Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi 8A (3GB RAM) is a slightly better phone than the Motorola Moto E6S, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Redmi 8A (3GB RAM)!

Motorola Moto E6S  Xiaomi Redmi 8A (3GB RAM) 
Motorola Moto E6S Xiaomi Redmi 8A
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Excellence Score
19.5
22.4
Value for Money Score
64.6
72.6
Price ₹ 7,999 onwards ₹ 6,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2019 Sep, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.1 inches 6.22 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1560 pixels (~ 282 pixels per inch) 720x1520 pixels (~ 270 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features N/A 2.5D Curved Glass, Sunlight mode, Night mode, Reading mode, Color Temperature Adjustment
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name MediaTek Helio P22Ranked #71 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 439Ranked #77 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU PowerVR GE8320 Adreno 505
RAM 4 GB 3 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling 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 (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 13MP: F/2.0 Aperture; 1/3.1" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size; PDAF, 2MP: Depth Sensor, HDR, Panorama, Bokeh, Face Beauty 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, 1.12um Pixel Size, HDR, Portrait Mode, Face Beauty F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size
Internal Memory 64 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 512 GB 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 8.6 mmMedium 9.4 mmThick
Weight 150 gmLight 188 gmMedium
Width 73.1 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) Yes, Splash Resistant (P2i Coating)
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh 5000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 10W Rapid Charging Yes, 18W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 10.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Other Features Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • The Cranberry Red variant looks stylish with a unique gradient scheme
  • Compact size & light-weight - fits comfortably into your hand
  • Modern front with a dot-notch display
  • Reasonably fast rear mounted fingerprint sensor, and face unlock
  • Motorola continues to keep the software on it's phones clean, and simple - it's basically stock Android with a few useful Moto add-ons
  • Powered by a Helio P22 (similar to Snapdragon 625), performance of the device is good enough for day-to-day use, and casual games
  • Just about ok camera setup for the price bracket - on the rear is a dual-rear camera setup carrying a primary 13MP lens paired with a secondary 2MP depth sensor - on the front is a 8MP camera
  • Details, dynamic range, and exposure levels are ok
  • Selfies come out decent too
  • Google Lens is integrated into the camera app
  • The stock Android, 720p display, and battery of 3000mAh combine to give a decent (though, not exceptional) battery life - it will last you a full day with moderate use
  • One of the rare smartphones today that packs a removable battery - which gives the freedom to swap batteries when the original one is discharged or goes out of commission for good
  • 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]
  • The Polished Graphite variant has a simple mirror finish, and looks a bit cheap
  • For both the color variants, the back is very glossy, and therefore a fingerprint magnet
  • Average IPS display - sunlight legibility, viewing angles, and color reproduction aren't too impressive
  • But it's not the best performer in this price bracket - the likes of Realme 3i have the much more powerful Helio P60
  • Images are generally a bit on the dull side though
  • Bokeh shots take 2-3 seconds to process
  • Low light performance is expectedly average
  • Lacks a compass - which is a big miss at this price point in 2019
  • Overall, the Moto E6s will find it a struggle to compete with the likes of Realme 3i and Redmi 7 which offer significantly better value (more powerful chips, bigger batteries and better cameras)
  • 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. Possibly one of the only phones at this price to offer 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, which is a great, but it compromises a bit too much in other areas, which makes it a little difficult to recommend
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. At the current price, the phone is matched with the likes of Realme 3i and Redmi 7 and that is tough competition for the new Motorola device
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A bargain
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  4. The Motorola Moto E6 Plus has many positives, but its performance is too weak for us to be able to recommend it
    notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  5. The Moto E6s is worth buying if you want plenty of storage on a budget, but there are better options
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Motorola is once again offering an excellent budget smartphone for those looking for a cheap handset...there is some compromise on cameras and processing power though
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  7. Feels outdated...only for Stock Android lovers
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. Motorola makes a valiant effort in the sub 10K range, but the competition is fierce...With Realme, Redmi and even Samsung offering better chipsets, bigger batteries and better cameras, Moto seems to be wanting tad
    in.pcmag.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Will have tough time competing against what other players like Samsung, Realme, Xiaomi, Vivo or even, Infinix have to offer in this segment
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Robust package overall
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. bgr.in hands-on Read Review »
  12. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  13. themobileindian.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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