Redmi 8A Review: Great Battery and Superb Performance
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 smartphones, but now the series also includes high-end devices such as the Redmi K20 Pro. 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. Read our comprehensive Redmi 8A Review here.
Redmi 8A Review: First Impression
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. The Redmi 8A has a large 6.22-inch display with Waterdrop Notch on the front.
The earpiece sits in the frame of the device. All the edges of the Redmi 8A will be seen in the bezel. Redmi 8A 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 is flat, in the upper part only you will get secondary microphone. Xiaomi Redmi 8A has USB Type-C port, a good offering in this 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 LED flash. There is no fingerprint sensor in the back of the phone.
Redmi 8A Specifications and Software:
Redmi 8A comes packed with HD + display with 720×1440 pixels resolution along with corning Gorilla Glass 5 for screen protection. Like the Redmi 7A, the Redmi 8A also has a Snapdragon 439 processor. There are two variants of Xiaomi Redmi 8A, a 2 GB RAM and 32 GB storage variant priced at Rs 6,499.
The price of 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage variants of Redmi 8A is Rs 6,999. Redmi 8A smartphone comes with 18W fast charging support, but Xiaomi has given a 10 W charger in the retail box. The Redmi 8A 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 packs a wireless FM functionality, which means you do not need to install a headset to listen to FM. Xiaomi Redmi 8A 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.
Xiaomi Redmi 8A does not have an app drawer and all app icons are placed on the home screen. The phone comes pre-installed with apps like Paytm, Me Credit, Me Store, Amazon, Facebook, WPS Office, Dailyhunt, Gaana and Opera Mini etc. Redmi 8A will get pre-installed games like Ludo Master, Block Puzzle Guardian, Pop Shooter Blast and Dust Settle.
In addition there is an App Store named GetApps. 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. The handset also has a Game Speed Booster app, which has been claimed to optimize performance. You can also disable auto-brightness and notification shade swipe gestures during gaming.
Redmi 8A Performance and Battery Life:
The Redmi 8A has good hardware that provides an awesome phone experience. 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 Redmi 8A are good and the sound is louder than the speaker. Redmi 8A has a large battery of 5000 mAh.
Xiaomi Redmi 8A supported HD video streaming for 16 hours and 31 minutes. 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 Redmi 8A smartphone supports 18W fast charging and Xiaomi 18W charger sells for Rs 449.
Redmi 8A Camera:
The single camera at the back of Xiaomi Redmi 8A is equipped with Sony IMX363 sensor. The 12-megapixel camera sensor on the back panel of the phone with F / 1.8 aperture and it 1.4 micron pixel size as well as dual-pixel autofocus. The front panel of the Redmi 8A has an 8-megapixel selfie camera, its aperture F / 2.0 and it comes with 1.12 micron pixels.
Xiaomi has used the same camera app as usual. Apart from photo and video modes, you will get shooting modes like Portrait, Pro and Short Video. The handset also has HDR and AI scene detection. We found that during the day the Redmi 8A focuses faster but the speed decreases slightly in low light.
Photos taken with the Redmi 8A in sufficient light were good. When zoomed, sample shots reduced the detail. During the close-up shot, 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.
Portrait shots taken from the Redmi 8A had average edge detection but some of our samples had slightly over-exposed backgrounds. There was a lack of detail in low light, Redmi 8A manages noise in low light but there is a lack of sharpness in the pictures. The detail was captured well in the selfie taken during the day and you can apply the beautification filter before taking the shot.
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 there is no stabilization in the handset.
Shortly after Redmi 7A, Xiaomi Redmi 8A has been launched in the Indian market.
Redmi 8A Review: Conclusion
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 processor is the same in both phones but the hardware has been improved. The Xiaomi Redmi 8A has a larger display and better cameras. Apart from this, Xiaomi has given USB Type-C port and large battery of 5,000 mAh in Redmi 8A.
Redmi 8A Full Specifications
|Release date||25th September 2019|
|Launched in India||Yes|
|Dimensions (mm)||156.48 x 75.41 x 9.40|
|Battery capacity (mAh)||5000|
|Colours||Midnight Black, Ocean Blue, Sunset Red|
|Screen size (inches)||6.22|
|Protection type||Gorilla Glass|
|Processor make||Qualcomm Snapdragon 439|
|Expandable storage type||microSD|
|Expandable storage up to (GB)||512|
|Dedicated microSD slot||Yes|
|Rear camera||12-megapixel (f/1.8)|
|Rear autofocus||Phase detection autofocus|
|Operating system||Android 9 Pie|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v 5.00|
|Number of SIMs||2|
|Supports 4G in India (Band 40)||Yes|
|Supports 4G in India (Band 40)||Yes|
|Ambient light sensor||Yes|