Redmi 5 Plus vs MI A1 Complete Comparison of Camera Smartphones

Updated on 2017-12-10 by Shivam Setia

Redmi 5 Plus vs Mi A1

MI A1 was one of the first budget smartphones from Redmi with a dual rear camera crafted in partnership with Google under the Android One tag, while Redmi 5 Plus is one of the first smartphones from Redmi to have a bezel-less display in the budget segment.

Let's take a look at Redmi 5 Plus vs MI A1 complete detailed comparison of features, pros cons and Specs.

1. Design & Display

Redmi 5 Plus has a 5.99-inch Full HD+ bezel-less display with an aspect ratio of 18:9 and 1080p resolution, while, Mi A1 has a 5.5 Full HD display with a resolution of 1080p. Redmi 5 Plus wins over Mi A1 in both looks and display.

2. SOC/Processor Comparison

Both the phones Redmi 5 Plus and Mi A1 are powered by Snapdragon 625. The experience might be somewhat better on Mi A1 because of Stock Android and clean UI.

3. RAM & Storage Comparison

Redmi 5 Plus comes in two variants 3GB of RAM with 32GB internal storage and 4GB RAM with 64GB internal storage while Mi A1 comes in a single variant of 4GB of RAM with 64 GB of internal storage.

In both the phones, prefer the $GB/64GB variant for a swift multitasking.

4. Software Comparison

Mi A1 was launched under the tag of Android One with Stock Android so there is no bloatware and cleanest UI. Redmi 5 comes with MIUI 9 that runs on Android 7.1.2 (Nougat). Mi A1 is better here as stock android has the best optimizations and is very smooth compared to MIUI which has bloatware and slows down the experience.

5. Camera Comparison

Mi A1 comes with dual camera setup on the rear with two sensors of 12MP each, of which one is a wide angle lens and the other is a telephoto lens which allows 2x optical zoom without any distortions in the image.

Redmi 5 Plus comes with a single 12MP sensor on the rear which is not one of the best and is certainly behind the experience of Mi A1 rear Camera

On the front side, both the phones have 5 MP sensor and offer similar performance.

6. Battery & Charging Comparison

The battery in the Redmi 5 plus is rated at 4000 mAH while in Mi A1 is rated at 3080 mAH. Redmi 5 Plus has a better battery backup ranging from 1.5-2 days depending on usage. Mi A1 can mostly give a backup of around a single day.

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Features Comparison

Redmi 5 Plus Features

  • 3 GB RAM | 32 GB ROM
  • 6" Full HD+ Display 1080p
  • Rear Camera: 12MP
  • Front Camera: 5MP
  • 4000 mAh Battery
  • Best Price Rs. 8999

Mi A1 Features

  • 4 GB RAM | 64 GB ROM
  • 5.5" Full HD Display 1080p
  • Rear Camera: 12MP + 12MP Dual Camera
  • Front Camera: 5MP
  • 3080 mAh Battery
  • Best Price Rs. 12700

Pros Comparison

Redmi 5 Plus Pros

  • The 6 inch bezel-less display is sharp and bright and looks beautiful.
  • The build is premium and the blue color device looks stunning.
  • The camera performance is good in outdoor daylight conditions.
  • Excellent 2 day battery backup on a single charge with medium usage.
  • Snapdragon 625 performs well and there is no lag.

Mi A1 Pros

  • The build quality is excellent. It is made of metal and feels premium.
  • Dual back camera can take some excellent shots.
  • Software is stock android with almost no bloatware. Updates should be quick as well.
  • Snapdragon 625 chipset performs well and phone does not lag at all
  • Unlimited high quality photo storage in Google Photos app.

Cons Comparison

Redmi 5 Plus Cons

  • Hybrid sim slot limits the functionality as you cannot use 2 sim cards with a MicroSD.
  • Average camera performance in low light conditions.

Mi A1 Cons

  • A bigger battery would have been great.

Ratings Comparison

Redmi 5 Plus

Performance Rating of 5 Plus


Design Rating of Redmi 5 Plus


Battery Rating of Redmi 5 Plus


Camera Rating of Redmi 5 Plus


Software Rating of 5 Plus


Value For Money Rating of 5 Plus

Value For Money

Mi A1

Performance Rating of A1


Design Rating of Mi A1


Battery Rating of Mi A1


Camera Rating of Mi A1


Software Rating of A1


Value For Money Rating of A1

Value For Money

Specifications Comparison

Redmi 5 Plus Mi A1
Operating System Android 7.1.2 Android 7.1
Chipset Snapdragon 625 Snapdragon 625
Memory(RAM) 3GB 4GB
Intenal Storage 32GB 64GB
Expandable Storage Upto 128GB MicroSD Upto 128GB MicroSD
Primary Camera 12MP 12MP + 12MP Dual Camera
Front Camera 5MP 5MP
Battery Capacity 4000mAh 3080mAh
Dual Sim Yes Yes
Screen Type LCD IPS TFT
Hybrid Sim Slot Yes Yes
Screen Size 5.99 5.5
Screen Resolution 18:9 Full HD+ 2160 x 1080 pixels Full HD 1080p
USB Type C No Yes
3.5mm Audio Jack Yes Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes Yes
4G VOLTE Yes Yes
Weight 180gm 165gm
Thickness 8mm 7.3mm

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Redmi 5 Plus and Mi A1 are better than one other in different departments. In the design and battery life, Redmi 5 Plus wins, with Mi A1 has a better camera and cleaner software experience.

Hope you were able to make a wise choice.

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