Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi 8A (3GB RAM) is a slightly better phone than the Asus Zenfone Max M2 (3GB RAM, 32GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Redmi 8A (3GB RAM)!

Asus Zenfone Max M2 (3GB RAM, 32GB)  Xiaomi Redmi 8A (3GB RAM) 
Asus Zenfone Max M2 Xiaomi Redmi 8A
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Excellence Score
20.1
22.4
Value for Money Score
58.5
72.6
Price ₹ 9,999 onwards ₹ 6,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Dec, 2018 Sep, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.3 inches 6.22 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1520 pixels (~ 267 pixels per inch) 720x1520 pixels (~ 270 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display 2.5D Curved Glass, Sunlight mode, Night mode, Reading mode, Color Temperature Adjustment
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.8 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 632Ranked #61 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 439Ranked #81 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 506 Adreno 505
RAM 3 GB 3 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port microUSB USB-C
Primary Camera 13MP + 2MP 12MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 13MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 1.12um Pixel Size, PDAF, Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS), Portrait Mode, Night Mode F/1.9 Aperture, Sony IMX363 Sensor, 1.4um Pixel Size, Dual PDAF, 6P Lens
Secondary Camera 8MP 8MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size, LED flash, Portrait Mode, Night Mode F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size
Internal Memory 32 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 2 TB Yes, up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes (Wireless)
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.7 mmMedium 9.4 mmThick
Weight 160 gmMedium 188 gmMedium
Width 76.3 mmOk for one-handed use 75.4 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant (P2i Coating)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 5000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) 792 hrs N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) 35.00 hrs N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 18W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters Internet Usage Time (WiFi): upto 22 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration; NXP Smart Amp; Google Drive: 100GB free space (1 year) Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Features a well-built, well-designed metal black+plastic frame aesthetic, paired with a massive display with a not-so-massive notch
  • At 6.26 inches diagonally with relatively narrow borders all around, the screen does have a strong visual impact
  • Unlike a lot of glossy phones in this segment now, the phone is also not a fingerprint magnet
  • Very light, especially given the large battery it packs
  • Decent, large, bright display
  • Asus remains committed to stock Android for its low-end phones, and that's a good thing - it's nice and simple to use, and there is little to no bloat
  • Performance is a key USP here, with Asus managing to offer a relatively powerful processor, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, at a new low price - the phone is consistently smooth throughout, and even games like PUBG Mobile runs smoothly
  • Decent dual rear cameras - daytime shots especially are well detailed
  • Decent front camera too, and users will generally be happy with the quality of selfies they can take for social media - Asus is also planning future updates to bring EIS and the Depth Effect mode to the front camera
  • Impressive speaker - it is not only loud but also produces quite rich, deep sound
  • Very good battery life with a generous 4000mAh battery - you can get up to 2 days of use with moderate use
  • There is no official fast charging support, but the included 10W charger has a decent charging speed
  • Overall, the Max M2 is another winner from the Asus camp this year - and will be a strong choice in this segment - it wins on 4 important counts - a large 'notch' display, stock Android experience, great processor for the price, and a good battery life - providing for a reliable all-round experience
  • Unlike earlier entry-level Xiaomi phones, this one packs a trendy thin-bezel, tear-drop notch design
  • Excellent construction and tactile feedback
  • The matte finish at the back feels reassuring in the hands, and gives a good grip to the phone
  • Fairly manageable weight-wise at 188g, which is commendable since it packs a large 5000 mAh battery
  • Splash resistant
  • Good, vivid display - one of the better ones in the entry segment - watching movies is an enjoyable experience
  • Packs Gorilla glass 5 protection, which is a huge bonus in this price segment
  • MIUI is a pretty refined and feature packed Android skin - some of the key add-ons include dual apps, second space, in-built call recording and the option to tweak the app icons
  • Dependable performance backed by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 octa core processor - daily use is pretty smooth (though of course this phone is not really meant for high-end PUBG sort of gaming)
  • Pretty decent camera quality (front and back) for the price bracket
  • Daylight shots come out reasonably well in bright conditions - AI & HDR help in other conditions
  • Thanks to Dual PD auto focus, it can focus on objects quickly
  • Macro shots are good with good amount of details
  • Portrait mode is decent too
  • The 8-megapixel front camera is ok too - portrait for front camera uses software-based blur, and the edge detection is decent
  • Uses the modern USB-C standard, a first for this price segment
  • Excellent battery life with a massive 5000mAH battery combined with a 720p display - you will comfortably get 2 days of use
  • 18W fast charging support, which is again really commendable for this price point (though only a 10W charger is included in the box)
  • Redmi 8A is another excellent entry-level phone from the Xiaomi camp - it will be an especially good option if battery life is very important to you
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • If you aren't a fan of big phones in general, you probably won't warm up to the ZenFone Max M2 though - it's only just about usable with one hand, and it's also not the easiest phone to fit into a trouser pocket
  • One of the software issues currently though is the un-optimised notch - the network bars and call profile icons usually aren’t visible fully, and a portion of those are hidden under the notch itself - hopefully this is something an OTA update will fix soon
  • Shots taken from the rear cameras using the Depth Effect mode are average though
  • Average low-light camera performance for both front and rear cameras
  • The camera app is also sometimes slowish - that apart, the UI is also not the best - for example, it takes three taps to begin recording a video
  • Overall, the camera performance is decent but a notch below what the Redmi 6 Pro (the primary competitor here) manages to deliver
  • One of the biggest threats to the Max M2 might be its one generation old, but still excellent, bigger brother -- the Zenfone Max Pro M1 - at almost a similar price, the Max Pro M1 offers the more potent Snapdragon 636 chipset, a full HD+ display and a bigger 5000mAh battery - though it doesn't have a notch display - so which one you choose among these might be down to more individual preferences
  • And if you want a better camera in this price range, then you will probably want to look at the Redmi Note 6 Pro, or Nokia 5.1 Plus
  • Xiaomi has added a Redmi logo on the lower bezel and that feels like a bit of an overkill given there is Redmi already engraved on the back
  • Face unlock is a bit slow/inconsistent at times (and there is no fingerprint sensor)
  • It's of course not as simple and clean as stock (or stock-like) Android phones - very few custom skins are - and like other recent Xiaomi phones, does have plenty of ads (you can disable them though)
  • While the overall camera quality is decent, it's a notch behind its main competitor, the Realme C2, which packs a better dual rear camera setup
Expert Reviews
  1. A winner for Asus
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A competent entry-level device
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Decent for the price
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The Zenfone Max M2 brings strong competition in the affordable segment...however, if you are looking for a smartphone with a dependable camera, you may be a bit disappointed
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. A compelling buy
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. A decent option, if you are ready to compromise on the camera front
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. A dependable option
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. If you want a budget smartphone or a low-cost secondary device, the Redmi 8A is a solid phone
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Budget blockbuster
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A reliable deal
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. Incredible value at an incredible price
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A good option for those looking to get a stylish budget phone
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Worth recommending
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Best phone in this price bracket, but only if you don't mind ads
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The best phone in its segment. Period.
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. If you are looking to upgrade from an older budget phone or are a first-time smartphone user, the Redmi 8A is totally worth it
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. A great buy for the price
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Very good value
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  12. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
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