Xiaomi launches Redmi 5A for Rs 4999 onwards

Gwen Vasquez
November 30, 2017

The Chinese smartphone brand launched Redmi 5A in in its home country (China) last month.

Xiaomi's "Desh ka Smartphone", housing a mammoth battery is all set to be launched on Thursday. The Redmi 5A, as many of you already know, is the company's entry-level handset, and such Xiaomi-branded smartphones usually sell really well in India.

The Redmi 5A is based around a Snapdragon 425 chipset along with 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM. Redmi 5A is a demonstration of next step by Xiaomi to provide updated and next-generation technology to the users while keeping the overall cost as low as possible to allow it to be acquired by everyone. In fact, for most people will find it hard to pinpoint the differences. As far as pricing is concerned Xiaomi seems to have hit the bulls eye once again. However, the 5A comes with a metallic finish instead of a plastic look of the 4A. The older gen Redmi 4A too features the same 5-inch HD display.

The device will be available in two versions - 2GB RAM/16GB storage for Rs 4,999 and 3GB RAM/32GB storage for Rs 6,999. Xiaomi is also rolling out a model with 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage, which will be available for ₹6,999.

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The device comes with a microUSB port, GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.1 with A2DP, and LE support, a 3.5 mm headphone jack and dual nano-SIM slots for connectivity. Turn it around and you will see a slightly redesigned rear panel as opposed to that seen of the Redmi 4A - the speaker grille now shifts below the faux antenna line and so does the camera along with the LED flash. It also has a 5 megapixels front camera with f/2.0 aperture.

As stated earlier, the Xiaomi Redmi 5A is powered by the same internals that makes up the Redmi 4A, so we assume that the performance would be identical. Out of the box, the handset runs on Android 7.1.2 Nougat with MIUI 9 on the top. Xiaomi says the MIUI 9 offers explosively fast launch times along with new features such as Smart Assistant and Universal Search. The Xiaomi Redmi 5A is a metal-clad smartphone which does not sport a fingerprint scanner, which is one of the ways Xiaomi was able to keep its price at bay.

In an effort to celebrate the contribution of the Indian users towards making Xiaomi, the No.1 brand in India, Xiaomi has chose to keep the cost of first five million units at INR 4,999. Now, Xiaomi introduced three color variants of this handset in India, Dark Gray, Gold and Rose Gold options.

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