Xiaomi’s budget Redmi 8 is a slightly upgraded 8A for a slightly higher price


Hot on the heels of their uberbudget Redmi 8A, Xiaomi has launched the Redmi 8 as essentially a larger storage option with a few extra added niceties for the price.


Xiaomi only launched their $100 king Redmi 8A two weeks ago, but now they’ve announced its ever-so-slightly better brother, the Redmi 8, as essentially a glorified extra storage and memory option in the same body:

Redmi 8 Redmi 8A
Display 6.2inch 720x1520p HD+ IPS with Gorilla Glass 5 6.2inch 720x1520p HD+ IPS with Gorilla Glass 5
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 (2 x 1.95Ghz Cortex-A53 + 6 x 1.45Ghz Cortex-A53) with Adreno 505 GPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 (2 x 1.95Ghz Cortex-A53 + 6 x 1.45Ghz Cortex-A53) with Adreno 505 GPU
RAM 3/4GB LPDDR3 2/3GB LPDRR3
ROM 32/64GB eMMC 32GB eMMC
Rear camera Standard 12MP F/1.8 1/2.55inch 1.4µm with dual pixel autofocus
‘Depth’ 2MP RGB
Up to 1080p30 video
12MP F/1.8 1/2.55inch 1.4µm with dual pixel autofocus
Up to 1080p30 video
Front camera 8MP F/2.0 1.12µm Up to 1080p30 video 8MP F/2.0 1.12µm
Up to 1080p30 video
Battery 5000mAh with 18W USB-PD (Quick Charge 2.0) fast charging 5000mAh with 18W USB-PD (Quick Charge 2.0) fast charging
Software MIUI 10 on Android Pie MIUI 10 on Android Pie
Connectivity USB 2.0 Type-C with OTG, WiFi N, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, FM Radio, 3.5mm headphone jack USB 2.0 Type-C with OTG, WiFi N, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, FM Radio, 3.5mm headphone jack, infrared laser
Sensors Fingerprint (rear), accelerometer, proximity, compass, face unlock Accelerometer, proximity, compass, face unlock
Dimensions 156.5 x 75.4 x 9.4mm or 6.16 x 2.97 x 0.37inch 156.5 x 75.4 x 9.4mm or 6.16 x 2.97 x 0.37inch
Weight 188g or 6.63oz 188g or 6.63oz
Colours Onyx Black, Sapphire Blue, Ruby Red Midnight Black, Ocean Blue, Sunset Red
Prices 3/32GB: INR8000/~$110US
4/64GB: INR9000/~$130US
2/32GB: INR6500/~$90US
3/32GB: INR7000/~$100US

As you can see, the extra $10US for the 3/32GB Redmi 8 over the 3/32GB Redmi 8A will get you a very useful fingerprint scanner and a near-useless secondary camera sensor, though at the cost of the infrared laser, while for a further $20US there is an agreeable 4/64GB Redmi 8 – RAM and ROM capacities not available on the Redmi 8A.

While the Redmi 8 may seem a fairly needless extra option, I think the fact that customers can choose to save a buck or spend it on a few added features is a good option, especially for the extra memory and storage (whether or not that’s really needed on such a low-end device).

The possibility of Xiaomi upping the processor or display on the Redmi 8 may seem like an obvious missed opportunity, but any further increase in price would place such a Redmi 8 very near in price to the vastly superior $200US Redmi Note 8, so the minor upgrades for a minor price increase seem reasonable.

Overall, and purely for the quality-of-life improvements a fingerprint scanner offers, I think the $110US Redmi 8 is a compelling offering over the slightly cheaper Redmi 8A if one is on a tight budget, though I would suggest to any considering the $130US 4/64GB model that there may be better options out there that are at or near that price.

Also, I personally preferred the Redmi 8A’s simpler design, particularly with the ‘Sunrise’ colour gradient…

Source: GSMArena


Located in Melbourne, Australia, Oscar has been a tech enthusiast for a decade, though only finally getting his first smartphone with an HTC One M7, and moving to a OnePlus 2, OnePlus 3, and now an Essential Phone. Now studying astrophysics and linguistics, Oscar has become immersed in the evolving phone industry, with a great memory for specs and details, he is always looking to find the greatest value and most innovative phones.




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