Redmi 5A getting stable Android Oreo with MIUI 10.1.2
Back in January, Xiaomi separated the Redmi lineup from their product portfolio. To be specific, Redmi started working independently as a new brand to “make smartphones that offer extreme value for money” and “accelerate Xiaomi’s global expansion progress”.
As a new brand, their first product was Redmi Note 7 which was already launched in China and received mostly positive reviews. It is going to be released in India on February 28.
Mi Fans, mark the date! RT & spread the word if you want to own this beast.
— Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) February 14, 2019
Historically the Redmi lineup is considered as value-for-money phones. With the launch of Redmi 4A in 2016, Xiaomi pushed the limit to a new level.
The budget conscious ‘A’ sub-series surprised smartphone analysts. Xiaomi delivered a package powered with Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 coupled with 2 GB RAM and 16/32 GB internal memory for less than $85. The phone sported a generous 3120 mAh battery, which made it really handy for first time smartphone users.
The successor, 2017’s Redmi 5A, outgrew the competition with an even lower introductory price of ₹4,999 (~$70). Most of the internals remained same – just the battery capacity became 120 mAh lower (3000 mAh). A 3 GB variant was also made available.
* 2GB RAM + 16GB storage: Priced at ₹ 4,999 for the first 5 million units, post which it will be available for ₹ 5,999.
* 3GB RAM + 32GB storage: Priced at ₹ 6,999.
RT if you think 4,999 is a truly revolutionary price! pic.twitter.com/X4Mh4czwpB
— Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) November 30, 2017
According to various independent market studies (example), Redmi 5A was one of the top selling Android smartphones of 2018. As Xiaomi’s market share in India is increasing, the same phone is also honored as one of the fastest selling devices of 2018 across brands.
IDC report for 2018:
✔️ No. 1 for 6 quarters
✔️ No. 1 for entire 2018
✔️ 28.9% market share
✔️ 41+ Mn units
Fun facts about Q4:
* Xiaomi = 54% bigger than #2 brand!
* Xiaomi > #2 + #3 brands combined 💪
Thanks to 💯% team work + lots of love from Mi Fans ❤️
GET. SET. RETWEET. pic.twitter.com/iY7vM5qxLK
— Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) February 12, 2019
Redmi 5A was initially launched with MIUI 9 based on Android 7 Nougat. Subsequent stable MIUI 10 update did not bring Oreo for it.
Some users reported about getting another MIUI 10 update (V10.1.2.0.OCKMIFI) based on Android 8 Oreo in last December. It was later revealed that Xiaomi selectively distributed this particular build as a pilot testing.
Based on feedback, the same build is now marked as stable and rolling out globally.
— Mekeni Rogers (@flipsilog) February 12, 2019
— pngshit🐈 (@Rid___24) February 14, 2019
The update also fixes some minor issues with FM radio and camera.
— Chethan S | ಚೇತನ್ ಎಸ್ (@gischethans) February 13, 2019
Thanks to Xiaomi Firmware Updater, we have also grabbed the fastboot flashable package for this build.
Here are the update packages for manual installation:
- Channel: Global Stable
- Version: V10.1.2.0.OCKMIFI
- Android: 8.1
It’s good to see that Xiaomi cares for the lower end devices and continues to update them. While another major update (Android Pie) is far-fetched, the phone has got a huge following from modding community.
Due to the similarities between Redmi 4A and 5A, developers created an unified codebase for both of them. Apart from truckload of custom ROMs, the community even brought unofficial Project Treble for these phones.
Hopefully these budget phones will live for a long time due to the overwhelming support.
Have you got a Redmi 5A? Comment below.
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