Xiaomi Redmi 5A: Hands on and first impressions


Price and Availability - Xiaomi has launched Redmi 5A at a price starting from Rs. 4,999 for 2GB variant and Rs. 6,999 for the 3GB version.

Recently, Xiaomi has been teasing its fans in India with campaign "Desh Ka Smartphone" (smartphone of the country).

Being an entry-level smartphone, Xiaomi doesn't compromise in offering essential features. And after much guesswork and speculations it has turned out to be the Redmi 5A!

Xiaomi Redmi 5A was launched in China in October. There's now a dedicated microSD slot in addition to two SIM card slots, and the 3000mAh battery is created to provide two days' worth of usage, once fully charged.

The device will run MIUI 9 based on Android Nougat 7.1, out of the box. The base model with 2 GB RAM and 16 GB storage is priced at Rs 4,999. Redmi 5A isn't different from the Redmi 4A, as both phones feature nearly identical specifications and design. The company has launched two variants of the smartphone - 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage and 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage.

Camera - Redmi 5A has a 13MP camera on the back with f/2.2 aperture along with LED flash.

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Xiaomi " s Redmi 5A smartphone will get a new Reliance Jio plan at Rs 199, which will provide free unlimited calling, 1GB data per day and unlimited SMS for users.

Xiaomi has also included a noise cancelling microphone, which favours the Redmi 5A as compared to what the competition offers.

As per as Xiaomi Redmi 5 specifications are concerned, the phone will sport a 5.7-inch display with HD+ resolution (1440 x 720 pixels).

Apart from this, the Xiaomi Redmi 5 would be equipped with a 3,200 mAh of battery capacity. Xiaomi Redmi 5A has a metallic matte finish, and will be available in three colours: Dark grey, Gold and Rose gold.

Other Features - Redmi 5A supports 4G LTE, VoLTE and USB OTG.

The smartphone has a 5MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture with a decent recording quality. Both the devices will be up for sale exclusively from Flipkart. Furthermore, handset also comes up with IR blaster at the top with 3.5mm jack.