Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A
Hello, Friends! Welcome back today I’m going to take a look at Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A Review. Note series has been one of the most successful among budget phones have the cheapest variant of the Redmi Note 5A that price just about $120 but it offers a lot of value for the price. This could be a very important launch for the company and the first thing you might notice is that the packaging is very small, very compact and very simple in the red colour box. So, let’s get started-
As far as the design goes that Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A is kind of simple looking and it is very similar to the Redmi Note 4A. The Note 5A is made entirely of plastic and it does not look or feel premium. They have coated the whole thing with a metallic spray paint so for the most part visually speaking you really can’t tell the only difference. You will notice is it just doesn’t have that cold to the touch feeling that actual metal does now being a plastic body. It does have a little bit flex to it, applying pressure in any direction you will feel it give way a little bit but not in concerning way.
The chrome accents antenna bands on the top and the bottom of the phone. To be honest they make a rather dual body. Weighing just 150 grams and with a thickness of 7.6 millimetres combined with that pebble, light design means it fits very seamlessly in the hands.
On the right-hand side, you have volume rockers and power button. On the left side, you have a SIM card tray with micro SD card slot. You do have an IR blaster, a notification LED light and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera but buttons are not backlit. There is no fingerprint scanner on this device whereas the prime model has this feature.
The rear camera has a 13-megapixel shooter with a single LED flash. The sound quality via the headset jack is pretty good and the loudspeaker is not bad at all for the cost of the smartphone.
The Note 5A has a 5.5-inches display with a resolution of 1280 by 720 pixels, it was definitely raising some eyebrows but I have to say after using it I don’t think it’s as bad as you might expect it to be. While text and images don’t have quite the same definition that they would on full HD or Quad HD panels where it really doesn’t look bad. In fact, even up close to the untrained eye users really can’t tell much of a difference on the first inspection.
It also looks pretty dim when it comes to colour reproduction but actually, that’s more of the effect, Xiaomi was trying to create if you changed the wallpaper to something a little bit more vibrant and punchy than the display adjusts accordingly. It’s capable of a fair bit of contrast but actually, it’s a stylistic choice for them to have gone with low contrast.
On top of that, something I really do like is that built into the settings you can control not only the contrast but also the colour temperature of the screen. So, because I tend to prefer cool colour as opposed to warmer it allows me to do that. It’s not a hugely bright display so you may have a little bit of problem in broad daylight and also it does have some rather chunky bezels.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A has a 13-megapixel sensor catches a fair bit of detail in quite a fast shutter time. Now, due to some quite noticeable software updates since the ribbon before a launched shutter time has been improved quite significantly.
The image quality is quite good considering the fact that this is a $120 phone. However, even at this price segment, I would like to some more detail and sharpness in the pictures.
The low-light camera performance is quite nice but this is the budget smartphone camera after all.
The Selfies look nice and clear and I don’t have many complaints here.
The 1080p video is above average as the footage could look a little bit sharper but that is the case with most of the price segment. The 1080p selfie video looks great. The sound recording quality could have been decent but there is a lot of background noise which is caused by the poor implementation of noise reduction or something like that.
Performance & Memory: –
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 chip just 2 gigabytes of RAM and 16 gigabytes of storage which is expandable with the dedicated microSD slot up to 128 gigabytes. Pairing loads of RAM with a mid-range CPU you’re still only going to get mid-range performance.
In terms of gaming performance, you can’t still play more or less every game you want to. You might lose a few frames and some of the more demanding 3D games and you might also lose a lot of frames on the really demanding 3D games. But more or less, you will be able to do everything we’ve got an AnTuTu score 36,000 which is suitably not very high and
you can sometimes feel this lack of power when it comes to opening Apps, sometimes there is a little bit of delay. Sometimes when you’re multitasking you will have to reload even rather recent applications but even then the overall experience does feel quite snappy and very smooth.
The Redmi Note 5A shipped with the original Chinese ROM meaning that I had to install Google services myself but it takes just a minute to do that. The MIUI 8.5 is based on Android 7.1 Nougat and if you used any Xiaomi smartphone before you’ll feel right at home as nothing has really changed much. You have the same looks features, customization options and little tweaks to make the phone look your own. I’ve installed a lot of applications as usual and I found the device to be snappy and responsive all the time and that’s the most important thing on any phone.
When it comes to the connectivity, I have no complaints. Everything including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS works fine. Also with the call quality and signal reception are decent.
A 3080 milliamp-hours battery performs very well like most of the Xiaomi smartphones depending on how you use the phone. You should expect to achieve 8 or 9 hours of screen on time. The Redmi Note 5A supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 technology but it ships with just a regular charger. It takes about 2 hours to fully charge the phone.
The Note 5A is another mid-range smartphone made by Xiaomi. It offers a lot of value for the cost but honestly, I don’t see any significant updates over the last generation models. I would like to see a slightly better camera and a fingerprint scanner even at this price range. But overall, still think that the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A is a solid phone for the cost. But you can also check out some older Xiaomi phones as they are very similar to this one.
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|Technology||GSM / CDMA / LTE|
|SIM||Dual (Nano, Dual Standby)|
|BODY||Dimensions||153 x 76.2 x 7.7mm|
|DISPLAY||Type||IPS LCD, 1280 x 720p (267 PPI)|
|CAMERA||Rear||13-MP, F/2.2, PDAF, LED Flash|
|Features||Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, Panorama|
|PROCESSOR||OS||Android 7.0 Nougat|
|Chip||Qualcomm Snapdragon 425|
|CPU||Octa-Core ARM Cortex A53 1.4GHz|
|MEMORY||Internal||16GB, 2GB RAM|
|External||Up to 256GB|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Gyro, Compass, Accelerometer, Proximity, Barometer, Light Sensor|
|CONNECTIVITY||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi, Direct, DLNA, Hotspot|
|Others||Bluetooth v4.2, Infrared & GPS|
|SOUND||Speaker||Loudspeaker & 3.5mm headphone jack|
|Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|BATTERY||Li-Ion 3080 mAh|