With the Mi A2, Xiaomi aims to fill up the gap between ₹15,000-₹25,000 price bracket. Announcing the Redmi Note 5 Pro way ahead in the year, the company has created a momentum of sorts in the sub-₹15,000 budget segment which now feels overpopulated. The only silver lining being the countless options for consumers to choose from, the best one being the Redmi Note 5 Pro.
Design and Display
Both the Mi A2 and the Redmi Note 5 Pro feature similar build with their aluminum chassis and are difficult to tell apart at first glance. That is until you hold both the smartphones in your hand. The Mi A2 is fairly thin than the Redmi Note 5 Pro at 7.3mm and weighs 166 g. The latter is thin at 8.1mm and weighs 181 g.
With a bigger display, these phones offer a larger screen estate for users to take control of while keeping the regular chassis size. It also allows for a more rich video watching experience or playing games.
Now here’s where things get interesting. The Redmi Note 5 Pro is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset with an octa-core Kryo 260 CPU, all eight-cores clocked to 1.8GHz. This is accompanied by Adreno 509 as the graphics processor along with 4GB/6GB of RAM and an internal storage of 64GB which can further be expanded up to 128GB.
The Redmi Note 5 Pro also became the first smartphone to come with this processor. In our extensive time with the Note 5 Pro, rarely did we ever get lags or errors and even frame drops.
Both the Xiaomi smartphones have very powerful camera hardware. The Redmi Note 5 Pro sports a 12-megapixel primary camera and a secondary 5-megapixel sensor for depth sensing that aid in portrait shots and enhances clarity of an image.
The Redmi Note 5 Pro comes with a 4,000mAh battery which is 1000mAh more than what the Mi A2 offers. Add this to the fact that the Kryo 260 cores on the SD660 are optimized for power efficiency, the Mi A2 should theoretically last for a day and then some. As we haven’t tested the Mi A2 for long, we will reserve the actual battery performance until we are able to gauge it ourselves.
Price and availability
The Redmi Note 5 Pro is already selling starting at ₹14,999 for the 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage variant and ₹16,999 for the 6GB RAM variant.
Xiaomi Mi A2 on the other hand has been launched in India for ₹16,999 for the variant with 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage.