News Redmi 8 & Redmi 8A: New low-budget smartphones introduced in India
A few months ago we already served you the first leaks for the supposed Redmi 8A. Now Xiaomi has officially introduced the Redmi 8 and the Redmi 8A in India, both of which differ in a few details.
Technical data of the Redmi 8 & 8A
|Xiaomi Redmi 8A||Xiaomi Redmi 8|
|Display||6.22 inch IPS LCD Display (1520 x 720 p) with 270 ppi||6.22 inch 19.5:9 HD (1520 x 720 pixel) LC Display (270 PPI)|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 @ 2 Ghz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 @ 2 Ghz|
|Graphic chip||Qualcomm® Adreno™ 505 GPU||Qualcomm® Adreno™ 505 GPU|
|RAM||2/3 GB||3/4 GB|
|Internal memory||32 GB (up to 512 GB expandable)||32/64 GB (up to 512 GB expandable)|
|Camera||12 Megapixel Sony IMX 363 with f/1.8 F-stop||12 Megapixel Sony IMX 363 with f/1.8 F-stop + 2 MP|
|Front camera||8 megapixels||8 megapixels|
|Battery||5.000 mAh||5.000 mAh|
|Connectivity||USB Type-C, BT 4.2, GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Dual SIM, microSD||USB Type-C, BT 4.2, GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Dual SIM, microSD|
|Features||Face Unlock, Infrared||Fingerprint Sensor, Face Unlock, Infrared|
|Operating system||Android 9 / MIUI 10||MIUI 10 Interface based on Android 9|
|Dimensions / Weight||156,48 x 75,41 x 9,4 mm / 188g||156,48 x 75,41 x 9,4 mm / 188g|
New back design
The Redmi 8 takes a more contemporary approach when it comes to design. Both adapt an almost identical design and the same size, but the jump from Redmi 7A to Redmi 8A is much bigger than the jump from Redmi 7 to Redmi 8. Both units use a waterdrop notch located centrally at the top of the screen. The screen has a diagonal of 6.22 inches, which makes the display slightly smaller than the 6.3″ display of the Redmi 7, but significantly larger than the 5.45″ display of the Redmi 7A. The resolution of the IPS panel on both devices is also “only” 1520 x 720 pixels. This results in a low pixel density of 270 ppi. The manufacturer protects the display with Gorilla Glass 5.
An old, new trend is the Redmi branding, which is located at the bottom of the screen. This has been implemented in the Redmi Note 8 as well, but in our opinion it makes the edge look a bit thicker than it actually is.
The back reveals a “new” design. You turn your back on the camera in the upper left corner and place it centrally, as it is already the case with the Pocophone F1 and Xiaomi Mi 9T respectively. The red Colorway also reminds of the latter. The camera sensors are arranged vertically, below is the fingerprint sensor (Redmi 8 only) and the Redmi logo, together they form the whole camera bump. The Redmi 8 uses an “Aura Mirror Design” which is available in black, blue and red. With the Redmi 8A the manufacturer speaks of an “Aura Wave Grip Design”, because it is a plastic processing.
More memory at last
Interestingly, the first leaks to the Redmi 8 were perfect. Apparently the same processor used in the current Redmi 7A is used: the Qualcomm Snapdragon 439. The Octa-Core is new and offers enough power for a budget phone thanks to the 1.95 GHz clock frequency. In fact, it’s not the first time you’ve used the same CPU for two generations. In contrast to the Redmi 7, however, it is in our eyes rather a deterioration, the Snapdragon 632 from the previous generation has slightly more power, but the 439 is a little more energy efficient thanks to the 12 nm manufacturing technology.
In India you can get the Redmi 8 with either 3/32 GB or 4/64 GB memory, the Redmi 8A only with 2/32 GB or 3/32 GB. Fortunately, the memory on both devices is expandable, apparently even up to 512 GB. In addition, the battery is increased once again, the Redmi 8 and Redmi 8A offer a full 5,000 mAh battery capacity. The Redmi 7A already delivered a record battery life, which should be surpassed once again. Surprisingly, both phones even support 18W Fast Charge.
But perhaps the most interesting decision is in the camera. Both devices are equipped with the 12 megapixel Sony IMX363 sensor. Maybe there’s something ringing in one or the other? That was the camera sensor of the (pre-)last flagship generation, which was used for example in the Xiaomi Mi 8 or Mix 2S as well as the Google Pixel 3. With an aperture of ƒ/1.8 it is relatively bright and could produce really good photos in the smartphones mentioned. Of course, this also depends on the software. The Redmi 8 gets a 2 megapixel secondary sensor for additional depth information. For Selfies both have an 8 MP front camera sensor available.
Both low-budget smartphones offer a dual SIM slot as well as a memory expansion via microSD slot, so you don’t have to decide on this. Both SIM slots also support VoLTE. Since it has only been introduced in India so far, most other LTE bands are missing, in a global version this would be integrated. The 802.11 b/g/n WiFi module provides local Internet. Positioning is done by GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS. Of course you have to do without NFC. Some of you might be happy that it also supports FM radio and infrared.
At last: Redmi also breaks away from the outdated micro-USB port in the low-budget series and installs a USB type C port! But you apparently have to do without a 3.5 mm jack connector.
Even though Xiaomi generally has a short release rhythm, the successor of the Redmi 7A appeared very fast. We were more than enthusiastic about the Redmi 7 at the offer price, we are not so convinced about the new Redmi 8 because of the few innovations, even if we like the new back design, the USB-C port and the larger battery. The Redmi 8A is a big step forward and seems to claim the pole position in the low-budget market.
We are currently waiting for confirmation of a global release. So far the mobile phones have only been presented in India and also not yet in China. However, since almost all Redmi devices have come to us so far, we are optimistic about a global release.