Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi 5A (2GB RAM, 16GB) is a slightly better phone than the Xiaomi Redmi 4 (2GB RAM, 16GB), and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Redmi 5A (2GB RAM, 16GB)!

Xiaomi Redmi 4 (2GB RAM, 16GB)  Xiaomi Redmi 5A (2GB RAM, 16GB) 
Xiaomi Redmi 4 Xiaomi Redmi 5A
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Excellence Score
19.2
20.0
Value for Money Score
66.4
71.3
Price ₹ 6,999 onwards ₹ 5,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) May, 2017 Dec, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Upgradeable to 8.0 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 720x1280 pixels (~ 294 pixels per inch) 720x1280 pixels (~ 294 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels
Scratch Resistant Display Yes
Display Features IPS LCD, 2.5D Curved Glass, Reading Mode, Night Display IPS LCD
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.4 GHz 1.4 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Quad Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 435Ranked #71 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 425Ranked #73 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 505 Adreno 308
RAM 2 GB 2 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 5P Lens, F/2.0 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Low Light Enhancement, HDR, Panorama, Burst mode, Face Recognition, Real-time Filters 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 Beautify, F/2.2 Aperture, Selfie Countdown, Face Recognition, Real-time Filters F/2.0 Aperture, Face Recognition, Selfie Countdown
Internal Memory 16 GB 16 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 (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.65 mm 8.35 mm
Weight 150 gm 137 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 4100 mAh 3000 mAh
Battery Standby 432 hrs 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 Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Top-notch build quality
  • The polished all-metal back of the Redmi 4 makes this phone look more premium than its predecessor (and actually more similar to the more expensive Redmi Note 4)
  • Compact, and quite usable with just one hand - fits well in the hand
  • Fingerprint sensor works well, and is conveniently located
  • Nice 5-inch HD (720x1280) IPS display with 2.5D curved-edge glass - bright, sharp, and with decent viewing angles
  • Xiaomi's MIUI skin is one of the more refined Android UIs - it is clean, polished, and has a bunch of added functionality - Dual Apps, Quick Ball, One-handed mode, Child Mode, Second Space
  • Decent overall performance - on par with those of other phones powered by the Snapdragon 430 series processor
  • Good video playback performance
  • Nice attention to detail overall - such as a protective ring around the camera lens
  • Decent rear camera - a definite improvement over the Redmi 3S - is quick at focusing, and images are fairly detailed and sharp
  • Video recording at 720p and 1080p is decent too
  • Decent front camera - pictures taken in good light have a good amount of detail and decent colour tone
  • Decent call quality
  • Good audio quality
  • Excellent battery life - with moderate use, lasts up to 2 days - there are also power saving modes to help squeeze more life out of each charge
  • 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 enough 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
  • Good 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]
  • Camera performance is improved, but ordinary low-light shots and slow processing in HDR mode still leave something to be desired
  • The hybrid dual-SIM, combined with a limited 16GB of storage means that if you need both the Dual SIM functionality, as well as a memory card, you will be left with no option
  • 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
  • Multi-tasking is also average thanks to just 2GB of RAM
  • Camera quality is basic too - again as would be expected at this price point
  • No fast charging support
  • Additionally, 16GB of internal storage is likely to get limiting if you install a lot of apps
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