Xiaomi will announce Redmi Note 5A, the next entry-level smartphone from the company at an event in China later today. The handset could be the replacement for its best-selling Redmi 4 handset and its design and specifications have been revealed ahead of the official announcement.
The Redmi Note 5A first leaked in the form of retail packaging last month and it was followed with official renders from Xiaomi's CEO on Weibo, China's microblogging platform. The handset seems to sport a design similar to existing Redmi series and might launch in a wide array of colours. The handset has already received certification from China's TENAA and the listing has confirmed the features of the device.
The TENAA listing suggests that the Redmi Note 5A will feature a 5.5-inch 720p HD display and will be powered by either a Snapdragon 425 or Snapdragon 430 SoC. The Redmi 4 is also powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 430 chipset so there is a possibility that Xiaomi will stick with Snapdragon 430 for the Redmi Note 5 as well. The smartphone is expected to arrive in two storage options: a 2GB RAM variant with 16GB storage and 3GB RAM variant offering 32GB internal storage.
On the camera front, the 2GB RAM variant of the Redmi Note 5A is tipped to sport a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera setup. The 3GB RAM variant might get even better camera configuration with the 16MP rear shooter and 13MP selfie shooter. The front camera is expected to offer dedicated flash for low-light selfies. The handset is also expected to sport a dedicated SD card slot as opposed to a hybrid SIM slot found on the company's existing Redmi devices.
The rumours suggest that the Redmi Note 5A will be 7.3mm thick and support WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, IR blaster and 4G VoLTE. The fingerprint sensor is expected to be available only on the 3GB RAM variant. The Redmi Note 5A is expected to retail at a starting price of 1,000 Yuan (about Rs 10,000).