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Good things come in small packages

If you are looking to buy an economical device with good performance, you are probably the ideal Indian consumer and the first name on your list is Xiaomi. Or maybe even the second and third names, since Xiaomi has many options for consumers with a low budget. Now, with the Redmi 5A, the company has brought another new entry in the budget segment, which should attract many users. And with its competitive price of only 5,999 for the 2GB / 16GB variant and 6,999 for the 3GB / 32GB variant, the device actually ends up offering much more than you would expect. Well, if you are looking for your next low-budget smart phone, read on, as we present our in-depth review of the Redmi 5A:

Redmi 5A specifications

Before we get to the review part, let's leave the specifications in sight. Redmi 5A comes with quite good hardware, which you can see below:

Dimensions 140.4 x 70.1 x 8.4 mm
Weight 137 g
Display 5.0 inches (720 x 1280) ~ 296 ppi
Processor Qualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425
GPU Adreno 308
RAM 2GB / 3GB
Storage 16GB / 32GB
Primary camera 13 MP, f / 2.2
Secondary camera 5 MP, f / 2.0 ((protected email))
Battery 3000 mAh
OS MIUI 9 based on Android 7.1.2
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n, LTE, GSM, HSPA
Price Rs. 5, 999 (2GB / 16GB), Rs. 6, 999 (3GB / 32GB)

What's in the box

The Redmi 5A comes in a beautiful red cardboard box, with simple and decent packaging. The box has almost everything you would expect from a device at this price, including:

  • Redmi 5A
  • Charging adapter
  • MicroUSB cable
  • SIM ejector
  • User Guide
  • Warranty card

Design and construction quality

The design of the Redmi 5A is practically the same as any other Xiaomi device that exists. The body is made of plastic, with a brushed metallic finish on the top. In images, the device looks pretty good, and may even seem like something premium to some users. However, the feeling in the hand of the device is a completely different story. The device feels quite cheap when it is in the hand, and although I could hold it comfortably in my hand, I think it was due to the small form factor and not to the finishing of the device.

All buttons are well distributed on the right side of the device, and the left side is populated by the dual SIM card and micro SD card slots. There is a 3.5mm connector on the top accompanied by an IR blaster, and the bottom features the microUSB port for charging. The back features the Xiaomi brand, followed by the speaker grill. There is no fingerprint scanner in the Redmi 5A, but it is an understandable omission, considering the price of the device.

Yes, the Redmi 5A design is simple and subtle, yet almost similar to previous Xiaomi devices, the build quality is a solid reminder that you get what you paid for.

Display

The Redmi 5A sports a 5-inch HD screen with a pixel density of 296ppi. For a budget device, my expectations were not really that high. However, the Redmi 5A performs very well, and I personally had no complaints in the exhibition department. The images are sharp and the text looks sharp enough.

The viewing angles are excellent and the color reproduction of the screen is also more than satisfactory. The brightness levels of the device are good. While you may not be completely satisfied with outdoor use, the brightness setting should be sufficient for most cases.

Xiaomi has also included a option to adjust the color tone on the screen, allowing the user to choose between Clido, Standard and Cool tones. There is also an option to adjust the screen contrast.

User interface

Redmi 5A comes with Android Nougat 7.1 with Xiaomi MIUI 9 skin above. Previously, we have talked about all the excellent functions offered by MIUI 9, so, although I will not go into all the details, the general user interface is pleasant and easy to use.