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Xiaomi Redmi 8A


Price in Kenya Approx. 11,500
Display 6.22  inches, IPS
Camera 12 MP
Selfie 8 MP
Storage 32GB
Chipset Snapdragon 439
O.S Android 9.0
Battery Li-Po 5000 mAh

KSh11,500.00 KSh12,500.00

Xiaomi Redmi 8A

The price of Xiaomi Redmi 8A in Kenya is 11,500 shillings. It was announced in 2019, September 25, and it comes after the Redmi 9a. Xiaomi Redmi 8AAndroid Smartphone runs on the Qualcomm SDM439 Snapdragon 439 processor with Adreno 505 GPU. The phone has 3 GB RAM and 32 GB of internal storage which is expandable using micro SDXC (dedicated slot). It also runs on Android 10 and is powered by a 5,000 mAh battery.

Xiaomi Redmi 8A price in Kenya & key features

Price Approx. 11,500
Display 6.22  inches, IPS
Camera 12 MP
Selfie 8 MP
Storage 32GB
Chipset Snapdragon 439
O.S Android 9.0, planned upgrade to 10
Battery Li-Po 5000 mAh

Introduction

Traditionally, the Redmi XA series has been a staple for some of the lowest-priced smartphones that Xiaomi retails. This time around, 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 design

Straight of the box, we are greeted by the 6.22inch IPS LCD capacitive screen, with the teardrop camera housing design, 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.

Xiaomi Redmi 8A

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. Visit this product’s official website to learn more.

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 an 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 to expand memory up to 256GB. You may also want to see Xiaomi Redmi 9

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 at least 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 5,000 mAh 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 it’s 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 a visible lag in normal use and is still up for updates and the various security patches.

Final remaks

Everything taken into consideration, the Xiaomi Redmi 8A is truly a king among budget phones. The sleek look, the bezel-less screen, and a Snapdragon SoC make 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 an IR blaster. It comes in Midnight Black, Ocean Blue, and Sunset Red

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Category:
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, [email protected]
FrontSingle: 8MP, f/2.0, 1.12µm
FeaturesHDR, [email protected]
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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