Redmi 5A first impressions: Xiaomi's next shot


The listing on the website shows that the smartphone will come with 2GB/3GB/4GB RAM and 16/32/64 GB of internal storage option. You might be thinking the camera performance to be average on the Redmi 5A - after all, the phone only costs Rs 4999. It would be powered by a Snapdragon 625 Chipset. The Redmi 4A came with a 3,120mAh battery, while this year's model only offers a 3,000mAh one. You can expand the memory of the phone upto 128GB by using a microSD card. The Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus will sport rather thin bezels, at least compared to their predecessors, and both phones will ship with a rounded display.

The Redmi 5A sports a polycarbonate body with a metallic matte finish that looks quite polished. We know the new Redmi phone will be announced soon especially now the Android phone has reached TENAA. Android Nougat is expected to come pre-installed on these two phones, and as already mentioned, MIUI 9 will be included on top of it. Those new devices are none other than Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus which were leaked a while ago. Xiaomi India head, Manu Kumar Jain tweeted, "Manu Kumar Jain, Xiaomi India Managing Director, revealed the Jio cashback offer following the launch of the Redmi 5A on Thursday". For photography, the smartphone is equipped with a 13-megapixel rear camera with Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF) and a f/2.2 aperture.

There are some more catches with the offer. The handset's primary camera has a 13MP sensor, just like a year ago, and a 5MP selfie-camera. There's nothing exceptional about the camera as per the initial testing, just that it is better than most of the competition so a fair win for Xiaomi in the segment.

Redmi 5A will be available at a starting price of Rs. 4,999/- for the 2GB + 16GB variant.

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Xiaomi's also joined hands with Reliance Jio to offer customers a Rs 1000 cashback.

As expected, Xiaomi has launched Redmi 5A in India.

While the smartphone's exact pricing remains a mystery at this point, it is likely that Micromax will price it competitively against Xiaomi's offering. You get what you pay for, right?