Redmi, a subsidiary of Chinese electronics company Xiaomi, was first launched in July 2013 as a low-cost smartphone line. In 2019 it was spun off into a sub-brand of Xiaomi to manufacture entry-level to mid-range smartphones and gadgets. The A1+ debuted in September 2022 under Redmi’s entry-level lineup ‘A’ series. Let’s take a look at the specs, benefits and limitations of the Redmi A1+.
Xiaomi Redmi A1+ has retained the dimensions of 164.9 x 76.8 x 9.1 mm or 6.49 x 3.02 x 0.36 inches. It weighs 192 grams. And there are two SIM cards. It has a loudspeaker and a 3.5 mm jack. There is also WLAN connectivity such as Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, hotspot etc. It supports Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC. It includes GPS, as well as A-GPS, Galileo, GLONASS and BDS.
There is a fingerprint scanner in the center of the back of the phone. It is probably the first smartphone in the international market to offer a fingerprint sensor. The back of the phone is made of premium-category plastic. It has a leathery texture that gives it a very elegant look. On the back, the phone has a dual camera with a flashlight in the upper left corner.
There are three color options for the Redmi A1, including Light Green, Dark Black and Light Blue. For the purpose of this review, we used the light green color option and we found that the natural color matches the general design of the smartphone.
The 6.52-inch IPS screen on the front of the device offers a typical 60 Hz refresh rate and an HD+ resolution of 1600 x 720 pixels. The display has a 120 Hz touch-sampling rate, a 400-nit screen brightness and glass that resists scratches to protect the screen. Additionally, there is a notch on the front of the device that houses a 5MP selfie camera. On the phone, there is no fingerprint reader.
The display is quite good if you want to use it to watch SD videos. The display has a ceiling that it reaches pretty quickly and you can’t do much with it after that. The results were what to expect from a budget smartphone when we watched videos on YouTube, Netflix and Hotstar. Not really unique, but nice for the cost.
Also, the display is capable of reaching a maximum brightness of 400 nits and a refresh rate of 60 Hz. Although the sensation of scrolling is satisfying, the haptic stimulation turned out to be a significant level. It is possible that you need to spend some time configuring the phone to fix this problem.
The cameras on the Redmi A1 Plus are similarly more focused on getting the job done than impressing users with their quality or capabilities. When the lighting conditions are favorable, the 8-megapixel primary sensor on the back of the device produces satisfactory quality shots. It even does a respectable job with portrait photos (with the help of the secondary 0.3-megapixel snapper on the back).
If you don’t go into this scenario expecting top-of-the-line color and detail, you won’t be disappointed. Instead, you’ll end up with snapshots that are cool enough to post on social media and send via email and text.
Videos are, at most, suitable for sharing on social media, although a useful time-lapse mode is available When there is not enough light, the quality of either still or moving images will be poor
Even if the color reproduction isn’t up to the 5-megapixel front-facing camera’s grade, if you take your selfies in well-lit environments, you’ll have photos that are worth sharing.
This is not a camera for serious photographers; Rather, it is a point-and-shoot model in the traditional sense. If you are careful enough, you should be able to get passable results. Perhaps even the weirdest one that stands out.
Redmi A1 Plus is powered by a chipset identified as MediaTek MT6761 Helio A22. The performance of this processor is satisfactory in handling basic activities like navigating the internet, making video calls, using navigation and many other activities. 32 gigabytes (GB) of storage space is provided, and 3 GB of RAM.
The Redmi A1 Plus runs Android 12 GO, an operating system developed by Google specifically for low-cost smartphones. On top of this operating system, you won’t find much evidence of MIUI. The user interface is rather uncluttered, and apart from Facebook Lite, there are no bloatware applications on the phone.
We test the smartphone’s graphics processing unit or GPU by playing some light games like Subway Surfers, Candy Crush and Clash Royale. The handset has a PowerVR GE8320 GPU.
Once we were satisfied with the overall performance of the smartphone, we launched the Garena Free Fire Max and started playing. Although there were some lags, the phone did a good job of providing a gaming experience that was excellent.
The Redmi A1 Plus has a 5,000 mAh battery pack. As it integrates with the phone’s basic hardware and operating system, it results in extremely long battery life.
The smartphone’s battery was easily able to last for two days with moderate usage, which included sending and receiving messages on WhatsApp, browsing the web, listening to music, taking pictures and watching about two hours of content per day. If you use the battery backup system more briefly, you should have no problem reaching three days.
The smartphone can be fully charged in less than three hours using a 10W charger.
In this phone, the manufacturer has included all the essential features that consumers expect to see in an affordable smartphone without sacrificing the overall functionality of the device. Few features like chin and bezel width and rear VGA camera can be improved for better experience.
Overall, the Redmi A1+ phone offers an ideal experience under the budget range. Those upgrading from a feature phone can consider the Xiaomi Redmi A1+.