Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Redmi 8A (3GB RAM) is a slightly better phone than the Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro (3GB RAM, 32GB), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Redmi 8A (3GB RAM)!

Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro (3GB RAM, 32GB)  Xiaomi Redmi 8A (3GB RAM) 
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro Xiaomi Redmi 8A
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Excellence Score
17.9
21.1
Value for Money Score
49.8
70.0
Price ₹ 11,269 onwards ₹ 6,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2018 Sep, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Low likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.84 inches 6.22 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2280 pixels (~ 432 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 IPS LCD, 2.5D Curved Glass, Day mode, Night mode, Reading mode, Screen enlarging, Standard mode, Color temperature auto adjustment 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 Qualcomm Snapdragon 625Ranked #78 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 439Ranked #88 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
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port microUSB USB-C
Primary Camera 12MP + 5MP 12MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 12MP: Sony IMX486 Sensor; 1.25um Pixel Size; F/2.2 Aperture, 5MP: Samsung S5K5E8 Sensor; 1.12um Pixel Size; F/2.2 Aperture, PDAF, Portrait mode, Nightscape Optimisation, Auto HDR, Electric Image Stabilisation, Burst mode F/1.9 Aperture, Sony IMX363 Sensor, 1.4um Pixel Size, Dual PDAF, 6P Lens
Secondary Camera 5.0MP 8MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, HDR, Portrait Mode, Beautify, Selfie timer F/2.0 Aperture, 1.12um Pixel Size
Internal Memory 32 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 256 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 8.75 mmMedium 9.4 mmThick
Weight 178 gmMedium 188 gmMedium
Width 71.7 mmComfortable 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) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 18W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Other Features WiFi Display; Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Nice simple, metal unibody design - it looks identical to almost every other Redmi phone that has launched in the past year, and the metal unibody design has been done to death, but it makes sense for this segment where durability is more important than a stunning glass design - overall the phone is built robustly and will take a few scratches and bumps
  • Pretty compact too, which aids one-handed use
  • The new modern tall 'notch' display introduces the notch to the entry-level segment, and has a good resolution
  • MIUI is one of the better Android UIs, and comes packed with features, and customizability options
  • Pretty decent day-to-day performance backed by the reliable (though now aging) Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 - the SoC is known for its power efficiency which is ideal for a budget device - of course if you want to do heavy gaming, you should probably look at something better
  • Decent rear dual cameras - in daytime, the photos come out fairly sharp and crisp, and bokehs are pretty good too
  • Selfies come out fairly rich and vibrant too, as long as the lighting is good
  • Overall, the cameras are somewhere in the middle of Xiaomi's last generation series - they are significantly better than Redmi 5, slightly better than Redmi Note 5, but a level behind the Redmi Note 5 Pro
  • Very good audio quality, excellent speaker loudness and output
  • Good battery life with a solid 4000mAh battery that will comfortably last over a day
  • Decent charging speed (though it does not support fast charging) - you will be able to top up the battery from 0 to 100% in about 2 hours, 10 minutes
  • Overall, the the Redmi 6 Pro comes off as a reliable and functional compact phone in this price bracket - having said that, it will face some stiff competition from the likes of the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 (which runs on the Snapdragon 636 and has stock Android interface) apart from it's own siblings like the Redmi Note 5 Pro (which again runs on the Snapdragon 636, and has a significantly better camera)
  • 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]
  • Although this is a tall, 'notch' display, the bezels (specially the chin) are more significant than some other tall displays out there
  • While the Snapdragon 625 is perfectly good for daily use, you do have the option of Snapdragon 636 devices in this price bracket, like the Asus Max M1 Pro
  • 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. There's nothing wrong with it...but it doesn’t really offer anything new or different compared to the existing Redmi Note 5
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Redmi 6 Pro isn’t really a game changing phone...Think of it as a nice iterative upgrade
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Comes off a reliable and functional compact phone under a tight budget
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. Checks all the right boxes... will suit a majority of users who want a good all-rounder without spending too much
    economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Meant for people who don't want a very powerful phone, but a phone that gets the job done and also looks quite good while at it
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. livemint.com hands-on Read Review »
  12. firstpost.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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