Our Opinion

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

Nokia 3  Xiaomi Redmi 5A (3GB RAM, 32GB) 
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Excellence Score
16.5
21.9
Value for Money Score
55.2
71.7
Price ₹ 7,299 onwards ₹ 6,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jun, 2017 Dec, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.0 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie 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 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features IPS LCD, 2.5D Curved Glass, Polarizer IPS LCD
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.3 GHz 1.4 GHz
Processor Type Quad Core Quad Core
Processor Name Mediatek MT6737Ranked #79 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 425Ranked #73 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-T720MP2 Adreno 308
RAM 2 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 8.0MP 13.0MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12 um Pixel Size, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus F/2.2 Aperture, 5P Lens, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face/Smile Detection, HDR, Panorama, Burst mode
Secondary Camera 8.0MP 5.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, Autofocus, 84 Degrees Wide Angle Lens, Display Flash 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 8.5 mm 8.35 mm
Weight N/A 137 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 2650 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
Other Features NFC Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Sleek, classy design, and good build quality
  • Comfortable to hold in one hand
  • Decent display - plenty bright and with decent sunlight legibility, on par with other budget devices
  • The UI does well on aesthetics, keeping things simple with a near-stock Android experience with a nice "Nokia blue" skin on top
  • The single bottom-firing loudspeaker is pretty loud
  • Audio quality on the whole is decent
  • 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]
  • No fingerprint sensor
  • Video recording is only limited to 720p and saves files in the antiquated 3gp format - video frame rates are also inconsistent from time to time
  • Poorly optimised software - the UI often stutters even with casual loads
  • The chipset also tends to struggle with graphic tasks (games etc)
  • Mediocre rear camera - the 8MP main camera has autofocus issues and produces soft photos - HDR seems to help a bit with finer detail, but leads to over sharpening - spot exposure metering is inconsistent and overly sensitive
  • The front camera too tends to be inconsistent
  • Average battery life
  • 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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