Xiaomi is really on the high this year! If you are planning to buy a budget range smartphone, then Xiaomi is the most obvious choice that everyone prefers. It is well known to deliver high-performance smartphones at an affordable price. One of the latest Xiaomi smartphones to aim for is Xiaomi Redmi 8A. It offers a large screen with an entry-level processor and a 12MP camera for the price just below AED 500. It feels like a high-end smartphone, thus competing for the likes of OnePlus 6T and Sony Xperia XZ3.
As we all know that Redmi 7A had minor issues. So, here we are with Redmi 8A, pacing up the design trends of 2019. Between the waterdrop notch and the all-new rear panel, this is a phone that looks a lot better than its price would betray.
The Xiaomi Redmi 8A offers a large display screen of 6.2-inches with a pixel resolution of 720 X 1520, 19:9 aspect ratio, 270PPI. It gets a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection to guard the handset against scratches or cracks due to unintended falls. Xiaomi Redmi 8 measures 156.5 X 75.4 X 9.4mm and weighs around 188g. Like the Motorola Moto One Macro, the Redmi 8 gets a glossy finish on the rear and a tear-drop notch on the front end.
The Xiaomi Redmi 8A packs in the entry-level Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 octa-core processor. It is paired with Adreno 505 GPU to handle graphical tasks and 4GB RAM to handle everyday tasks. To store data, there is a 64GB of internal storage that can be extended up to 512GB using the microSD slot. Talking of the software, it runs on Android 9.0 Pie with MIUI 9 interface.
The primary camera on the rear end houses a 12MP lens with different focal lengths. Photos taken are of high clarity and vibrant colors, which makes the camera result compete. There is an LED flash that does a great job in poor lighting conditions. The rear camera can record videos in 4k at 30fps. On the front end, there is an 8MP sensor that can capture sharp and colorful pictures. It further supports portrait mode and additional lighting effects.
The dynamic range of the phone is limited, even with HDR turned on. Also, the camera has a tendency to absolutely blow out highlights. There’s an inherent softness in pictures. The phone often strived to get a focus lock even in the daytime.
Videos max out at 1080p, 30FPS and show compression artifacts. You’ll manage reasonably good footage in a well-lit setting, but you definitely don’t want to be shooting with this in low light.
Thanks to the large battery of 5000mAh that offers great battery life. Apart from daily tasks, it is sure to handle intensive tasks with ease. The Redmi 8A gets the support of Quick Charge 4+ bundled with 18W Quick Charge 3.0 USB-C charger.
Overall, the Xiaomi Redmi 8A is a very promising handset for those looking for the budget model. Being the successor of Redmi 7A, it comes in with some necessary upgrades, including face unlock, fingerprint sensor on the rear, and a dot drop notch. Otherwise, the Redmi 8 is identical to Redmi 8A. It is available in two storage variants- the top-end Redmi 8 price in UAE with 4GB+64GB storage costs a little more. The Xiaomi Redmi 8A color variants include Midnight Black, Ocean Blue, Sunset Red.