Xiaomi today refreshed its most inexpensive smartphone model, the Redmi 4A (Review), with a brand new generation. The ability to deliver solid specs at reduced prices has functioned really well for the business thus far, but today the big gimmick is essentially a massive company-sponsored subsidy about the first five million Redmi 5A units it sells, bringing the price down to Rs. 4,999. We have seen innumerable introductory offers previously, but this one is undoubtedly going to create a massive rush of prospective buyers the moment it goes on sale on December 7.
While the introductory offer might overshadow the merits of the phone itself, we are more interested in the true utilization experience. Is your Xiaomi Redmi 5A truly capable of becoming a “desh ka smartphone”? We have managed to devote a little time with the device, and here are our first impressions.
This phone feels nearly insubstantial, weighing just 137g. It’s all plastic and the body really has a slight bend to it once twisted. We do not think that this is anything to be worried about, however a protective case might be a fantastic idea. The phone fits nicely in a hand, due to its 5-inch display, and the curved borders mask its 8.35millimeter thickness.
We have our hands on a Gold unit, but Xiaomi additionally lists Dark Grey and Rose Gold as options (the latter isn’t an option on Xiaomi’s store webpage, therefore it might be introduced later). The finish on the trunk is extremely plasticky, and there is no mistaking it for alloy. Both gold options have white front faces, even while they gray one seems more sober in black. On an interesting side note, the Redmi 5A’s box is bright red and there is just a tiny Xiaomi emblem in one corner – that the provider is emphasising Redmi itself as the primary brand.
The display is fairly crisp, given its size and 720×1280 resolution, however, colors are not all that vivid. There is quite a bit of plastic above and below the monitor. Xiaomi has employed non-backlit capacitive buttons for Android navigation, which isn’t good but that is what we expect at this price level. On the flip side, you will find just two individual trays; one for only a Nano-SIM and another for another Nano-SIM in addition to a individual microSD card. There is a Micro-USB interface on the bottom of this Xiaomi Redmi 5A and also an Infrared emitter on the top, and you obtain a preloaded program to remote control your appliances. The most interesting thing about the back is that the “Made in India” text. Aside from that, there is a flash and camera in the top-left corner, along with a huge speaker grille throughout the bottom.
In the lockscreen, you are able to swipe right to quickly pull up the IR remote program, flashlight, along with a Mi Home program which allows you to command Xiaomi home appliances.
The remainder of MIUI is fairly nice, if you like single-layer UIs. There are a few extraneous animations in lists and on program icons, but the phone didn’t feel sluggish whatsoever in our limited time with it. You have the ability to password-protect programs, run two instances of these with different accounts, and generate a protected “Second Space” which is almost like having another user accounts. Xiaomi has also preloaded Amazon Shopping, WPS Office, UC News, along with the Microsoft Office and Skype programs, in addition to Google’s standard ones.
The Xiaomi Redmi 5A includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chip, also either 2GB of RAM with 16GB of storage, or even 3GB of RAM with 32GB of storage. You are able to add a microSD card of up to 128GB. There is a 13-megapixel rear camera along with also a 5-megapixel front camera, each of which shoot shots which appear fairly decent on your phone’s personal display. Xiaomi is pushing battery life as a significant quality of this phone, but the battery capacity is a fairly typical 3000mAh, therefore we are going to have to wait to see exactly how that works out.
We will have complete battery and camera performance evaluations in our detailed review, and a lot more detail concerning the Redmi 5A coming up shortly, so stay tuned to Gadgets 360.