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Which is better, Xiaomi Redmi 5 or Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5)? We compared their features and specs in detail

Created date: 09/30/2018, 22:50:31, Updated date: 04/16/2020, 18:57:45

Xiaomi Redmi 5Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5)
Xiaomi Redmi 5Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5)

Here's our thorough comparison of the difference in performance and function between the Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5). Which one should you buy? We'll compare and explain what differs between the Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5) in a way that even people who aren't used to choosing between two similar products can understand.

Xiaomi Redmi 5Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5)
Xiaomi Redmi 5

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5)

General rating:
Holding comfortrating-image3.4
2.9inches (72.8mm) x 6.0inches (151.8mm) x 0.3inches (7.7mm)
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3.0inches (75.5mm) x 6.2inches (158.5mm) x 0.32inches (8.1mm)
Weightrating-image3.4
5.5oz (157g)
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6.3oz (180g)
Screen sizerating-image4.3
5.7 inch
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5.99 inch
Display qualityrating-image2.9
282ppi
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403ppi
Battery liferating-image3.5
3300mAh
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4000mAh
Processing powerrating-image4.4
1.8GHz×8(OctaCore)
rating-image4.5
2.0GHz×8(OctaCore)
Memory capacityrating-image3.5
4GB
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4GB
Storage capacityrating-image3.4
64GB
rating-image3.4
64GB
Rear camera performancerating-image3.0
12 MP
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12 MP
Front camera performancerating-image2.5
5 MP
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5 MP

Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5), performance comparison

Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5) size comparison. Which to choose?

The size of the body has a big influence on the ease of carrying and one-handed operation. The narrower the width, the easier it is to firmly grasp and hold, but you also have to take into account the device's thickness. Also, if the width and height are smaller, its easier to operate one-handed since its easier to extend your fingers. On the contrary, if the width and height are large, it's difficult to fit in your pocket and is bulky even when put in a bag, and portability is impaired.

The Xiaomi Redmi 5 has a width of 2.9inches (72.8mm), a length of 6.0inches (151.8mm), and a thickness of 0.3inches (7.7mm). Also, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5) has a width of 3.0inches (75.5mm), a length of 6.2inches (158.5mm), and a thickness of 0.32inches (8.1mm).

Comparing the width and thickness of the body, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 is smaller and more compact compared to the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5). For that reason, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 is easier to grip firmly and carry one-handed than the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5). For that reason, we recommend the Xiaomi Redmi 5.

Comparing the width and thickness of the body, there isn't a large difference in size between the Xiaomi Redmi 5 and the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5). For that reason their one-handed operability, portability, and bulkiness when carried is about the same. That's why I think it's better to compare them in terms of other aspects of performance and functionality.

Comparing the overall size of the two devices, there isn't a big difference in size between the Xiaomi Redmi 5 and the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5). For that reason the ease of carrying and use with one hand is about the same for both. That's why it is better to compare the two in terms of other aspects of performance and functionality.

ScoreDimensions (width x height x thickness)
Xiaomi Redmi 567/1002.9inches (72.8mm) x 6.0inches (151.8mm) x 0.3inches (7.7mm)
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5)61/1003.0inches (75.5mm) x 6.2inches (158.5mm) x 0.32inches (8.1mm)

Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5), which is more comfortable to hold? Weight comparison

The weight of the device affects hand fatigue and the burden placed upon the wrist. The lighter it is, the longer you'll be able to operate the device without tiring. Also, if the burden placed on the wrist is lower, you'll be able to use the device more comfortably. However if the weight isn't right for you, it could place more of a burden on your body, causing you to feel stress.

The weight of the Xiaomi Redmi 5 is about 5.5oz (157g), and the weight of the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5) is about 6.3oz (180g). Comparing the weight of the two devices, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 is a lighter smart phone than the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5), with a difference of about 0.7oz (157g). For that reason the Xiaomi Redmi 5 is a smart phone that is less likely than the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5)to put a burden on your fingers and wrist when used for an extended period. That's why we recommend the Xiaomi Redmi 5 over the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5).

ScoreWeight
Xiaomi Redmi 567/1005.5oz (157g)
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5)58/1006.3oz (180g)

Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5), whose display is easier to use?

The size of the screen affects usability and screen visibility. A larger screen means larger letters and buttons on apps, so the user is less likely to tap adjacent buttons by mistake. In addition, the user can enjoy a more intense experience when playing games and watching videos.

The Xiaomi Redmi 5 has a 5.7 inch display. Also, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5) has a 5.99 inch display. Comparing the screen size, there is a negligible difference in screen size between the Xiaomi Redmi 5 and the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5). As a result, the app buttons on both are equally easy to press. We recommend comparing them based on other aspects of performance and functionality.

ScoreDisplay size
Xiaomi Redmi 585/1005.7 inch
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5)89/1005.99 inch

Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5), which has a clearer display?

Pixel density affects picture quality, and the higher the pixel density, the better the picture quality, which means the user can gain more enjoyment from games and videos. In addition, higher picture quality decreases eyestrain, which means that the user will experience less eye fatigue after prolonged use.

The resolution on the Xiaomi Redmi 5 is 720 x 1440, and pixel density is 282ppi. Also, the resolution on the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5) is 1080 x 2160, and pixel density is 403ppi. Comparing the pixel count, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5) has much higher pixel density than the Xiaomi Redmi 5, with a difference of roughly 121ppi. In terms of having better picture quality and exerting less strain on the eyes, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5) is superior to the Xiaomi Redmi 5. If you are looking for a smartphone that is easy on the eyes, displaying texts and pictures clearly without any blurring, we recommend the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5) over the Xiaomi Redmi 5.

ScorePixel density
Xiaomi Redmi 557/100282ppi
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5)84/100403ppi

Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5), a summary of the differences in battery life

Battery performance greatly affects battery life, but greater battery capacity does not necessarily mean greater battery life, since battery efficiency should also be considered. Bigger screens and higher CPU performance will mean the batteries are depleted more quickly.

The Xiaomi Redmi 5 is 3300mAh, and the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5) is 4000mAh. Regarding battery capacity, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5) has greater battery capacity than the Xiaomi Redmi 5, with a 700mAh difference. Since the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5) can be used for longer periods without recharging than the Xiaomi Redmi 5, it is great for outdoor use. If you want a smartphone with a longer battery life, we recommend the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5) over the Xiaomi Redmi 5.

ScoreBattery capacity
Xiaomi Redmi 569/1003300mAh
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5)80/1004000mAh

Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5), which has better CPU?

CPU performance affects the ability to process programs, and the ability to process programs is determined by the product of the number of cores in the CPU and the CPU frequency. The higher this performance is, the more smoothly apps and games will run, and with low performance apps and games become heavy and stress is experienced.

The Xiaomi Redmi 5's CPU is a Qualcomm SDM450 Snapdragon 450, with performance measured at 1.8GHz×8(OctaCore). Also, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5)'s CPU is a Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625, with performance measured at 2.0GHz×8(OctaCore). Comparing CPU performance, there is almost no difference in the specs of the Xiaomi Redmi 5 and the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5). For that reason the level of smoothness felt when using apps and comfortable handling of games is about the same. For that reason it is better to compare them in terms of other aspects of performance and functionality.

ScoreCPU specs
Xiaomi Redmi 588/1001.8GHz×8(OctaCore)
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5)89/1002.0GHz×8(OctaCore)

Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5), what's the difference in memory capacity?

RAM affects multitasking ability and the stability of apps. The larger the amount of RAM is, the more stability there will be even in situations where multiple apps are running simultaneously, allowing for comfortable use. In addition, animation will be more smooth, and apps will be less likely to freeze or crash. Also, without sufficient RAM, there are games you won't be able to run, so it is necessary to be careful.

The weight of the Xiaomi Redmi 5 is 4GB and the weight of the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5) is 4GB. Comparing the devices in terms of RAM, there is almost no difference in the amount of RAM of the Xiaomi Redmi 5 and the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5). For that reason they have about the same level of multitasking performance and 3D game and VR smoothness. That's why it is better to make a comparison in terms of other aspects of performance and functionality.

ScoreRAM size
Xiaomi Redmi 570/1004GB
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5)70/1004GB

Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5), which has more data storage?

Storage capacity affects the amount of data that is capable of being stored. The larger the storage capacity, the more pictures you can take and the more applications you can install. In addition, if your smartphone accepts SD cards, then you can increase its storage capacity. However, there are performance related drawbacks, including a slower data transfer rate than the primary memory, and you cannot transfer all your data on the card, so be warned.

The data storage capacity of the Xiaomi Redmi 5 is 64GB. Also the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5) is 64GB. Regarding storage capacity, there is a negligible difference in storage capacity between the Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5). As a result, you can save roughly the same amount of pictures, and install roughly the same amount of applications, on either phone. You are better off comparing them based on other aspects of performance and functionality.

ScoreStorage size
Xiaomi Redmi 567/10064GB
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5)67/10064GB

Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5) rear camera performance comparison. Which has a higher resolution?

One factor that determines the performance of the exterior camera located on the back of the device (the rear/back camera) is the pixel count. The larger the pixel count, the higher the resolution of the pictures you can take, and the cleaner the pictures will look when printed.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 has a 12 MP main camera. Also, Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5) has a 12 MP main camera. Comparing rear camera performance, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5) have approximately the same pixel count. As a result, they can both take pictures and shoot videos of roughly the same quality. Therefore, we recommend comparing the two based on other aspects of performance and functionality.

ScoreRear-camera resolution
Xiaomi Redmi 559/10012 MP
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5)59/10012 MP

Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5), whose front camera has a better picture quality?

One factor that determines the performance of the exterior camera located on the front of the device (the in/front camera) is the pixel count. The larger the pixel count, the higher the resolution of the pictures you can take, and the cleaner the pictures will look when printed.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 has an 5 MP front camera and Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5) has an 5 MP front camera. Comparing rear camera performance, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5) have approximately the same pixel count. As a result, they can both take pictures and shoot videos of roughly the same quality. Therefore, we recommend comparing the two based on other aspects of performance and functionality.

ScoreFront-camera resolution
Xiaomi Redmi 550/1005 MP
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5)50/1005 MP

Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5), performance comparison by specification sheet

Xiaomi Redmi 5Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5)
ImageXiaomi Redmi 5Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5)
MakerXiaomiXiaomi
Release date12, 20172, 2018
ColorBlack/Gold/Light Blue/Rose GoldBlack/Gold/Blue/Rose Gold
OSAndroidAndroid
Dimensions (width x height x thickness)2.9inches (72.8mm) x 6.0inches (151.8mm) x 0.3inches (7.7mm)3.0inches (75.5mm) x 6.2inches (158.5mm) x 0.32inches (8.1mm)
Weight5.5oz (157g)6.3oz (180g)
Display size5.7 inch5.99 inch
Display typeIPS LCDIPS LCD
Screen resolution (width x height)720 x 14401080 x 2160
Pixel density282ppi403ppi
Battery capacity3300mAh4000mAh
ChipsetQualcomm SDM450 Snapdragon 450Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625
CPU specs1.8GHz×8(OctaCore)2.0GHz×8(OctaCore)
RAM size4GB4GB
Storage size64GB64GB
Rear-camera resolution12 MP12 MP
Front-camera resolution5 MP5 MP

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