Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 has been the company’s best-seller smartphone in 2017: thanks to this device and its excellent quality-price ratio, Xiaomi has established various records of sales during this year. The new Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus seems to be the device which will replace it starting from this month. But is it worth buying the new midrange or is it better to stick with the old one due to its price which is dropping a lot in this period? Let’s discover it with a specs comparison between these handsets.
|Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus||Xiaomi Redmi Note 4|
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT||158.5 x 75.5 x 8.1 mm, 180 grams||151 x 76 x 8.5 mm, 165 grams|
|DISPLAY||5,99 inches, 1080 x 2160p (Full HD+), 403 ppi, 18:9 ratio, IPS LCD||5.5 inches, 1080 x 1920p (Full HD), 401 ppi, 16:9 ratio, IPS LCD|
|PROCESSOR||Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, octa-core 2.0 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, octa-core 2.0 GHz|
|MEMORY||3 GB RAM, 32 GB – 4 GB RAM, 64 GB, micro SD slot||3 GB RAM, 32 GB – 4 GB RAM, 64 GB, micro SD slot|
|SOFTWARE||Android 7.1.2 Nougat, MIUI 9||Android 6.0 Marshmallow, MIUI 8 (upgradable)|
|CONNECTIVITY||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS|
|CAMERA||12 MP f/2.2
5 MP front camera
|13 MP f/2.0
5 MP front camera
Fast charging 5V / 2A
|ADDITIONAL FEATURES||Hybrid Dual SIM slot||Hybrid Dual SIM slot|
The main difference between the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is in their displays. The Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus has a great screen to body ratio and this is great considering it’s still a budget device. Even though it has a size of 5.99 inches, the phone stays compact, lightweight and ergonomic thanks to the narrow bezels. The display also has more pixels, so it’s not just an upgrade in the size. The hardware side is exactly the same, but while Redmi Note 4 has been launched with MIUI 8 out of the box, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus is equipped with MIUI 9 and it should be optimized better.
The camera should also be slightly improved on the Redmi 5 Plus. In the battery department, we’ll have to wait for an official test as the larger screen size of the new Redmi model may affect the battery life, but it still shouldn’t be significant.
The listing price of Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus starts from 151 dollars in China (about 128 euros, but it will be higher outside China), while you can actually buy Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 at about 151 dollars (128€) all around the world thanks to the online street prices. So, if you are out to purchase both of these devices right now, the Redmi Note 4 will be cheaper for you.
Which one should you buy? In my opinion, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus actually has better value for money, so it is worth spending some extra dollar to buy the model as you will get the latest device that should be supported for a longer period. Plus, there’s the modern full screen design that you get, at a budget price tag.
However, the big drawback right now is getting hold of the Redmi 5 Plus at a decent price. Given that the phone was launched just recently, online stores are still to offer the phone for a good price tag.
PRO and CONS
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
- Modern 18:9 Display
- Nice and efficient hardware side
- Big battery
- Improved design
- MIUI 9 out of the box
- Average camera
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
- Incredibly affordable price
- Great battery life
- Excellent hardware for the price
- One of the most supported phones by Xiaomi
- Android 6 out of the box