Xiaomi is touting the Redmi 5A as "Desh ka Smartphone" or a smartphone that has been designed from grounds up for India. In fact, if you peel away the body of the Redmi 5A, you will find the innards of the Redmi 4A, nearly entirely, apart from a few things.
Packing similar hardware & features, Xiaomi's Redmi 4A and Redmi 5A are more or less the same. It is definitely the lowest priced phone Xiaomi has to offer. Since it resides under the budget smartphone segment, the Redmi 5A doesn't sport fancy 2.5D glass on its 5-inch LCD display for scratch resistance. The phone runs on a snappy Snapdragon 425 quad core processor clocked at 1.4 GHz. The first variant comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage.
Xiaomi has also included a noise cancelling microphone, which favours the Redmi 5A as compared to what the competition offers. However, the Redmi 5A has a dedicated microSD card slot, instead of the hybrid card slot.
When it comes to the cameras, the Redmi 5A utilises a 13MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture and PDAF for the rear as well as a 5MP selfie sensor for the front. It also has a 5 megapixels front camera with f/2.0 aperture.
If you're someone who is looking for a basic smartphone at dirt-cheap prices, but, also someone who loves to flaunt it, the Redmi 4A should get the job done. The eye-catching feature of the new smartphone is that it comes with an "8-day battery life" which the company refers to standby time. This year's model, the Xiaomi Redmi 5A comes with MIUI 8.5 on board, which means that its operating system is based on Android Nougat, not on the Marshmallow. It runs on Android 7.1.2-based MIUI 9 software, with features such as one-handed mode, app locker for password protection, and the ability to run two instances of the same app with different accounts. It doesn't seem as seamless as Xiaomi claims, but we will observe its performance and speak out our take in the final review.
Redmi 5A features a metallic matte finish in terms of design. However, Xiaomi is offering an additional discount of Rs 1,000 for the first 1 million customers of the 2GB/16GB variant, bringing its price down to Rs 4,999. The 3GB RAM and 32GB storage at ₹6,999. It is natural the Bharat 5 smartphone is going to be a budget-friendly device targeted mainly towards the budget-conscious shoppers - an area which has widely been dominated by Xiaomi's smartphones.