Why this wonder smartphone gets a PRICE HIKE in India?
| March 12, 2018, 12:35 p.m.
New Delhi, March 12: Xiaomi has announced a hike in the price of its entry-level Redmi 5A smartphone here on Sunday. The smartphone can now be purchased at its original starting price of Rs. 5,999 in India. The latest price change will be applicable across Mi.com, Flipkart, and the company's offline Mi Home retail stores.
Earlier, Xiaomi had slashed the Redmi 5A's starting price to Rs. 4,999 during launch time, with the claim of it rolling to the original price soon after 5 million units were sold.
The price of Redmi 5A (2GB RAM + 16GB storage) in India has now rolled back to its original Rs. 5,999. Meanwhile, the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage variant can still be purchased at its regular price of Rs. 6,999. The smartphone was launched last year in November and features an amazing 8-day battery life and comes with a dedicated microSD card slot.
The phone can be bought in Dark Grey, Rose Gold, and Gold colour variants. Its elder sibling, the Redmi 5, is expected to arrive in India at an event rumoured for March 14. However, any official communication from Xiaomi has not been released yet.
Specification of Xiaomi Redmi 5A:
Redmi 5A looks like an average entry-level phone with a plastic body but the rear has a glossy, metallic finish.
The device is impressively lightweight and offers an ergonomic grip. At 8.35-mm thickness this one is not the slimmest one out there, but it fits perfectly in the palm.
The power and volume buttons are housed on the right while the left side has two trays -- one for a single nano SIM card and another for a secondary SIM card and a dedicated MicroSD card to expand storage up to 128GB.
The 13MP rear camera with f/2.2 aperture and single LED flash took average photographs under well-lit conditions. The autofocus of the primary camera was quite snappy.
In our opinion, the macro-shots fared better than those clicked from a distance.
The five-inch display has vibrant colours despite being a strictly budget phone.
Its competitor Micromax "Bharat 5" comes with a slightly bigger 5.2-inch display but a lower-resolution 5MP primary shooter for Rs 5,555.
The 5MP selfie camera of Redmi 5A is capable of taking average photos. It comes equipped with several built-in filters that should make the selfie-focussed generation happy.
An interesting and useful addition to the phone is an Infrared (IR) emitter on the top that comes handy while controlling household appliances.
A quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset fuels the device which gets the job done with ease without compromising on performance. We did not notice any significant lag in the device's performance or heating issues while running several apps and browsing videos on the Internet.