The Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (or Redmi Note 5 for those who live in India) was released in December last year. When it launched, it came with Android 7.1.2 Nougat out of the box. Eight months later, Xiaomi has started rolling out a new update that brings Android 8.1 Oreo to the device.
The update comes exactly two months after the Redmi Note 5 Pro also received its own stable update. Apart from Android 8.1 Oreo features such as picture-in-picture mode and new emojis, the update also brings Face Unlock to the device and camera improvements. There is also an image search feature, a smart assistant, and performance enhancements.
The update is rolling out slowly, so if you have not yet received it, you should be patient. However, there is a link already available to download the recovery ROM if you don’t want to wait for the OTA. It is over 1GB in size.
Once you are done downloading, move the file to the root folder of the internal storage of your device. Open the Updater app and tap the three dots at the corner, select “choose update package” and select the downloaded file. Follow the instructions on the screen.
The Redmi 5 Plus has a 5.99-inch FHD+ screen. It is powered by a Snapdragon 625 processor with 3GB/4Gb of RAM and 32GB/64GB of storage. A single 12MP camera sits on the back of the device while a 5MP sensor with its own LED flash is positioned above the display.
There is a 4000mAh battery under the hood. It also has a hybrid SIM slot (dual SIM or SIM + MicroSD card), a 3.5mm audio jack, an IR blaster, and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.