Xiaomi’s yet another masterstroke in the Indian smartphone market, the Redmi 5A is all set to go on sale today. The phone was launched at introductory pricing of Rs. 4,999. At the time of the launch, Xiaomi made it pretty clear that the introductory pricing won’t last forever and the device will eventually get back to the original pricing that company wanted to sell it at. Today’s sale will have the Redmi 5A retailing at the original pricing, Rs. 5,999, which is Rs. 1,000 more than its launch pricing.
Redmi 5A: Price in India, Next Sale Date
As we mentioned above, the Redmi 5A will go on sale today at 12PM, carrying a price tag of Rs. 5,999. At the time of launch, Xiaomi said that it will change the pricing of the Redmi 5A from Rs. 4,999 to Rs. 5,999 once the company manages to sell 5 million units of the phone. In January, Xiaomi revealed that it has managed to sell 1 million units of the phone within a month of its launch.
The Redmi 5A is sold via flash sales and cannot be bought at local stores. And as is the case with the flash sale model, the phone may go out of stock within a few seconds. If you have your heart set on the Redmi 5A, then you will have to be as quick as a ninja to add the phone to your cart before it runs out of stock. The next sale date for the phone is March 15, 2018, at 12PM on both Flipkart and Xiaomi’s Mi.com.
The Redmi 5A’s 2GB RAM + 16GB storage variant is priced at Rs. 5,999 while the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage model will be available at Rs. 6,999. Launched in November 2017, the Redmi 5A came with a tag of ‘8-day battery life’. The phone became an instant hit in the Indian smartphone market and is up for sale in Dark Grey, Rose Gold, and Gold color variants.
Redmi 5A: Specifications, Features
Coming on to the specs and features of the Redmi 5A, the phone comes with a 5-inch IPS LCD screen with HD resolution at 720×1280 pixels and 16:9 aspect ratio. The phone lacks Gorilla Glass protection, but Xiaomi has still made the display to be scratch proof to some extent. Being an entry-level phone, one can’t really expect additional protection on the display and other premium features.
Regarding performance, the Xiaomi Redmi 5A is powered by a Snapdragon 425 SoC that should offer decent performance for an entry-level phone and Adreno 308 GPU for graphics performance. On the software front, the Redmi 5A runs Nougat-based MIUI 9 that packs in several new features and functions. The Redmi 5A is available in 2GB RAM/3GB RAM variants and 16GB/32GB storage variants. The phone features a microSD card slot that allows storage expansion up to 256GB.
The Redmi 5A also comes with Mi Remote software, thanks to its IR sensor that allows the device to control multiple home appliances such as TV, AC, set-top box, projector, camera, and more. The Mi Remote boasts an array of manufacturers, which means that it can control appliances from a slew of manufacturers such as Samsung, LG, and more. In the optics department, the Redmi 5A comes with a 13MP rear camera with f/2.2 aperture. On the front, the phone features a 5MP selfie snapper with f/2.0 aperture. A 3000mAh battery backs the phone that is touted by the company to last long on a single charge.
There are not many good smartphones under the 6k segment in India, at such pricing buyers often have to compromise on the quality, design, and specs of a handset. But, Xiaomi Redmi 5A stands tall in the segment and offers decent build quality and hardware at entry-level pricing. You can also read our in-depth review of the Redmi 5A here.