Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Mi A2 (Android One) is a significantly better phone than the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (4GB RAM, 64GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Mi A2 (Android One)!

Xiaomi Mi A2 (Android One)  Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Xiaomi Mi A2 Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
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Excellence Score
59.8
35.7
Value for Money Score
89.7
82.5
Price ₹ 16,999 onwards ₹ 11,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2018 Feb, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.99 inches 5.99 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2160 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch) 1080x2160 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features LTPS IPS LCD, FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display, Sunlight display, Night display, Reading mode, Color temperature adjustment, Standard mode
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.2 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 660Ranked #12 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 625Ranked #29 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 512 Adreno 506
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 12.0 MP 12.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features Dual Camera (12MP + 20MP), 12MP: F/1.7.5 Aperture; 1/2.9" Sensor Size; 1.25µm Pixel Size; Sony IMX486 Sensor, 20MP: F/1.75 Aperture, 1/2.8" Sensor Size, 2.0?m Pixel Size; Sony IMX376 Sensor, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), 2x Optical Zoom, Portrait Mode, Burst mode, Face recognition, AI Beautify, Group selfie, Geo-tagging, Touch focus, Face detection, HDR, Panorama, Slow Motion Video F/2.2 Aperture, 1.25 um Pixel Size, 5P Lens, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Low light enhancement, HDR, Panorama, Burst mode, Face recognition
Secondary Camera 20.0 MP 5.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features SONY IMX376 Sensor, 2.0?m Pixel Size, F/2.2 Aperture, AI Beautify, AI Portrait Mode, HDR, Selfie Flash, Selfie timer, Face recognition, Group selfie LED Flash, Beautify 3.0, Selfie countdown, Face recognition, Full HD Video Recording
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.3 mm 8.05 mm
Weight 168 gm 180 gm
Audio Output USB-C 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3010 mAh 4000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A 408 hrs
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes, Quick Charge 4.0
Other Battery Parameters N/A Music Playback Time: 165 hrs, Video Playback Time: 15 hrs, Gaming Time: 9 hours
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; USB Type-C; Noise Filtration USB On-The-Go; WiFi Direct; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Well built
  • The fingerprint reader on the back is in a natural position to comfortably unlock with either index finger
  • Contemporary, tall 18:9 display, brings the Mi Android One series up to modern standards
  • One of the best parts about the phone is of course the fact that it is part of the Android One series, which should mean guaranteed Android updates for at least 2 years + a stock, simple version of Android, with no unnecessary bloat
  • Butter smooth performance backed by a powerful Snapdragon 660 chipset, hardly seen at this low a price bracket
  • Stellar set of dual cameras on the rear - arguably the joint best at this price point, at par with the excellent Redmi Note 5 Pro - take nice photos in good and low light alike, and the bokeh shots too come out well
  • Very good selfie camera, with good bokeh shots - overall one of the best selfie cameras in this price bracket
  • Very loud loudspeaker, one of the best in this price bracket
  • Fast charging support
  • On the whole, the Mi A2 is a good, solid phone in this price bracket and you won't go wrong with it - it will compete strongly against the likes of Redmi Note 5 Pro (a bit cheaper, but doesn't have stock Android), and Honor Play (faster, better for gaming, but loses on the software)
  • Nice design (although it's largely recycled from the Redmi Note 4) - with a polished and minimalist feel - and good build quality
  • Good, fast fingerprint sensor
  • One of the major improvements over its predecessor is the modern bright, tall, 5.99-inch Full HD+ 18:9 display, with minimal bezels - bringing the Redmi Note series on par with the current display trend
  • Apart from the form factor of the display, it is otherwise pretty good too - in terms of brightness levels, sunlight legibility, customisable color modes, and a nifty reading mode (that puts a monochrome tint over the display much like an e-ink panel)
  • The MIUI interface over Android is snappy, minimalistic and packed with nifty features - the MIUI 9 brings in a bunch of optimisations including the newer F2FS file storage format, real-time defragmentation and dynamic resource allocation, among other things - the nifty ‘Quick Ball’ offers another way to navigate the phone while ‘Dual Instance’ allows two accounts of the same app to run on the phone
  • Good speed/performance, based on the same hardware as the Redmi Note 4 - feels snappy to use - apps don’t take much time to load and games run just fine with minimal stutters
  • The other (small) improvement over its predecessor is in terms of a slightly better camera - the combination of the larger pixel size and lower aperture allows more light to fit into individual pixels with lesser spillage - the results are slightly better detail reproduction, improved dynamic range and deeper contrasts - the camera on the Redmi Note 5 is also high on contrasts, and this helps with indoor shots too
  • The camera app also has a good bunch of filters
  • Overall, the rear camera is pretty good (though not the absolute best in this price bracket)
  • Decent selfie camera too
  • Also continues the stellar battery life performance of its predecessor, with the same 4, 000mAh battery - the battery life lasts way over a day and then some - if you need a phone that lasts really long, this is without a doubt the phone to get
  • Decent (though not exceptional) charging speed - takes about 2 hours to charge fully
  • On the whole, the Redmi Note 5 is a solid upgrade over its super popular predecessor - if there’s any company that knows how to strike a balance between performance, imaging and battery life, it has to be Xiaomi and the Redmi Note 5 is one of the best example of the fact
  • When pitched against the competition, the phone wins particularly in terms of battery life and the display quality - the camera quality is also good, although it may not be at par with what the Honor 7X or the Moto G5 Plus has, but it’s enough to get appreciated on social media, and that’s mostly what people want
  • Overall, if you're looking for a no-nonsense device that offers the right mix of battery life and performance, you can't go wrong with the Redmi Note 5
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • No 3.5mm jack, so if you want to use your existing standard-jack headphones, you will need to use an adapter (included in the box)
  • Brightness levels for the display could have been better - it's not the easiest phone to use under sunlight
  • The battery life could have been better - it will last you the day with moderate use, but it's not as good as the best of the competition
  • Recycled design - continues the same design language as the Redmi Note 4
  • Still continues with the old micro-USB port instead of a USB-Type C which is quickly becoming the modern standard
  • MIUI is one of the better Android UIs but there is still some unnecessary bloat - for instance, there are also two apps for the same thing — Music, Gallery, Browser, etc. which takes up precious storage and cannot be deleted
  • Unlike when the Redmi Note 4 was launched, there are now other phones in this price bracket that can offer pretty solid competition to the Redmi Note 5 - the likes of Honor 9 Lite for instance - it comes with a similar 18:9 display, front and back glass design, dual cameras at the front and back that let you add DLSR-like bokeh effects to your selfies, and ships with Android Oreo out-of-the-box
Expert Reviews
  1. Affordable as it may be, it wouldn't be our default choice in the midrange quite like the A1 was
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. If you can't do without stock Android and want good cameras without paying too much, then the Mi A2 should check all your boxes
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Has all the elements of success
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. Quite easy to recommend
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. Go for the Mi A2 if and only if you want a Xiaomi phone with stock Android OS
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. fonearena.com hands-on Read Review »
  12. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  13. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. Redmi Note 5 takes a solid foundation and improves on it, giving Xiaomi another good all-rounder
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. If there’s any company that knows how to strike a balance between performance, imaging and battery life, it has to be Xiaomi and the Redmi Note 5 is one of the best example of the fact
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. Overall, if you’ve been using the Note 3, then the upgrade to the Note 5 will be completely worth it
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  14. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
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