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Xiaomi Redmi 8A


  • RAM: 2GB
  • Internal Storage: 32 GB
  • Battery: 5000 mAh
  • Main camera: 12MP, f/1.8, dual pixel PDAF
  • Front camera: 8MP, f/2.0
  • Display: 6.2 inch
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 (12nm)
  • Connectivity: Dual sim, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi
  • Colors: Midnight Black, Ocean Blue, Sunset Red
  • OS: Android v9.0 (Pie); MIUI 10

KSh11,500.00 KSh12,500.00

Traditionally, the Redmi XA series has been a stable for some of the lowest-priced smartphones that Xiaomi retails. This time round, they truly did not disappoint. They concentrated on what is important to a low budget user and the result was the Xiaomi Redmi 8A. Let’s get a closer look.

Xiaomi Redmi 8A Screen and design

Straight of the box, we are greeted by the 6.22inch IPS LCD capacitive screen, with the teardrop camera housing deign, helping achieve a screen to body ratio of 81.8%.the front glass is Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protected and achieves a decent 400 nits of brightness. The rest of the frame and back is plastic, which helps lower the price even further. At the middle of the back is a single primary camera but sadly no fingerprint scanner. Other than a small chin at the bottom with the Redmi lettering, the bezels in the Xiaomi Redmi 8A are not all that conspicuous. It weighs in at 188g and is 9.4mm thick, largely influenced by the bigger battery.

Performance

As expected, the Xiaomi Redmi 8A budget phone comes with a budget SoC. The chip on board is the Snapdragon 439 paired with the Cortex A53 CPU which revs up to 1.95GHz and an Adreno 505 GPU. The memory options are  2GB RAM and 32 ROM  Since it’s a budget phone, this is not exactly award winning processor. But even in its modest setting, the phone throws a hefty punch in the average day to day use but would totally struggle in intensive tasks such as gaming. It gladly has a dedicated microSD card slot to enable you expand memory up to 256GB.

Camera

The Xiaomi Redmi 8A comes with a mono camera system, boasting a modest 12mp dual pixel wide lens with an LED flash module squeezed next to it. It might not win any awards but can atleast shoot 1080p video in 30fps. The photos are decent and passable, but get grainy in low light and very noisy when overexposed. The camera supports HDR and panorama on top of the ordinarily offered modes. The front facing shooter is a basic 8mp lens, HDR supported, shooting 1080p video at 30fps. The photos are fairly decent and usable.

Battery

To make up for everything else the Xiaomi Redmi 8A loses is a massive 5000mAh non removable Li-Po battery. This more than enough to last more than one day, even for the power user. Although it comes with 10W charging brick and USB-C cable, the device can support up to 18W fast charging, which is great. Charging this phone to 100% should take about 2.5 hours, considering its fairly big.

Software

The Xiaomi Redmi 8A comes out of the box with Android 9.0 with the MIUI 11 custom skin on top. It goes on to offer a great and smooth experience, despite the modest SoC. It shouldn’t show visible lag in normal use and is still up for updates and the various security patches.

Everything taken into consideration, the Xiaomi Redmi 8A is truly a king among budget phones. The sleek look, the bezelless screen and a Snapdragon SoC makes it an easy choice for someone looking for a cheap but practical phone. However, unlike most of the other Xiaomi devices, the Xiaomi Redmi 8A doesn’t have the IR blaster. It comes in Midnight Black, Ocean Blue, and Sunset Red

 

Xiaomi Redmi 8A Specifications

LAUNCHSeptember, 2019
SUPPORTED NETWORKS
2GYes, GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2
3GYes, HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
4GYes, LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 8(900), 34(2000), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)
BODY
Weight188g
Dimensions156.5mm x 75.4mm x 9.4mm
Body MaterialFront glass, plastic body
SIMDual SIM (Nano-SIM)
DISPLAY
Size6.2 inches (81.3% screen-to-body ratio)
TypeIPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, with 16M colors
Resolution720 pixels x 1520 pixels, 19:9 ratio, (271PPI)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 5
PLATFORM
Operating SystemAndroid v9.0 (Pie); MIUI 10
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 439 (12nm)
ProcessorOcta-core (2x1.95 GHz Cortex-A53 & 6x1.45 GHz Cortex A53)
GPUAdreno 505
MEMORY
RAM3GB
Internal Storage32GB
Micro SD SlotYes, up to 512GB - dedicated slot
CAMERA
BackSingle: 12MP, f/1.8, 1/2.55", 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF
FeaturesLED flash, HDR, 1080p@30fps
FrontSingle: 8MP, f/2.0, 1.12µm
FeaturesHDR, 1080p@30fps
SOUND
LoudspeakerYes
3.5mm jackYes
Alert typesVibration, ringtones
CONNECTIVITY
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth4.2, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
GPSYes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
USBv2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
Infrared portYes
RadioYes, with built-in antenna
SENSORS
FingerprintYes, (rear-mounted)
Face IDNo
AccelerometerYes
GyroscopeNo
ProximityYes
CompassYes
BarometerNo
BATTERY
Capacity5000mAh
TypeLi-Po, non-removable,
Fast battery charging 18W
COLORSMidnight Black, Ocean Blue, Sunset Red
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