Xiaomi Redmi 5A has been established in India, following its launch in China in October. Marketed since the ‘Desh ka Smartphone’ in the country, the Redmi 5A has an entry level price tag as well as specifications. The biggest highlight of this smartphone is the company’s boast of an ‘8-day battery life’, referring to standby time. The Redmi 5A will even arrive with MIUI 9 preloaded, which should help the battery performance of the smartphone. Otherwise, the smartphone isn’t too much of an update over its popular budget predecessor, the Xiaomi Redmi 4A, which still retails in the country for Rs. 5,999.
Notably, there are a few changes over the China variant – that the Indian variant of the Xiaomi Redmi 5A comes with a dedicated microSD card slot, while the China variant includes a hybrid dual-SIM slot. Xiaomi has also introduced a 3GB RAM, 32GB storage variant in India, whereas China only had a 2GB RAM, 16GB storage variant. All units sold in India will be ‘Made in India’.
Xiaomi Redmi 5A price in India starts at Rs. 5,999 for your 2GB RAM, 16GB storage variant, and extends up to Rs. 6,999 for your 3GB RAM, 32GB storage variant. However, the first 5 million units of the 2GB RAM, 16GB storage will be available with a Rs. 1,000 discount, bringing the price down to Rs. 4,999 – making it the most economical Xiaomi smartphone in the country. The smartphone will soon be available via Flipkart and Mi.com, and Mi Home Stores on December 7 at 12pm, before being made available via Xiaomi’s offline retail partners throughout the country. The smartphone will be available in Dark Grey, Gold, and Rose Gold color variants. Past the Rs. 1,000 discount, no launch offers have been mentioned yet.
Xiaomi Redmi 5A specifications
The dual-SIM (Nano+Nano) Xiaomi Redmi 5A runs MIUI 9 predicated on Android Nougat, also sports a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display with a pixel density of 296ppi. It is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC that is clocked at up to 1.4GHz, coupled with 2GB or 3GB of RAM. The smartphone bears a 13-megapixel rear camera with an f/2.2 aperture, coupled with LED flash and PDAF. On the front, the Redmi 5A includes a 5-megapixel camera with an f/2.0 aperture.
The Redmi 5A comes with 16GB or 32GB of inbuilt storage that may be expanded via microSD card (up to 128GB) in a hybrid dual-SIM configuration. Connectivity options on the smartphone include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS/ A-GPS, Infrared, a 3.5millimeter headphone jack, plus a Micro-USB port. Sensors on board include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and a proximity sensor. It runs on a 3000mAh battery, with 5V/1A charging, rated to deliver up to 8 days of standby time, and 7 hours of video playback. It measures 140.4×70.1×8.35mm, and weighs 137 grams.