Xiaomi expanded its affordable smartphone earlier this year in India with the launch of the Redmi 4A. Priced at Rs 5,999, the Redmi 4A offers a compact design with decent specifications for an affordable smartphone. Yesterday, Xiaomi announced the successor to Redmi 4A, the Redmi 5A. The smartphone is priced at RMB 599 (approximately Rs 5,900), and is currently available for purchase in China. The Redmi 5A comes with a few upgrades over its predecessor, the Redmi 4A. Here’s a look at what’s changed between the two smartphones.
Design and display
Xiaomi hasn’t done much in terms of changes with the Redmi 5A in comparison with the Redmi 4A. The smartphone retains the same 5-inch HD display, but with an eye protection mode.. The design goes through a slight change with the antenna line now sitting below the rear camera lens. The Redmi 5A also flaunts a metal body now as opposed to the polycarbonate Redmi 4A.
Processor, RAM, and storage
There isn’t change performance wise either as the Redmi 5A continues with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 425 quad-core processor under its hood. There isn’t any bump in storage as the smartphone packs 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 128GB via a microSD card. ALSO READ: Xiaomi Redmi 4A Review: The new king of affordable smartphones
In the photography department, the Redmi 5A sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.2 aperture. The rear camera has features like burst mode, HDR mode, panorama mode, among others. Up front, it houses a 5-megapixel camera of f/2.0 aperture for selfies and video calling. The Redmi 4A also comes with the same camera specifics except for the front camera which is of f/2.2 aperture. ALSO READ: Xiaomi Redmi 4 Review: Big on everything, small in size
Connectivity and OS
Connectivity options remain the same with dual-SIM support (hybrid SIM slot), 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and microUSB. The software receives an upgrade as the Redmi 5A runs on Android 7.0 Nougat-based MIUI 9. The Redmi 4A, on the other hand, runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based MIUI 8. ALSO READ: MIUI 9 Global Beta roll out: Here are all the supported Xiaomi smartphones
Redmi smartphones are known for their strong battery life. The Redmi 5A is no different as it is fueled by a 3,000mAh battery with a claim of eight days of power on standby mode. Xiaomi says that with MIUI system-level power optimization the Redmi 5A can offer 23 hours of video playback or 14 hours of gaming. Interestingly, the Redmi 4A has a slightly bigger 3,120mAh battery.
|Features||Xiaomi Redmi 5A||Xiaomi Redmi 4A|
|Display||5-inch HD||5-inch HD|
|Processor||Snapdragon 425 quad-core SoC||Snapdragon 425 quad-core SoC|
|Storage||16GB (expandable)||16GB (expandable)|
|Connectivity||4G VoLTE, Dual-SIM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth||4G VoLTE, Dual-SIM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth|
|Android OS||Android 7.0 Nougat based MIUI 9||Android 6.0 Marshmallow based MIUI 8|
|Price||Rs 5,900 (approximately)||Rs 5,999|