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Xiaomi announces its budget Redmi 5A starting at Rs 4999

Xiaomi announces its budget Redmi 5A starting at Rs 4999

Xiaomi is touting the Redmi 5A as "Desh ka Smartphone" or a smartphone that has been designed from grounds up for India.

The Redmi 5A is priced at Rs 5,999 for the base 2GB/16GB variant and Rs 6,999 for 3GB/32GB variant. The company is offering an additional discount of Rs 1,000 for the first five million customers who choose the 2GB RAM/16GB ROM variant, effectively bringing down its price to Rs 4,999. 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.

With a market share of 23.5 percent and having shipped 9.2 million smartphones in the third quarter this year, Xiaomi also became the fastest growing smartphone brand in India with a growth rate of almost 300 percent percent (year-on-year) in the third quarter this year, said International Data Corporation (IDC).

Xiaomi has also included a noise cancelling microphone, which favours the Redmi 5A as compared to what the competition offers.

Xiaomi announces its budget Redmi 5A starting at Rs 4999
Xiaomi announces its budget Redmi 5A starting at Rs 4999

The Redmi 5A comes with a 5-inch HD IPS LCD display with a 720x1280 pixels resolution. The Redmi 5A will become available via Mi.com, Flipkart, and Mi Home stores starting on December 7, while Xiaomi's partners will sell it offline as well, soon.

Xiaomi is scheduled to launch a new smartphone today. However, what's new here is the operating system - it runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat-based MIUI 9, which is the latest version of Xiaomi's proprietary operating system.

The device also comes with an Infrared (IR) blaster. As far as pricing is concerned Xiaomi seems to have hit the bulls eye once again.

In terms of camera specifications, the device houses a 13MP primary camera with an aperture of f/2.2, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF) and flash and 5MP selfie camera. On the storage front, the Redmi 5A offers 16GB/32GB of internal memory along with a microSD card that can accommodate up to 128GB of storage. The handset's primary camera has a 13MP sensor, just like previous year, and a 5MP selfie-camera. Enter Xiaomi's new Redmi 5A. The phone, although plastic, feels premium from every nook and corner and is also quite high on specs for its price as long as you know its limitations. However, the year is about to end, which means that it's now time for a major revamp for the old heroes of the entry-level series. As for those looking for a full verdict, well, watch this space for our full review of the Xiaomi Redmi 5A in the days to come.

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