Xiaomi is back again with a new smartphone, this time around, under the Redmi brand. The Redmi 8 series will soon be upon us, likely featuring the standard one, “pro” level enthusiast phone, and the “A”, which is the budget model, to the budget phone. In this piece, we’ll break down the specs of the Redmi 8A, and see just how well it fares against the droves of competition in the world of smartphones today.
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What is the Redmi 8A?
The answer to this question can be found in one simple declaration, the Redmi 8A costs below INR 7,000. This segment is perhaps the most competitive one in the entirety of the Indian market, since it is a fairly cheap segment of smartphone, which still has plenty to live up to. Generally, this segment features those specifications which a few years back were flagship exclusives, which eventually trickled their way down into the mainstream of smartphones. How exactly does the Redmi 8A measure up today, read the specs below to find out.
What are the Redmi 8A’s Specs?
The most notable and important specs of the new Redmi 8A are as follows:
- Dual sim functionality out of the box. This feature is one of old in the smartphone industry, and has somewhat come back into the spotlight thanks to the Apple iPhone adopting it. Either way, it’s nice to see it on a smartphone of this price.
- IPS LCD display of 720×1520 pixel resolution. A fairly standard panel, which gets the job done, but won’t blow any minds, not the crispest screen, but not the dullest either.
- 81% screen to body ratio. This gives the phone a nice, modern, 2019 look and feel. The teardrop style notch featured here will surely turn heads.
- Gorilla Glass 5 Equipped. Another feature which is nice to see, the Corning Gorilla Glass is the gold standard in smartphone reinforcing, and rest assured that the Redmi 8A will be fairly crack resistant on the panel.
- Android 9 Pie out of the box. MIUI 10 is also present, hopefully, an Android 10 update will hit this update along with all the other Redmi devices in the product line.
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 chipset. Not the quickest or flashiest chipset of the bunch, but it’s nice to see a Snapdragon chip on a phone of this price.
- Only 32 GB storage on offer with either 2 or 3 gigabytes of ram. While the Redmi 8A does feature expandable storage, it’s a bit of a kicker that a 64 gigabyte variant is not to be seen anywhere on the listing.
- Single rear camera of 12 megapixels. Another feature which seems out of place in 2019. While budget phones, and even some phones of this price have begun to feature at least a dual camera setup, the 8A still sticks to a single shooter setup, perhaps outdated in this day and age.
- 8 Megapixel front facing selfie camera. Fairly bog standard, nothing much to report here.
- 5,000 mAH battery. This is a real spec worth mentioning for the Redmi 8A. Any battery above 4000mAH will give you an unbelievable amount of screen on time, so a 5000mAH battery will surely blow your mind when it comes to efficiency and capability.
- 18W fast charging capability. Another fantastic feature for this price, to have fast charging at this segment ensures that Redmi will be undercutting the markets best features in the products to come.