Redmi 5A - the budget smartphone offering from Xiaomi - will be up for purchase in India today. The smartphone, which was launched in India in November, will be available to buy from 12pm IST onwards via Mi.com and Flipkart. To recall, the introductory discount that the company had launched the phone with has now lapsed, as the Chinese manufacturer says it has reached its goal of selling 5 million Redmi 5A units in India. This means, the Redmi 5A price in India no longer starts from Rs. 4,999, but instead starts from Rs. 5,999. Despite the price hike, the Redmi 5A remains one of the most attractive options in the entry-level smartphone segment.
The Redmi 5A price in India now starts at Rs. 5,999 for the 2GB RAM + 16GB inbuilt storage variant, going up to Rs. 6,999 for the 3GB RAM + 32GB inbuilt storage model. Buyers will get cashback worth Rs. 2,200 in the form of vouchers and up to 4.5TB data with the handset from Jio. Mi.com is offering a free 3-month Hungama Music subscription with the purchase, apart from a Rs. 600 cashback if paying with Paytm. Flipkart on the other hand is offering a 5 percent discount for users of Axis Bank Buzz credit cards.
Coming to the specifications, Redmi 5A (Review) sports a 5-inch HD (720x1280 pixels) display and runs MIUI 9 on top of Android Nougat. The smartphone is slated to get the MIUI 9.5 update by “early April”. It comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC, coupled with 2GB/ 3GB of RAM and 16GB/ 32GB inbuilt storage options.
In the camera department, the Redmi 5A bears a 13-megapixel rear sensor with features like f/2.2 aperture, LED flash, and PDAF. On the front is a 5-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture. Under the good, there is a 3000mAh battery, with a claimed 8-day battery life.
Connectivity options on the handset include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS/ A-GPS, Infrared, Micro-USB, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The Redmi 5A also has proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, and an accelerometer.