Teased as “Desh ka Smartphone (smartphone of the country),” Xiaomi just released the Xiaomi Redmi 5A in India for just INR 4,999 (Php 3,897). The Redmi 5A succeeds third best-selling device in India, the Redmi 4A. Perhaps the most affordable Xiaomi phone to date, the device also comes with incremental updates and a brand new design.
Premium features, affordable price
Much like its predecessor, the Redmi 5A sports a 5-inch 720p display. Moreover, it comes with a 13MP f/2.2 rear camera, and a 5MP f/2.0 front-facing shooter. In addition, the device also runs on the same quad-core Snapdragon 425 chipset, but comes built in with MIUI 9 out of the box.
The Redmi 5A can run on two days’ worth of usage on a 3,000mAh battery, 2Gb of RAM and 16Gb of internal storage. It also comes with two SIM card slots and a dedicated slot for a microSD card.
Xiaomi envisions the Redmi 5A as a tool to make smartphones accessible to everyone, shares VP and managing director for India, Manu Kumar Jain. Because technology improves lives, he adds, the company aimed to provide a good experience for those looking to get the Redmi 5A as their first smartphone.
Xiamo Redmi 5A Pricing and Availability
Xiaomi Redmi 5A sales begin December 7 in all Indian stores and websites throughout the country.
For the first five million Redmi 5A units, Xiaomi sell the device for INR 4,999. In addition, the brand will “give back INR 500” to the first five million buyers. This serves as a way to celebrate the community’s contribution in driving the brand to do better.
Interested buyers should note, however, that the company would be selling the device for INR 5,999 (Php 4,684) following the fifth-million unit sold. This reflects the previous Redmi 4A’s base variant price. Moreover, Xiaomi intends to release a 3Gb RAM/32Gb internal storage model for INR 6,999 (Php 5,465).
Through the initial markdown, Xiaomi nonetheless hopes to influence other technology brands in making premium tech accessible. This way, more vendors would contribute to building a digital India. Whether or not the device arrives in the Philippine market remains to be seen.