Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi 5A (3GB RAM, 32GB) is a slightly better phone than the Motorola Moto G5, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Redmi 5A (3GB RAM, 32GB)!

Motorola Moto G5  Xiaomi Redmi 5A (3GB RAM, 32GB) 
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Excellence Score
20.0
23.0
Value for Money Score
65.9
74.2
Price ₹ 7,748 onwards ₹ 6,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Apr, 2017 Dec, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.0 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.1 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 7.0 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5 inches 5 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x1920 pixels (~ 441 pixels per inch) 720x1280 pixels (~ 294 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Features IPS LCD IPS LCD
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.4 GHz 1.4 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Quad Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 430Ranked #63 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 425Ranked #64 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 505 Adreno 308
RAM 3 GB 3 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 13.0 MP 13.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Drag to Focus & Exposure, Quick Capture, Tap to Capture, Best Shot, Professional mode, Burst mode, Auto HDR, Panorama, Video Stabilization, Slow-motion Video F/2.2 Aperture, 5P Lens, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face/Smile Detection, HDR, Panorama, Burst mode
Secondary Camera 5.0 MP 5.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, Display Flash, Wide-angle Lens, Professional mode, Beautification mode F/2.0 Aperture, Face Recognition, Selfie Countdown
Internal Memory 16 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 128 GB up to 128 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 9.5 mm 8.35 mm
Weight 145 gm 137 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes
Battery Capacity 2800 mAh 3000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A 192 hrs
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A Video Playback Time: 7 hrs, Gaming Time: 6 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Other Features Fast Battery Charging; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; USB On-The-Go; Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Good build quality and design - significantly improved over the Moto G4
  • Ergonomic, compact, extremely comfortable to hold - great for single handed operation - which is somewhat of a rarity these days
  • Decent display - it's not the most vibrant, but color accuracy is good, and sunlight legibility is decent too
  • Simple, stock-like Android interface, with integrated Google Assistant, along with the regular Moto add-ons like gestures, and the "Always On" display
  • The fingerprint sensor also incorporates "one-button navigation" allowing you to replace the on-screen navigation buttons with gestures on the fingerprint sensor, thus giving you more display real estate
  • Decent everyday performance - it's mostly a smooth run, with no hiccups - also handles games well
  • Decent battery life - should last you the day with moderate use - though it's not as good as many of its top competitors
  • Good looks with a solid build, plastic unibody design, and a compact feel
  • The gentle curves at the edges are a nice upgrade over the Redmi 4A which was more square-ish
  • Additionally, the company has taken user feedback and gone with a non-hybrid SIM tray design - there are separate slots for a microSD card and both SIMs, therefore not forcing users to have to forego one or the other
  • Good display for the price
  • MIUI continues to be one of the more well designed Android UIs - it's clean, efficient and has a number of useful add-on apps like Mi Drop, Mi Security (lets you set passcodes on individual apps, set up dual apps or a second space on the device, block SMS senders and more), and Mi Remote
  • Decent performance in daily use
  • Acceptable cameras given the price point - take good shots in good light, and single-tone LED flash at the back will help you get a little more visibility in low light conditions
  • Decent battery life - with the low power usage of the Snapdragon 425 and the frugal HD screen, you can easily get a full day’s use out of the smartphone before needing to charge
  • Overall it's a decent upgrade over the Redmi 4A, and the small changes will help in keeping the phone current - and offer very good value to users looking for a nice entry-level smartphone
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Lacklustre speaker - lacks bass and volume
  • Average camera - in well lit conditions, the camera can do a decent job, but reduce the light, and you start losing details fast
  • Tends to heat up a bit when pushed in terms of performance
  • 16GB storage will get limiting if you like downloading a lot of apps
  • Performance is only good for basic use - you will of course need better specs (and a more expensive phone) if you intend to use heavy apps, or play a lot of games
  • Camera quality is basic too - again as would be expected at this price point
  • No fast charging support
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