Xiaomi makes and sells dozens of popular smartphones. The company has attempted to make devices that stand out owing to the features, specifications and relatively eye-catching prices. One such Xiaomi smartphone that has managed to maintain its appeal and withstood the onslaught of several competitors is Xiaomi Redmi 5A. The smartphone continues to remain popular despite being over 8 months old.
The Redmi 5A is certainly an interesting smartphone. It’s very affordable pricing is just one of its important selling point. Granted, it is one of the cheapest smartphones that Xiaomi makes, but there are several more reasons the smartphone didn’t lose its charm even 8 months after its launch. Let us see 5 compelling aspects of the Xiaomi Redmi 5A that make it one of the best choices in the affordable Android smartphone category.
Redmi 5A: Amazing Performance For Its Price
The Redmi 5A sports a sticker price of just Rs. 5,999. Moreover, the smartphone can be bought for less on a few occasions owing to the numerous discounts and deals. Needless to point out, there aren’t many capable smartphones from reputed brands at such a low price-point. Given its specifications that we will see below, the Redmi 5A offers an amazing price to performance ratio. Buyers on a tight budget need not look elsewhere for a feature-packed smartphone below Rs. 6,000.
Redmi 5A: MIUI10 Coming Soon
The Xiaomi Redmi 5A will soon be updated to the company’s latest custom Android operating system, the MIUI 10. In fact, just last month, Xiaomi began sending out Over The Air (OTA) updates for the beta version of MIUI 10 OS to select Redmi Note 4 and Redmi 5A users who had opted for the Beta Program. This essentially means Xiaomi is committed to get the Redmi 5A on MIUI 10 OS at the earliest.
The MIUI 10 OS packs several cosmetic, aesthetic and functional updates. In fact, some preliminary reports indicate that MIUI 10 is one of the fastest and most efficient customizations of the Android OS. Strangely, the MIUI 10 for Redmi 5A is still based on Android 7.1.2 Nougat. However, Xiaomi is working to include some of the best and stable features.
Redmi 5A: Packs An Excellent Battery
The Redmi 5A packs a 3,000mAh battery pack. Although this might not seem big, it is ample for the smartphone of this size. The smartphone features a 5-inch 720p screen. The screen size and resolution don’t demand as much battery capacity as large-screen smartphones with Full HD or HD+ displays.
Needless to mention, the 3,000 mAh battery will certainly offer long runtimes. Interestingly, some of the recently launched smartphones, like the Xiaomi Mi A2, offer nearly the same battery capacity despite being launched recently.
Redmi 5A: Doesn’t Compromise On Connectivity Options
Although the Redmi 5A is an affordable Android smartphone, Xiaomi hasn’t skimped out on connectivity features. The smartphone packs almost all relevant connectivity features that greatly boosts the appeal of the device.
Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1 Low Energy, Bluetooth HID, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, an IR blaster, and 4G VoLTE. Sadly, the smartphone lacks a fingerprint scanner. Xiaomi may have dropped the feature to keep the price of the smartphone low.
Redmi 5A: Great Camera For The Price
The Xiaomi Redmi 5A features a 13MP rear camera with a f/2.2 aperture, and comes with features like phase-detection autofocus, and LED flash. For selfies, the Redmi 5A has a 5MP camera with a f/2.0 aperture.
Needless to mention, despite its affordable price tag, the smartphone offers a great camera on the back. Coupled with an LED flash, the device can offer some good photos.
Redmi 5A: Packs A Good Chipset and Memory
Surprisingly, Xiaomi has embedded a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset, clocked at 1.4GHz. The processor works with Adreno 308 GPU clocked at 500MHz.
The base variant of the Redmi 5A features 2GB of RAM. However, there’s a 3GB variant of Xiaomi Redmi 5A available as well. The 2GB RAM variant of the smartphone includes 16GB of internal memory, while the 3GB RAM variant comes with 32GB of storage. There is also a dedicated micro-SD card slot that accepts up to 128GB micro-SD cards.
Redmi 5A: Price and Availability in India
The Xiaomi Redmi 5A is currently available in two variants in India. The base version comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal memory while the other one has 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal memory. The 2GB RAM one costs Rs. 5,999, while the 3GB RAM version costs just one thousand rupees more. Xiaomi Redmi 5A is available in Gold, Dark Grey, Rose Gold, and Blue colors.