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.