At the moment, the Redmi 4A is the most affordable smartphone offered by the company, and today, Xiaomi has announced its successor, the Redmi 5A, at an event in China today. Priced at CNY 599 (Rs 5,900 approximately), it will be available for purchase in China starting today via e-commerce websites, including Xiaomi’s official website.
Pretty much a clone of its predecessor in terms of design, the only difference is that the Redmi 5A comes with metal body, as against the polycarbonate body of the Redmi 4A. At the back sits a 13-megapixel rear camera of f/2.2 aperture and features like burst mode, HDR mode, panorama mode and more, which is accompanied by an LED flash. The antenna runs across the top edge of the device. The Mi logo sits towards the end, while the speaker grille is placed below it.
Up front, sits a 5-megapixel lens with f/2.0 aperture, which is placed next to the earpiece, and a proximity sensor. It has a 5-inch HD display with 720 x 1,280pixel resolution, and we see no marks of a fingerprint sensor. The volume rocker and the power button are placed on the right, whereas the SIM tray sits on the left. ALSO READ: Xiaomi Diwali with Mi sale: Deals on Redmi Note 4, Redmi 4, Mi Max 2 and more
Under the hood, it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 quad-core chipset clocked at 1.4 GHz, accompanied by 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, which is further expandable up to 128GB. The smartphone runs Android 7.1 topped with MIUI 9. It is fuelled by a 3,000mAh battery. Connectivity options on the smartphone include a 3G/4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Micro-USB. The smartphone carries a hybrid SIM slot. ALSO READ: Xiaomi’s Big Bazaar partnership signifies a change of tide at the Chinese smartphone company
In comparison, the Xiaomi Redmi 4A was launched in India in March this year, and came with a price tag of Rs 5,999. The Xiaomi Redmi 4A sports a 5-inch HD (720p) IPS display, and is powered by Qualcomm’s 64-bit Snapdragon 425 quad-core chipset paired with Adreno 308GPU. The smartphone comes in 2GB and 3GB RAM option, both of which have 16GB of expandable storage.
The smartphone also features a 13-megapixel primary camera and a 5-megapixel selfie camera. A 3,120mAh battery fuels the device. There’s also no fingerprint sensor onboard. Connectivity options include dual-SIM card slots with a hybrid setup, 4G with VoLTE support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. On the software front, the smartphone runs on Android Marshmallow-based MIUI 8. ALSO READ: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, Redmi 4 and Redmi 4A: Here’s what’s different