Xiaomi Redmi 5A announced: very low price, very few changes

Peter, 16 October 2017

A couple of months after the unveiling of the Redmi Note 5A, it’s time for the more petite model to come one stage – meet the Xiaomi Redmi 5A. The phone will start at just CNY 600 ($91/€77), the same price tag that the 4A carried before it. It is one of the most affordable Androids, period.

On this tight budget, you get a 5” screen with 720p resolution and a basic Snapdragon 425 chipset. The phone runs the new MIUI 9 and comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage. You can add a microSD card if you need more storage (there’s a hybrid dual SIM slot).

The Redmi 5A has a 13MP main camera (f/2.2) and a 5MP selfie cam (f/2.0). As for video, 1080p @ 30fps is what you get.

Redmi 5A in: Cherry Powder Redmi 5A in: Champagne Gold Redmi 5A in: Platinum Silver
Redmi 5A in Cherry Powder, Champagne Gold and Platinum Silver

Despite its model number, this doesn’t feel like a major upgrade over the Redmi 4A. The physical dimensions remain essentially the same while the battery capacity takes a minute hit - 3,000mAh (down 100mAH or so).

Still, you can’t argue with that price. If you’re interested, pre-orders in China start later today. Various online stores will carry the phone including the Xiaomi Mall, JD.com, Lynx and others.

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  • AnonD-143696

Capacitive button are not lit I'm speaking from experience here

  • Harlo

Wondering what will replace Xiaomi Redmi 4x? Will it be 5x? I am considering to buy Xiaomi Redmi 4X 32 GB global version but now not sure if to wait or not.

  • Casanova

Don´t buy it (any Xiaomi) if you really use it for recording videos, specially loud sounds. The noise cancelling simply doesn´t work. I have a Redmi 4 Prime. Great phone, awesome battery, but...I can´t record anything...