Xiaomi has kickstarted the arrival of its fifth-generation Redmi smartphones, starting with the launch of the new Redmi Note 5A in China. The new handset brings a relatively larger display and a keen focus on the ever-growing selfie trend with a high-resolution front camera. Unfortunately, though, there aren’t any upgrades in the design section.
The Redmi Note 5A carries a similar aesthetic to its predecessor with a straightforward clamshell metal build and off-screen capacitive buttons. There’s a 5.5-inch 720p panel up front and a much-needed USB Type-C port on the bottom. It is powered by the same Snapdragon 425 processor on the base variant and 435 on the premium ones, 2/3/4GB of RAM, 16/32/64GB internal storage which is expandable and a 3080mAh battery. Another welcome change the Note 5A comes with is a dedicated slot for a MicroSD card instead of a hybrid one. A rear fingerprint sensor will be available as well on the two higher variants.
The camera arrangement includes a 13-megapixel f/2.2 sensor, a LED flash, and a front-facing 16-megapixel f/2.0 shooter along with a soft flash. However, the entry-level model comes with a 5-megapixel front camera and drops the soft flash as well. Out of the box, the Redmi Note 5A runs on the latest MIUI9 which is based on last year’s Android Nougat. There are three color options you can choose from – Champagne Gold, Rose Gold, and Platinum Silver.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A’s base 2+16GB variant is priced at CNY 699 (roughly Rs. 6,700), 3+32GB at CNY 899 (roughly Rs. 8,600) and lastly, the 4+64GB variant is priced at CNY 1,199 (roughly Rs. 11,500). The handset will go on sale via Mi.com and JD.com from Tuesday.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A Specifications
- Dimensions: 153×76.2×7.5mm; Weight: 150 grams
- 5.5-inch IPS 720p display
- MIUI9, Android Nougat
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 425/435 processor, 2/3/4GB RAM, 16/32/64GB internal storage, Dedicated MicroSD card slot
- Rear Camera: 13-megapixel, f/2.2, LED flash
- Front Camera: 16/5-megapixel, f/2.0, soft flash on the higher variants
- USB Type-C port
- Adreno 505 GPU
- 4G, Bluetooth v4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- 3080mAh battery