.913
  • Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
    2.913
  • Sony Xperia XA Ultra
    2.906
  • LG G5
    2.905
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime
    2.893
  • Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus
    2.884
  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium (sRGB)
    2.877
  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium
    2.877
  • Sony Xperia Z5
    2.876
  • Nokia 3
    2.871
  • Microsoft Lumia 550
    2.851
  • Lenovo Moto M
    2.813
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro
    2.803
  • Sony Xperia Z5 compact
    2.784
  • Nokia 2
    2.752
  • Meizu MX6
    2.751
  • LG V10
    2.744
  • Huawei Mate 10 (normal)
    2.742
  • Motorola Moto G5S Plus
    2.737
  • Xiaomi Redmi 3
    2.735
  • Huawei Honor 7X
    2.734
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (S625)
    2.714
  • Meizu M5
    2.71
  • Sony Xperia M5
    2.69
  • Xiaomi Mi A1
    2.689
  • Huawei P9 Lite
    2.679
  • Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime
    2.679
  • vivo V7+
    2.671
  • Vivo V3Max
    2.659
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix
    2.658
  • Huawei Mate 10 Lite
    2.654
  • Oppo F5
    2.653
  • Doogee Mix
    2.642
  • Xiaomi Mi 4i
    2.641
  • Xiaomi Redmi 4a
    2.635
  • Xiaomi Mi 5X (Standard)
    2.616
  • Sony Xperia XA
    2.609
  • Motorola Moto G4 Plus
    2.582
  • Motorola Moto G4 Plus (max auto)
    2.582
  • Meizu M5s
    2.58
  • Xiaomi Mi 4c
    2.574
  • LeEco Le Max 2
    2.567
  • Microsoft Lumia 640
    2.563
  • Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL
    2.563
  • Xiaomi Mi Max 2
    2.561
  • HTC U11+
    2.556
  • Lenovo Moto G4
    2.544
  • Lenovo K6 Note
    2.544
  • Oppo F1
    2.528
  • Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
    2.525
  • Huawei Honor 7 Lite / Honor 5c
    2.506
  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
    2.503
  • BlackBerry Motion
    2.494
  • Oppo F1s
    2.481
  • Motorola Moto G
    2.477
  • Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus
    2.473
  • Huawei G8
    2.471
  • Huawei nova
    2.467
  • Sony Xperia Z
    2.462
  • Lenovo Vibe K5
    2.459
  • Meizu m3 max
    2.447
  • Xiaomi Mi 5X (Auto)
    2.417
  • HTC 10 evo
    2.407
  • Huawei Honor 7
    2.406
  • Vivo V7
    2.404
  • Sony Xperia E5
    2.386
  • ZUK Z1 by Lenovo
    2.382
  • HTC 10
    2.378
  • Oppo F3
    2.376
  • vivo V5 Plus
    2.371
  • Meizu m1 note
    2.362
  • Huawei nova plus
    2.329
  • Razer Phone
    2.328
  • HTC One E9+
    2.305
  • Alcatel One Touch Hero
    2.272
  • Apple iPhone 4S
    2.269
  • Lenovo Vibe K4 Note
    2.254
  • Sony Xperia C5 Ultra
    2.253
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (MediaTek)
    2.249
  • Sony Xperia C4 Dual
    2.235
  • Xiaomi Mi Note
    2.234
  • Motorola Moto G (2014)
    2.233
  • LG Nexus 5
    2.228
  • Huawei P8
    2.196
  • Meizu M5 Note
    2.189
  • Huawei Honor 6
    2.169
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2
    2.166
  • OnePlus Two
    2.165
  • HTC One X
    2.158
  • LG Aka
    2.145
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (X20)
    2.145
  • Archos 50 Diamond
    2.134
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note
    2.119
  • Xiaomi Mi 4S
    2.095
  • Acer Liquid X2
    2.084
  • Huawei P8lite
    2.078
  • vivo V5
    2.059
  • Moto G 3rd gen max manual
    2.026
  • Xiaomi Mi 3
    2.001
  • Xiaomi Mi Max
    1.996
  • Sony Xperia E4g
    1.972
  • OnePlus One
    1.961
  • Meizu m3 note
    1.923
  • BlackBerry Leap
    1.892
  • Meizu m2 note
    1.892
  • HTC Butterfly
    1.873
  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
    1.772
  • ZTE Nubia Z9 mini
    1.759
  • Sony Xperia U
    1.758
  • Asus Zenfone Selfie
    1.68
  • Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen)
    1.675
  • ZTE Nubia Z9
    1.659
  • Jolla Jolla
    1.605
  • Motorola Moto E
    1.545
  • Sony Xperia M
    1.473
  • Sony Xperia L
    1.351
  • HTC Desire C
    1.3
  • Sony Xperia C
    1.283
  • Meizu MX
    1.221
  • Sony Xperia E
    1.215

If it's a color-accurate display that you are after, you will be better off on Standard contrast mode. Enabling it brings down the average and maximum DeltaE value from 5.7 and 10.3 to 3.2 and 6.7, respectively. That quite good accuracy - especially for the class.

Using the standard preset will also disable the color correction. It's by no means a major loss since the Warm mode only barely shifts the gamma correction away from the blues, still keeping the noticeable bluish tint that most modern smartphones have.

Battery Life

The Redmi 5 is thinner that the bigger Redmi 5 Plus and even more so than the older generation Redmi 4 and Redmi Note 4. Naturally, a slimmer profile means a smaller battery, a 3,300mAh unit in this case.

While this is undoubtedly a significant downgrade from the 4,000mAh of the older generation, Xiaomi has a way of making up for it. It's rather Qualcomm that has one on offer, namely the Snapdragon 450, a budget chipset built on a 14nm fabrication process, making possible a rather power efficient operation of the system.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 review

This explains the respectable 83 hours of an overall endurance rating the Redmi 5 scored in our tests. Besides the obviously frugal cellular modem, the web and video playback scores complement the new LCD's power efficiency, as well as the software optimization of MIUI 9 and its default apps.

Our endurance rating denotes how long a single battery charge will last you if you use the Redmi 5 for an hour each of telephony, web browsing, and video playback daily. We've established this usage pattern so our battery results are comparable across devices in the most common day-to-day tasks. The battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you're interested in the nitty-gritties. You can also check out our complete battery test table, where you can see how all of the smartphones we've tested will compare under your own typical use.

Audio is poor with external amplifier, decent with headphones

The Xiaomi Redmi 5 shared the poor performance of its Plus sibling when working with an active external amplifier. Nearly all of its readings were poor and even if the volume was nicely high, it couldn't quite make up for that.

The performance rapidly improved when our standard headphones was plugged in. Volume remained high, but frequency response was excellent in that case and there was no distortion whatsoever. The stereo crosstalk was a bit higher than average, but overall the clarity was very decent and with the loudness so impressive it's a great showing by the entry level handset.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk
Xiaomi Redmi 5 +2.83, -1.24-27.773.90.002417.349-54.7
Xiaomi Redmi 5 (headphones)+0.05, -0.03-78.879.30.0230.035-41.6
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus+1.55, -0.61-29.776.60.001712.493-91.8
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (headphones)+0.06, -0.02-92.492.30.00230.025-76.3
Nokia 2+0.15, -0.23-53.286.40.00213.246-96.2
Nokia 2 (headphones)+0.02, -0.08-89.589.90.00230.026-59.3
LG Q6+0.03, -0.05-85.088.80.00140.0065-92.9
LG Q6 (headphones)+0.14, -0.04-91.891.80.00310.113-56.8
Oppo F5+0.06, -0.08-93.593.30.00200.0071-93.2
Oppo F5 (headphones)+0.64, -0.07-89.391.30.00930.361-52.0
Xiaomi Redmi 5 frequency response
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus frequency response

You can learn more about the tested parameters and the whole testing process here.

Loudspeaker

The Redmi 5 has a single, bottom-firing speaker at its disposal. It's behind the right-hand grille, in case you are wondering.

While not as powerful as its bigger sibling, the Redmi 5 still pumps out plenty of volume so it's a solid ringer.
Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score
Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime 63.1 67.3 71.3 Average
Xiaomi Redmi 4 64.8 70.1 72.0 Average
Samsung Galaxy J2 67.7 75.6 64.8 Good
Nokia 2 66.7 70.6 75.0 Good
LG Q6 67.0 69.3 76.1 Good
Xiaomi Redmi 5 66.1 68.4 82.1 Good
Meizu M5s 65.4 69.1 84.2 Good
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (S625) 67.3 70.3 81.5 Very Good
vivo V7 65.9 73.9 83.4 Very Good
Motorola Moto G5S 76.1 72.7 81.0 Excellent
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus 71.1 72.7 87.7 Excellent
Xiaomi Mi A1 74.0 73.9 90.4 Excellent

Speaking of ringtones, the speaker on the Redmi 5 is particularly loud when you feed it high-pitched sounds. If you put on the proper chime, you can count on ear-piercing incoming call notifications.

Reader comments

  • Mantas

Phone is bad. When you press power button phone is not responding. You have to press at least 7 times to respond. If you put phone on table and try to scroll something nothing works. You supost to hold it in hands to scroll social media. At least cam...

  • Anikas

I have been using this phone(2/16) for 2 years... I don't have any other issue than than low storage.. It's a good choice..worth money..

  • Izzan

Wow! I used Redmi 5 1 year ago. The redmi 5 is good!