Infinix Smart 5A is the latest addition to the Smart series and succeeds the Infinix Smart 5. The Smart 5A is a budget Android smartphone aimed at the entry-level market. Infinix has also partnered with Reliance Jio to deliver benefits with the Smart 5A, effectively reducing the cost of the device. Is the Smart 5A a smart choice, or do budget smartphones always force you to make serious compromises? Let's find out.
Infinix Smart 5A price
The Infinix Smart 5A was priced at Rs. 6 for its first sale, but the price has now risen to Rs. 499. Reliance Jio offers an "initial cash support" offer that credits Rs. 6 to the account buyer's bank, but the caveat is that the device will be locked to a Jio SIM card. The Smart 699A is available in a single configuration, with 550 GB of RAM and 5 GB of storage. It is available in Ocean Wave, Quetzal Cyan and Midnight Black.
Design Infinix Smart 5A
The Infinix Smart 5A is a big smartphone and sports a 6,2-inch display with a dewdrop-shaped notch at the top. It has relatively thin edges 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 can be found on either side of the selfie camera in the top frame. The plastic body doesn't look premium, but it's acceptable at this price point.
On the right are the power and volume buttons, while the left side has the SIM tray. These buttons were easy to reach and offered a clickable response when pressed. There is a 3,5mm headphone jack, a Micro-USB port, the main microphone and a speaker at the bottom. Infinix could have removed the Micro-USB port and chosen 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 handy for one-handed use. On the back there is a fingerprint scanner which I found slightly higher than ideal for range. The Smart 5A has a dual rear camera setup in a slightly raised module. The glossy back panel easily picks up fingerprints and they are highly visible from certain angles. Infinix offers a clear case in the box, which could help with this
Specifications and software Infinix Smart 5A
Infinix chose the MediaTek Helio A20 SoC to power the Smart 5A. It is a quad-core processor based on a 12nm process. You only get 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. You have the option to expand the storage up to 256 GB using the dedicated microSD card slot.
The Smart 5A has a 6,52-inch HD + display with a large 20: 9 aspect ratio. It has a maximum brightness of 500 nits, which is decent on the inside but may look slightly lacking on the outside. The Smart 5A supports Bluetooth 5, dual band Wi-Fi, dual VoLTE and VoWiFi. There is a 5000mAh battery and you get a 10W charger in the box.
In terms of software, the Smart 5A runs XOS 7.6 on Android 11 (Go Edition). My unit had the June Android security patch. The user interface has a few customizations as well as a number of preinstalled apps. AHA Games and Palm Store are preinstalled and are alternatives to the Play Store. I found the Palm Store to be spam because it kept sending notifications every day. There are some useful features like 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.
Performance Infinix Smart 5A
The Infinix Smart 5A is an entry-level budget smartphone and you'll need to temper your expectations of it. Basic usage was manageable, but sometimes I had to wait for it to load the apps. Heavy apps also take much longer to load. With just 2GB of RAM, the Smart 5A's multitasking capabilities are limited, but acceptable given the price tag. Unlocking the Smart 5A using the fingerprint reader or facial recognition sometimes took a little longer.
The Smart 5A scored 74 points in AnTuTu, and it managed 984 and 125 points in Geekbench 430 single-core and multi-core tests, respectively. The Smart 5A scored 5 points in 416DMark's Sling Shot graphics test. He also performed GFXBench's Car Chase and T-Rex scenes at 3 fps and 3,2 fps respectively.
I played Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) on the Smart 5A and it took a considerable amount of time to load. By default, this was smooth graphics and a medium frame rate. There was frequent lag and stuttering at these settings, especially in dense areas of the map. However, casual games like State.io performed well on the phone without any issues.
I had decent battery life from the Infinix Smart 5A, and it lasted me a day and a half with my moderate use. It lasted 15 hours and 5 minutes in our HD video loop test. The supplied 10W charger boosted the phone to 20% after 30 minutes and 44% in an hour. Full charge took over two hours.
Infinix Smart 5A cameras
You get a very basic dual camera setup on the Smart 5A, with an 8MP primary camera and an AI (depth) secondary camera. For selfies, it has an 8-megapixel camera in the dewdrop-shaped notch, and there are two selfie flashes 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 slow behavior when using the camera and it took a while for the AI to detect each scene.
Daylight photos taken with the Infinix Smart 5A were average. The dynamic range was not good and the photos appeared flat. Auto HDR was a bit slow to start, and when it did, it improved the dynamic range slightly, but the detail still wasn't that great.
The close-ups were okay, but the phone was a bit slow to lock the focus. The output has a depth effect and the details were fine as well. There is a Bokeh mode which allows you to take portraits. This mode did not work well for objects but it did work on faces. The output was strictly average and you cannot set the level of background blur.
Low light shots were below average. The exit was dark and was not sharp. This phone does not have a Night mode. Selfies taken in daylight were average and looked flat. In low light, you can use the dual LED flashes for slightly better performance. Video recording reaches 1080p for the main and selfie cameras. There is no video stabilization on the Smart 5A. Daytime footage was strictly average, and low-light footage was almost unusable.
The Smart 5A cuts quite a few corners to reach the sub-Rs. Price point 7 in 000. It has a big screen and a decent 2021mAh battery, but you'll have to compromise on cameras. You get decent performance for basic use of the Helio A5 processor, but Infinix could have offered a 000GB RAM option for those who want to spend a bit more.
If you are on a tight budget, you can go for the Infinix Smart 5A. The Xiaomi Redmi 9A is an alternative that offers a more powerful processor and an option of 3 GB of RAM, but you will lose a fingerprint scanner. If you can spend a little more, the Moto E7 Power could also be good value for money.