Chinese phone maker Xiaomi just announced the launch of its newest entry-level handset the in India, the Xiaomi Redmi 5A. The handset – dubbed ‘desh ka smartphone – will succeed the Redmi 4A in India and comes packed with some key features never seen before in this price range. According to Xiaomi, they did a lot of groundwork and research on what their users need before designing and subsequently launching the Redmi 5A. The Redmi 5A is also clearly targeted at a bunch of popular entry-level smartphones priced under the Rs.7,000 mark in India that sport an underwhelming spec sheet. In fact, Xiaomi in its live blog openly targeted models like the Samsung J2 and the Moto C and called out their manufacturers for shipping these handsets with just 1GB of RAM and a 2000mAh battery.
Let us now check out the spec sheet of the Redmi 5A, shall we?
Xiaomi Redmi 5A specifications
As the norm usually is, we will start talking about the display on the phone. The Redmi 5A gets a 5-inch HD, 720p display which is what most handsets in this price range typically get. The phone comes with a metallic matte finish for a premium look. Moving on to the hardware, he Xiaomi Redi 5A finds itself powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 quad-core processor. While this is an entry-level chip, it is still more powerful than the Snapdragon 200 and 201 chips that handsets in this price range typically sport. There are two versions of the Redmi 5A – an entry-level version that gets 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage and a more expensive, but still affordable version that gets 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.
The Redmi 5A totes a 13MP camera at the rear with a 5-element lens, a f/2.2 aperture, and LED ﬂash. The camera is also HDR ready and supports phase detection autofocus. At the front, the handset gets by with a 5-megapixel selfie camera.
Keeping the usage patterns of Indians in mind, the Xiaomi Redmi 5A gets a dedicated microSD slot along with separate dual SIM slots, expandable up to 128 GB. This means you will be able to use two SIM cards and the microSD card at the same time. The handset also gets a charger that can withstand power spikes that can often occur in india. The charger supplied with the phone can withstand voltage surges of up to 380v.
Another feature that Xiaomi touts big time is the IR Blaster functionality that turns your phone into a universal remote control using which you can control almost all the gadgets and appliances at your home.
Xiaomi Redmi 5A Pricing and availability
The Xiaomi Redmi 5A will be available on mi.com, Flipkart, Mi Home stores starting the 7th December. It will be also sold offline. The pricing details are as follows:
- Redmi 5A 2+16GB: ₹4,999
- Redmi 5A 3+32GB: ₹6,999
You will be able to buy the handset in three colour options – Gold, Dark Grey and Rose Gold.