Whenever it has been about buying a budget and entry-level smartphone, Xiaomi has been the answer for every Indian buyer for quite some years now. With phones like Redmi Note 5, Redmi 5 and Redmi 5A, the Chinese company has boasted of giving some high-end specifications in its phones at a very cheap price tag. The Redmi 5A which is available for buyers at Rs 5,999 has been the obvious choice for the first time smartphone buyers who do not want to spend a lot on their new phone. However, now it seems that Xiaomi might have some competition in its store for the Redmi 5A. Infinix has launched the Inifinix Smart 2, a smartphone which comes with the same price tag of Rs 5,999 but packs better specifications. Below is a detailed comparison between these two smartphones.
Design and Display
It is a no-brainer that the Redmi 5A has a better design as compared to the Infinix Smart 2. However, when the screen sizes of these two phones are compared then the Infinix Smart 2 fares better than the Xiaomi device than the Redmi 5A. Where the Redmi 5A features a 5-inch HD IPS LCD with a 720×1280 pixels resolution. The Infinix Smart 2, on the other hand, sports a 5.45-inch HD+ LCD with 720 x1440p resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio which maxes an 83% screen-to-body ratio.
Both the phones are dual SIM devices and support both 4G LTE and VoLTE. In terms of hardware, the Redmi 5A comes powered by the 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor accompanied with Adreno 308 GPU. Whereas, the Infinix Smart 2, on the other hand, packs the quad-core MediaTek MT6739 chipset clocked at 1.5GHz. The RAM on the Redmi 5A is either 2GB or 3GB depending on the storage, with the former coming with 16GB internal storage and the latter with 32GB internal storage. There is also the option of memory expansion using microSD card for up to 128GB. Similar to the Redmi 5A, the Inifnix Smart 2 comes in two choices of 2GB+16GB and 3GB+32GB storage, and this one is also expandable up to 128GB using microSD card.
On the software front, the Infinix Smart 2 doesn’t fail to impress the buyers since it comes with Android 8.1 Oreo with the XOS 3.3.0 skin on top. The Redmi 5A lags a bit in this regard since it still runs on the dated Android 7.1.2 Nougat based MIUI 9. Another advantage for the Smart 2 is the Dual 4G support, which we haven’t seen on many entry-level devices.
Camera and Imaging
Both the phones come with a single camera on the rear. The Infinix Smart 2 comes with a 13MP sensor with a f/2.0 aperture, and the Redmi 5A also sports a 13MP sensor but with a f/2.2 aperture. The Redmi 5A is capable to shoot1080p videos at 30fps. On paper, the front camera of the Infinix Smart 2 is a better shooter than the setup on the Redmi 5A. Where the Redmi 5A comes with a 5MP camera with f/2.0 aperture, the Smart 2, sports an 8MP sensor with a f/2.0 aperture and dual LED flash.
The battery in the Infinix Smart 2 is a better one as it packs a 3050mAh unit compared to the 3000mAh on the Redmi 5A. Infinix claims 21 hours of 4G talk time, 81 hours of music playback time, and 21 days of standby time on this phone, whereas Xiaomi has said that this phone can have 21 hours of music playback, 7 hours of video playback and 8-days of standby on a single charge.
Pricing and Availability
The Redmi 5A 2GB RAM + 16GB storage costs Rs 5,999, while the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage version sells for Rs 6,999. The Infinix Smart 2 also sells for a starting price of Rs 5,999 for the 2GB RAM model, and exactly like its competitor the 3GB RAM version of the Smart 2 sells for Rs 6,999. The colour options for the Infinix Smart 2 include Bordeaux Red, City Blue, Sandstone Black, and Serene Gold. The phone has already started selling starting August 10, and it is available as a Flipkart exclusive device. On the other hand, the Redmi 5A is available using flash sales.
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