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Dedicated microSD slot and front camera flash confirmed for the upcoming Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A

Xiaomi made quite a splash in the smartphone world with its Redmi Note 4 value offer. And the upcoming generation of Redmi Note devices has been basking is a surplus of fan attention, especially the cheaper Redmi Note 5A model.

The unveiling event is already scheduled for August 21. There are still some questions to answer regarding specs and variants, but thankfully Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun hit up Weibo today to clear up a couple of things.

For one, the Redmi Note 5A will be the first Redmi device with two dedicated SIM slots and a separate microSD one, for cards up to 128GB. Both the Redmi Note 3 and Redmi Note 4 relied on a hybrid design, so this is a notable step up.

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There are concerns regarding the front-facing camera. Recent specs leaks have been rather confusing in this area, but it is now clear that at least one of the Redmi 5A variants will have a 16MP front camera with a selfie flash. 

Perhaps that leaves the cheaper version with a 13MP selfie camera.

Speaking of tiers, we currently know of two main ones. Both are said to share the same 5.5” 720p LCD screen and a 3,000mAh battery inside a metal body that’s 7.3mm thick. 

Basic connectivity should be identical as well: 4G with VoLTE, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS and an IR blaster. 

As for the differences, the entry-level one will likely have a Snapdragon 425 chipset, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. The “Pro” or “Prime” one is expected to ramp that up to a Snapdragon 430 or 435, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. A fingerprint reader might be exclusive to the latter as well.

The expected price of the Note 5A is CNY 1,000 (about INR 9,621.78), presumably for the Snapdragon 430 model since it compares against a CNY 1,200 (about INR 11,546.14) Redmi Note 5 (which will have Snapdragon 630 and 660 versions).



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