Redmi 5A was launched in India a couple of weeks ago as Xiaomi's new budget warrior, joining its sibling Redmi Y1 Lite as the company aims to strengthen its position in the entry-level segment. In fact, the 3GB RAM variant of Redmi 5A competes against the Redmi Y1 Lite at the same price point, even though their features separate the two rather noticeably. Then there's the Nokia 2, which does not offer the same hardware capabilities but comes with stock Android experience and the same price tag as the Xiaomi handsets in India. If you are looking for an entry-level smartphone right now, these three will definitely be on your list. We take a look at the differences between Redmi 5A, Redmi Y1 Lite and Nokia 2 price in India, specifications and features to help you decide which model to go for.
Redmi 5A price in India is Rs. 6,999 for the variant with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. It is available via Mi.com and Flipkart in the country, and Jio customers buying the handset will get Rs. 1,000 cashback in the form of recharge vouchers. This brings down the effective prices of the respective handsets to Rs. 5,999.
As for the Redmi Y1 Lite, its price is Rs. 6,999 and there's only one configuration - 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage. Buyers will get free subscription to Hungama Music and 280GB complimentary data from Idea Cellular (extra 1GB per day on recharges of Rs. 357). Amazon is providing Rs. 75 cashback in Pay balance (on purchases made via Pay).
Nokia 2 buyers will have to shell out Rs. 6,999, and will get complimentary 12-month accidental damage insurance plan by Servify. Those on Jio network will also get 5GB of extra data on recharges of Rs. 309 or above for 9 months, totalling 45GB of additional data.
The Xiaomi Redmi 5A runs MIUI 9 based on Android Nougat, and sports a 5-inch HD display. It is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC, coupled with 2GB or 3GB of RAM. The smartphone bears a 13-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel selfie camera. The inbuilt storage can be expanded via microSD card (up to 128GB) in a hybrid dual-SIM configuration.
Connectivity options on the Redmi 5A include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS/ A-GPS, Infrared, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and Micro-USB port. It runs on a 3000mAh battery, with 5V/1A charging, rated to deliver up to 8 days of standby time.
Coming to the Redmi Y1 Lite specifications, the phone has a 5.5-inch HD screen and 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 425 SoC. This dual Nano SIM phone has a dedicated microSD card slot and supports storage expansion up to 128GB. The resolution for the rear camera is 13-megapixel, with LED flash and PDAF, while the front camera has a 5-megapixel sensor. Its battery capacity is 3080mAh, and it features an IR blaster as well.
The Nokia 2 competes with the 3GB RAM variant of the Redmi 5A, but comes with just 1GB of RAM. However, HMD Global Chief Product Officer Juho Sarvikas says the handset is a value proposition despite the low system memory because the optimisations the company has made ensure the end-user experience doesn’t suffer.
The Android 7.1.1 Nougat smartphone sports a 5-inch HD LTPS In-Cell Touch display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 212 SoC, and has 8GB of onboard storage, and up to 128GB microSD support in hybrid dual-SIM setup. The Nokia 2 sports an 8-megapixel rear autofocus camera with LED flash, and a 5-megapixel front fixed focus camera.
Nokia 2 is IP52-rated for drip protection and features connectivity options such as 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.1, GPS/ A-GPS, FM radio with RDS, Micro-USB, and 3.5mm headphone jack. The smartphone packs a 4100mAh battery that the brand says will deliver two days of juice.
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|Release date||December 2017||October 2017||October 2017|
|Battery capacity (mAh)||5000||4100||3000|
|Dimensions (mm)||-||143.50 x 71.30 x 9.30||140.40 x 70.10 x 8.40|
|Colours||-||Pewter/ Black, Pewter/ White, Copper/ Black||Gold, Rose Gold, Grey|
|Screen size (inches)||5.20||5.00||5.00|
|Resolution||720x1280 pixels||720x1280 pixels||720x1280 pixels|
|Pixels per inch (PPI)||-||-||294|
|Processor||1.3GHz quad-core||1.3GHz quad-core||1.4GHz quad-core|
|Expandable storage type||microSD||microSD||microSD|
|Expandable storage up to (GB)||64||128||256|
|Processor make||-||Qualcomm Snapdragon 212||Qualcomm Snapdragon 425|
|Operating System||Android 7.0||-||-|
|Operating system||-||Android 7.1.1||Android 7.1.2|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v 4.00||Yes, v 4.10||Yes, v 4.10|
|Number of SIMs||2||2||2|
|Wi-Fi standards supported||-||802.11 b/g/n||802.11 b/g/n|
|Ambient light sensor||Yes||Yes||Yes|