Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus vs Mi A1 - NoypiGeeks

Xiaomi never fails to amaze their fans. Their products, especially their smartphones, have the perfect mixture of good hardware, solid build quality, and reasonable price tag. No matter how much your budget is, there’s a Xiaomi smartphone available for you.

Today, we’ll be focusing on the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus, which was officially launched in the Philippines yesterday. The device provides a compelling set of features for its price, just like what its other siblings offer.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus Philippines

The Redmi 5 Plus retails for a price of Php9,990 in the Philippines. That’s really close to the Mi A1’s price tag of Php10,990. Both devices are expected to be the best in its class. However, which smartphone between the two offer more value for the money? Read on to learn more.

As stated earlier, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus is Php1,000 cheaper than the Mi A1. And after analyzing the specs table below, the price difference is really noticeable. Here’s why.

 Xiaomi Redmi 5 PlusXiaomi Mi A1
Operating SystemAndroid 7.1.2 Nougat
Android 8.0 Oreo
Android One
SIMDual SIM, hybrid
Dual Standby
Nano SIM format
Dual SIM
Dual Standby
Nano SIM format
Display5.99-inch FHD+ IPS LCD display
2160 x 1080 pixel resolution
5.5-inch FHD LTPS display
1920 x 1080 pixel resolution
Processor2.0GHz Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor
2.0GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor
GPUAdreno 506Adreno 506
Storage64GB internal
expandable via microSD up to 128GB
64GB internal
expandable via microSD up to 128GB
Front camera5-megapixel
f/2.0 aperture
LED flash
f/2.2 aperture
LED flash
Rear Camera12-megapixel
f/2.2 aperture
LED flash
12-megapixel (wide-angle, f/2.2) +
12-megapixel (telephoto, f/2.6)
dual-tone flash
SecurityFingerprint scannerFingerprint scanner
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.2
microUSB 2.0
4G LTE Cat. 4
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.2
USB Type-C
IR Blaster
Dimensions158.5 x 75.45 x 8.05mm155.4 x 75.8 x 7.3mm
Light Blue
Rose Gold
Rose Gold
Battery4,000mAh non-removable3,000mAh non-removable

Probably the first and the most obvious reason is the operating system. The Xiaomi Mi A1 is an Android One smartphone that was built with close supervision from Google.


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And together with its Android 8.0 Oreo roots, the Mi A1 brings a more streamlined and authentic Android experience than the Redmi 5 Plus’s Android 7.1.2 Nougat version skinned Xiaomi’s own MIUI 9.

The Mi A1 features two (2) 12-megapixel cameras at the back with a wide-angle and telephoto lens, respectively. On the other hand, the Redmi 5 Plus only has a single 12-megapixel sensor.

But despite losing in some rounds, the Redmi 5 Plus was able to win in the few, but major departments. First, it has a larger screen at 5.99-inches and a more dated 18:9 aspect ratio screen.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus Specs, Price, Features

The device also has a bigger 4,000mAh battery, which is relatively larger than the 3000mAh capacity found on the Mi A1.

So, which of the two is right for you? Well, it would really depend on your preference. But if you’re really into the performance — say, you spend most of your time playing games — then picking either of them is fine since they share the same chipset, GPU, and RAM.

Mi A1 vs Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus price

If you’re just a casual user who spends most of your time on social media, reading e-Books or watching videos, then you’re better off saving your extra cash and go with the Redmi 5 Plus instead.

But for Android enthusiasts out there, there’s no better midrange smartphone with the Android One Mi A1 with its updated software and dual camera setup.

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    1. Correct. This is good for the consumers, as it will make the smartphone market more competitive. :)