Last year, the Redmi 7 and Redmi 7A were really good low-end devices that managed to attract many buyers, especially in developing countries. India was the biggest market for these smartphones and it natural that Xiaomi, or to be more precise Redmi, to launch a new device in that market. Today the company unveiled the Redmi 8A, a low-end device that still manages to stand out of the crowd by offering really good specifications for the price and a main camera that exceeds all expectations.
The Redmi 8A won’t win any awards for performance since it is equipped with a Snapdragon 439 chipset. It is an octa-core chipset that has an Adreno 505 GPU that is more than enough for most tasks. The 6.2″ screen has an HD+ resolution (1520×720) and a waterdrop notch that holds the 8MP selfie camera. The phone will be sold in two variants, with either 2GB or 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The Redmi 8A also has a microSD card slot that can expand the storage up to 512GB.
The interesting part is that the Redmi 8A has a 12MP Sony IMX363 camera on the back. This camera is not as impressive as the 64MP or even the 48MP cameras found on most mid-range devices nowadays, but not too long ago the exact same camera module was present on many high-end devices. The Poco F1 has this camera sensor and even the more premium Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 has it as the main camera. We can assume that most, if not all, software features present on those smartphones are also on the Redmi 8A, so this new device should be quite a capable phone when it comes to photography.
The Redmi 8A does have limitations, but not as many as you would expect. There is only one camera on the back and the device lacks a fingerprint reader. However, you will find 18W fast charging (a 10W charger is included in the box), it is splash-proof and has an infrared sensor. Furthermore, it has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5, GPS and a big 5000mAh battery. Also, I believe that the days of the micro-USB port are over since even such a cheap and low-budget phone now comes with USB Type-C. The Redmi 8A will be sold in India through Flipkart for Rs. 6499 and Rs. 6999 respectively.