But from the looks of it, Xiaomi is looking to capture small-town India with its new offering.
Surprisingly enough, for this lowe price, users will actually get a decent device. The older gen Redmi 4A too features the same 5-inch HD display. Under the screen, users will find three capacitive buttons that will help them find their way through the smartphone's menu. Just like the Redmi 4A, the Redmi 5A is also the most powerful (and most power-efficient) smartphone that you can buy in the Indian market right now. There is also a speaker grill on the back of the handset, on the bottom of the back cover. The device is listed in Black, Rose Gold, Gold, White, Red, Gray, Pink and Blue colour options. Xiaomi Redmi 5A 2GB+16GB 'Desh Ka Smartphone', starts at Rs 4,999 for first 5 million buyers post which it will be available for Rs 5,999 while the Redmi 5A 3GB+32GB is priced at Rs 6,999. For selfie lovers, the phone features a 5 megapixel front camera with an aperture rate of f/2.0. The battery has shrunk a little bit. The Redmi 4A is backed by 3,120 mAh battery which provides for a usage of a day to 14 hours.
Another thing that changed is the operating system version. The Redmi 5A is quick and responsive in every sense of the word - with occasional hiccups - and MIUI 9 (based on Android Nougat) does add a whole new dimension to the user experience.
The Xiaomi Redmi 5A comes with an Infrared Blaster. Given the fact that it is a budget phone, it's highly unlikely that it will ever get the Android Oreo upgrade.
The device comes with a microUSB port, GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.1 with A2DP, and LE support, a 3.5 mm headphone jack and dual nano-SIM slots for connectivity. However, Xiaomi is offering an additional discount of Rs 1,000 for the first 1 million customers of the 2GB/16GB variant, bringing its price down to Rs 4,999.
As stated earlier, the Xiaomi Redmi 5A is powered by the same internals that makes up the Redmi 4A, so we assume that the performance would be identical. That still translates into only $108, which is a great price for a smartphone with these specs. Redmi 5A will be available from 7 December through Flipkart, Mi.com and Mi Home across India.