Redmi 8A: Too classy to be a budget Smartphone

Few brands can claim to have defined an entire generation of smartphones. Xiaomi knows how to create stellar hardware that redefines value, and, a few exceptions aside, it has consistently released the best entry-level and mid-range phones.
Just months after the launch of the Redmi 7A, Chinese electronics maker Xiaomi has launched its successor, the Redmi 8A, with a big screen, better design and a more powerful battery.

Xiaomi 8A

The design and display
Although the Redmi 8A is a budget smartphone and our expectations remain quite limited for it, it brings about a breath of fresh air in the design department. When I first met the smartphone, I knew it could have been the smartphone for my mum, who prefers smartphones under 10K.
The device comes with a design, which the company calls Aura Wave Grip Design. It tries to ensure that holding the smartphone is easy. Indeed, it offers a sturdy grip that ensures smudge-proof usage. However, the touch and feel of the smartphone gets cringe-worthy at times.
The Redmi 8A comes with a 6.22-inch display with the HD+ screen resolution and a pixel density of 270ppi. The Redmi 8A has an increased screen size compared to the Redmi 7A and features slightly thinner bezels.

Xiaomi 8A
Even though the display has relatively thinner bezels, the chin has visible bezels. While on paper the pixel density of the Redmi 8A is less than the Redmi 7A (295ppi), it doesn’t make a difference, especially to the naked eyes.

Hardware and performance
The Redmi 8A sports the same Snapdragon 439 SoC as the Redmi 7A. This is an octa-core processor with eight ARM Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 2GHz. The smartphone is available in two variants; one with 2GB of RAM with 32GB of storage, and the other with 3GB of RAM with 32GB of storage.

In terms of software, the Xiaomi Redmi 8A runs MIUI 10 on top of Android 9 Pie.

The phone has a 12-megapixel camera with LED flash on the back and an 8-megapixel selfie camera that sits in the tear-shape hollow carved on the front. The back camera has an f/1.8 aperture with a dual-pixel autofocus. Apart from portrait and pro, you get a short video mode too. There are HDR and AI scene detection options. In good light, you can use the latter to get decent pictures with enough details, but the pictures tend to get grainy as sharpness dips in low light.

Battery Life
Rounding out the improvements is a massive 5,000mAh battery. This, in my opinion, is the most relevant change in the Redmi 8A. With the supplied 10W charger, the phone charged up to 25 percent in 30 minutes and 46 percent in an hour. It took around 2 hours and 30 minutes to charge the phone completely. The Redmi 8A supports 18W fast charging.

Xiaomi 8A

Strong battery life
Good camera
Fast charging

No fingerprint sensor

Redmi 8A has a big display, catchy design and a good capacity battery with fast-charge support that makes it a decent option in the budget smartphone segment. Visit to get yours today.

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