In all the pools when deciding which mid-range smartphone to buy, there is a Xiaomi in the middle. In fact, already before your disembarkation in Spain the successful Chinese firm already had a reputation outside the usual, and is that its good work when manufacturing smartphones of the best quality at demolition prices It is beyond doubt.
maybe the best thing that happened not his expected departure from China, but rather the have a reference more adapted to European and North American tastes , as a Xiaomi Mi A1 that with its firmware Android One It has dazzled everyone.
Yes, in his own house he has left a lot of competition , and the last ones are Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus , two smartphones of economic cut and compensated but with one more design trendy of which probably the most prestacional model will rival directly with a Mi A1 that already wait for successor .
Be that as it may, at the moment the Xiaomi Mi A1 and the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus are probably the two best options of the Chinese manufacturer around 200 euros , but can also be achieved by something less if you inquire in the stores of the different retailers on the Internet, or take advantage of some of the usual bargains that you can find in our channel of Telegram.
At the moment, we have compared them to remove the doubts between one and the other, so we started …
It is true that the hardware surely does not make as much difference as it did before , and it is also true that these two devices share practically the same platform, so on paper the truth is that we speak two very similar phones . Cousins brothers I would say …
However, that the trees do not prevent you from seeing the forest, because the Mi A1 and the Redmi 5 Plus are similar but they differ in key aspects like the screen and its format, the battery, the camera and, above all, the software.
But let’s not remain in words, what do we offer in terms of specifications one and the other model?
|Specifications||Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus||Xiaomi Mi A1|
|Dimensions and weight||158.5 x 75.5 x 8.1 (mm) 180 (g)||155.4 x 75.8 x 7.3 (mm) 165 (g)|
|screen||IPS 5.99 inches||LTPS IPS 5.5 inches|
|Resolution and density||FHD + (2,160 x 1,080 px), 403 pppFormat 18: 9||FHD (1,920 x 1,080 px), 432 pppFormat 16: 9|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 625Octa-core (8x Cortex-A53 @ 2,0 GHz) Adreno 506 GPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 625Octa-core (8x Cortex-A53 @ 2,0 GHz) Adreno 506 GPU|
|RAM||3 or 4 GB||4GB|
|Storage||32 or 64 GBSlot microSD||64 GBSlot microSD|
|OS||Android 7.1 NougatMIUI 9.5||Android 8.0 OreoAndroid One|
|Cameras||Rear: 12 MP, aperture f / 2.2, autofocus PDAF, HDR, dual LED flash Frontal: 5 MP||Rear: Dual 12 MP (f / 2.2) + 12 MP (f / 2.6), autofocus PDAF, HDR, 2x optical zoom, dual LED flash Frontal: 5 MP|
|Battery||4000 mAh (not removable)||3.080 mAh (not removable)|
|Connectivity||LTE dual active SIM (nano-SIM + nano-SIM / microSD) Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspotBluetooth 4.2 LEaGPS + GLONASSRadio IR FM Radio-USB 2.0Audio-jack 3.5 mm||LTE dual active SIM (nano-SIM + nano-SIM / microSD) Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot Bluetooth 4.2 LEaGPS + GLONASS IRRadio port FMUSB Type-CAudio-jack 3.5 mm|
|Others||Glass Gorilla GlassLector fingerprint reader||Glass Gorilla GlassLector fingerprint reader|
As you have seen, the chipset Snapdragon 625 from Qualcomm is the protagonist in both cases, a SoC with eight-core processor that already assemble almost fifty smartphones being the star heart of the mid-range Android , which gives an idea of its good performance with respect to its price.
The memory configuration is also identical, just like connectivity except for a USB Type-C port that we did find in the Mi A1, but that illogically fell out of the list of specifications of the Redmi 5 Plus.
The front glass is Gorilla Glass in both cases, just like the lines of both devices, very similar , with the metal that shapes its casing present in the two backs. Here, however, the similarities end, and now we begin with the differences.
What Xiaomi knew how to make smartphones it was something we all knew, that I could make them also much cheaper that the others also, and the surprise came when the prices stayed or grew very little in their deployment by our markets.
Of course, Xiaomi had always been asked for a little more innovation, experiment and not so much copy , so get down to work with these premises, bring the Mi MIX range to the world or this My A1 with Android One , the first of what we hope will be a successful strain of the Chinese manufacturer.
Between the Redmi 5 Plus and the Mi A1 there is again that conceptual differentiation, and that is that a similar design could not get more differences. The Redmi 5 Plus optimizes its frontal better with the fashionable so stretched format, 18: 9, but does not make flourishes with the resolution or IPS technology.
It also has a much larger battery, 4,000 mAh instead of the 3,080 mAh of the Mi A1, so if you want to the Android One of Xiaomi you will have to load it daily , for the two days that Redmi 5 Plus is able to withstand.
As for the cameras, victory for the Mi A1, with its dual rear sensor system which offers portrait mode with blur bokeh , two-magnification optical zoom, and sharper colors than the photographic results of the Redmi 5 Plus.
The main difference is, however, the software , and is that the sensations of both terminals are very similar, taking into account the more refined design and camera for the Mi A1 , leaving the autonomy and the screen for the Redmi 5 Plus , which is more modern but has entered something less through the eyes.
The choice is clear, and will be resolved in the answer to the question MIUI yes, or Android _Pure Google yes ? _. This is already a simple matter of personal taste, MIUI is an intrusive personalization, which completely changes the interface and experience of Android, but it is also true that probably the most careful and best-worked personalization of the platform.
For its part, Android One offers the purest Android experience according to Google , and it is also the giant of the search engine itself that ensures its support , so it is not surprising that it is the most chosen option in our markets, where we will not be harassed by the overloaded experiences of the Chinese interfaces.
Complicated choose, I get wet by the Xiaomi Mi A1, but I would like you to get wet too … which one would you stay with?
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