The Infinix Smart 5A is the latest addition to the Smart series and is the successor to the infinix Smart 5. The Smart 5A is a budget Android smartphone targeted at the entry-level market. Infinix is also partnering with Reliance Jio to offer the benefits of the Smart 5A, effectively driving down the cost of the device. Smart 5A is a smart choice, or do budget smartphones still require major compromises? Let’s figure it out.
Infinix Smart 5A Price
The Infinix Smart 5A was priced at Rs. 6,499 for the first sale, but now the price has risen to Rs. 6,699. Reliance Jio offers “advance cash support” which includes rupees. 550 to the buyer’s bank account, but with the proviso that the device will be tied to the Jio SIM card. The Smart 5A is only available in one configuration with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. Available in Ocean Wave, Quetzal Cyan and Midnight Black.
Infinix Smart 5A design
The Infinix Smart 5A is a large smartphone with a 6.2-inch display with a dewdrop notch at the top. It has relatively thin bezels on the sides and top of the screen, and its chin is much thicker. Infinix offers a dual-flash setup on the front, with two LED flashes located on either side of the selfie camera on the top. The plastic case does not seem premium, but for the price it is quite acceptable.
On the right are the power and volume buttons, and on the left is the SIM tray. These buttons were easily accessible and clicked when pressed. At the bottom, there is a 3.5mm headphone jack, a Micro-USB port, a main microphone, and a speaker. Infinix could ditch the Micro-USB port and ditch the USB Type-C port on this device.
The Infinix Smart 5A is neither too thick (8.75mm) nor too heavy (183g). I found that it can be operated with one hand. It has a fingerprint reader on the back, which I found to be slightly above ideal for reach. The Smart 5A has dual rear cameras in a slightly raised module. The glossy back panel collects fingerprints easily and is easily visible from certain angles. Infinix offers a transparent case in a box that can help with this.
Infinix Smart 5A Specifications & Software
Infinix has chosen the MediaTek Helio A20 SoC to power the Smart 5A. It is a quad-core processor based on a 12nm process technology. You only get 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. You have the option to expand your storage up to 256GB using a dedicated microSD card slot.
The Smart 5A features a 6.52-inch HD + display with a high 20: 9 aspect ratio. Its peak brightness is 500 nits, which is decent indoors, but might seem a little inadequate outdoors. Smart 5A supports Bluetooth 5, dual band Wi-Fi, dual VoLTE and VoWiFi. The battery has a capacity of 5,000mAh and there is a 10W charger in the box.
In terms of software, the Smart 5A runs XOS 7.6 on top of Android 11 (Go Edition). My unit had the June Android security patch. The user interface has several settings, as well as a number of pre-installed applications. AHA Games and Palm Store are pre-installed and are an alternative to the Play Store. I found that the Palm Store sends out spam because it sends notifications every day. There are some useful features like WhatsApp mode, which only allows access to data on WhatsApp Messenger. There’s also a smart bar that can be accessed from any screen, with shortcuts to your favorite apps.
Infinix Smart 5A Performance
The Infinix Smart 5A is an entry-level budget smartphone and you need to moderate your expectations of it. Basic usage was manageable, but sometimes I had to wait for it to download apps. Heavy apps take much longer to load, too. With just 2GB of RAM, the Smart 5A’s multitasking capabilities are limited, but acceptable given its price. Unlocking the Smart 5A with a fingerprint scanner or face recognition sometimes took a little longer.
The Smart 5A scored 74,984 points in AnTuTu and scored 125 and 430 points in Geekbench 5 single-core and multi-core tests, respectively. The Smart 5A scored 416 points in the 3DMark Sling Shot graphics test. He also ran GFXBench’s Car Chase and T-Rex scenes at 3.2 and 15 frames per second, respectively.
I played Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) on a Smart 5A and it took a long time to load. The default is Smooth Graphics and Medium Frame Rate. Lag and stuttering were common with these settings, especially in dense areas of the map. However, casual games like State.io worked fine on the phone.
I got decent battery life from the Infinix Smart 5A and lasted for a day and a half with moderate use. In our HD video test, it lasted 15 hours and 5 minutes. The included 10W charger warms up the phone to 20 percent in 30 minutes and 44 percent in an hour. A full charge took over two hours.
Infinix Smart 5A Cameras
You get a very easy dual camera setup on the Smart 5A, with an 8MP main camera and an AI (depth) secondary camera. For selfies, it has an 8-megapixel camera in a dewdrop notch, and two selfie flashes are hidden in the top bezel. The camera app is simple and I could choose between different shooting modes very easily. It has AI scene detection as well as automatic HDR. I noticed sluggish behavior when using the camera and it took a while for the AI to detect every scene.
Daytime shots taken by the Infinix Smart 5A were average. The dynamic range was not good and the photos looked flat. Auto HDR started up a bit slow, and when it came out it improved dynamic range a bit, but details were still not very good.
Close-up shots were decent, but the phone was a little slow to lock focus. The result does have a depth effect and the details were decent too. There is a bokeh mode for portraits. This mode did not work well with objects, but it worked with faces. The result was strictly average and you cannot set the level of background blur.
Low light shots were below average. The image is dark and blurry. This phone does not have night mode. Selfies taken in daylight were average and looked flat. In low light, you can use dual LED flashes to improve image quality. The maximum video recording resolution is 1080p for the main and selfie cameras. There is no video stabilization on the Smart 5A. Daytime shooting was strictly average and low-light shooting was virtually unusable.
The Smart 5A cuts quite a few corners to get to below R. Price level 7000 in 2021. It has a large display and a decent 5,000mAh battery, but you’ll have to compromise with the cameras. You get decent performance for basic use from the Helio A20 processor, but Infinix could offer a 3GB RAM option for those willing to spend a little more.
If you’re on a tight budget, you can opt for the Infinix Smart 5A. The Xiaomi Redmi 9A is an alternative that offers a more powerful processor and 3GB of RAM, but you lose out with a fingerprint scanner. If you can spend a little more, the Moto E7 Power could be good value for money as well.