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Xiaomi Redmi 5A is the latest offering from the popular smartphone-maker in India. The smartphone is targeted at budget-conscious shoppers with specs that will impress them a lot.

This combination has made the Redmi 5A quite popular, and getting one'ss hands on the device is not quite possible – without some extra efforts and patience, of course.

Dubbed the "Desh Ka Smartphone", the Redmi 5A was launched in India on November 30 for an attractive price of Rs 4,999. This price, however, was a limited-period offer and discounted from the handset's Rs 5,999 price tag for the 2GB RAM and 16GB storage model.

Power users can go for the 3GB RAM and 32GB storage in the Redmi 5A by paying Rs 6,999.

But it's the offer price of Rs 4,999 that makes the Redmi 5A quite appealing. According to the company, the discounted price is limited to the first 5 million customers only, and the product listing on Flipkart and Mi.com still shows the same price for the 2GB RAM model.

  • Xiaomi Redmi 5A on Flipkart
    Xiaomi Redmi 5A on FlipkartScreenshot Flipkart
  • Xiaomi Redmi 5A on Mi.com
    Xiaomi Redmi 5A on Mi.comMi.com/Screenshot

Does it mean Xiaomi still hasn't reached the 5 million target? You'll be lucky if it hasn't because the next flash sale for the handset is slated to open on December 21 at 12 noon. The timing is of great importance here as the demand for the Redmi 5A will clear the stock in a matter of seconds. So you'll need to be prepared well in advance.

Xiaomi Redmi 5A flash sale tips and tricks

If you're not confident about the flash sale strategy, we've listed down some tips and tricks that will likely boost your chances while purchasing the Redmi 5A on Flipkart or Mi.com.

Register with the e-commerce site hosting the sale -- in this case Flipkart or Mi.com

Save your credit/debit card details on the e-commerce site where you plan to purchase the Redmi 5A

Update your personal information -- especially the correct shipping address -- where the Redmi 5A will be delivered to.

Go to the product page on the e-commerce site and watch the countdown clock of the flash sale.

If your internet connection isn't good, make sure all other tabs are closed and limit the use of internet on Wi-Fi during the flash sale.

Refresh the webpage once every few minutes to make sure the sale window doesn't pass.

As soon as the countdown hits zero, click on the "Buy" button and proceed to check out.

Since you've already added all the necessary details to your e-commerce site, check-out shouldn't take long. In most cases, if you delay check-out, the product will be taken off the cart and passed on to the next eligible buyer.

Is the Redmi 5A worth it?

The specifications of the handset that costs less than Rs 7,000 should give you a just answer to that. Check out the complete list of features that Redmi 5A offers:

Model Xiaomi Redmi 5A
Display 5.0-inch HD (1280x720p) IPC LCD screen
  • Pixel density: 294 ppi (pixels per inch)
OS Android 7.1.1 Nougat-based MIUI 9
Processor 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 quad-core
Storage 16GB/32GB + expandable via microSD card to 128GB
  • Main: 13MP camera with auto focus, PDAF (Phase Detection Auto Focus, 5-element lens, f/2.2 aperture, LED flash, HD video recording
  • Front: 5MP camera with f/2.0 aperture, Smart, Pro Beautify feature
Battery 3,000mAh with up to 8 days of power back under standby mode
Network 4G LTE with VoLTE (Voice-over-LTE)
Add-ons Dual SIM slots (SIM1+ SIM2 + microSD card), Bluetooth v4.2, Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n), IR blaster, 3.5mm audio jack, A-GPS/GLONASS
Dimensions 140.4 x 70.1 x 8.35 mm
Weight 137g
Colours Dark Grey, Gold and Rose Gold
  • 2GB RAM +16GB storage: Rs 5,999 (first 5 million users can buy it for Rs 4,999)
  • 3GB RAM +32GB storage: Rs 6,999