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Powerful camera setup
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Water Splash resistant
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Lacks Dual camera
Constitutes low PPI density
Redmi 5A Price In India: Buy Redmi 5A Mobile at Rs. 6499. Redmi 5A In India is Rs. 6499 for 2 GB RAM 16 GB ROM variant. The Redmi 5A comes with 12.7 cm (5 inch) HD Display, 13MP Rear Camera | 5MP Front Camera, 3000 mAh Li-polymer Battery, Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 Processor etc.
Xiaomi is one of the most popular and reputed brands in Indian smartphone industry as it unequivocally offers the latest technology at a very minimal price. Upgrading, one of its successful low budget model of Redmi 4A, Xiaomi has replaced the former with Redmi 5A having subtle yet punctilious differences. With the tagline of “Desh Ka Smartphone” and its amazing specifications, Redmi 5A has astounded the Indian market and the sales have crossed 1 million units within a month of launch, making a landmark in the smartphone industry. Priced at Rs. 5,999 and Rs. 6,999 for the 2GB RAM and 3GB RAM variants, respectively, this phone doesn’t compromise with utility at all.
Redmi 5A retains much of its predecessor's hardware set and hence the price tag remains somewhat very similar. It is available in three colors – Dark Grey, Gold, and Rose Gold and has an all-plastic body with a polished metallic finish on the back. It features a light-weight body, a dedicated microSD card slot, 5-inch HD screen and a stupendous high resolution 13 MP camera. MIUI 9 powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor ensures efficiency and speed in performing mundane tasks. The large battery capacity of 3000 mAh coupled with MIUI System-level power optimization is cherry on the cake, which promisingly delivers ultra-efficient power usage. Also, it lacks fingerprint scanner.
The Redmi 5A's design has not been upgraded much. It is similar to its predecessor's with a few minor improvements. It has a matte metallic finish which adds life to its all- plastic body.
It comprises a 5-inch screen with a lot of plastic above and below it. Yet, it looks elegant and loyal and provides perfect grip for one-handed use. It has a thickness of 8.35mm, and weight is quite manageable at 137g. When compared to the Redmi 4A, the height and width of the two models vary by less than 1mm. So, in terms of design, the differences can be considered as purely superficial.
Matching other smartphones at this price level, the capacitive navigations buttons below the screen aren’t backlit. There is a status indicator below the Home button which is only visible when you are charging your phone.
On the right, the Redmi 5A consists of the power and volume buttons. On the opposite side, that is the left side, it has two trays- one for a single Nano-SIM, and another one is for a microSD card as well as another SIM. The high resolution 13 MP Camera is at the back has a single-LED flash next to it which lets you capture amazing pictures, and the phone's speaker grille runs along the entire lower back. A Micro-USB port is present on the bottom and a 3.5mm audio socket on the top. The most enticing feature of this phone is the presence of IR emitter, situated on the top, which lets you control household appliances with just one touch. A charger and a Micro-USB cable are present in the box itself, but, a headset is absent as usual.
Redmi 5A consists of a 5.0-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and a PPI pixel density of 295. The screen to body ratio is approximately of 70% giving it a subtly wider view than predecessors. Auto brightness feature acts as a spoilsport, by not acclimatizing with the surrounding and hence making manual adjustments more preferable. The fine text looks good because of the sharp screen. Viewing angles are satisfactory. However, colors don't really pop and videos and games look a bit dull. Well, all-in-all the display is vibrant and at par with its low cost.
The Redmi 5A runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset and offers two options to choose from 2GB or 3GB, having 16GB and 32GB of storage respectively. We can't expect a super-sonic speed as the Snapdragon 425 is a low-end chipset. Though, it handles basic tasks like texting, calling, surfing and multimedia consumption very efficiently and easily. But it often hangs and slows down while playing graphics intensive games and the visible frame acts abruptly.
Also, from the 16 GB of internal storage that it offers, only 10.42 GB is available for the users. And it further diminished to 8.40 GB because of the bloatware, which pretty much hinders the performance. So, it is advised to expand the storage by adding external memory card as Redmi 5A has a dedicated memory card slot that supports up to 128GB storage.
The 3GB variant is obviously faster than the 2GB one, but the latter is reasonably quick in all its chores: loading of apps, playing videos etc.
The camera quality of Redmi 5A is not much of a surprise. It is very much similar to the predecessor’s, having a 13 MP camera setup on the rear with f/2.2 aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus and LED flash. The enhancement of PDAF technology is the only factor that adds a different edge to its performance. It is able to shoot full HD (1080p) videos at 30fps. Also, there is a 5-megapixel sensor on the front with f/2.0 aperture for selfie lovers and video calls.
The camera of Redmi 5A is good enough to capture decent daylight shots but isn't that efficient when it comes to indoor shots. While capturing well-defined colors, it may be a disappointment in the detailing section as objects often tend to have fuzzy borders, and textures are not reproduced well. At night, the quality drops exponentially, making it hard to capture anything that doesn't have artificial light falling on it.
The camera, however, is not extraordinary and is rather quite mediocre, but it pretty much satisfies its price tag, as we can't expect for gold on a sandy beach. It is not a suitable option if you have a knack for photography. For that, you must increase your budget.
There is only one spot that sound comes out of and speaker grille runs across the back of Redmi 5A making it an average performer when it comes to audio quality as the output seems muffled up because of the loudspeaker position. Also, the sound quality distorts badly at high volumes. Video Quality leaves a user unsatisfied, the timing and the frames seem to not sync well and an unappreciated unwelcomed lag is ever persistent and a spoiler for the phone.
As far as call quality is concerned, Redmi 5A does the job extremely well. The call quality is very admirable, because of the secondary noise-canceling microphone, that works pretty good too. The earpiece adds to the charm as it offers excellent clarity and loudness. You will not feel the need to increase the sound in an extra loud environment, which acts as a plus point of this super economical handset.
The Redmi 5A runs Google’s Android 7.1.2 Nougat with the MIUI 9 custom ROM. The MIUI9 is a single-layered User Interface~ upgraded version of MIUI8, which the former Redmi 4A has. Additional points to the UI for being ultra-smooth and very simple to use.
Coming over to its software. Lack of App drawer creates a little inconvenience. All the apps are scattered on the home screen, and managing them can be a tedious task for the users. But there are plenty of themes available, to your rescue. Redmi 5A has a dedicated SIM slot, that supports up to 256 GB storage which is commendable for a 6K phone. It also supports USB-OTG for the use of pen-drives.
Also, there exist a few unnecessary set of animations which slows down the device and hampers the software performance, but that can be taken care of.
Xiaomi is that one company, which abides by the motto of ‘more for less' that is, ‘a lot of features for comparatively less money’ by keeping the smartphone’s prices very minimal and hence providing tough contest to the fellow competitors. It always impresses the market with its low priced, yet superefficient models and Redmi 5A is no different.
Redmi 5 A featuring a 5.0-inch HD IPS LCD display panel, Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC with a CPU clocked at up to 1.4 GHz, along with an Adreno 308 GPU to handle graphics-intensive tasks is on the top of the list of budget smartphones. Though it is very much similar to its former model ~ Redmi 4A, it encompasses minute alterations which make it even more structured and charming. Also, Redmi 5A has metallic matte finish and water resistance that gives it an edge over its predecessor. According to me, Xiaomi’s Redmi 5A is the most suitable phone for the thrifty crowd as they will not be able to find any smartphone which can match the Redmi 5A’s configuration at this price ( 5,999 for 2GB/16GB and 6,999 for 3GB/32GB).
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