Xiaomi Redmi 8A (2GB RAM)  +1 variation

price₹ 6,499 onwards

launchSep, 2019

23.9

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2-Minute Review

Let's cut through the noise, and get to the crux of it. 6 Expert Reviews analysed and summarised by the PhoneCurry Editorial Team, in a short and sweet 2-minute review.

Design

  • 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
  • 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

Display

  • 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

Software

  • 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
  • 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)

Performance

  • 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)

Camera

  • 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
  • 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

Connectivity

  • Uses the modern USB-C standard, a first for this price segment

Battery

  • 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)

Verdict

  • 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

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Xiaomi Redmi 8A (2GB RAM) Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size6.22 inches
Screen Resolution720x1520 pixels (~ 270 pixels per inch)
Display TypeIPS LCD
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
NotchYes
Display Features
  • 2.5D Curved Glass
  • Sunlight mode
  • Night mode
  • Reading mode
  • Color Temperature Adjustment
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Ambient Light Sensor
Face UnlockYes
Processor/RAM
Processor2 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 439Ranked #65 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUAdreno 505
RAM2 GB
Memory
Internal Memory32 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 512 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity5000 mAh
Fast Charging SupportYes, 18W Fast Charging, Standard (non fast) charger included
Dimensions
Weight188 gm
Thickness9.4 mm
Camera
Primary Camera12MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features
  • F/1.9 Aperture
  • Sony IMX363 Sensor
  • 1.4um Pixel Size
  • Dual PDAF
  • 6P Lens
Secondary Camera8MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • F/2.0 Aperture
  • 1.12um Pixel Size
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB-C
USB On-The-GoYes
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou
CompassYes
More
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM
Water ResistantYes, Splash Resistant (P2i Coating)
Noise FiltrationYes
FM RadioYes (Wireless)

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