Xiaomi the Chinese electronics giant launched its budget smartphone in India called Redmi 5A, the device was promoted as ‘Desh Ka Smartphone’ and the device has some amazing specifications. With the Redmi 5A, the company has expanded its portfolio of budget smartphones and it is the successor of Redmi 4A. The Redmi 5A has fulfilled all the major expectations of a normal smartphone users, and it also comes with an attractive price tag. The smartphone has two variants- 2 GB RAM + 16 GB internal storage and 3 GB RAM + 32 GB internal storage. So, in this article, I’ll review the Xiaomi Redmi 5A.
In the box:
In the box, you will get the smartphone along with the charger plug and data cable which you can connect for charging as well as disconnect the USB cable to connect the smartphone to the PC and eject pin. Moreover, the device is coming with the screen guard to protect the display from unwanted scratches. However, the device not coming with headphone.
Let’s start with the design and build of the device, it feels solid and comfortable in the hands, as it has curved and smooth back. The device has a unibody design with a metallic finish and the device is weightless. The device weighs 137 grams and measures 140.4 x 70.1 x 8.4 mm, which makes the smartphone a pretty handy.
The front camera, ambient light sensor and the earpiece are placed on the top of the display. The capacitive navigation keys are placed right below the display, which does not have backlit, it’s disappointing but it’s okay. Moving to the right side, there is Power/Lock button along with the volume rocker. Coming to the left side, there are two trays- one for dual SIM cards, and the other one is dedicated memory card slot.
Speaking about the bottom side of the device, there is micro USB port along with the primary microphone. And top of the device, it has a 3.5 mm audio jack and an IR Blaster which helps you to control your home appliances. Moving to the rear side of the device, it has the primary camera along with the LED flash on the top left corner, which is the combined with the speaker grill at the bottom. And the speaker grill has a small protrusion to avoid the audio blockage when you place the device on a surface. So, the overall design of the device is not a groundbreaking but it is a perfect match for normal smartphone users who want to have a device from the budget class.
The device has a 5-inch display. along with 1280 X 720 pixels resolution, HD resolution and the screen is bright and clear. The device is not good in the brightness of the display, it produces a beam of light reflected on the screen. However, it is not that bad in the price tag which it has. Colours look rich and vivid and it can be adjusted manually in the display setting, and it also offers night mode for the comfortable living in the low light.
The device has 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.2 aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus and LED flash. Moving to the front camera, it has a 5-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture for selfies and video calls. After few testing, I got understand that the device is perfect for the daylight and in the bright area. However, it is not good in the dark and indoor photography. But again, you can’t complain in the available price tag. Check out the images.
The device is powered by Snapdragon 425 processor and it has 2 GB/3 GB RAM variant, along with 16GB/32 GB of storage respectively. Well, as we know the Snapdragon 425 is meant for low-end smartphones but still it can handle basic tasks, which we expect from a device. After using the device for a couple of hours, I don’t feel any lag or any kind of slow down, but yes if you play graphic intensive games then it slows down a bit and there are visible frame drops. Moreover, the device allows you to expand the storage via microSD card with a dedicated slot which is really good to expand the storage to keep your valuable moments in the device. So, for normal smartphone users who prefer to buy a budget smartphone then the performance of Xiaomi Redmi 5A is simply outstanding, you won’t complain anything until you don’t use the device in a pro way.
The smartphone has 3,000 mAh battery and it lasts for the whole day in a normal usage, which means you don’t need to charge the device multiple times in a day until you don’t use the device aggressively. I used the device a full day with the brightness at full, and then communicate with friends on the instant messaging application, play some favourite tracks and browse on the internet and the device worked fine in the whole day on a single charge.
The device runs on Android Nougat v7.0 which is based on Xiaomi’s latest MIUI 9 on top which is really good to have on a budget smartphone. In my experience, its pretty smooth and awesome but the device is pre-installed with few bloatware apps, but few of them can be removed which is really good. Moreover, the device is coming with few Mi apps such as Mi Store, Mi Drop, Mi Community and more. The device also pre-installed with applications from Microsoft, Amazon, and UC news. Speaking about the available storage, you will get 8 GB of internal storage on the 16 GB storage variant. But as I mentioned above, you can remove bloatware apps to free up some space on the device.
The Xiaomi Redmi 5A does not have any groundbreaking specifications, but the device is perfect for the budget category and I must say it offers something more, when we compare with the other smartphones offerings in the same category and price range. With the device, you will get a balance in hardware and software, and it is good to use for the daily usage. Also, for a person who uses the smartphone for normal activities. I will repeat that for the price tag, the smartphone is best and awesome and that’s the reason why the smartphone is the best selling budget phone in India.