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Meet Xiaomi Redmi 5A: A powerful Android lasting 8days without a charge

After the release of the super affordable Redmi 4A, Xiaomi Redmi 5A  was launched yesterday afternoon in China. Featuring a 5-inch display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, the new Redmi 5A brings some good features at a very low price.

Click here to see my review of the Xiaomi redmi note 4.


The new Redmi 5A has a metal-like matte texture that, according to Xiaomi, is “much lighter than the metal.” For those curious, the handset weighs 137 grams. Another highlight of the Redmi 5A is its battery, which the company says will deliver eight days of juice. Like its predecessor, the MIUI 9-based smartphones does not have a fingerprint sensor (sadly), but sports some design changes, such as rounded corners for a comfortable grip.

Xiaomi Redmi 5A specs

According to GsmArena, here are some of the outstanding features and specifications of the Xiaomi redmi 5a:

NETWORK
TechnologyGSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE
LAUNCH
Announced2017, October
StatusComing soon. Exp. release 2017, October
BODY
Dimensions140.4 x 70.1 x 8.4 mm (5.53 x 2.76 x 0.33 in)
Weight137 g (4.83 oz)
SIMHybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAY
TypeIPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size5.0 inches, 68.9 cm2 (~70.0% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution720 x 1280 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~294 ppi density)
MultitouchYes
– MIUI 9
PLATFORM
OSAndroid 7.1 (Nougat)
ChipsetQualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425
CPUQuad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53
GPUAdreno 308
MEMORY
Card slotmicroSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
Internal16 GB, 2 GB RAM
CAMERA
Primary13 MP, f/2.2, autofocus, LED flash
FeaturesGeo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR, panorama
Video1080p@30fps
Secondary5 MP, f/2.0
SOUND
Alert typesVibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
LoudspeakerYes
3.5mm jackYes
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
COMMS
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth4.1, A2DP, LE
GPSYes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
Infrared portYes
RadioFM radio
USBmicroUSB 2.0
FEATURES
SensorsAccelerometer, proximity
MessagingSMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
BrowserHTML5
JavaNo
– Xvid/MP4/H.264 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
– Photo/video editor
– Document viewer
BATTERY
Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
MISC
ColorsGold, Rose Gold, Gray
PriceAbout 90 EUR (About 38,900Nigerian naira)

Xiaomi Redmi 5A Specifications

In terms of its specifications, the Xaiaomi Redmi 5A doesn’t bring too-special upgrades when compared to the Redmi 4A. The Redmi 5A features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display with a pixel density of 296ppi. Like the Xiaomi Redmi 4A, the successor is also powered by the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC, clocked at 1.4GHz, and coupled with 2GB of RAM. It comes with a 16GB inbuilt storage which is further expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB). The dual-SIM Xiaomi Redmi 5A packs a 3000mAh battery which seems to be a downgrade when compared to the Redmi 4A.

Secret: this phone would run on MIUI9

The new MIUI 9 features include Smart assistant, Smart app launcher, Image search, Quick reply and notification management, new Home screen enhancements, Lock screen enhancements, and split screen multitasking among others.

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