Xiaomi has become more and more popular even after splitting its budget-level division to establish a new brand so-called Redmi. Through its sub-brand, the company releases more entry-level variants to the masses.
Recently, Redmi announced Redmi 8A which then followed by the Redmi 8. Battery and camera are two major areas Redmi focusing on.
Both the original Redmi 8 and its lower variant the Redmi 8A sport Qualcomm SDM439 Snapdragon 439 which is a chipset fabricated in 12 nm finfet technology. The SoC features Octa-core CPUs consisting of 2x 1.95GHz Cortex-A53 and 6x 1.45GHz Cortex A53 processors. The computing units do not come alone. The Adreno 505 GPU also accompany these CPUs to produce a decent performance for day-to-day usage.
Design-wise, both the 8 and the 8A come with similar looks and feels. Redmi 8 comes in three color options: Onyx Black, Ruby Red, and Sapphire Blue. Redmi 8A, on the other hand, also ships in three color options namely Midnight Black, Ocean Blue, and Sunset Red.
Both Redmi 8 and 8A have almost identical features except one thing: the main camera setup.
While Redmi 8A comes in a single-camera setup featuring a 12MP camera sensor with f/1.8 aperture, 1/2.55″ sensor size, and 1.4µm pixel size, the Redmi 8 comes with a dual-camera setup. The 2MP depth sensor camera is accompanying the same 12MP main camera in the Redmi 8.
The main 12MP camera uses Sony IMX363 which its quality is not questionable. We really hope it supports the latest Gcam port.
Both Redmi 8 and 8A also sport the same front shooter which is an 8MP camera with f/2.0 aperture and 1.12µm pixel size capable of capturing HDR selfie photos.
The screen display of both Redmi series is also similar. Redmi 8 boasts a 6.22 inches IPS LCD screen having 96.6 cm2 dimension with approximately 81.8% screen-to-body ratio. The Redmi 8A boasts 6.2 inches IPS LCD screen having a 95.9 cm2 dimension with ~81.3% screen-to-body ratio. Both devices have a screen ratio of 19:9. It’s not just a regular IPS LCD however. It’s an HD+ IPS screen.
On top of that, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 also comes to both Redmi’s new family members.
One thing worth highlighting is the existence of dedicated dual SIM cards in addition to the MicroSD slot that supports up to 512GB external SD Card.
MIUI 10 based on Android 9.0 is the default operating system running on both devices. This is upgradable to MIUI 11 based on Android 10 obviously.
We really love how Xiaomi crammed a 5000mAh battery inside its body with a dimension of 156.5 x 75.4 x 9.4 mm. Wait, there is the best part! This powerful battery supports the 18W Fast Charge mechanism despite the default charger coming in the box is 10W (5V/2A) unit.
Redmi 8A comes only in two RAM/Storage variants: 2GB/32GB and 3GB/32GB. The Redmi 8 comes in larger storage variants: 3GB/32GB and 4GB/64GB.
Read also: Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro Specs.
We won’t talk about its prices since this factor is always a dynamic area that changes depending on places and times. In India, the Redmi 8A price starts at Rs. 6,499 while the Redmi 8’s starts at Rs 7,999.
We are really looking forward to both devices to become available globally.