Home-grown smartphone manufacturer Micromax recently launched the Bharat 5 smartphone at Rs 5,555. The device promises class-leading battery life and the best-in-class selfie camera performance. However, the launch of the Redmi 5A by Xiaomi at Rs 4,999 (only for the first 5 million units) seems to challenge the Bharat 5 in the affordable smartphone segment. Business Standard compared the Micromax Bharat 5 and the Xiaomi Redmi 5A on several parameters to see who takes the crown in this budget smartphone battle. Here is what we found: Where Redmi 5A is ahead of Bharat 5 The Redmi 5A looks similar to its year-old predecessor, the Redmi 4A, but it is only more refined and user-friendly in design when compared with the Bharat 5. The Redmi 5A feels more plush in hand and comfortable in pocket. Bharat 5 vs Redmi 5A In terms of performance, the Redmi 5A is miles ahead of the Bharat 5. Even the base model of the Redmi 5A offers twice the RAM (2GB) that the Bharat 5 carries, and the result is evident while using the smartphone.
The highly optimised Android Nougat-based MIUI 9 runs smoother and offers a lot of features and customisations in comparison with the unknown Android Nougat-based skin that the Bharat 5 boots.