Xiaomi has launched its most affordable smartphone, the Redmi 5A in India. Touted as ‘desh ka smartphone’, the device is the successor of the Xiaomi Redmi 4A. Xiaomi has been marketing this smartphone for quite some time as the demand for this entry-level segment is huge in India. Xiaomi Redmi 5 will be ‘Made in India’, and the company also made a couple of changes as compared to the Chinese variant. Let’s take a look.
On the first look, Xiaomi Redmi 5A resembles a lot with the recently launched Xiaomi Redmi Y1. The device features a metallic matte finish and will be available in three colour options: Dark grey, Gold and Rose Gold. The device sports a 5 inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display with a pixel density of 296 ppi. It is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC clocked at 1.4 GHz. There are two memory variants: 2 GB RAM + 16 GB internal storage and 3 GB RAM + 32 GB internal storage.
The Redmi 5A offers a 13 MP camera sensor at rear with a f/2.2 aperture, PDAF and LED flash while the front offers a 5 MP camera with a f/2.0 aperture for selfies and video calling. The device runs MIUI 9 based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat and is backed by a 3000 mAh battery with 5V/1A charging, which claims eight days of standby time, and 7 hours of video playback. The phone comes with a 2+1 card slot that can use two 4G nano-SIM cards and a micro SD card up to 128GB. It measures 140.4 x 70.1 x 8.35mm and weighs 137 grams.
The changes in the Indian variant are the dedicated microSD card slot, while the China variant has a hybrid dual-SIM slot. Also, there is no 3 GB RAM/32 GB internal storage variant in China. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS/ A-GPS, Infrared, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a Micro-USB port while sensors on board include a proximity sensor, ambient light sensor and accelerometer.
The Redmi 5A is priced at Rs. 5,999 for the 2GB RAM + 16GB storage variant and Rs. 6,999 for the 3 GB RAM + 32GB ,storage variant. Moreover, Xiaomi is giving Rs 1,000 discount on the lower variants, bringing the price down to Rs. 4,999 and making it the Cheapest smartphone by Xiaomi in the country. At this price, it competes against the likes of Moto C Plus and Nokia 2, but it has better specs compared to both.The device will be available via Flipkart and Mi.com, and Mi Home Stores from December 7 at 12 pm before it goes on sale on Xiaomi’s offline retail partners across the country.