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REVIEW | Xiaomi Redmi 5A

Xiaomi officially returned to the Philippines and they have brought their “entry-level king” smartphone to the local market, the Redmi 5A.

With its simple design and snappy performance powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 425, Adreno 308 GPU, and 2GB of RAM, the Redmi 5A is definitely worth checking out.


The Xiaomi Redmi 5A is a very simple-looking smartphone with a 5-inch 16:9 aspect body and display that feels very comfortable in the hand. Its small form-factor makes it perfect for one-hand operation. The screen has a pretty good 294ppi pixel density and an HD IPS display.

Above the display you will see the earpiece, sensors, and the 5MP front camera. On the bottom of the display you will find 3 capacitive navigation keys. Although I feel that the keys’ brightness isn’t that good, it will take a while to get used to.

As usual, on the right you have the power and lock bottom as well as the volume controls.
On the opposite side you will find the dedicated dual nano-SIM and microSD card tray.

On top you will find the headphone jack, a secondary microphone, and a light sensor, and on the bottom of the phone you will find the micro-USB port and the main microphone.

Looking at the back the phone you will see the 13MP camera with an LED flash and a loudspeaker.

Hardware and performance

We were surprised with the performance of this phone since it was very fluid with daily mundane tasks like browsing, social media consumption, and light to medium gaming. Playing Honkai Impact 3 and Arena of Valor on this phone is pretty decent but there are quite a few frame drops with action packed scenes and the phone heats up after a prolonged gaming session.

Camera performance is also pretty decent and much better than we have expected on this entry-level phone. The
13MP main camera is able to capture colors very nicely on good lighting but we didn’t expect much with the low-light and indoor camera performance.

The 5MP front camera also takes decent selfies with proper lighting but the colors don’t pop out much. Overall, the cameras on this smartphone is very capable as long as your subject has proper lighting.

As for its battery life, if you are not an aggressive smartphone user, the 3,000mAh battery lasted a whole day with at least 25% charge left with our casual use. The phone lasted around 10 hours and 11 minutes during the video loop test on full brightness.


The Redmi 5A is a balance between dependable hardware and software which makes it a good choice for users in its price segment. The overall build quality and design of the phone is good, and its performance is very much beyond what we have expected. This one is definitely a keeper.


this product review first appeared on the pages The Manila Times

Ira James
Ira James is an enthusiast who has his roots on PC hardware and gaming. His career as a tech journalist began after working in the PR industry for two years. He started GGWPTech to write PC hardware reviews, gaming, cyber security, and enterprise tech news. His works are also syndicated by other media publishers: Tech Sabado, and the Sunday and Business I.T. section of Manila Times.

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