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Xiaomi Redmi 5A Review

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Rating: 90/100
Price: ₹ 5,999/-

Specs:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 425
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage with MicroSD card support
  • 3080 mAh battery
  • 13MP rear camera
  • 5MP front camera

How does it feel out of t he box?

Redmi Note 5A is a entrylevel phone made by Xiaomi. The Redmi Note 5A is made entirely of plastic and while it does not look or feel premium, the build quality is excellent. It has a solid build and feels light-weight when you hold it. It weighs just 137 grams, the device feels lighter than many other 5-inch smartphones in this range. The phones look similar to company’s other budget smartphones including Redmi 4A. The device has 8.4mm decent thickness, which is enough to fit in hand easily. On the back, the rear camera module is located on the top left of the device along with the single LED flash. Also, you will find the Mi logo. The speaker grill moved towards the bottom of the device beside micro USB slot.

Unlike the back, the front bears a very minimalistic look. A 5-inch HD (1024×720 pixels) display sits in the middle and the three backlit touch capacitive buttons below it. Above the display, there is a speaker grill along with the front camera, ambient light, proximity sensors and the notification LED.

Xiaomi Redmi 5A

HOW DOES IT PERFORM?

The Redmi Note 5A has a decent spec for a phone of its entry-level price. It is powered by a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor with Adreno 308 GPU. The devices come with 2GB of RAM, which can handle multitasking smoothly. With Adreno 308, the 3D games run very well and we didn’t notice any performance or major heating issues when playing games.

On the connectivity front, the device offers Hybrid Dual SIM, 4G VoLTE support, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, and a micro USB port. Despite the decent slim profile, the Redmi Note 5A packs in a 3,000 mAh battery, which gives some decent backup. There is also an infrared blaster through which one can control various home appliances. The device runs on Android 7.1.2 Nougat OS with MIUI 9.0 on the top, the latest version of Xiaomi’s operating system. The MIUI is one of the popular user interfaces that offers a bunch of interesting features and customizations. However, it is worth mentioning that the Redmi Note 5A comes with too much of bloatware apps, which takes unwanted space, especially if you consider the 16GB storage. Thankfully, MIUI gives an option to delete it.

HOW IS THE CAMERA?

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A has done well in the camera department. The phone’s 13-megapixel camera is quick and delivers clear and crisp shots in most conditions. Overall, it is an impressive camera with plenty of filters and camera modes. The front 5-megapixel selfie camera can take decent selfies, but not the best. The images recognition function works fine most of the time and it also predicts the age of the person which is a nice addition.

Verdict

The Redmi Note 5A is another powerful budget phone made Xiaomi. The phone is good for first-time smartphone buyer. It’s a complete package offered by Xiaomi at an attractive price but honestly, I don’t see any significant upgrades over the last generation models. At last we can say that Xiaomi seems to have cracked the budget smartphone segment.

 

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