Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi 5A (3GB RAM, 32GB) is a slightly better phone than the Huawei Honor Holly 4, and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Redmi 5A (3GB RAM, 32GB)!

Huawei Honor Holly 4  Xiaomi Redmi 5A (3GB RAM, 32GB) 
Huawei Honor Holly 4 Xiaomi Redmi 5A
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Excellence Score
19.9
22.1
Value for Money Score
68.1
72.1
Price ₹ 6,848 onwards ₹ 6,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2017 Dec, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.0 NougatLow 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 720x1280 pixels (~ 294 pixels per inch) 720x1280 pixels (~ 294 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels
Scratch Resistant Display
Display Features Eye Comfort Mode IPS LCD
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.5 GHz 1.4 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Quad Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 430Ranked #72 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 425Ranked #73 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
Connecting Port USB USB
Primary Camera 13.0MP 13.0MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features Phase Detection Autofocus, PDAF, 28mm Focal Length, 5P Lens F/2.2 Aperture, 5P Lens, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face/Smile Detection, HDR, Panorama, Burst mode
Secondary Camera 5.0MP 5.0MP
Secondary Camera Features N/A F/2.0 Aperture, Face Recognition, Selfie Countdown
Internal Memory 32 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
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.2 mm 8.35 mm
Weight 144 gm 137 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3020 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
Other Battery Parameters N/A Video Playback Time: 7 hrs, Gaming Time: 6 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Other Features N/A Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Metal finish, and a sturdy build
  • Overall it's a compact phone that feels solid
  • Good battery life - will comfortably last the day
  • Decent charging speed - lets you charge the device from zero to full in about 2 hours
  • Pretty lightweight making it easy to carry around
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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]
  • The fingerprint reader isn't the quickest of them out there
  • At its maximum brightness level, the Holly 4 display still feels dull and doesn't have the best visibility under bright sunlight
  • Huawei's custom EMUI interface is not the simplest one out there - it has plenty of bloatware, and is generally cluttered
  • The performance is pretty average too, with the UI often lacking fluidity - browsing intensive websites or apps can get choppy and can start lagging quite a bit - it is only good for basic usage - and there are better performing phones in this price bracket
  • Average rear camera - the colors are too saturated, and indoor photography is poor
  • Average front camera too - the colours felt dull and faded, and you shouldn't expect crisp and accurate selfies here - most of the times the selfies will come out shaky, and you'll find yourself having to take multiple shots to pick the clearest photo
  • The dual speakers are pretty ordinary too - they aren't loud enough even at the highest levels, and the sound gets muddled and unclear when set on loud
  • It also could have had better resolution (most of the top competition in this price range like the Moto G5 and the Redmi Note 4 have 1080p screens)
  • On the whole, the likes of Redmi Note 4, or Moto G5, or even Honor's own 6X are similarly prices, and bring much more to the table
  • 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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