Xiaomi announced the Redmi 8A and has yet again introduced a new device in the entry-level segment of Android smartphones.
The sub-7k price segment has recently seen some powerful smartphones make their way, only to push all the manufacturers to come out with a better one every time. On paper, the Redmi 8A looks no less.
Powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 chipset, it comes with 32 GB of internal storage. There are two RAM variants of 2 GB and 3 GB with the same storage capacity.
It has a 6.22-inch display with an HD LCD panel that is protected by Gorilla Glass 5. The display has a waterdrop notch design that Xiaomi is calling ‘Dot Notch’.
In the camera department, it comes with a 12 MP Sony IMX363 sensor on the rear and an 8 MP AI selfie shooter on the front.
Another highlighted feature is the 5,000 mAh battery capacity that none of its competitors offers at this price. It also comes with support for 18 W fast charging and it comes with a 10 W charger in the box.
|Smartphone||Redmi 8A||Motorola Moto E6s||Nokia 2.2||Realme C2||Samsung Galaxy M10|
|Display size (inch)||6.22||6.1||5.71||6.1||6.22|
|Resolution (pixels)||720 x 1520||720 x 1560||720 x 1520||720 x 1560||720 x 1520|
|Pixel density (PPI)||271||282||295||282||269|
|Display panel||IPS LCD||IPS LCD||IPS LCD||IPS LCD||IPS LCD|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 439||Mediatek Helio P22||Mediatek Helio A22||Mediatek Helio P22||Samsung Exynos 7870|
|CPU core count||Octa-core||Octa-core||Quad-core||Octa-core||Octa-core|
|RAM||2/3 GB||4 GB||2/3 GB||2/3 GB||2/3 GB|
|Internal storage||32 GB||64 GB||16/32 GB||16/32 GB||16/32 GB|
|Expandable memory||Up to 512 GB||Up to 512 GB||Up to 256 GB||Up to 256 GB||Up to 256 GB|
|Primary camera||12 MP, f/1.9||13 MP, f/2.0 + 2 MP||13 MP, f/2.2||13 MP, f/2.2 + 2 MP||13 MP, f/1.9 + 5 MP, f/2.2|
|Secondary camera||8 MP||8 MP||5 MP||5 MP||5 MP|
|OS version||Android 9.0 Pie (MIUI 10)||Android 9.0 Pie (Stock)||Android 9.0 Pie (Android One)||Android 9.0 Pie (ColorOS 6 Lite)||Android 9.0 Pie (One UI)|
|USB port type||USB-C||microUSB||microUSB||microUSB||microUSB|
|Fast charging||Yes, 18 W||No||No||No||No|
|Colours||Midnight Black, Ocean Blue, Sunset Red||Polished Graphite, Bright Cherry, Dark Red||Steel, Tungsten Black||Diamond Black, Diamond Blue||Ocean Blue, Charcoal Black|
|Prices in India||Starts at Rs 6,499||Rs 7,999||Starts at Rs 6,999||Starts at Rs 5,999||Starts at Rs 7,999|
The Redmi 8A has an incredible price for its specifications and features that brings some serious competition in the entry-level Android smartphone segment. It gives you the highest battery capacity of 5,000 mAh, supports 18 W fast charging and has a USB Type-C port. While the Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 does seem like it could offer some extra performance than the rest, the Realme C2 is the only contender that could go head-to-head with the Redmi 8A considering its pricing. However, both these phones come with OEM UI skins and if a stock Android experience is something that’s important to you, then you could consider the Nokia 2.2 that’s decently priced.