Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A Prime Detailed Review

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A Prime is a more first-class modification of the Redmi Note 5A. If you are a selfies addict, this device was designed with you in mind with a robust front camera and it offers a beefier processor. Let me take you through a quick Redmi Note 5a Prime review.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A Prime Key Specs & Features

  • 5.5-inch IPS Display, 720 x 1280 pixels (267 ppi)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 Octa-core CPU
  • Android 7.0 (Nougat), MIUI 9 with 3GB / 4GB RAM
  • 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB built-in Storage
  • 13MP Rear Camera and 16MP Front Camera
  • 4G LTE Data
  • Fingerprint Sensor (Rear)
  • 3080 mAh Li-ion Battery

Redmi Note 5a Prime Pros And Cons

Advantages of Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A Prime:

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A Prime features an Android OS, v7.0(Nougat)
  • Has a 5.5-inch IPS LCD HD capacitive touchscreen with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection and Multitouch in it
  • It comes with 3/4 GB RAM.
  • It includes Octa-core Cortex-A53 processor
  • Features a Qualcomm MSM8940 Snapdragon 435 Chipset.
  • Has an internal memory of 32/64 GB and expandable memory supported with up to 256 GB (dedicated slot).
  • Has a 13 MP rear camera and 16 MP front-facing camera and with extra features, namely f/2.2, phase detection autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama.
  • Supports Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  • The display comes with average pixel density for its HD resolution (~236 ppi pixel density).
  • Has good screen-to-body ratio.
  • Full HD video recording at 1080p@30fps.
  • Battery capacity of 3080 mAh which is just amazing for heavy usage
  • Performance is first-class with no major lags
  • Supports just about every connectives like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB, 3G, 4G
  • Supports sensors like Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
  • Has FM radio.
  • Design and build quality is grand
  • Has added features like Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • Available in Silver, Gold, Rose Gold colors

Disadvantages of Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A Prime:

  • Some negligible lags with heavy usage.
  • Poor display quality and not full HD.

Design and Display

If you don’t look very carefully, you would almost mistake the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A Prime for its regular variant in look. It has a plastic body that looks like metal unibody from afar. This gives it a more premium look than it really is. The profile is appealingly slim at about 7.7 millimeters.

The display is a 5.5-inch IPS LCD with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. With this kind of technology, you can achieve decent wide-angle viewing with friends.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5a Prime Camera Review

Like I said from the beginning of this post, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A Prime is a smartphone that a lot of selfie fans are going to love. It comes with a high-resolution 16-megapixel shooter with f/2.0 aperture on the front. This has soft light for selfies including dozens of smart beauty modes. You can shoot Full HD videos with it.

The primary camera is parallel to that of the Redmi Note 5A with a 13 megapixel unit with phase detection autofocus [PDAF] and a Full HD video recording facility.

Hardware and Software

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A Prime features a stronger Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 octa-core processor for superior performance than what its standard variant has. This pairs with an Adreno 505 GPU and 3GB or 4GB RAM. This will definitely run fast with nominal glitches.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A Prime comes in 32GB and 64GB storage variants. It has dedicated microSD card slot for expansion. You will find Android 7.0 Nougat OS with MIUI 9.0 skin on it.

Redmi Note 5a Prime Speaker

The audio speaker is located on the bottom left of the phone and it is shockingly loud that it can really stand out to noises with more attention to detail giving you exceptional music quality.

Someone had complained that he found out that only one of the 2 designed holes on the bottom of the phone that are used as speakers are playing music. The truth is that there is only one speaker on the right side of the device. The one seen on the left is just the mic

Other Features

Some persons have looked down on this device because the same 3,080mAh Li-Ion battery is in use here. But Xiaomi has given their word that a talk time of up 32 hours will be achievable, which is not bad for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A Prime. If you have the phone and are experiencing anything less than 32 hours of talk time do share your experience in the comment box.

Unlike the Redmi Note 5A, this dual-SIM gadget comes with a fingerprint scanner on its rear, has 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.2 and Wi-Fi with Wi-Fi Direct along with its connectivity options.

Redmi Note 5a Prime Price In Nigeria And Availability

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A Prime is already being sold in the Nigeria market as well as in Ghana and Kenya. You can buy the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A Prime at leading online stores in your country. Price starts at $239.99 at Banggood. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A Prime Price in Nigeria starts from N45,900 to N75,000.

Redmi Note 5a Prime Specification

See Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A Prime specs below:

General Features

  • Platform: Android 7.0 (Nougat), MiUI 9
  • Processor: Octa-core Processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon 435)
  • GPU: Adreno 505
  • Memory: 3GB RAM or 4GB RAM
  • Colors: Silver, Gold, Rose Gold
  • Dimension: 153 x 76.2 x 7.7 mm
  • Weight: 153 g
  • SIM Type: Nano-SIM
  • SIM Count: Dual SIM, Dual-Standby


  • Display: 5.5-inch IPS Display, 720 x 1280 pixels (267 ppi)
  • Screen Protection: –


  • Rear Camera: 13MP Camera, Full 1080p HD Video @30fps
  • Rear Camera Features: Phase Detection Autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile Detection, Panorama, HDR
  • Front Camera: 16MP Camera, 1080p HD Video


  • Built-in Storage: 32GB or 64GB
  • Memory Card Support: up to 256GB
  • Bundled Cloud Storage: –

Network Support

  • 2G GSM: Yes
  • 2G CDMA 1X: Yes
  • 3G WCDMA: Yes
  • 3G CDMA EVDO: Yes
  • 4G LTE: Yes, LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 34(2000), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)

Internet & Connectivity

  • GPRS: Yes
  • EDGE: Yes
  • 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: Yes
  • HSPA+: Yes, up to 42.2 Mbps
  • CDMA EVDO: Yes
  • 4G LTE: Yes
  • WLAN: Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE
  • NFC: Yes
  • Infrared Blaster: No
  • USB Port: Yes, micro USB 2.0


  • SMS/MMS: Yes
  • Instant Messaging: Yes
  • Push Emails: Yes
  • Email Protocol: –


  • Music Player: MP3/WAV/eAAC+/Flac player
  • Video Player: Xvid/MP4/H.264 player
  • FM Radio: Yes
  • Loudspeaker: Yes
  • 3.5mm Jack: Yes


  • Navigation: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
  • Maps: Yes

Sensors & Control

  • Digital Compass: Yes
  • Accelerometer: Yes
  • Proximity Sensor: Yes
  • Light Sensor: Yes
  • Barometer: No
  • SpO2: No
  • Pedometer: No
  • Heart Rate Monitor: No
  • Gyroscope: Yes
  • Fingerprint Scanner: Yes (Rear)
  • Iris Scanner: No
  • Intelligent Digital Assistant: Yes
  • Motion Sensing / Gesture Control: No
  • Voice Control: Yes

Other Features

  • Video Streaming: Yes
  • Active Noise Cancellation: Yes (with dedicated mic)
  • Wireless Charging: No
  • Built-in Mobile Payment: No
  • Water Resistant: No
  • Dust Resistant: No
  • Image Editor: Yes
  • Video Editor: Yes
  • Document Viewer: Yes
  • Document Editor: No


  • Battery: 3080 mAh Li-ion Battery (Non-Removable)
  • Talktime: up to 32 hours
  • Standby Time: up to 240 hours


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