Xiaomi had released the Redmi 8A, which brought a number of new features to the budget smartphone segment (a USB Type C port, a very good camera, a huge battery, and a very eye-catching design) and now hot on its heels, comes the Redmi 8. it has long been winning at producing low-cost budget smartphones with strong specs. It’s latest is the Redmi 8A, a successor of its popular and much-loved Redmi 7A in the entry-level smartphone segment. So, should you buy it on the phone? Let’s find out.
Design & Appearance
Glass back design is the new fad in the smartphone industry and almost every second device launched these days has got the same finish. Interestingly, the Redmi 8A has this wave-like matte finish that feels a lot more reassuring in the hands. Unlike some of its glossy counterparts, it doesn’t feel slippery at any point. It does feel a bit hefty for its size, but that is because it packs in a massive 5,000 mAh battery. However, even at 190g, it weighs less than many of the other big battery phones with similar battery capacity. The 6.22-inch display isn’t the biggest we have seen. The thin bezel design concept has allowed OEMs to offer screens as big as 6.8-inch without overshooting the size.
The Redmi 8A is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 octa-core chipset. It works smoothly but tends to lag when launching a heavy app (something like PUBG mobile game) or while switching between such apps. I imagine the 4GB RAM 64GB Rom variant would perform better in this respect. The phone runs on the Android 9 Pie with Xiaomi’s MIUI 10.3.
The phone has a 12-megapixel camera with an 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 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. Also, the HDR mode takes some time to deliver the output. You also get the ‘beauty’ option and various frames. All in all, the camera is decent but nothing much to write home about.
Battery & Other Features
Coming to the battery, this is where Xiaomi has done a really good job. Not only does the Redmi 8A have a big 5,000mAh battery but it also provides a USB Type-C charging port. According to the company, the phone supports 18W fast charge, but you get only a 10W charger in the box and it charges the phone in a little over two hours.
The battery backup is impressive and the phone easily goes on for almost two days with occasional gaming and turning the mobile data at all times. All this runs on top of Android 9, so you don’t miss out on new features of the Google OS either. For someone coming from a stock Android interface or feature phone.
Verdict & Buy
Obviously, the Redmi 8A will become one of the most affordable in the budget price segment. The developers have managed to significantly change the design concept of the device, as well as to increase the duration of its operation in standalone mode.