Quick Review :
When we talk about budget smartphones in India, Redmi (or Xiaomi or Mi), is the biggest brand so they claim as well. All the models from the brand has been a hit and broken records from previous model. The quality and the performance of their handsets do the talking and suitable for most of the Indian buyers’ pockets. We expect the same from Redmi 5A as well as its predecessor Redmi 4A did. Redmi 5A is an upgrade (at least what brand is saying about it) and soon to replace the popularity of its predecessor. But our experts believe that the changes are superficial. When our experts put both models side by side, the phones were hardly different. Still what they liked about the new model is its hardware, solid, robust and still looks premium and comfortable in hands.
Brand has launched two variants.
Overall, the design and build matches the price band but nothing comparable to high end Android sets like Samsung S8 or Google Pixel or iPhone 8 for that matter. You are getting what you are paying for.
If we go in the details, at the front side above display, it has the selfie camera, earpiece and a light sensor. There are unlit navigation keys below the display. Power or lock key is on the right with volume adjusting keys. There are two slots on the left — one for dual SIM cards and another for to the microSD card. At the bottom, you will find a micro USB port with the primary microphone and the top of the phone houses a 3.5mm audio jack and an IR blaster, which is a trending feature these days. There’s the primary camera at the back with LED flash on the top left corner and the speaker frame is at the bottom.
The Redmi 5A has a 5-inch HD IPS LCD display with 720×1280 pixel resolution. Our experts compared this display with other budget handsets, the model that was closest match was the Redmi 4 itself. The pixel density does come to 296 pixels per inch though, which means you’ll struggle to spot any pixilation, unless you’re very close to the screen. You can make certain changes with manually and it has setting mode as “Night Mode” for a comfortable reading experience in low light, which is difficult to find in this range.