In Summary
  • The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A comes with a 5.5 inch 5.5 inch 720p panel with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection which keeps the phone safe from minor drops and few things in your pocket.
  • The only downside to the display is that it is not as bright enough in direct sunlight.
  • The display has good colour accuracy and the viewing angles are great without any colour shifts.

Are you looking for a simple, affordable yet powerful smartphone to buy? Tech Break takes a look at the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A today. It’s a new entrant in the market threatening to upset the “natural” order of smartphones.

It was launched in the Kenyan market in January 2018 and is currently retailing at Sh17,999.

So what is good about this smartphone? For starters, this amazingly light device has a stylish plastic back with a metallic finish which looks really great but upon holding it, the plastic feel and the hollow sound it creates just kills off some of the good vibes.

The back also holds the fingerprint sensor which is pretty quick to unlock the device. The fingerprint sensor is also fast to set up. It can act as the shutter button as well.

GLASS PROTECTION

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A comes with a 5.5 inch 5.5 inch 720p panel with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection which keeps the phone safe from minor drops and few things in your pocket. The only downside to the display is that it is not as bright enough in direct sunlight. The display has good colour accuracy and the viewing angles are great without any colour shifts.

It’s is powered by Snapdragon 435 Octa-core chipset which is a decent pick for its price. Simply, the chipset makes it faster and more powerful when you compare with other phones in the same price range.

Astonishingly, this little smartphone comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage! To put it in context, it is hard to find a phone retailing below Sh20,000 with such specs. That is a game-changer for me as a reviewer.

Performance on this device is smooth when it comes to day to day usage and thanks to the new MUI 9’s optimisation, the phone flies even with this mid-range processor.

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