Xiaomi today introduced its latest budget Android smartphone for the masses, dubbed the Redmi Note 5A. As you can tell by its name, the Redmi Note 5A is a ‘lite’ variant of the as yet unannounced Redmi Note 5. The new smartphone features a metal build similar to other Redmi models and comes in three color options – Champagne Gold, Rose Gold, and Platinum Silver Gray. As you can see in the official images below, the smartphone features a fingerprint scanner at the back.The base variant includes 2GB of RAM and has been priced at 699 yuan (89 EUR). The mid variant with 3GB of RAM has been priced at 899 yuan (114 EUR). Finally, we have the high end variant of the Redmi Note 5A with 4GB of RAM and a 1199 yuan (152 EUR) price tag.
The Redmi Note 5A features a 5.5-inch display with 720 x 1280 HD resolution and 2.5D glass on top. Under the hood, it is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 435 64-bit SoC, a chipset manufactured on a 28nm process. That means it isn’t the most efficient SoC out there, so battery life isn’t going to be stellar. The battery capacity is 3080mAh, which again, isn’t best-in-class.
One of the key highlights of the Redmi Note 5A is its 16MP front-facing camera that gets a dedicated LED flash of its own as well as 36 levels of beauty in the beauty mode feature that helps you take fantastic-looking selfies. In terms of software, the smartphone runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat-based MIUI 9 OS out of the box, making it one of the first Redmi handsets to ship with the latest iteration of Xiaomi’s custom Android skin.
In terms of storage, the 2GB RAM packs 16GB of built-in storage while the 3GB RAM variant includes 32GB of onboard memory. The top end 4GB RAM variant offers 64GB of onboard storage.