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    Xiaomi Redmi 5A

    Release Date
    5-Nov-17
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    The leader of budget smartphones, Xiaomi has come out with Redmi 5A in an attempt to meet the growing expectations of the Indian population. It is a revision of Redmi 4A and comes at an unbelievable range starting from Rs. 6,419 for the 2GB RAM and 16GB storage capacity variant. A range that will immediately steal the heart of the masses, Xiaomi hits the delicate balance between affordability and great features perfectly.

     

    However, even though it comes with a powerful processor, exceptional battery life, and moderate cameras, it cannot be called a significant upgrade of Redmi 4A. Xiaomi seems to keep playing it safe with their newer models making them a bit redundant which is not an excellent choice for Mi phones, especially considering the ever-improving flagship phone market of today.

    Starting Price
    ₹4,099
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    Approx. Buyback Value
    ₹1,640
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    5.0 inches
    294 ppi, IPS LCD
    Quad core, 1.4 GHz, Cortex A5
    Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 MSM8917
    3000 mAh
    Li-ion
    13 MP
    Single, 13MP
    4G
    Dual SIM, GSM+GSM
    No Fingerprint

    About the Mobile Phone

    The Redmi 5A is not going to impress you with its design. It comes with all the features of 4A, making you wonder whether you are holding a different phone or not. Released with the similar Snapdragon 425 processor and a battery of 3,000 mAh, it continues to carry a reliable performance coupled with a durable battery. The camera, too, has gone through some notable upgrades.

     

    Equipped with the Snapdragon 425, the chipset is something you can rely on for essential functions. Don’t go for heavy gaming or rapid app switching, and the 425 will sail you through every feature offered by this phone without slowing down. However, with time, it stands to reason that performance will degrade.

     

    Redmi comes with a mediocre camera, as expected at this price, but it has included a quick autofocus which works great in daylight. Low-light photography suffers a huge blow, but in the day, you can capture reasonably good images. Selfie camera comes with Beauty mode which is good but might go overboard with the beautification process. Turn it off, and you will end up with a weak 5MP selfie camera.

     

    On the whole, Redmi 5A is not a significant upgrade over 4A. It’s a good phone for first-time Android user, but if you already have experience, there are better options available in the market, even under the Mi flagship models.

    The leader of budget smartphones, Xiaomi has come out with Redmi 5A in an attempt to meet the growing expectations of the Indian population. It is a revision of Redmi 4A and comes at an unbelievable range starting from Rs. 6,419 for the 2GB RAM and 16GB storage capacity variant. A range that will immediately steal the heart of the masses, Xiaomi hits the delicate balance between affordability and great features perfectly.

     

    However, even though it comes with a powerful processor, exceptional battery life, and moderate cameras, it cannot be called a significant upgrade of Redmi 4A. Xiaomi seems to keep playing it safe with their newer models making them a bit redundant which is not an excellent choice for Mi phones, especially considering the ever-improving flagship phone market of today.

    Appearance-wise, Redmi 5A seems hardly an upgrade to 4A. Just shrunk in size, it has all the similar features like the earpiece, light sensor, and a front camera. The smooth back and curved edges give it a comfortable grip. The speaker grille covers the lower end of the back, and fortunately, it has a tiny protrusion to prevent audio loss when it’s placed on its back.

    Redmi 5A comes with a 5-inch HD IPS LCD with 720×1280 pixel resolution. It is similar to Redmi 4, but the latter has a sharper display. Colours are vibrant and the screen has good sunlight visibility. You also get night mode for a comfortable experience while reading documents or ebooks. The display brings in a whole new standard for ultra-budget phones.

    For the price range, Redmi 5A comes loaded with an impressive Snapdragon 425. It is a low-end chipset but is excellent for entry-level phones like 5A. It got the benchmark scores of about 683 and 1,887 for single-core and multi-core which is an impressive achievement. Essential functions like calling, texting and minor web surfing would not struggle. Heavy gaming, however, will create a strain on the phone and result in significant frame drops. There is a noticeable lag if you are switching between apps, which can lead to the dreaded phone freeze.

    The 13MP primary camera of Redmi 5A has gone through some upgrades, especially when it comes to the addition of the phase detection autofocus. The autofocus is fast to lock on objects in well-lit conditions and captures reasonably good images in daylight. However, the objects in the image may have a fuzzy border and textures are not properly reproduced. Distant-shots suffers more. There is a severe drop in the quality of images in low-light conditions, capturing fewer details and producing washed-out colours.

    However, video recording has been boosted to 1080p that can be captured at 30fps. Considering the price range, this is a reasonably good camera even though it offers mediocre images. However, Redmi 5A stands out because most of the competing flagship cameras in this price range are of poor quality.

     

    The 5MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture is decent, only if you have beautification turned on. Redmi 5A’s beautification is quite aggressive and will make you look artificial. Disable it, and you’ll find that the camera is pretty weak.

    Xiaomi comes back with a battery that you can trust. Pitched as ‘desh ka smartphone’, the 3,000 mAh battery is pretty impressive, considering the heavy use it might go through. It passed the HD video loop test with flying colours, running for 11 hours and 9 minutes. Casual use can easily last it through the day with about the 20% remaining stripe chugging on.

    At the price range, Redmi 5A is a great phone, but it does not seem like a significant upgrade of Redmi 4A. Redundant design and retaining similar components from its predecessor, Redmi 5A does not seem to stand out against its competitors. However, it is an affordable handset which balances both hardware and software within the given range quite impressively. It is a perfect phone for first-time Android users. But if you exceed your budget a little bit, the previous Redmi 4 is still a much better choice to go for.

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    General
    Announced On5-Nov-17
    Market StatusAvailable
    BrandXiaomi
    Price StatusConfirmed
    PriceRs. 7,299
    Screen Size5.0 inches
    Screen TypeIPS LCD
    Screen Resolution720 x 1280 pixels
    Pixel Density294 ppi
    Screen to Body Ratio69.86%
    OISNo
    Rear FlashYes, LED Flash
    Rear Video Recording1920x1080 @ 30 fps
    Rear Camera FeaturesDigital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus
    Rear Camera SetupSingle, 13MP
    Rear Camera 1 Resolution13 MP
    Rear Camera 1 Typef/2.2 Primary Camera
    Rear Camera 1 Lens1.12 micrometre pixel size
    Rear SensorPureCel Sensor
    Rear Aperturef/2.2
    Front Camera SetupSingle, 5MP
    Front Camera 1 Resolution5 MP
    Front Camera 1 Typef/2.0 Primary Camera
    Front Aperturef/2.0
    Phone Variants3GB 32GB, 2GB 16GB
    Expandable StorageYes
    RAM TypeLPDDR3
    Storage TypeeMMC 5.1
    Expandable Storage CapacityYes, 128 GB
    OTG SupportYes
    GPUAdreno 308
    Operating SystemAndroid v7.1.2 (Nougat)
    ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 425 MSM8917
    CPUQuad core, 1.4 GHz, Cortex A53
    Custom User InterfaceMIUI
    Clock Speed1.4 GHz
    Architecture64 bit
    Process Technology28 nm
    Weight137 grams
    ColorsGold, Rose Gold, Dark Grey, Lake Blue
    BuildBack: Aluminium
    Dimensions140.4 x 70.1 x 8.3 mm
    SAR ValueHead: 1.072 W/kg, Body: 0.910 W/kg
    Battery Capacity3000 mAh
    Battery RemovableNo
    Battery TypeLi-ion
    USB Type-CNo
    GPSYes A-GPS, Glonass
    Audio FeaturesActive noise cancellation with dedicated mic
    NFCNo
    Network Support4G
    BluetoothYes
    FM RadioYes
    3.5mm Audio JackYes
    SIM SizeSIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano
    Wi-FiYes, Wi-Fi 802.11, b/g/n
    Bluetooth Typev4.1
    Audio Jack3.5 mm
    SIM Slot(s)Dual SIM, GSM+GSM
    eSIMNo
    Wi-Fi FeaturesWi-Fi Direct, Mobile Hotspot
    VoLTEYes
    SIM 1 Bands4G Bands: TD-LTE 2600(band 38) / 2300(band 40) / 2500(band 41) / 1900(band 39), FD-LTE 2100(band 1) / 1800(band 3) / 2600(band 7) / 900(band 8) / 850(band 5), 3G Bands: UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz, 2G Bands: GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz, GPRS...
    SIM 2 Bands2G Bands: GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz, GPRS: Available, EDGE: Available...
    Fingerprint ScannerNo
    SensorsLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope

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    Questions

    Is the Xiaomi Redmi 5A Waterproof?

    No, the Redmi 5A is not water resistant.
    Answered By 
    Swayams Mohanty
     on 2nd May 2022

    Is the Redmi 5A equipped with an infrared blaster?

    Yes, the Redmi 5A features an infrared blaster and comes with the Mi Remote application.
    Answered By 
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     on 2nd May 2022

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