Although the demand for the phone may be high due to launch offers, but we are more interested to know the actual performance of the phone. Can Xiaomi Redmi 5A really become the ‘Desh Ka Smartphone’? We got a chance to spend some time with this device. Know how our experience with the phone was on the first use.
The first feature of the Redmi 5A that first caught our attention is its lightness. Weighing 137 grams, the phone feels very light in the hands. The phone is made of plastic and a little flexibility can be seen in the body when twisted. We don’t think there is anything to worry about, but it would be nice to use a cover. The phone fits snugly in the hand and thanks to the 5-inch screen. Due to the curved edges, the thickness of the phone is 8.35 mm.
We got a Gold unit for testing, but Xiaomi has also listed Dark Gray and Rose Gold color variants. The Gold variant is not yet listed on Xiaomi’s store page and may be introduced later. The rear has a plastic finish and it is not a mistake to mistake it for metal. The Gold variant has a white front while the Gray variant looks sober with a black front. The interesting thing is that the box of the Redmi 5A is in bright red color and there is a small Xiaomi logo in the corner. The company is emphasizing on making Redmi the primary brand.
The screen is quite crisp and has a resolution of 720×1280 pixels but the colors are not vivid. There is a lot of plastic on the top and bottom of the screen. Xiaomi has non-backlit capacitive buttons for Android navigation, which is not a good thing. But the same is expected at this price. The power and volume buttons on the right are easy to use. On the left side, there are two trays which can be used for two SIM cards or one SIM card and microSD card. The Xiaomi Redmi 5A features a micro-USB port at the bottom and an infrared ammeter at the bottom to control home appliances. The most special thing on the rear is the text ‘Made in India’ written on it. Apart from this, on the rear of the phone, there is a camera and flash in the middle left corner while there is a large speaker grille at the bottom.
Redmi 5A runs on Xiaomi’s custom UI MIUI 9. Swiping right from the lockscreen can quickly access the IR Remote app, Flashlight and Mi Home app to control Xiaomi’s home appliances.
The MIUI is nice to run if you like the single-layer UI. In the list you will find some additional animations. But in the limited time we did not see any problem in running the phone. You get access to password-protected apps. Apart from this, you can also run two accounts of one app simultaneously. Xiaomi has also provided Amazon Shopping, WPS Office, UC News and Microsoft Office and Skype apps in the phone. Apart from this, there is also Google Suite.
A Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor has been given in Xiaomi Redmi 5A. The phone will get the option of 2 GB RAM / 16 GB storage and 3 GB RAM / 32 GB storage. It is possible to expand the storage up to 128 GB via microSD card. The phone has a 13 megapixel rear camera, but the battery capacity is 3000 mAh so we will have to wait to see how it performs.
We will talk about the camera and battery performance in detail in our detailed review. Stay tuned to Gadgets 360 Hindi for all the information related to Redmi 5A.