“Desh ka smartphone” Xiaomi Redmi 5A launched, price starts at Rs. 4999

Chennai, November 30: Xiaomi launched its much-hyped ‘Desh ka Smartphone’ or the ‘smartphone for India’. Redmi 5A was introduced on Thursday at a starting price of Rs 4,999 for the base 2GB RAM/16GB storage version. The Redmi 5A will also be available in a 3GB RAM/32GB storage version that will cost buyers in India Rs 6,999. The Xiaomi Redmi 5A will be available for buying online via Flipkart and Mi.com/in, and offline via the company’s exclusive retail partners and Mi Home stores starting from December 7, the company has announced.

The Rs 4,999 price tag for the 2GB RAM/16GB storage version will however be applicable for a limited period (50 lakh units) only. The Redmi 5A 2GB RAM/16GB storage version will thereafter be available for Rs 5,999, the company added.

The Redmi 5A — launched in India — is banking heavily on the fact that it’s a “Desh Ka Smartphone” which invariably means that it is designed for India, and will be made (assembled) in India as well. Xiaomi, to recall, now assembles a considerable chunk of phones that it sells in India — more than 90 per cent, according to Xiaomi — here in the country itself. The made ‘for’ India aspect also stems from the fact that although the Redmi 5A launched in India shares much of the hardware specs with the Redmi 5A that’s already available in China, the one that will sell (and will be made) in India will come with some India-specific nuggets likely to appeal to India’s masses.

The Redmi 5A India version, will for one, come with a dedicated slot for two nano SIM cards and one micro-SD card for storage expansion. Secondly, the 3GB RAM/32GB storage version of the Redmi 5A is an India-exclusive since in China only one 2GB RAM/16GB variant is available.

“We strongly believe that the best of technology should be made accessible to as many people as possible, because technology can improve lives. With Redmi 5A we take another step in offering a great all-round experience for users looking for their first smartphone. We believe Redmi 5A is the smartphone for everyone,” Manu Jain, vice president, Xiaomi and Managing Director, Xiaomi India said.

But most importantly, the Redmi 5A has been designed for India’s masses according to Xiaomi: it’s an entry-level phone designed for feature phone users looking to make a switch to a smartphone. But just because the Redmi 5A is an entry-level phone, it doesn’t mean that it makes a lot of compromises in terms of hardware specs. In fact, at its price point, the Redmi 5A is the most powerful phone that money can buy, and a build quality to match if not better newly launched phones like the Nokia 2.

Xiaomi Redmi 5A specs and features:

  • It comes with an all-plastic body — like the Redmi 4A — with a smooth metallic finish on the back and will be available in as many as three colours:Dark Grey, Gold and Rose Gold. Just like the Redmi 4A, the Redmi 5A also does not ship with a fingerprint scanner.
  • In terms of hardware specs, the Redmi 5A comes with a 5-inch HD IPS display with a 720p resolution. The dual-SIM phones runs Android Nougat-based MIUI 9 out-of-the-box and supports 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready) connectivity.
  • On the camera front the Redmi 5A comes with a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.2 aperture along with Phase Detection Autofocus and an LED flash. On the front you get a 5-megapixel snapper.

By Prerna Chatterjee with Agency inputs