Xiaomi Redmi 8A – 3GB RAM/32GB
Incredible value at an incredible price.
The Redmi 8A redefines what you can get in the entry-level segment. It is an excellent piece of kit that delivers a modern design, above-average performance, and fantastic battery life — all at a sub-$112 price point.
Few brands can claim to have defined an entire generation of smartphones. Xiaomi knows how to create stellar hardware that redefines value, and, a few exceptions aside, it has consistently released the best entry-level and mid-range phones. The Redmi 7A, when we took a look at it earlier in the year, was a fairly consistent piece of kit that just about kept up with the competition. Fast forward to the Redmi 8A, and it looks like Xiaomi took the criticism to heart.
A whole new design: While the Redmi 7A got minor tweaks, Xiaomi brought the Redmi 8A up to speed with 2019 design trends. 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 Snapdragon 439 chipset used here is carried over from the Redmi 7A, and so is the performance. During my time with the phone, I didn’t face much missing in terms of general usability. Sure, apps take a bit longer to start up, but that’s a concession you have to make with entry-level phones.
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