Xiaomi has been hard at work bringing the latest MIUI 10 software to all supported devices. In the past couple of days, the company has released the update to a bunch of its devices such as the Redmi Note 5, Redmi Note 4, and the upcoming Redmi Note 6 Pro. The China variants get the updates first, followed by the global variants and that has been the case with these devices as well. Now, Xiaomi has released a new MIUI 10 global beta stable ROM for the budget Redmi 5A and several users in India have already received the update.
Redmi 5A MIUI 10 Global Stable ROM
The Redmi 5A from Xiaomi is considered to be one of the most popular budget smartphones in the country. It was first available for purchase in November 2017, and in the first 10 months of its existence, Xiaomi managed to sell over 10 million units of the device. Thanks to the Redmi 5A, the company had the No. 1 selling smartphone in India for about 9 months. In June 2018, the Chinese manufacturer released the successor to the 5A. The Redmi 6A is the latest budget smartphone from Xiaomi, which is also doing pretty well in sales.
Xiaomi released the Redmi 5A with Android 7.1.2 Nougat on board. The phone ran MIUI 9 and was confirmed to receive the MIUI 10 software update some time this year. Although the phone has been receiving beta updates for some time now, it is now being related the beta stable update. The latest global beta stable ROM has been released for a select batch of users in India. According to the company, the update is rolling out initially in batches and it will be seeded to more users after the initial test run. If you haven’t received the update, you will have to be a bit more patient.
The MIUI 10 Global Stable ROM for the Redmi 5A carries the build number MIUI 10.1.1.0.NCKMIFA and it is only available as over-the-air update. It should be noted that the update is still based on Android Nougat, not Oreo. Xiaomi had stated that the 5A will receive the Android Oreo update in Q4 2018, but we haven’t received any new information regarding this.
Redmi 5A vs Redmi 6A
The Redmi 5A is a budget smartphone and features a 5-inch HD display with 16:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by the Snapdragon 425 processor , which is coupled with up to 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The phone has a 13MP rear facing camera and a 5MP sensor up front. A 3000mAh battery is available to keep things running through the day, but it lacks a fingerprint sensor. These are all very out-dated specs, but thankfully, the new Redmi 6A is already available for purchase in the country.
Xiaomi released the Redmi 6A in June this year and it has been available in India since September. The phone starts at INR 5,999 in the country, which is very competitive. It still lacks a fingerprint sensor, but the internals have been upgraded. Even the design is new and the phone gets a larger 5.45-inch HD+ display. Xiaomi has used a MediaTek chipset this time around. The Helio P22 to be precise. The device comes with up to 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The camera specifications on this model are similar to its predecessor and include a 13MP rear camera and 5MP selfie unit. It also gets a 3000mAh battery, just like the Redmi 5A, but runs the newer Android 8.1 Oreo based MIUI 9.6.