The Xiaomi series have been doing well on the market mainly because the company doesn’t hesitate to equip its affordable phones with premium specs. The Xiaomi Redmi 5A is another addition to its budget phone lineup. As a successor of the Redmi 4A, most of us would expect significant upgrades although the previous phone was already good.
The Xiaomi Redmi 5A maintains the typical Xiaomi design language. It’s not a bad thing because it has become a signature style for Xiaomi phones. It’s made of polycarbonate with a metallic matte finish. The exterior can fool you, but many handsets are now coated in matte finishes to give them premium looks. At 8.35mm, the 5A is pretty slim. It also sports a 5-inch screen which has become the norm nowadays. Unfortunately, being budget comes at a price. The new phone no longer features a fingerprint sensor. Well, we can’t ask too much for the price. At least, other basic features like dual-SIM support aren’t compromised. You can still insert two SIM cards along with 1 microSD card into the tray.
To be honest, the specs are rather underwhelming for those who are accustomed to seeing high-quality displays. The Xiaomi Redmi 5A’s 5-inch HD (1280 × 720) IPS screen isn’t bad especially when we take into account the price tag, but it doesn’t stand out. Then again, it’s not realistic to expect a better display unless you’re willing to pay more. Color reproduction is good, so is the contrast. Colors look pretty vibrant, which is a rarity for a budget Smartphone. If you like reading at night, it comes with a Read Mode that works by lowering the amount of blue light coming out of the screen. This is necessary to reduce eye fatigue.
The rear camera is 13MP with a f/2.2 aperture. It also features an LED flash and Phase Detection Autofocus. Compared to the older model, it is now capable of shooting full HD videos at 30fps. It’s quite impressive for a budget phone, right? Even the front-facing camera is decent. It utilizes a 5MP sensor with a f/2.0 aperture. The image quality isn’t the most desirable, but for the price it does exceptionally well. As long as there is enough light hitting the sensor, the results will still look sharp and show plenty of detail. The front is just alright quality-wise. It captures detailed shots, but colors aren’t too exciting.
There are two models with 2GB and 3GB of RAM. As for the processor, it’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset. This is an entry-level combination, but props for the company for adding 16GB of storage to the base model. If you want more space to store files, opt for the other variant with 32GB of built-in memory. Judging by the processor, it’s easy to guess that it won’t be close to the ‘snappy’ territory. For basic tasks, however, it’s still very reliable. You won’t have a problem using it for calling, texting, browsing, and watching videos. Just don’t expect it to go well with RAM-intensive games. It’s not designed for gaming. Some titles can still be played, but you have to lower the settings.
Xiaomi Redmi 5A specs:
- 140 x 70.1 x 8.35 mm (Size)
- 5-inch HD (1280 x 720) IPS display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor
- 2/3 GB of RAM, 16/32 GB of storage
- MicroSD card support up to 128GB
- 13 MP rear camera with LED flash, 5 MP front camera
- 3,000 mAh battery