Xiaomi Redmi 8A – 3GB RAM/32GB

$112.00

Black/Blue/Red

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.

SKU: MZB8458IN, M1908C3KG, M1908C3KH Category:

Description

Super-cheap also in large size. Redmi smartphones are famous for having very low prices and a high level of features. You can find out in this review if the recipe also works with the latest addition to the series, the Redmi 8A.
If you’re looking for a very cheap smartphone for around 112- 120, you can’t go around at least including Xiaomi’s Redmi devices in the selection: They simply offer a lot for this tight budget. The Redmi 6A and Redmi 7A already offered a very good price-performance ratio.
Larger battery, more storage, bigger screen, higher price: The Xiaomi Redmi 8A is more an extension of the model range than a successor to the Redmi 7A, since both can coexist well at first glance: Users preferring something lighter and more manageable will take the 7A; those who favor a more modern design will pay a few Euros more and pick the Redmi 8A.
The Xiaomi Redmi 8A is available in plain black, obviously. But much more interesting, of course, are the red and blue versions, which bring color into the dull everyday life of smartphones. Our test device in red certainly attracts the most attention because it features a slight gradient into orange, along with a wave pattern at the back and a silky-matte finish. Overall, we like the design very much, especially for the price range; it looks very high quality.
The Xiaomi phone sits well in the hand, but it’s one of the heavier devices at 188 grams. This is probably due to the 5,000 mAh high-capacity battery. The smartphone is also stable: Pressure on the front comes through to the screen, but the case can’t be twisted, and the back can’t be pressed in.
Storage can be expanded via microSD; there’s even a separate slot for the card so that the dual-SIM slots remain untouched. Cards formatted in exFAT format can’t be read. Xiaomi has also done without a DRM certification so that you can only view the streaming content of many portals in SD quality.
Xiaomi has also transitioned to a USB-C port with the Redmi 8A. However, it still only supports USB 2.0 speeds. An FM radio receiver is also installed, and nostalgic audio fans are well catered for with a 3.5 mm audio jack.

Additional information

Weight 0.41 lbs
Dimensions 6.16 × 2.97 × 0.37 in
SPECIFICATIONS:

NETWORK Technology
GSM / HSPA / LTE
LAUNCH Announced 2019, September
Status Available. Released 2019, September
BODY Dimensions 156.5 x 75.4 x 9.4 mm (6.16 x 2.97 x 0.37 in)
Weight 188 g (6.63 oz)
Build Glass front (Gorilla Glass 5), plastic back, plastic frame
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Splash resistant
DISPLAY Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 6.22 inches, 96.6 cm2 (~81.8% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 720 x 1520 pixels, 19:9 ratio (~270 ppi density)
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5
400 nits typ. brightness
PLATFORM OS Android 9.0 (Pie); MIUI 11
Chipset Qualcomm SDM439 Snapdragon 439 (12 nm)
CPU Octa-core (4×1.95 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.45 GHz Cortex A53)
GPU Adreno 505
MEMORY Card slot microSDXC (dedicated slot)
Internal 32GB 2GB RAM, 32GB 3GB RAM, 64GB 4GB RAM
eMMC 5.1
MAIN CAMERA Single 12 MP, f/1.8, 1/2.55", 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF
Features LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video 1080p@30fps
SELFIE CAMERA Single 8 MP, f/2.0, 1/4", 1.12µm
Features HDR
Video 1080p@30fps
SOUND Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
Radio FM Radio, built-in antenna
USB 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
FEATURES Sensors Accelerometer, proximity, compass
BATTERY Non-removable Li-Po 5000 mAh battery
Charging Fast battery charging 18W
MISC Colors Midnight Black, Ocean Blue, Sunset Red
Models MZB8458IN, M1908C3KG, M1908C3KH
SAR 0.48 W/kg (head) 1.07 W/kg (body)
SAR EU 0.23 W/kg (head) 1.48 W/kg (body)
TESTS Performance AnTuTu: 89901 (v8)
GeekBench: 3030 (v4.4)
GFXBench: 7fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)

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