Xiaomi Redmi 5A: Review, Full Specs, Price & Alternative device

Released late last year (Nov. 2017), I consider the Xiaomi redmi 5A to be a device worth reviewing – especially since it’s a worthy opponent of the Nokia 2.

The Xiaomi redmi 5A is a recent addition to Xiaomi’s redmi device series and it is also an upgrade to the Redmi 4A.

Released in 2016, the Xiaomi redmi 4A is a sophisticated device with numerous awesome features. Sporting a durable 3120mAh battery along with Android 6 and 13mp + 5mp cam combo, this phone beats Tecno w4 hands down.

Other features include 720*1280 pixels display resolution and 296 pixels per-square inch (ppi), Quad-Core 1.4GHz Cortex-A53 Qualcomm’s CPU. No planned upgrade for this one.

Also featuring 2gb RAM and 16/32gb ROM versions with 256 sdCard support, the device pulled a lot of Impressions. We’ve seen what the redmi 4A is made of, let’s see what its brother, Xiaomi redmi 5A has to offer.

Let’s go 👉👉👉


Xiaomi redmi 5A Basic Features

Network: 2G / 3G / 4G
Display: 5.0 inches, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 16M colors (720*1280 pixels resolution)
Software: Android v7.1 Nougat (No word about upgrade yet)
Processor: Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 (Qualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425)
Memory: 2GB RAM, 16 ROM | 3GB RAM, 32GB ROM | 256GB SdCard support
Cameras: Front — 5-megapixel (f/2.0, flash) | Rear — 13MP (LED flash, autofocus)
Battery: 3000 mAh, Li-ion, Non removable.

Looks nice. Let’s see the review.
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Display, Storage and Platform

Being a low budget device, the Xiaomi redmi 5A ships with a 5.0 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 16M colors
Not just the size, it comes with 296 ppi pixels density, 720*1280 pixels resolution and corning gorilla glass protection.

Exactly the same display features with the Xiaomi redmi 4A’s and Moto C plus’ which was released in 2017 as well.

Moving on to the memory,
For one version, the Xiaomi redmi 5A comes with 2gb of RAM for cache storing and multitasking and 16gb for the internal memory while for the other version, it’s 3gb of RAM to 32gb storage.

For both versions however, there’s dedicated slot with 256gb of sdCard support once the internal storage is exhausted.

Bearing all the functions of this device on their shoulder are the CPU, GPU and the OS.

Most Xiaomi’s devices run on Qualcomm chips, I’m not sure if they’re into others, but they probably do.

Under the hood lies a powerful Cortex-A53 Quad-Core CPU with 1.4GHz clock speed, Qualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425 chipset and Adreno 308 GPU.

Like the Nokia 2, it sports Android 7.1 (nougat), and as of now, there’s yet to be news of a planned upgrade to Android 8.1 (Oreo).


Camera and Media

When compared to that of its predecessor, there’s no change whatsoever in the camera specs,

For selfie lovers, Xiaomi added a 5MP front camera with led flash. Pictures are clean, crystal clear and you can share your selfie with confidence.

For the rear camera, the Xiaomi redmi 5A features the 13mp lens + led flash combo, normal camera specs for above average devices. Features include Geo-tagging, autofocus, touchfocus and videos are recorded at 30fps in 1080p

For the media aspect, we have our Audio player, Video Player, Sound recorder, Video recorder, Photo shooter, Photo editor, FM Radio and 3.5mm jack for headphones.

Great! Next??

Battery and Comms

The Xiaomi redmi 5A features a 3000mAh non-removable Lithium Ion battery, getting below the 4A’s battery by a hundred and twenty Millamp Hour. it’s definitely strong and won’t “die” easily, but we can do with a higher mAh.

Long hours of usage is guaranteed – theoretically up to 12 hours talk time and up to 90 hours of music play on 3g.

Comms? Wi-Fi 802.11, Wi-Fi direct, Hotspot, GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS, Bluetooth v4.1 with LE and A2DP, FM radio, microUSB v2.0, 2G, 3G and 4G LTE

Xiaomi 2 Price in Nigeria

From the review above, you’ll probably know that this is a low-budget but very functional device from Xiaomi.

It’s between the #35,000 – #45,000 price range. Getting one shouldn’t be so hard.

Alternative Device

Two devices currently offering this device a challenge are the Nokia 2 and Motorola Moto C plus. Feel free to check them out.

The spark brothers are also another interesting devices, they are from Tecno. The Shatterproof phone is good as well, going for Itel? Check the p51. Or you wanna stick with Xiaomi? The Xiaomi redmi note 4 and 4A are interesting, you’d be impressed.

Xiaomi redmi 5A Full Specs

Back to Review


Announced Nov. 2017
Status Released. Nov, 2017


Navigation Touchscreen
Battery 3000mAh, Li-Ion, non removable, Fast-charge
Colours Gold, Dark Gray, Rose Gold, Blue


Resolution 720*1280 pixels, 296 PPI, IPS LCD.
Touchscreen 5.0 inches
Multi touch Yes


Os Android 7.1 (Nougat)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425
CPU Quad-core (1.4GHz, Cortex-A53)
GPU Adreno 308


RAM 2/3gb
ROM 16/32gb
SdCard Yes, up to 256gb. Dedicated slot


Primary (rear) 13MP with LED flash
Secondary (front) 5MP with flash
Features LED flash, Panorama, Touch focus, Geo-tagging, HDR.

Comms & Networks

WiFi Yes, 802.11
Hotspot Yes
Bluetooth Yes, v4.1 with A2DP
Infrared No
USB Yes, v2.0
Headphones Yes, 3.5mm Jack
FM radio Yes
Sim slots 2 (dedicated)
Sim Type Micro Sim
3G Yes
4G Yes

Sensors & Controls

Compass Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor No
Gyroscope No
Fingerprint No
Temperature sensor No
Heart Monitor No
Pedometer No
Iris Scanner No
Motion Sensor No
Gesture Control Yes
Color Spectrum
Voice Control

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