Xiaomi has announced yet another entry-level smartphone in the Chinese market, namely, the Xiaomi Redmi 5A. Touted as the successor to the Redmi 4A, the Redmi 5A doesn’t bring in many changes when compared to the former. The only change in the Redmi 5A, when compared to the Xiaomi Redmi 4A, is the slight design changes, which according to Xiaomi will make the device feel better in hands.
The Xiaomi Redmi 5A is made out of plastic, but Xiaomi has used a textured plastic back, which makes the device feel like it’s built of metal. Also at 137grams, the Redmi 5A is one of the lightest devices out there in the market. Also, Xiaomi claims an 8-day battery life on this smartphone, and yeah, it has a 3000mAh battery, which is a downgrade when compared to the 3120mAh unit seen on the Xiaomi Redmi 4A.
Talking about the specifications of the Xiaomi Redmi 5A, it offers a 5-inch HD display with a resolution of 720×1280 pixels that further extends to a pixel density of 296 PPI. The Redmi 5A is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC, mated to 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. Xiaomi has announced only one variant of the Redmi 5A at the moment.
Users can expand the storage up to 128GB with the help of a microSD card. The Xiaomi Redmi 5A comes with dual-SIM support, although it’s a hybrid card tray.
Cameras in the devices include a 13MP rear camera with f/2.2 aperture, and the camera app offers modes such as HDR, Panorama, burst mode, and etc. Much like other Xiaomi smartphones, the Redmi 5A also offers a 5MP front-facing camera.
Connectivity options include 4G LTE, VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS, and a micro USB can be found at the bottom of the phone. Probably the only change internally is that the device runs MIUI 9 out of the box, which is Xiaomi’s latest iteration built on top of Android Nougat. The MIUI 9 update will hit the last year’s Redmi 4A early next year.
The price of the Xiaomi Redmi 5A is CNY 599, which approximately translates to Rs. 6,000.