In terms of being competitive in the Indian smartphone market, Xiomi has been making headlines in 2017. The brand recently trumped Samsung to be on the top of the smartphones sale list based on data gathered from the top 50 cities of the country. But that certainly has not slowed down the pace at which the brand has been introducing smartphones in the sub-Rs 10,000 segment.
While the sub-Rs 10,000 price segment has been Xiaomi’s stronghold, the company dared to reduce the price of its entry-level offering, the Redmi 5A down to just under Rs 5,000 this time. While that may not sound like a massive cut, but in the entry-level space, it could be just the right price for feature phone users to jump ship to smartphones. Xiaomi is calling this ‘Desh ka Smartphone’ and the price point ends to justify it to some extent.
The best thing about the device is its good build quality, a decent overall feature set and bundled software at the Rs 4,999 price point. Battery life seems to be disappointing, when compared with its predecessor, but that is something that can be optimised in future updates. You can still get days worth on regular usage, but since the Redmi 4A gave almost a day and half of battery life, the expectations from the 5A will also be to match that.
When we reviewed Xiaomi’s previous entry-level Redmi 4A back in April, we concluded that it was ‘one of the best entry-level smartphones’ in the market at the time. Here’s why I think that the Redmi 5A will set the bar for entry-level smartphones in the coming year.
Very much like the Redmi 4A, their’s not much at fault with Xiaomi’s preference for polycarbonate in the Redmi 5A. The 5A comes in a little heavier than its predecessor though at 137 grams. Overall, the phone feels light, grippy and sturdy to hold as well.