Published: Thu, November 30, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Cory Rios

Xiaomi's 'Desh Ka' Handset Launches In India As The Redmi 5A

Xiaomi's 'Desh Ka' Handset Launches In India As The Redmi 5A

The Redmi 5A is successor to the Redmi 4A - a phone that Xiaomi is immensely proud about as it should be: the company has sold 40 lakh units of the Redmi 4A within eight months of its launch after all - and retains much of its predecessor's hardware set as also its ultra-affordable price tag.

In a bid to revamp the budget end of its smartphone lineup, Xiaomi has announced an updated version of its Redmi 4A budget smartphone - the Redmi 5A. In fact, for most people will find it hard to pinpoint the differences. But from the looks of it, Xiaomi is looking to capture small-town India with its new offering. As far as pricing is concerned Xiaomi seems to have hit the bulls eye once again.

The Redmi 5A features a 5-inch HD display with a resolution of 1280 x 720p and 296ppi pixel density. The phone runs on a snappy Snapdragon 425 quad core processor clocked at 1.4 GHz.

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The Redmi 5A is priced at Rs 5,999 for the base 2GB/16GB variant and Rs 6,999 for 3GB/32GB variant. Secondly, Xiaomi is also introducing a 3GB RAM/32GB storage version of the Redmi 5A in India. However, the Redmi 5A has a dedicated microSD card slot, instead of the hybrid card slot. Turn it around and you will see a slightly redesigned rear panel as opposed to that seen of the Redmi 4A - the speaker grille now shifts below the faux antenna line and so does the camera along with the LED flash. On the front, it has a 5MP camera which comes with f/2.0 aperture. The Redmi 4A came with a 3,120mAh battery, while this year's model only offers a 3,000mAh one. The Redmi 5A also comes with IR blaster and secondary noise cancelling microphones. On the software front, the device runs on Android Nougat-based MIUI 9. Naturally, the design of the Xiaomi Redmi 5A is not the one of a flagship handset.

As a part of the first sale, Xiaomi is offering, a discount of Rs 1,000 to the first five million customers who buy the Redmi 5A (16GB).

As stated earlier, the Xiaomi Redmi 5A is powered by the same internals that makes up the Redmi 4A, so we assume that the performance would be identical. It is natural the Bharat 5 smartphone is going to be a budget-friendly device targeted mainly towards the budget-conscious shoppers - an area which has widely been dominated by Xiaomi's smartphones. However, with the latest discount from the company, the new-gen Redmi 5A is definitely the cheapest Xiaomi phone ever.

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