Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi launched their latest entry-level smartphone Xiaomi Redmi 5A in China. The new device is a direct successor to the Xiaomi Redmi 4A smartphone which was launched in India this year. Though branded as new there is not much new in this smartphone. There is no groundbreaking, innovative or higher features available. Still, this is one of the best Android entry-level smartphones in the market.
Xiaomi Redmi 5A is almost similar to the Xiaomi Redmi 4A. The 5A sports a metal-like matte texture which Xiaomi claims is “much lighter than the metal”. The device weighs only 137 grams. The new device also has changed in the speaker placement along with the corners which are visibly rounded. The Xiaomi Redmi 5A comes in three colour variants: Champagne Gold, Pink and Grey. The device features the common navigational buttons on the bottom bezel and the front camera with the speaker on the top bezel. The backside features the primary camera with LED flash on the top left. The device has no fingerprint sensor.
The Xiaomi Redmi 5a features a 5 inch HD display with a screen resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. It claims a pixel density of 296ppi.Like its predecessor, the Xiaomi Redmi 5A is powered by the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC, clocked at 1.4GHz, along with 2GB of RAM. There is only a single variant of memory available (16GB) while more variants are expected to launch in future. The memory is also expandable using micro-SD card up to 128GB.
Coming to the optics department, the device features a 13-megapixel rear camera with a f/2.2 aperture along with PDAF. Various modes are available like the HDR mode, panorama mode, burst mode etc. On the front, it features a 5-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture lens for selfies and video calling. The camera also supports 720p and 1080p video recording. The new device runs on MIUI 9 out-of-the-box. This includes new features like a smart assistant, smart app launcher, improved notification management, searching with images, improvised Home Screen and Lock screen and Split-screen multitasking. The device packs a 3000mAh battery which is a downgraded from a 3120mAh battery available on the Xiaomi Redmi 4A.
The device is priced at CNY 599 which is approximately Rs 6000 when converted which puts up against the likes of Moto C, Moto C plus and Xiaomi’s handsets like Xiaomi Redmi 4x, Redmi Note 4, Redmi 4 Prime. The device is not much of an upgrade still we can’t argue because of the pricing. The pre-order starts in China from today and is expected to be available in India soon.