Xiaomi Redmi 5

Updated: 25th May 2021
  • Display

    5.7 inches
  • Processor

    Qualcomm Snapdragon 450
  • Ram

    2 GB
  • Storage

    16 GB
  • Front Camera

    5 MP Camera with LED Flash
  • Primary Camera

    12 MP Camera
  • Battery

    Non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery

Expert Score

Fast, Light, and Ergonomic Smartphone


  • Economical price
  • Decent Camera
  • Smooth performance supported by MIUI 9


  • No support for fast charging
  • Fat bezels at the top and bottom
  • Outdated Android OS

Xiaomi has been targeting the budget smartphone segment for quite a few years now. By providing maximum features at the lowest possible prices, the Xiaomi phones have won over India’s huge market. The Xiaomi Redmi 5 is another smartphone of Xiaomi that targets the audience looking for budget smartphones under Rs. 10,000. With Xiaomi Redmi 5 price being approximately Rs. 8200, it has been wooing the customers since its launch in March 2018. Though it looks like an outdated device now, its user-friendly features and performance make it an ideal phone for many who don’t want to spend too much on smartphones.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 price in india starts from 8039. This Mobile is a decent phone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 Processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of Storage.

Design and Display

Xiaomi Redmi 5 has a screen size of 5.7 inches and weighs approximately 157 g . This mobiles runs on Android OS, v7.1.2 (Nougat) and has decent resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels.


Xiaomi Redmi 5 runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 Processor and it has Octa Core, 1.8 GHz CPU and Adreno 506 GPU.


In terms of camera, this model comes up with rear camera of 12 MP Camera and front camera of 5 MP Camera with LED Flash . Other camera features include Geo Tagging, HDR.

Network and connectivity

In connectivity, this model includes Fingerprint Sensor. Different network support available for the 2g: GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz , 3g: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz , 4g: VoLTE .

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Xiaomi Redmi 5 Design

The slim and decent looks of the Xiaomi Redmi 5 will impress many, especially those who don’t like the bezel-less design much. This phone has pretty wide bezels at the chin and top that give it the look of a traditional smartphone handset. However, it is quite thin and lightweight and feels nice to hold due to the metal plate incorporated at the back.



Most of the body is made from plastic, but Xiaomi has taken special efforts to avoid making their smartphones look cheap by using premium quality materials and subtle colours. The Xiaomi Redmi 5 design is not that impressive, but you might like the colour options of gold, rose gold, lake blue, and black. Except for the black model, all the other variants will have a white front panel to support the display, which is 5.7 inches long diagonally.

The volume rockers and the power button and placed comfortably on the right of the phone. The rounded corners at the back give a comfortable and ergonomic feel to the users.


Elegant design especially at this price point

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Software & Specifications

Xiaomi places a skin over the supporting Android software, and on Redmi 5 Xiaomi, it places the MIUI 9.2.7 skin over the outdated Android software 7.1.2. The MIUI 9 looks smooth and up-to-date. There are some inbuilt apps and widgets that might impress you.

The Xiaomi Redmi 5 supports 720 * 1440 resolution that gives sharp and detailed picture quality. This phone supports a microSD card and comes with VoLTE 4G support, GPS, Bluetooth 4.2 and other regular specifications.

The phone comes in combinations of 2GB RAM +16 GB storage, 3GB RAM + 32 GB storage, and 4GB RAM + 64 GB storage. There is no huge price difference between these three options, and therefore, it is better to go for the highest available option.


A better software update is expected for this phone

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Camera

The front camera setup includes a 5MP sensor and a flashlight to light up your face, especially in low lighting conditions. The rear camera is a 12MP sensor with an f/2.2 lens and an LED light. For selfies, the phone uses Xiaomi’s Beautify 3.0 that improves selfies by pepping up your skin tones and facial features.


Source: Xiaomi Redmi 5

The back camera does a decent job in the daylight but struggles to take good photos in the dark. You can capture videos in 1080p and 720p, but they aren’t all that great when we speak about the video and sound quality.

However, we have to see these drawbacks in the context of its price as we cannot expect much from a budget smartphone. Therefore, if not more, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 camera performance has to be labelled as satisfactory.


Satisfactory according to its price

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Battery & Performance

The Xiaomi Redmi 5 battery life is more than decent with its 3300mAh battery. You can sustain a performance for up to a day or even more if you are a frugal user. However, heavy users might need to charge it twice a day, especially if their usage includes a lot of gaming. Also, don’t expect this phone to support fast charging.

It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor that does its job fairly well. You will not face any lags while opening the apps and playing games. Moreover, multitasking is possible, but up to a certain extent only.

Therefore, you cannot expect the phone to run smoothly if you have opened up numerous apps as every app will gain some attention from your RAM and processor, which will confuse your phone that is already running on outdated software.

The gaming experience is satisfactory but don’t expect it to provide a smooth experience when you play games that are overloaded with graphics.


Ok but a little more is expected

Xiaomi Redmi 5 MI Drop

The Mi Drop app comes inbuilt in this phone, and this app can help you transfer files not only to MI but also to all the other brand phones with it. The built-in infrared helps you control your appliances smoothly, whereas you can control Xiaomi’s appliances directly with Mi Home.


MI Drop For seamless file transfers

Fast, Light, and Ergonomic Smartphone

  • Themes app

    Loaded with dozens of themes, wallpapers, and other good stuff

  • Protection mesh for speakers

    To prevent blockage of volume due to dirt and dust

  • MIUI 9

    Supports super smooth experience and assists battery life

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Specifications


    Custom UI

    MIUI 9

    Device type


    Operating System

    Android OS, v7.1.2 (Nougat)


    Dual Sim


    Available in India





    7.7 mm


    157 g




    Form Factor


    Screen resolution

    720 x 1440 pixels

    Screen size

    5.7 inches




    Capacitive Touchscreen


    Call Records


    Card Slot

    microSD Card


    Qualcomm Snapdragon 450


    Octa Core, 1.8 GHz

    External Storage

    Up to 128 GB


    Adreno 506


    SMS, MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS




    2 GB


    Internal Storage

    16 GB


    Camera Features

    Geo Tagging, HDR

    Front Camera

    5 MP Camera with LED Flash

    Primary camera

    12 MP Camera

    Video Recording



    Audio Jack

    3.5mm Audio Jack

    Audio Player

    MP3, WAV, eAAC+

    FM Radio






    Video Player

    MP4, H.264, H.263


    Stand by

    Up to 12 days


    Non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery










    GPS Facility

    with A-GPS, GLONASS


    microUSB v2.0


    Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot



    GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz


    HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz




    Fingerprint Sensor



    Fingerprint Sensor

User Review of Xiaomi Redmi 5

0 out of 5
0 Ratings &3 Review


Posted on : 20th May 2021

Heating Issue

This phone is upto the mark with descent battery backup but phone start warming up at heavy use


Mahesh Bhandari

Posted on : 31st May 2021

Highly recommended

It has all of the essential features at a reasonable price.


Faisal Khan

Posted on : 5th May 2021


Perfect Display, Modern look and sleek design.

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Xiaomi Redmi 5 FAQ

Q. What are different RAM & Storage variants available for Xiaomi Redmi 5?

Different variants available for Xiaomi Redmi 5 are 16GB ROM / 3GB RAM, 32GB ROM / 3GB RAM, 64GB ROM / 4GB RAM.

Q. Does Xiaomi Redmi 5 comes with fingerprint sensor?

Yes, it has fingerprint sensor. One can quickly unlock our phone using this important feature.

Q. What's the battery capacity for Xiaomi Redmi 5?

This Phone equips with Non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery .

Q. What are some of the best alternatives available for Xiaomi Redmi 5 in the market?

Best alternatives available for Xiaomi Redmi 5 are: Xiaomi Redmi 8, Realme C11, Realme C21, Motorola Moto E7 Power, Xiaomi Redmi 6, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, Xiaomi Redmi 9A, Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro, POCO C3, Tecno Spark 7.

Q. What are all available bands for Xiaomi Redmi 5 ?

Xiaomi Redmi 5 comes up with 2g: GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz , 3g: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz , 4g: VoLTE .

Q. What's the dimension of Xiaomi Redmi 5 ?

Dimension of Xiaomi Redmi 5 is 151.8 X 72.8 X 7.7 mm .

Q. Does Xiaomi Redmi 5 has 3.5 mm jack?

Phone having a 3.5mm jack helps to connect to multiple external devices such as headphone, speakers. Xiaomi Redmi 5 has headphone jack.

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