Last year November 4, the company Xiaomi announced two new devices in the budget level: Xiaomi Redmi Xiaomi Redmi 4 and 4A. The price first was $ 105 dollars, and the Redmi 4A – $ 75. These models went on sale a week after the announcement. These smartphones have become one of the best selling models of the company. And now a year later we were shown a new device Xiaomi Redmi 5A. In this review we will talk about it.
- Display: 5 inches IPS LCD, 1280×720p, 294 ppi
- CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 425
- RAM: 2 GB LPDDR4
- Flash memory: 16 GB + microSD up to 128 GB
- Main camera: 13 MP with f/2.2
- Front camera: 5 MP with f/2.0
- Battery: 3000 mAh
- Navigation: GPS, GLONASS
- Wireless interfaces: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
- Operating system: MIUI V8 (Android 7.1.1 Nougat)
- Dimensions: 140.4×70.1×8.35 mm
- Weight: 137 grams
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There are three color options Redmi 5A: champagne gold, cherry powder silver gray and platinum. As for boxes, it is done in a usual range of the Redmi, red color. On the front side you can see the large inscription of the name of the model – a “5A”. On the bottom of the box we can see the General information about this device: camera, processor, battery size and screen size. The box itself is small but it has everything you need: smartphone, power adapter, cable and manual.
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As soon as you launch the device, you will notice a black frame around the display. But if you remember, Redmi note 4 come with the exact same frame, which is slightly reduced in the next batch. As for Xiaomi Redmi 5A, here it is identical and has a width of about 1 mm. When the first leak, there was some mention of a plastic housing, which in principle is not surprising for a smartphone of this category. But thanks to a special matte coating, the smartphone feels nice.
On the left side of the device placed slots for multiple SIM cards. Instead of the second, you can install micro SD up to 128 GB. The volume buttons and unlock are in the right. On the upper side there is a hole for microphone, infrared port to control appliances, and 3.5 mm audio Jack. On the bottom of the device placed micro USB, and left him the microphone.
The performance of Redmi 5A
In the ultra budget smartphone, the processor plays a major role, but the chipset in the Redmi 5A worth mentioning. Usually manufacturers put in their budget decisions of the MTK processors, but this tablet installed an excellent chipset, the Snapdragon 425. You need to give credit to Xiaomi, because for this price you hardly will find something with the same processor. The device has 2 GB RAM and 16 GB of internal memory.
For Xiaomi Redmi 5A cannot run such demanding tests like PCMark or GFXBench GL. That’s why we checked it using other programs – AnTuTu and Master Lu. As you can see in the screenshots below, the results are not very high. But it is still better than other smartphones of this level with the MediaTek chipsets. In General, the smartphone works very well. Still need to give credit to optimized shell MIUI.
The camera of the device
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Before the announcement of this device Xiaomi has released another model of the family – the Redmi Note 5A. It is equipped with 16 MP front module, which has made this device is the cheapest smartphone for selfies in the market. Unfortunately the Xiaomi Redmi 5A has not established such an attractive camera module. The smartphone has a 13 MP main camera with aperture f/2.2 and a 5 MP front with f/2.0 aperture.
The picture quality and resolution is quite good. The only color photos are not vivid enough. In addition, the device may adjust the white balance. The amazing thing is that on Redmi 5A you can make very good pictures in the evening. The camera controls noise well. The front camera takes pictures with effect “beautiful face”. Overall, considering the price of the device, the camera makes great photos.
Battery in Redmi 5A
At the beginning we tested the battery when watching videos on YouTube. The screen brightness was set at 24%, the movie had a resolution of 1080p and lasted 1 hour and 30 minutes. Before enabling video on mobile was 98% charge. After watching the whole video, remained 88%. The second test focused on games. We played 30 minutes to King of Glory, the brightness of the device was 24%. Before the game was 87%, after the remained 80%.
As for the unit to charge, it power 5 V/1 A. it can be used to charge the device in about 190 minutes. Which is very long for a modern smartphone. In General, we can say that the battery of the smartphone showed good results in all tests.
Speaking of smartphones, ultra-budget level, it is difficult to say that they must be special to be of interest to the user. Xiaomi Redmi 5A is no exception. But the price attracts the attention of customers. 5A Redmi is a good phone in many ways. It comes with a Snapdragon chip, which is able to provide stable performance. It has a battery capacity of 3000 mAh, providing up to 8 days of operation in standby mode.
The smartphone runs on MIUI 8 with tons of cool features and soon will be updated to MIUI 9. C price of about $100 is a great option. Therefore, we believe that the Xiaomi Redmi 5A will be one of the bestsellers in its class.
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