Redmi A1 review: Setting the benchmark for entry-level smartphones

Setting the standard for smartphones for beginners

It wouldn’t be out of the question to say that xiaomi It has had a huge impact on the entry-level smartphone market in India. A category that was previously overlooked in favor of affordable, mid-range and premium smartphones is now living a new life since the arrival of Xiaomi. xiaomi redmi The range of smartphones is known to offer incredible specs for the price along with amazing design elements. The Redmi A1 no different. At just Rs 6,499, we had to see for ourselves what one of the most affordable smartphones in the market could offer. here we have Redmi A1 reconsidering.

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Redmi A1 review: design and display

Inside the box, you get the smartphone, a 10W power adapter, a micro USB cable, a SIM ejection tool, and a quick start guide. Taken out of the box, this is by no means a compact smartphone. With dimensions of 164.9 x 76.8 x 9.1 mm, the Redmi A1 matches even the mid-range smartphones in size. Holding the phone in your hand, it doesn’t seem to be one of the cheapest phones on the market. Perhaps a sign of how far the entry class has come.

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The overall design has been lowered and kept simple. The back panel is made of plastic and has a finish that looks very nice while holding the phone in the palm of your hand. The dual cameras are housed in a small square unit on the top right of the rear panel along with a dual LED flash. The Redmi A1 Available in three colors – light green, light blue, and black. We used a light green for this review and the rustic color goes well with the smartphone’s minimal design.

The micro USB port and 3.5mm headphone jack are located on the bottom of the phone. On the ride side, you’ll find the volume button along with the power key. The SIM card tray finds its way to the left. The speaker grille is placed at the top of the phone. There is no fingerprint sensor on the device.

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moving forward , Redmi A1 It features a 6.52-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 700 x 1600 pixels. A lot of people who upgrade from a feature phone are looking for a big screen, and the Redmi A1 doesn’t cut any corners when it comes to that. Redmi could have easily provided a smaller screen with a slight increase in other specs, but they went for the 6.5-inch screen size.

The screen is quite satisfactory if you want to watch SD content on it. There’s a cap the screen hits pretty early and there’s not much you can get off of. We watched content on YouTube, Netflix, and Hotstar, and the results were equal for an entry-level smartphone. Nothing too special, but great for the price.

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The screen also has a refresh rate of 60Hz and peak brightness of 400 nits. Scrolling experience is decent but haptic feedback is a bit requested. You may have to spend some time customizing the phone to sort this out.

Redmi A1 review: Performance and cameras

The Redmi A1 is powered by the MediaTek MT6761 Helio A22 processor. This processor offers decent performance when it comes to basic tasks like surfing the internet, making video calls, using navigation, and more. The storage space offered is 32 GB with the option of 2/3 GB RAM. We used a 32GB + 2GB model for this review.

One of the things to note here is that the Redmi A1 runs on Android 12 GO, an operating system that Google designed specifically for low-cost smartphones. You will hardly find traces of MIUI on top of this operating system. The user interface is very clean and there are no bloatware on the phone except for Facebook Lite.

The smartphone is also equipped with a PowerVR GE8320 GPU, and we tested it by playing some light games like Candy Crush, Subway Surfers, and Clash Royale. After we were satisfied with the performance of the smartphone, we played Garena Free Fire Max on it. Although there are some expected lags, the phone did a good job of providing a satisfying gaming experience. You won’t get the smoothest controls or high-quality graphics on the Redmi A1, but that’s to be expected from a smartphone at this price point. In the Geekbench test, the smartphone returned a score of 140 points on the single-core test and 501 points on the multi-core test.

Redmi A1 review: Performance and cameras

From now on, Redmi A1 receives a 5000mAh battery pack, which lasts a long time on a phone with minimal hardware and isolated OS. The smartphone easily lasted for two days with moderate use which included taking pictures and watching content for about two hours each day, texting on WhatsApp, browsing the web, and listening to music. More conservative use can easily push battery backup up to 3 days. The 10W charger can fully charge the smartphone in less than 3 hours.

When it comes to cameras, the Redmi A1 offers an 8MP primary shooter along with a depth sensor. You also get a dual LED flash housed in the rear camera module and a 5MP selfie camera in a waterdrop notch on the display.

Redmi A1 review: Performance and cameras

Redmi A1 review: Performance and cameras

The rear camera module performs well in good lighting conditions but certainly doesn’t quite live up to the task in limited lighting. We will not charge it against the Redmi A1, as no other entry-level smartphone can provide this feature. The photos we took in natural daylight turned out well. Colors were vibrant, and the camera did a very good job of capturing key details. However, images of subjects taken in direct sunlight appeared a bit excessive and we couldn’t see the sky in the background at all.

Redmi A1 review: Performance and cameras

The Redmi A1 can also record 1080p videos at 30fps from the back as well as the front camera. You can also record time-lapse videos. There is also an option to record a “short video”, which is mainly there for shooting videos that are meant to be uploaded to TikTok or Instagram. The 5MP front camera takes decent selfies without adding any artificial effects on top, which is a good thing. In general, we were quite pleased with the performance of the camera, given that it is an entry-level smartphone.

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After a week of extensive use, the Redmi A1 held up well. We highly suggest it to buyers who are switching from a regular phone. xiaomi It managed to squeeze all the essential features that buyers expect from an entry-level smartphone without compromising on performance. Priced at Rs 6,499, the Redmi A1 could be the perfect buy.

Positives

Camera performance

Battery life

clean design

Negatives

The presentation could have been smoother

Micro USB charging

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