Redmi 6A vs Redmi 5A: What’s New in the Latest Xiaomi Budget Phone and Should You Upgrade?

The Redmi 6A shares bits and pieces with its predecessor, but also comes with significant improvements. We compare the two budget phones.

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Redmi 6A vs Redmi 5A

The Redmi 6 series by Xiaomi launches in India today, and these budget phones have got the Indian buyer excited. The range comprises of the entry-level Redmi 6A, replacing the popular Redmi 5A, and its costlier siblings Redmi 6 and Redmi 6 Pro.

The Redmi 5A came to India late last year, and quickly became a best-selling phone, thanks to the great value it returned for the really easy price point. Expected to launch at the same base price, the Redmi 6A has got many Xiaomi fans eager in wait. In this post, we will help you find out the differences between the Redmi 5A and the Redmi 6A, and whether or not it’s worth upgrading.

Redmi 6A vs Redmi 5A: Display, Design

The Redmi 6A is a bit taller and heavier than its predecessor, but that’s understandable since the phone sports a taller display as well. The Redmi 6A ships with a 5.45-inch HD+ display with 720×1440 pixels and 295 ppi pixel density, while the Redmi 5A comes with a 5-inch HD display that gets 720×1280 pixels and 296 pixels per inch. The Redmi 6A also gets a much better 18:9 aspect ratio as compared to the more conventional 16:9 aspect ratio of the Redmi 5A.

Also, even as the Redmi 6A is a bit heavier than the Redmi 5A, it is 1mm thinner and looks more premium. The Redmi 6A weighs 145 grams to Redmi 5A’s 137 grams, and measures 8.3mm in thickness.

Redmi 6A vs Redmi 5A: Camera Features

The Redmi 6A does not get any major camera upgrade over the Redmi 5A, but that’s understandable, since the camera gear on the Redmi 5A was already quite good for an entry-level phone. Both handsets sport a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP selfie shooter, with the rear camera getting LED flash, HDR mode and panorama modes, HD video recording, and phase detection autofocus. What’s new in Redmi 6A is the much-loved Face Unlock feature, so the new successor is a better bet even with similar camera gear. 

Redmi 6A vs Redmi 5A: Performance

The Redmi 6A gets a faster chipset as compared to the Redmi 5A, and also ships with Android 8.1 Oreo-based MIUI skin, whereas the Redmi 5A’s user interface was based on the Android 7 Nougat. The Redmi 6A gets a 2.0GHz Mediatek Helio A22 quad-core processor, while the Redmi 5A is powered by a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 quad-core processor.

Both handsets, however, come with either a 2GB RAM and 16GB storage, or a 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. While both handsets can take up to 256GB of storage, the Redmi 5A comes with a dedicated microSD card slot and dual 4G SIM support, whereas the successor has a hybrid setup.

Redmi 6A vs Redmi 5A: Battery, Other Specifications

In the battery department too, the two phones are identical. Both come with a 3,000mAh battery with no fast charging support. Both get a microUSB 2.0 port for charging.

Both the handsets come in the same Gold, Rose Gold, Grey and Blue colours. They share connectivity options just as well, such as Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, and a 3.5mm audio jack.

Redmi 6A vs Redmi 5A: Price in India,

The Redmi 5A is sold on Flipkart and costs Rs 5,999 for the base 2GB RAM variant, and Rs 6,999 for the 3GB RAM plus 32GB storage variant. Th Redmi 6A is now launched at Rs 5,999 for the 2GB RAM + 16GB storage model, and Rs 6,999 for the 2GB RAM + 32GB storage variant. It will be up for sale on Amazon.in and Mi.com, starting September 19, 2018 at 12 noon. 

Redmi 6A vs Redmi 5A: Conclusion

As you can see, the Redmi 6A is clearly a better phone than the one it replaces. While the Redmi 5A is still an excellent value-for-money offering, with the launch of the Redmi 6A, the Redmi 5A sure seems outdated. We suggest you go for the taller display and better looking Redmi 6A today. Besides, there is no difference in the pricing. 



Coming from a background in journalism, Sharjeel (not Ahmed) is curious about consumer technology. He thinks Xiaomi is taking over the world, and he is excited about it. He has written feature stories and news reports for Telangana Today, Times of India, Metro India, and a couple of other publications. He tweets at @Sharjeel314, and writes short fiction when armtwisted by his wife.

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