There is no doubt that Xiaomi’s Redmi series is very popular in China. The series only catered to the needs of the low-end market when it was launched, but it has now expanded to a range sufficient to sell high-end equipment at high prices. Although it includes mobile phones such as Redmi K20 Pro (review), it is still suitable for budget-conscious buyers.
Redmi 8A design
At first glance Redmi 8A, it is hard to believe that this is a reasonably priced smartphone. Xiaomi has done a great job in designing devices that cost less than Rs. The 7,000 Redmi 8A has a large 6.22-inch display on the front and a water drop slot on the top. This is much larger than the 5.45-inch display on the Redmi 7A. Xiaomi has pushed the handset towards the device frame. Redmi 8A has obvious borders on all sides. The chin is very thick, and Xiaomi posted the Redmi logo here.
Xiaomi bent the side of Redmi 8A to make it comfortable to hold. The power and volume buttons are on the right side and are easily accessible. Xiaomi placed the SIM card tray on the left side, otherwise it would be bare. The top and bottom of the phone are flat, and you can see the auxiliary microphone on the top. At the bottom, Redmi 8A has a USB Type-C port, which is great on smartphones in this price range. 3.5mm headphone jack, main microphone and speaker are also on the bottom.
Redmi 8A specifications and software
Xiaomi chose an HD + display with a resolution of 720×1440 pixels and chose Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for protection. Redmi 8A and Redmi 7A have the same Snapdragon 439 SoC. This is an eight-core processor with eight ARM Cortex-A53 cores with a clock frequency of 2GHz. There are two versions of the smartphone: one with 2GB RAM and 32GB storage is priced at Rs. At US $ 6,499, the other has 3GB RAM and 32GB storage space at a price of Rs. 6,999. We used basic variants in this comment.
Xiaomi has gradually increased the battery capacity of this series of mobile phones. The Redmi 6A (rating) comes with a 3,000mAh unit, and now the Redmi 8A is packed in a significantly larger 5,000mAh battery. Redmi 8A also supports 18W fast charging, but only 10W charger is included in the Xiaomi box.
Redmi 8A performance and battery life
Redmi 8A has good enough hardware to provide usable experience. When using a smartphone, we rarely observe slowdowns, but heavy applications load longer. We have the basic 2GB RAM variant for our review, and it cannot make many applications run in the background, which means that they must be restarted every time they try to use them. There is no fingerprint sensor, but face recognition is fast enough to easily unlock a smartphone.
We look forward to testing the Redmi 8A’s large 5000mAh battery. During our use, including a valid WhatsApp account, took some camera samples, used Google Maps for two hours of navigation and ran some benchmark tests, we were able to complete a full day of work, but there are still 50 A little more than the remaining percentage of mobile phones manage to keep idle power at a low level, which helps the battery provide excellent performance. In our HD video loop test, Redmi 8A lasted 16 hours and 31 minutes.
Using the included 10W charger, the phone can charge up to 25% in 30 minutes and 46% in an hour. It takes about 2 hours and 30 minutes to fully charge the phone. Redmi 8A supports 18W fast charging, and Xiaomi sells 18W chargers for Rs. 449. If you buy this smartphone, we think you should invest in one of them.
Redmi 8A camera
Redmi 8A has a Sony IMX363 sensor-based camera on the back. This is a 12-megapixel sensor and has been used in products such as Google Pixel 3 (review) and Poco F1 (review). This camera has an aperture of f / 1.8, a pixel size of 1.4 microns and dual pixel autofocus. On the front, Redmi 8A has an 8-megapixel selfie shooter with an aperture of f / 2.0 and pixels of 1.12 microns. As always, Xiaomi uses the same camera application. In addition to the usual photo and video modes, you can also use portrait, professional and short video shooting modes. There are HDR and AI scene detection.
We found that Redmi 8A can focus quickly during the day, but the speed will decrease in low light conditions. In good light, Redmi 8A provided some good photos, and when we zoomed in on the sample photos, details were missing. When shooting in a bright environment, HDR will automatically start, but we did notice that some of the photos taken during the day appeared ghosting.
Xiaomi Redmi 8A was only a few months after the launch of Redmi 7A (review). Although Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 439 SoC remains unchanged, many other aspects of the hardware have been improved. Redmi 8A is equipped with a larger display and improved camera. Xiaomi chose the USB Type-C port and put it in a large 5,000mAh battery, which has undoubtedly taken a few steps in the right direction.