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 aimed at the entry-level market. Infinix is also partnering with Reliance Jio to provide benefits with the Smart 5A, effectively reducing the cost of the device. Is the Smart 5A a smart choice, or do you have to make significant compromises with budget smartphones? Let’s find out.
Infinix Smart 5A price
The Infinix Smart 5A was priced at Rs. 6,499 for the first sale, but the price has now risen to Rs. 6,699. Reliance Jio has an “upfront cash support” offer that will cost Rs. 550 to a buyer’s bank account, but the caveat is that the device will be locked to a Jio SIM card. The Smart 5A is only available in a single configuration, with 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. It is available in Ocean Wave, Quetzal Cyan and Midnight Black.
Infinix Smart 5A Design
The Infinix Smart 5A is a large smartphone and has a 6.2-inch display with a dewdrop notch on the top. It has relatively thin bezels on the sides and top of the screen, while the chin is much thicker. Infinix offers a dual flash setup on the front and two LED flashes sit on either side of the selfie camera in the top bezel. The plastic case doesn’t feel premium, but it’s acceptable at this price.
The right side houses the power and volume buttons, while the left side has the SIM tray. These buttons were easy to reach and gave a click-like response when pressed. There is a 3.5mm headphone jack, a Micro USB port, the primary microphone and a speaker on the bottom. Infinix could have done away with the Micro-USB port and used a USB Type-C port on this device.
The Infinix Smart 5A isn’t too thick at 8.75mm or too heavy at 183g. I found it manageable for one-handed use. On the back it has a fingerprint scanner which I found slightly higher than ideal for range. The Smart 5A has a dual rear camera in a module that is slightly raised. The glossy back panel picks up fingerprints easily, and they’re highly visible at certain angles. Infinix does offer a transparent case in the box, which could help with this
Infinix Smart 5A specifications and software
Infinix has chosen the MediaTek Helio A20 SoC to power the Smart 5A. This is a quad-core processor based on a 12nm process. You only get 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. You do have the option to expand the storage by up to 256GB using the dedicated microSD card slot.
The Smart 5A has a 6.52-inch HD+ screen with a high aspect ratio of 20:9. It has a peak brightness of 500 nits, which is decent indoors, but can be somewhat lacking outdoors. The Smart 5A has support for Bluetooth 5, dual-band Wi-Fi, dual VoLTE and VoWiFi. There’s a 5000mAh battery and you get a 10W charger in the box.
Software runs the Smart 5A XOS 7.6 on top of Android 11 (Go Edition). My device had the June Android security patch. The user interface has a few tweaks along with some pre-installed apps. AHA Games and Palm Store are pre-installed and are alternatives to the Play Store. I thought the Palm Store was spam because it kept pushing notifications every day. There are some useful features, such as WhatsApp mode, which only allows data access to WhatsApp Messenger. There’s also a smart panel, accessible 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 will have to temper your expectations of it. Basic usage was manageable, but occasionally I had to wait for it to load apps. Heavy apps also take much longer to load. With only 2GB of RAM, the Smart 5A’s multitasking capabilities are limited, but acceptable given the price. Unlocking the Smart 5A using the fingerprint scanner or facial recognition occasionally took a little longer.
The Smart 5A scored 74,984 in AnTuTu and scored 125 and 430 points respectively in Geekbench 5’s single-core and multi-core tests. The Smart 5A scored 416 points in 3DMark’s Sling Shot graphics test. It also ran GFXBench’s Car Chase and T-Rex scenes at 3.2 fps and 15 fps respectively.
I was playing Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) on the Smart 5A and it took quite a while to load. It defaults to smooth images and medium frame rate. There was frequent lag and stuttering at these settings, especially in densely populated areas of the map. However, casual games like State.io worked fine on the phone with no issues.
I got decent battery life from the Infinix Smart 5A, and it lasted a day and a half with my moderate use. It lasted 15 hours and 5 minutes in our HD video loop test. The included 10W charger got the phone to 20 percent in 30 minutes and 44 percent in an hour. A full charge took more than two hours.
Infinix Smart 5A Cameras
You get a very basic dual camera setup on the Smart 5A, with an 8-megapixel primary camera and a secondary AI (depth) camera. For selfies, it has an 8-megapixel camera in the dewdrop notch and two selfie flashes tucked into the top bezel. The camera app is simple and I was able to choose between different shooting modes very easily. It has AI scene detection and automatic HDR. I noticed slow behavior while using the camera, and the AI took some time to detect each scene.
Day shots taken with the Infinix Smart 5A were average. The dynamic range was not good and pictures seemed flat. Auto HDR was a little slow to turn on, and when it did, it provided a slight improvement in dynamic range, but the details still weren’t very good.
Close-up photos were decent, but the phone was a little slow to lock focus. The output does have a depth effect and the details were also decent. There is a Bokeh mode that is meant for taking portraits. This mode didn’t work well for objects, but it did for faces. The output was strictly average and you can’t set the level of background blur.
Low light photos were below average. The output was dark and not sharp. This phone does not have Night Mode. Selfies taken in daylight were average and appeared flat. In low light, you can use the dual LED flashes for slightly better output. Video recording tops out at 1080p for the primary and selfie cameras. There is no video stabilization on the Smart 5A. The daytime shots were strictly average, and the low-light shots were almost unusable.
The Smart 5A cuts quite a few corners to get to the sub-Rs. Price level of 7,000 in 2021. It has a large screen and a decent 5,000 mAh battery, but you will have to compromise on the cameras. You get decent performance for basic use from the Helio A20 processor, but Infinix could have offered 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 a 3GB RAM option, but you lose a fingerprint scanner. If you can spend a little more, the Moto E7 Power could also be good value for money.