Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi 6A 16GB is a slightly better phone than the Lenovo A5 (2GB RAM, 16GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Redmi 6A 16GB!

Lenovo A5 (2GB RAM, 16GB)  Xiaomi Redmi 6A 16GB 
Lenovo A5 Xiaomi Redmi 6A
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Excellence Score
14.6
15.7
Value for Money Score
50.6
59.6
Price ₹ 6,499 onwards ₹ 5,699 onwards
Launch Date (India) Nov, 2018 Sep, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.45 inches 5.45 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1440 pixels (~ 295 pixels per inch) 720x1440 pixels (~ 295 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass IPS LCD, 2.5D Curved Glass, Sunlight display, Night display, Reading mode, Automatic contrast, Color temperature adjustment
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.5 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Quad Core Quad Core
Processor Name MediaTek MT6739Ranked #109 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Mediatek Helio A22Ranked #92 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU PowerVR Rogue GE8100 PowerVR GE-class
RAM 2 GB 2 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port microUSB microUSB
Primary Camera 13MP 13.0MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture F/2.2 Aperture, 1.25um Pixel Size, PDAF, HDR, Burst mode, Camera timer, Scene selection, Panorama
Secondary Camera 8MP 5.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture F/2.2 Aperture, Beautify, Portrait mode, HDR, Age detection, Selfie timer
Internal Memory 16 GB 16 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 256 GB Yes, 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
Thickness 9.8 mmThick 8.3 mmMedium
Weight 160 gmMedium 145 gmLight
Width 70.9 mmComfortable for one-handed use 71.5 mmComfortable for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 3000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support
Included Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Decent design, with a plastic back and a metal frame, and an overall good build quality
  • Compact form factor, light-weight
  • There are round-edges on the phone and it comes with a curved back which makes the device comfortable to hold in hands
  • Comfortable single handed use
  • Decent fingerprint sensor, as well as face unlock
  • Decent, tall display - the phone features a 5.45-inch HD+ IPS LCD display with 720 x 1440 pixels resolution - colors come out looking good
  • Lenovo's ZenUI over Android is pretty decent - the user interface does not feature app drawer and all apps are right on the home screen - the software is overall quite clean with some limited bloatware - and the UI is fast and easy to use - transition animations are smooth with no noticeable lag
  • Decent performance for day-to-day use - which is all you should expect in this price range - heavier games are a no-go
  • Decent rear and front cameras on the whole, given the price bracket - can take decent shots in well-lit conditions
  • The rear camera also comes with a software bokeh effect which works reasonably well
  • Huge 4000mAh Battery gives you a day and a half of use, with moderate usage
  • Nice, simple, understated design - feels quite solid
  • Comfortably compact with a tall 5.45-inch display
  • The curved edges render a good grip, and combined with the compact dimensions, make it easy to use one handed
  • Decent, tall 18:9 display with good brightness levels which make the panel sufficiently legible while indoors
  • MIUI is one of the better Android UIs - the new MIUI 9.6 comes with new features like picture-in-picture and improved notifications
  • The Helio A22 is good enough for basic use, and arguably a bit better than the Snapdragon 425 used in the Redmi 5A, but still this is a phone only meant for basic messaging, browsing, and social media - push it more, or run too many apps, and you will find the phone struggling with the limited 2GB of RAM
  • Decent rear camera for the price - the quality of photos is good enough when there’s ample light - it’s low on dynamic range and colours get lost in the shadows, but it shoots well exposed photos otherwise - indoors too, the camera algorithms work to enhance the saturation and contrast and that results in decent shots
  • Decent front camera too - capable of taking good selfies in favourable lighting conditions
  • Good battery life, with a 3000mAh capacity, and helped by an efficient chipset - with moderate use, the phone should give you around one and a half days of usage
  • Dual 4G, Dual VoLTE support
  • On the whole, the Redmi 6A is another good ultra-budget option from the Xiaomi camp, that does the basics quite well - it’s reasonably good for keeping in touch with your friends and family, surfing the web and even the occasional casual games - but of course, if you are looking for a more powerful phone, you will need to look at higher budgets
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Sunlight legibility could have been a bit better
  • With the relatively small display (by modern standards), the phone is not meant for those who love watching movies and videos on a large screen - it's rather targeted at those who might value ergonomics more
  • Low light performance is pretty average though, as expected
  • The A5 is a decent option especially for someone who wants to prioritise battery life - but it will face stiff competition from better 'all rounder' phones in this price bracket - like the Redmi 6A and Realme C1 - both of which offer better chipsets
  • No fingerprint sensor (instead the Redmi 6A relies on face unlock and traditional PIN-based unlock)
  • The camera app is a bit sluggish though - it takes some time to focus and there’s a noticeable lag after you’ve shot the photo
  • The speakers are placed at the back and sound gets muffled if you’re watching something holding the phone in the landscape format
  • No support for fast charging (though charging speed is still decent - about 2 hours from 0 to 100%)
  • 16GB of storage will quickly get limiting too, once you start storing any big apps/games/videos on your phone (and with time as app data accumulates) - so you will need to use the microSD storage, which will further hamper performance
Expert Reviews
  1. A good buy for people who are planning to migrate from feature phone to a touch-screen phone and to those who want a secondary phone
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  2. Faces stiff competition with the Xiaomi Redmi 6A, Realme C1
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. bgr.in hands-on Read Review »
  1. It seems like Xiaomi's endeavor to make the phone even more affordable has now pushed them to include a non-optimized chipset with ad-ridden UI to the users, and that's not the best strategy
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A fairly good update to the Redmi 5A
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Meant for those who are upgrading from a feature phone to a smartphone for the first time
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. Definitely among our top recommendations for a phone priced at under Rs 7,000
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
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