Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A announced in China on Monday which appears to be the successor to last year’s Redmi 4A. Although both the smartphones fall under the affordable segment, there are a few differences here and there with regards to certain technical offerings. So, without delving deep into in-depth testing, we decided to make a quick comparison between the two smartphones.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A Vs Xiaomi Redmi 4A: Specifications
Regarding specifications, the newly unveiled Redmi Note 5A fares better than Redmi 4A (Review). The Redmi Note 5A sports a 5.5-inch HD (1,280 x 720) display while the Redmi 4A has 5-inch HD (1,280 x 720) screen to offer. Powering the Redmi Note 5A is a Snapdragon 435 octa-core SoC bundled with Adreno 505 GPU for graphics. The Redmi 4A, on the hand, packs a Snapdragon 425 quad-core SoC along with Adreno 308 GPU. On the memory front, the Redmi Note 5A comes in two variants: 3GB of RAM with 32GB of storage and 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage. The Redmi 4A also has 16GB of expandable storage alongside 2GB of RAM. Both the phones house a 13MP rear camera while on the front, the Redmi Note 5A has a 16MP selfie camera, and Redmi 4A houses a 5MP secondary camera. Finally, the Redmi Note 5A packs a 3,080mAh battery whereas the Redmi 4A has a slightly bigger 3,120mAh battery under the hood.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A Vs Xiaomi Redmi 4A: Design & display
As for design, the Redmi Note 5A is a bigger device, thanks to its 5.5-inch screen. The screen features 1,280 x 720 pixels resolution with 267 pixels packed into every inch. The Redmi 4A has a smaller 5-inch screen featuring the same resolution, resulting in 294 ppi pixel density. Neither of these devices offers a screen protection of any kind.
The Redmi Note 5A is also slimmer at 7.7mm, which is a noteworthy upgrade over the Redmi 4A, which is 8.5mm slim. The latter, however, is lighter at 131.5g while the Redmi Note 5A, on the other hand, weighs 153g. Interestingly, both the devices flaunt a full metal unibody with the Redmi Note 5A offering a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. The Redmi 4A lacks a fingerprint scanner, however. We’ve reviewed the Redmi 4A already, and its compact form factor helps in one hand operation.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A Vs Xiaomi Redmi 4A: Camera
In the camera department, both the Redmi Note 5A and Redmi 4A phones house a 13MP rear shooter with f/2.2 aperture, autofocus and LED flash. They’re both capable of recording Full HD 1080p videos at 30 frames per second (fps). Up front in the selfie department, the Redmi Note 5A appears to have an advantage over the Redmi 4A, thanks to its 16MP front shooter for selfies and video calls. The Redmi 4A, meanwhile, has a 5MP secondary camera. Although we haven’t tested Redmi Note 5A’s camera, we can talk about Redmi 4A’s. In daylight, we found that the rear 13-megapixel camera of Redmi 4A performs well. The shots were mostly sharp and had a good amount of detailing. The front camera can take decent daylight selfies too.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A Vs Xiaomi Redmi 4A: Software
It’s the software where things get interesting. Although Xiaomi hasn’t talked about software on the Redmi Note 5A as of writing this, it could be the company’s MIUI 9 on top of Android Nougat. The Redmi 4A, however, deals with Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based MIUI 8 software. Even though we haven’t used the Redmi Note 5A ourselves, we can conclude that all Xiaomi phones usually come with a limited bloatware and without an app drawer. So, we are expecting it to be the case on the Redmi Note 5A as well. On the Redmi 4A, overall UI theme appears clean, and all apps can be found on the homescreen since it lacks an app drawer like most Chinese UIs.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A Vs Xiaomi Redmi 4A: Battery
As mentioned before, the Redmi Note 5A has a 3,080mAh battery while on the Redmi 4A, there’s a 3,120mAh battery. So, on paper, the Redmi 4A is expected to fare comparatively better as far as the battery performance is concerned. In our battery test with video loop test, the Redmi 4A lasted for about 7 hours. The battery on might not last a full day with average usage like normal calls, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, a little bit of music and video streaming. In our review time, we mostly ended up re-charging battery every 8-9 hours.
The Redmi 4A is retailing for as low as Rs 5,999. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A has been announced in two variants with the base model retailing for 699 Yuan, which translates roughly at Rs 6,750. Another variant of the Redmi Note 5A is priced at 899 yuan (approximately Rs 8,700).