Xiaomi has now launched its Redmi Note 5A in China. It is a budget smartphone with the base model priced at CNY 699 (approximately Rs 6,800/$106). There are different storage variants for it, namely, 2GB base model, then 3GB RAM+ 32GB internal storage at CNY 899 ( Rs 8,700), and a 4GB RAM + 64GB internal storage model, at CNY 1,199 (Rs 11,600).
We do not yet know when will the smartphone make it to the Indian market or the US market.
The phone weighs 150g in a metal unibody design. Tthe base model has no fingerprint scanner, but 3GB/4GB RAM models do have a biometric sensor at back. Its display is a 5.5-inch HD IPS panel and the phone is powered by a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC, paired with 2GB/3GB/4GB of RAM and 16GB/32GB/64GB of internal storages expandable up to 128GB.
It includes a 13-megapixel rear camera with flash and a 16-megapixel front selfie camera with video-calling and LED flash. 3,080mAh battery powers this smartphone that runs on Android-powered MIUI 9, a modified OS for targeted users. Considering the phone will be competing with Motorola’s Moto C, the phone looks to be beefed-up accordingly.
Xiaomi has been facing a stiff competition in Indian, Chinese and US market lately, and most of it is coming from Oppo and Vivo, it will be interesting to see what effect does Redmi 5A can make for the company.