Xiaomi’s highly awaited sequel to its highest selling Android One smartphone is here. The Mi A2 brings over some much-needed upgrades compared to the original Mi A1 and is poised to be a major success in its segment of the market. But it begs the question, can this new contender dethrone Xiaomi’s reigning champion, the Redmi Note 5 Pro? Let’s pit these two devices against each other to see which emerges victorious.
Mi A2 vs Redmi Note 5 Pro: Price in India
As of now, Xiaomi has only launched one storage variant of the Mi A2 in India. This model offers 4GB of RAM along with 64GB of internal memory and costs Rs 16,999. A 6GB RAM + 128GB storage variant has been promised for Indian consumers, but its price and exact release date has not yet been confirmed.
As for the Redmi Note 5 Pro, the same Rs 16,999 will get you 6GB of RAM with 64GB of storage. However, you can save your money and go with the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant which costs Rs. 14,999.
Mi A2 vs Redmi Note 5 Pro: Design, Display
Other than a minor change in the antenna band placement, there isn’t really anything to differentiate the Mi A2 from the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Both sport LCD screens which measure 5.99-inch diagonally and cover 77.4 percent screen-to-body ratios. They also feature a similar aluminium unibody design with rear mounted fingerprint scanners and vertically mounted rear dual-camera setups. Even the colour variant available in India are pretty much the same with Black Blue and Gold to choose from. However, the Mi A2 can be found in one additional offering – Rose Gold.
Mi A2 vs Redmi Note 5 Pro: Software
The software is perhaps the most defining characteristic separating the Mi A2 from the Redmi Note 5 Pro. On the Note 5 Pro, you get Android 7.1.2 Nougat out-of-the-box. Thanks to Xiaomi’s custom MIUI 9.5 skin which comes baked on top of this OS, this device only recently began receiving the update for Android 8.0 Oreo. This rollout came just a couple of months before Google announced Android Pie, and we can’t even imagine how long it will take Xiaomi to get this version of Android to the Redmi Note 5 Pro, if ever.
On the other hand, the Mi A2 is part of the Android One program, meaning it comes with stock Android 8.1 Oreo by default. This ensures the device will receive updated directly from Google significantly faster than most other smartphones.
Mi A2 vs Redmi Note 5 Pro: Hardware, Performance
The MI A2 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset which boasts eight cores. Four of these are performance cores clocked at 2.2GHz while the other four are clocked at 1.8GHz to conserve battery. There is no doubt that this chipset will perform noticeably better than the Snapdragon 636 found on the Redmi Note 5 Pro which has all of its eight cores clocked at 1.8GHz.
Mi A2 vs Redmi Note 5 Pro: Camera
Starting with the rear cameras, the Mi A2’s 12MP+20MP setup is easily a better deal compared to the Redmi Note 5 Pro’s 12MP+5MP configuration. The former can even record 4K videos at 30fps while the latter can only record up to 1080p. As for the selfie shooters, both phones offer the exact same 20MP shooter. However, the Mi A2 offers an auto-HDR mode which gives it a slight edge over its competition.
Mi A2 vs Redmi Note 5 Pro: Battery
In terms of capacity, the Redmi Note 5 Pro still reigns supreme with its 4000mAh cell while the Mi A2 sports an embarrassingly small 3010mAh battery. However, the Indian version of the Mi A2 comes with QuickCharge 4.0 which is claimed to provide five hours of battery life in just five minutes of charging.
Mi A2 vs Redmi Note 5 Pro: Verdict
With everything considered, the Mi A2 definitely looks like it has what it takes to beat the Redmi Note 5 Pro. While it may not be entirely apparent from its aesthetics, there are enough upgrades under the hood to justify the slight premium the Mi A2 demands over its competitor.