The new Redmi 8A has been launched with a USB Type-C port and a large 5,000 mAh battery. Is Redmi 8A the best budget smartphone? Let’s know …
There is no doubt that Xiaomi’s Redmi series is quite popular in India. Xiaomi’s Redmi series was first launched with a budget or, say, low-cost smartphone, but now the series also includes high-end devices such as the Redmi K20 Pro. ‘Smart Desh Smartphone’ Redmi 7A (Review) was launched three months ago with a price of Rs 5,999, but surprisingly, Xiaomi has launched the upgraded version of Redmi 7A in the market in just a few months. The new model of Xiaomi is Redmi 8A. The new Redmi 8A has been launched with a USB Type-C port and a large 5,000 mAh battery. Is Redmi 8A the best budget smartphone?
Redmi 8A design
On seeing the Redmi 8A at first glance, it is hard to believe that this is such an affordable smartphone. Xiaomi has done a lot of work on the design of this device and the Redmi 8A Price in India is also less than Rs 7,000. It has a large 6.22-inch display with Waterdrop Notch on the front, remember that Xiaomi gave a 5.45-inch display in the Redmi 7A.
The earpiece has found a place in the frame of the device, all sides of the Redmi 8A will be seen in the bezel. It has a border at the bottom and you will get the Redmi logo on it. The edges of the Xiaomi Redmi 8A are curved, which makes it easier to hold the phone in hand. The power and volume buttons are on the right side of the phone, while the SIM tray is found on the left side of the phone.
The top and bottom of the phone are flat, in the upper part only you will get a secondary microphone. It has a USB Type-C port, it is very good to get Type-C port in this price segment.
The 3.5mm headphone jack, primary microphone, and loudspeaker are at the bottom of the phone. The back panel of Redmi 8A has a single camera with an LED flash. There is no fingerprint sensor in the back of the phone.
Redmi 8A Camera
The single-camera at the back of Xiaomi Redmi 8A is equipped with a Sony IMX363 sensor. The 12-megapixel camera sensor will be found on the back panel of the phone, its aperture is F / 1.8 and it comes with 1.4-micron pixel size and dual-pixel autofocus. The front panel of the phone has an 8-megapixel selfie camera, its aperture F / 2.0 and it comes with 1.12-micron pixels.
Photos taken with the Redmi 8A in adequate light were good, zooming the sample shots reduced the detail. During the close-up shot, we found that the camera creates a good natural depth of field. AI also works fast in the camera app, in this price segment, the pictures captured from the handset captured the details correctly.
In low light, the photo quality is not very good because when zooming, grains are seen. The primary camera is capable of recording video at 1080 resolution but the handset does not have stabilization.
Specifications and software
Xiaomi has given HD + display with 720×1440 pixels resolution in Redmi 8A. Corning Gorilla Glass 5 has been used for the protection of the screen. Like the Redmi 7A, the Redmi 8A also has a Snapdragon 439 processor. There are two variants of the handset, a 2 GB RAM and 32 GB storage variant priced at Rs 6,499.
The Redmi 8A smartphone comes with 18 W fast charging support but Xiaomi has given a 10 W charger in the retail box. It also has two nano-SIM slots and a separate microSD card slot. Both support SIM 4G and VoLTE, along with Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n and four satellite navigation systems.
The Redmi 8A comes with wireless FM functionality, which means you do not need to install a headset to listen to FM. Talking about the software it runs on MIUI 10 based on Android 9 Pie. Our review unit runs on the August Security Patch. The interface is the same as we have seen in other Xiaomi phones.
Like other Xiaomi smartphones, you will continue to get similar spammy notifications in Redmi 8A. We saw advertisements while installing new applications, as well as found that stock apps like Mi Music and Mi Video also keep sending spammy notifications. On the other hand, features like dual apps will also be available in the MIUI With the help of this feature, you can create two apps of supported apps. With the help of the Google digital wellbeing feature, you can monitor how you spend time on the smartphone. Instead of traditional three-button navigation, you can also use gesture navigation. App lock is built-in in the phone, you can lock apps with the help of password or face recognition.
Performance and battery
The Redmi 8A has good hardware that provides a good experience. While using the phone very rarely it appears when the phone has slowed down but heavy apps take some time to load. We have 2 GB RAM variants for review and it could not run many apps in the background. There is no fingerprint sensor in the back of the phone but the Face Unlock feature makes the phone unlock faster.
The viewing angles of the handset are good and the sound is louder than the speaker. However, using the display in sunlight, it felt like it could have been a bit better. We already have an idea of how the Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 processor performs,
Redmi 8A has a 5000Mah battery The 10-watt charger that comes with the handset charges the phone 25 percent in 30 minutes and 46 percent in an hour. It took 2 hours and 30 minutes for the phone to be fully charged. Let us know that the smartphone supports 18W fast charging and Xiaomi 18W charger sells for Rs 449.
Overall Review of Redmi 8A
Strengths of the Handset· Low budget smartphone· Excellent 5000Mah battery life· Good build quality· USB Type-C port
Weakness of the Handset· Low-light camera performance is not good· You will get a lot of Spammy notifications