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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A budget selfie-centric smartphone launched

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Meet Xiaomi’s latest offering — the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A. This newcomer might be from the budget sector, but it appears to get everything right to appeal to its prospected buyers.

Judging by its spec sheet, it looks like Xiaomi made the right compromises to make the price really low. For one, it only has a 5.5-inch IPS 720p display. The use of a 1080p panel might have been omitted, but its difference would be barely noticeable for the average consumer. Also, a 5.5-inch smartphone profile is the sweet spot these days.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A also has a capable Snapdragon 435 chipset, with a variety of RAM configurations from 2GB up to 4GB. It might not be the fastest of all, but that’s definitely one of the best you can get for this price tag.

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The phone will also be joining the selfie-centric bandwagon. The base model has a 5-megapixel front sensor, but the higher-end variants have a more exaggerated 16-megapixel front-facing camera than its 13-megapixel shooter at the back. By this point in time, it’s safe to assume that the front shooter is now the primary camera.

This handset also didn’t fell short in other necessary features. We have a fingerprint scanner, 4G LTE connectivity, and an average 3080mAh battery capacity.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A Specs

  • Android 7 Nougat, MIUI 9
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 5.5-inch HD IPS display, 1280 x 720 resolution, ~267ppi
  • 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor
  • 2GB/3GB/4GB RAM
  • Adreno 505 GPU
  • 16GB/32GB/64GB internal storage, expandable via microSD up to 256GB
  • 5MP (f/2.0) / 16MP (f/2.0, 76.4° wide-angle) front camera
  • 13-megapixel rear camera, PDAF, F/2.2, LED flash
  • 4G LTE
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
  • Champagne Gold / Rose Gold / Platinum Silver Gray
  • Dimensions: 153 x 76.2 x 7.55mm (16GB) / 153 x 76.2 x 7.7mm (32GB/64GB)
  • Weight: 150g (16GB) / 153g (32GB/64GB)
  • 3080mAh battery

Local pricing and availability in the Philippines are yet to be announced. However, the device is now available in China in three different configurations. See pricing below:

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A (2GB/16GB/5MP) – CNY699 (around Php 5,400)
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A (3GB/32GB.16MP) – CNY899 (around Php6,900)
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A (4GB/64GB16MP) – CNY1,199 (around Php9,200)

Source: Xiaomi

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