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Xiaomi Redmi 5A Launched In China But Should You Ditch Your Redmi 4A For It? Find Out

Question asked by Satya Swaroop Dash in #Coffee Room on Oct 17, 2017
Satya Swaroop Dash
Satya Swaroop Dash · Oct 17, 2017
Rank A3 - PRO
Xiaomi is always cooking up new smartphones that manage to rake up a storm every time they go on sale. This time they are looking at the entry-level segment and have launched the Redmi 5A. It is immediately clear that this smartphone is the successor to the hugely successful Redmi 4A but is it worth the upgrade? We shall help you decide if you should ditch your current Redmi 4A for it in this article. Just a heads up, the Xiaomi Redmi 5A is currently available in China and will take months to arrive at Indian shores, so if you are planning to gift a Redmi 4A to someone this Diwali please go ahead with it.

Redmi 5A (1)

The Redmi 5A or as Google Translate likes to call it Red Rice 5A has been launched in China yesterday and it costs 599 CNY or 5882 INR. This means by the time it arrives in India or built in India like most Redmi phones it shall cost about six thousand rupees which is the same as the Redmi 4A. So what new do you get when there is no price change? For starters the Redmi 5A is available in Gold, Grey and Pink colour variants. The Redmi 4A is available only in Gold and Dark Grey. The second biggest addition is the presence of MIUI 9 which is Xiaomi take on Android Nougat. If you are using a Redmi 4A you have to make do with MIUI 8 which is Android Marshmallow mod. The Redmi 5A looks better than the Redmi 4A because of its faux metal finish. The Redmi 5A has a 5inch HD resolution display with no protective glass.

Redmi 5A (2)
Redmi 5A (3) Redmi 5A (4)

Things however quickly take a turn for the worse as we find that Xiaomi has stuck the same innards on the Redmi 5A which were previously seen on the Redmi 4A. The Redmi 5A has the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset with 1.4GHz quad-core processor, Adreno 308 GPU and 2GB of RAM. The internal memory on the Redmi 5A is 16GB and the surprising thing here is that it is only available in 16GB. Here in India you can buy the 3GB RAM, 32GB internal memory variant by paying a thousand rupees more.

Redmi 5A (6)
Redmi 5A (7) Redmi 5A (8)

Camera wise things remain the same as before with a 13MP camera on the rear and 5MP camera on the front. While Xiaomi has fitted a smaller 3000mAh battery on the Redmi 5A it claims the phone can last for 8 days on a single charge because of the software optimisations in MIUI 9. We are not sure how it is possible and will reserve our verdict until we get the phone in our hands. The Redmi 5A has the same frustrating hybrid dual SIM tray and all the connectivity options you expect from a smartphone.

Redmi 5A (5)

The final verdict is loud and clear stick with your current Redmi 4A and if you are planning to buy a budget smartphone this Diwali then go for the Redmi 4A with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal memory variant since we do not know when or if this smartphone will arrive in Indian markets.

Source: Mi Posted in: #Coffee Room
Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare · Oct 17, 2017
Rank A1 - PRO
The frequency of smartphone hardware upgrades is faster than software upgrade. I think the only company that's really innovating these days is Samsung; but they need to bring down the prices of their smartphones 😁

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