The Redmi A1 is Redmi’s cheapest smartphone and comes as a replacement for the now-defunct Redmi Go Android Go smartphone.
Redmi A1 comes for Rs. 6,499, making it the cheapest smartphone in Xiaomi’s portfolio. Such a smartphone from a brand like Redmi at this price quickly makes it one of the best cheap smartphones on the market.
Redmi A1: Price and availability
The Redmi A1 comes in just a 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage variant. And it will be on sale in amazon (opens in new tab)mi.com (opens in new tab)Mi home, Mi studio and other points of sale from September 9 at 4pm.
The phone is available in three colors: black, light blue and light green.
Redmi A1: Key Features and Specifications
The Redmi A1 comes with a design language reminiscent of much more expensive phones. It doesn’t look like an ultra-low budget smartphone. The camera array even looks a bit like the Xiaomi 11 Lite NE 5G.
It has a 6.5-inch HD+ LCD on the front, which has a waterdrop notch. The Mediatek Helio A22 SoC powers the phone. It’s one of the cheapest chipsets in the Mediatek Helio chipset family, but it’s good as far as budget is concerned. And no one expects to play AAA games with phones on this budget.
It comes with a dual camera setup of an 8MP dual camera with a secondary depth sensor. And on the front, there is a 5MP selfie camera. The phone is backed by a 5,000mAh battery and has a 10W charger in the box.
Is this the best low budget smartphone?
It’s been a while since we’ve seen a mainstream smartphone brand launch a phone in the segment. It’s been a segment dominated by Infinix, Itel, Tecno and more.
And this smartphone from Redmi comes with a clean Android Go instead of Xiaomi’s usual MIUI skin. It’s still Android Go, but it’s based on the Android 12 edition of Go. And it’s the only phone in India to come with an Android 12 Go operating system.
The main competitor of this phone is the Infinix Smart HD which costs the same as this phone at Rs. 6,499. And the Redmi A1 phone offers better specs than that, with the A1 coming with the Mediatek Helio A22. In contrast, the Infinix Smart HD comes with the Mediatek Helio A22, an even smaller chipset in terms of performance compared to the Redmi A1.
The Redmi A1 is a breath of fresh air in this ultra-low budget segment and is one of, if not the best, smartphones in this segment.