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.
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 2, 3 or 4 GB for RAM and 32 or 64 GB for 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.
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.
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.
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
|2G||Yes, GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2|
|3G||Yes, HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100|
|4G||Yes, LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 8(900), 34(2000), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)|
|Dimensions||156.5mm x 75.4mm x 9.4mm|
|Body Material||Front glass, plastic body|
|SIM||Dual SIM (Nano-SIM)|
|Size||6.2 inches (81.3% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Type||IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, with 16M colors|
|Resolution||720 pixels x 1520 pixels, 19:9 ratio, (271PPI)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|Operating System||Android v9.0 (Pie); MIUI 10|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 (12nm)|
|Processor||Octa-core (2x1.95 GHz Cortex-A53 & 6x1.45 GHz Cortex A53)|
|Micro SD Slot||Yes, up to 512GB - dedicated slot|
|Back||Single: 12MP, f/1.8, 1/2.55", 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF|
|Features||LED flash, HDR, 1080p@30fps|
|Front||Single: 8MP, f/2.0, 1.12µm|
|Alert types||Vibration, ringtones|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||4.2, A2DP, LE, aptX HD|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS|
|USB||v2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go|
|Radio||Yes, with built-in antenna|
Fast battery charging 18W
|COLORS||Midnight Black, Ocean Blue, Sunset Red|