• Redmi 8A
6,999
Highlights
  • 32 GB / 2 GB RAM
  • 12 MP Primary Camera, 8 MP Front Camera
  • 6.2 inches 720 x 1520 pixels Display
  • Snapdragon 439, Octa Core Processor
  • Non Removable Li-Po 5000 mAh battery
2GB RAM

Redmi 8A: Price

Redmi 8A: Review

Pros
  • 5,000 mAh Battery
  • USB Type-C Port
Cons
  • System Ads
  • No Fingerprint Sensor

Redmi 8A: Design

The Redmi 8A is the latest affordable smartphone from Xiaomi which does not compromise much on the parts of the specifications. The device has a plastic polycarbonate single piece body and the phone is available in multiple colors. At the front, the phone houses a 6.22-inch 720p IPS LCD screen with a water-drop notch design that looks much modern compared to its predecessor -- the Redmi 7A. Overall, the Redmi 8A is definitely a huge upgrade over its predecessor in terms of design and aesthetics.

Redmi 8A: Hardware Performance

The Redmi 8A is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 439, which is an octa-core chipset coupled with at least 2GB RAM and 32GB storage with a dedicated microSD card slot for additional storage expansion along with dual nano-SIM card slots. Qualcomm's Snapdragon 439 chipset nails normal day-to-day use cases like texting, using social media, and can even handle light gaming without any issue. Easily, the Redmi 8A is one of the best smartphones at its price tag.

Redmi 8A: Camera Performance

The Redmi 8A does have a fancy dual or triple camera setup. Instead, the phone offers a single 12MP primary sensor (Sony IMX 363) the same sensor used on phones like the Pixel 2, Poco F1, and even the Redmi Note 6 Pro. The camera can take images with an ample amount of details in a typical lighting condition. The phone has an 8MP selfie camera at the front with support for HD video recording and also offers software-based face unlock. As the phone does not have a fingerprint sensor, face unlock should be useful for those who like to keep the device secure.

Redmi 8A: Price To Specs Ratio

The base variant of the Redmi 8A retails for Rs. 6,499, making it one of the best smartphones under Rs. 7,000 in India. The phone has a capable chipset and it also has a modern-looking device. On top of that, the phone is also available with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage for Rs. 6,999, which is also our pick amongst the two. This is a phone for price-conscious audiences who do not want to spend an extra rupee over Rs. 7,000 and still, want to own a phone that can ace normal operation.

Redmi 8A: Important Features Of Highlight

Though the Redmi 8A is packed with features the most standout one is the 5,000 mAh battery with support for fast charging via USB Type-C port. This is one of the first smartphones that is priced under Rs. 7,000 to feature a USB Type-C port. Besides, the phone also has a great display that gives the device a premium look. The phone is P2i certified and is water-resistant as well.

Redmi 8A: Verdict

The Redmi 8A is overall a good package for those who want to get their first smartphone and do not want to invest much. The MIUI 10 software is based on Android 9 Pie and the device is set to receive MIUI 11 update in the future. One major drawback that the Redmi 8A has is system-ads. Just like most of the budget Redmi smartphones, the notification panel will get bombarded with ads and notifications from various system apps like Mi Browser, Mi Music Player, Mi File Manager, and Mi Security. If you do not pay much attention to the ads, then the Redmi 8A is a steal deal.

Redmi 8A: Specifications

GENERAL
Operating System Android OS, v9.0 (Pie)
Custom UI MIUI 10
Device type Phablet
Sim Dual Sim
Colours Black,Red, Blue
ANNOUNCED
Status Available in India
Global Release Date September, 2019
Indian Release Date 30 September, 2019
BODY
Dimensions 156.3 x 75.4 x 9.4 mm
Weight 188 g
DISPLAY
Screen size 6.22 inches
Form Factor Touch
Screen resolution 720 x 1520 pixels
Touchscreen Capacitive Touchscreen
Technology (Display Type) IPS LCD (Corning Gorilla Glass 5)
PROCESSOR
Chipset Snapdragon 439
CPU Octa core (Quad 1.95GHz + Quad 1.45GHz) Cortex A53
GPU Adreno 505
STORAGE
Internal Storage 32 GB Storage
RAM 2 GB RAM
External Storage Up to 512 GB
Card Slot microSD Card
Phonebook Unlimited
Messaging SMS, MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS
Call Records Unlimited
CAMERA
Primary camera 12 MP (f/1.9) Camera with LED Flash
Front Camera 8 MP Selfie Camera
Video Recording 1080p@30fps
Camera Features Geo Tagging, HDR, Portrait, Panorama
MULTIMEDIA
Audio Player MP3, WAV, eAAC+
Video Player MP4, H.264, H.263
Games Yes
FM Radio Yes, Wireless FM Radio
Speakers Yes
Audio Jack 3.5mm Audio Jack
BATTERY
Type Non Removable Li-Po 5000 mAh battery
CONNECTIVITY
GPRS Yes
Edge Yes
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot
Bluetooth v4.2
USB USB Type-C
GPS Facility with A-GPS, GLONASS
Browser HTML5
3G Speed HSPA, LTE
NETWORK SUPPORT
2G GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
3G HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
4G Dual VoLTE
MORE FEATURES
Sensors Infrared sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity, Compass
Other Features 18W Quick Charging, AI Camera, Face Unlock, Water resistant
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How do we rate a Device?

Rating a smartphone is a tedious process and a lot of parameters have to be considered before judging the overall performance of the device such as display, camera, processor, RAM, storage, battery, and the pricing.

So, here are how these specs will affect the real-life usage of a device and why how we meticulously consider each of these points to rate a smartphone.

Camera

Cameras have evolved a lot over the last few years and multi-camera setup is a new norm. We consider various parameters like MP count, aperture size, pixel size, image stabilization to rate a camera system of a smartphone out of 5. Any device that scores more than 3.5 can take good photos and videos and if a phone scores over 4, then it will be one of the best camera smartphones in the market.

Battery

Though battery seems like an underrated feature and we look at the battery capacity, fast charging supporting technology, and even the wireless charging capability is also taken into consideration to rate smartphone's battery capability.

Display

The display is the face of a smartphone. And there are a lot of parameters like the panel technology (IPS LCD, OLED, TFT) and other parameters also taken into consideration like the resolution, pixel density, and refresh rate.

Value for Money

A smartphone could have great specs, but if it is not priced well then you might not get the best value-for-money. So, we compare a smartphone with the contemporaries to rate the value-for-money of a device out of 5.

Performance

This aspect is decided on various sub specifics, such as availability of microSD card slot, the amount of RAM the device offers, processor capability, and the network support. This parameter has more weightage when compared to other departments.

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