Tightening its unrelenting grip on the budget smartphone space, Xiaomi India presented ‘Desh ka smartphone’ aka Redmi 5A a couple of weeks back. What you must know is that the Redmi 5A is a budget smartphone done right (at least on paper), but is it good enough for you to buy?
We have been testing the base Redmi 5A model – the one with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage – and are now in a position to answer some of the pressing Redmi 5A questions that you might be bothering potential buyers. Let’s discuss further in our Redmi 5A FAQ.
- Looks good
- Good quality display
- Dedicated card slot
- Runs MIUI 9 out of the box
- Mediocre performance
Xiaomi Redmi 5A Specifications
|Model||Xiaomi Redmi 5A|
|Display||5-Inch, IPS LCD HD display|
|Processor||Snapdragon 425 processor|
|Internal Storage||16GB/32GB(microSD card supported)|
|Software||Android 7.0 Nougat based MIUI 9|
|Primary Camera||13MP sensor, dual-tone LED Flash, PDAF|
|Selfie Camera||5MP Front-Facing Camera, f/2.0 aperture|
|Others||Dual SIM (Nano + Nano), dedicated SD card slot, 4G VoLTE and ViLTE support on both SIM.|
|Dimension and weight||140.4 x 70.1 x 8.4 mm; 137 grams|
|Redmi 5A India Price||First 5 Million phones: Rs. 4,999/ Rs. 6,999
Actual price: Rs. 5,999/ Rs. 6,999
Redmi 5A Look and Feel
Question: How is the Redmi 5A design?
Answer: The Redmi 5A is a compact phone that’s easy to manage. It’s not vastly different from the Redmi 4A that it succeeds, but a few iterative refinements ensure that it looks more premium.
For instance, there is 2.5D glass on the front and the back has a metal finish (the material used is plastic, though). The speaker is still present on the rear, but thanks to the tapered edges, the audio doesn’t get muffled when the phone is lying on its back.
The IR blaster and Audio jack are present up top, the regular micro USB port is at the bottom, and the hard buttons on the right edge are easily accessible. There is no fingerprint sensor, though.
Question: How is the Redmi 5A build quality?
Answer: The phone feels solid and well built.
Question: Is Redmi 5A Water resistant?
Answer: No, it’s not.
Question: Does the Redmi 5A comes with back cover and screen protector?
Answer: No. Only the charging cable and charger is present in the box.
Question: Are Redmi 5A Capacitive buttons backlit?
Answer: No. They are not. The buttons respond with haptic feedback (vibration), though.
Question: How is the Redmi 5A display?
Answer: The display quality has improved compared to Redmi 4A. In its class, the Redmi 5A display is quite good in terms of quality.
Question: Does Redmi 5A have the option to switch between color modes?
Answer – Yes. The MIUI 9 has efficient color temperature presets (cold, warm, standard) and you can also toggle between Standard and
Question: Does the Redmi 5A have a Bluelight filter?
Answer: Yes, the phone has a ‘Reading Mode’ that you can access from Settings>> Display.
Question: Does Redmi 5A has the option for automatic brightness?
Answer: Yes, it does. Auto-brightness, however, doesn’t work very fast.
Question: Does the Redmi 5A display has Gorilla glass protection?
Redmi 5A Performance and Storage
Question: How much internal storage space is free on Redmi 5A?
Answer: Out of 16GB, around 10.4GB storage is available at the user end.
Question: Does Redmi 5A have a separate microSD card slot?
Answer: Yes, it does.
Question: Does Redmi 5A has USB OTG support?
Answer: Yes, USB OTG is supported.
Question: Does Redmi 5A have a fingerprint sensor? How many fingerprints can you scan and store?
Answer: No. It doesn’t have a fingerprint sensor.
Question: How is the day-to-day or general performance? How is gaming performance of Redmi 5A?
Answer: The Redmi 4A isn’t a very fast phone. The phone did stutter a couple of times when we had multiple apps open in the background and we did encounter an App crash, but overall, the performance isn’t laggy.
Overall, the performance is good enough for the price and basic users should be able to make ends meet. We’d still recommend you to go for the 3GB RAM and 32GB storage model if you can extend your budget.
This isn’t a phone meant for high-end gaming, but surprisingly heavy games that we tried were playable.
Question: Does Redmi 5A have heating issues?
Answer: No it doesn’t. The phone gets hot while charging, but other than that it runs cool.
Redmi 5A Benchmark Scores
|Geekbench single core, multi-core||645, 1809|
|3D Mark slingshot||55|
Redmi 5A Camera
Question: How is the Redmi 5A camera quality?
Answer: We didn’t go into this review expecting much. At this price point, it won’t be fair to demand much in terms of camera performance.
In good lighting, you can capture workable shots from the front and rear cameras, but if you zoom in or examine them on a bigger screen you will notice poor details and abundant noise.
Question: How is the selfie camera on Redmi 5A?
Answer: The selfie camera is an average performer. Images clicked in good lighting look good on phone’s screen. Other than that, the experience is nothing to write home about.
Question: Can the Redmi 5A shoot Full HD videos?
Answer: Yes. It can.
Question: Can you record slow-motion videos on Redmi 5A?
Answer: No. There is an option for time lapse videos, though.
Redmi 5A Software
Question: How is the software on the Redmi 5A?
Answer: Redmi 5A is the first phone to run MIUI 9 out of the box in India. MIUI 9 brings in several subtle improvements and performance optimizations. There are features like split-screen mode, new image editor, a new limitless theme that conforms to global taste and more.
Also Check: MIUI 9 Global features
Question: Can you run dual apps or two apps with the same account on Redmi 5A?
Answer: Yes. You can.
Question: Will Redmi 5A get Android 8.0 Oreo update?
Answer: Most probably it won’t. It will continue getting MIUI version updates.
Question: What kind of SIM cards does Redmi 5A support?
Answer: The phone accepts two nano SIM cards.
Question: Does Redmi 5A support FM radio?
Answer: Yes, FM radio is present.
Question: Does Redmi 5A have IR blaster?
Answer: Yes it does.
Question: Does Redmi 5A have LED Notification light
Answer: Yes, it has one right below the Home navigation button.
Question: How is the call quality on Redmi 5A?
Answer: Call quality is excellent.
Question: Does Redmi 5A support Reliance Jio SIM cards/ 4G VoLTE? Do both SIM slots support 4G VoLTE?
Answer: Yes, 4G VoLTE is supported on both SIM slots.
Question: Does Redmi 5A support native Jio Video calling or ViLTE?
Answer: Yes. Jio ViLTE or Video over LTE is also supported on the phone. Jio native video calling works fine.
Question: How is the Battery backup on Redmi 5A?
Answer: The 3000mAh battery can comfortably last for more than a day.
Question: Does Redmi 5A support fast charging?
Answer: No, it doesn’t.
Question: Does Redmi 5A have Gyroscope sensor?
Answer: No, it does not.
Question: How loud is the loudspeaker on Redmi 5A?
Answer: The loudspeaker is very loud. Audio output quality is decent.
Redmi 5A Review – Should you buy it?
The Xiaomi Redmi 5A is nothing fancy, but it’s certainly a phone that works for its price. Xiaomi has improved aspects like display and overall look and feel of the phone and added a dedicated card slot, all of which add up to make Redmi 5A a meaningful update.
If you are limited by a budget, the Redmi 5A is as good as it gets, but if you are willing to spend more, you should consider exchange and other deals on Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 or Redmi 4 instead.