Xiaomi’s Redmi brand is notorious for their suite of great value phones, and their latest super-budget phone offers fantastic hardware for the price, including a flagship camera sensor.
The Chinese tech-giant Xiaomi is well known for their often value-oriented devices, and their Redmi spinoff brand is even more notorious for their value devices, and their latest super-budget phone lives up to that infamy:
|Display||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|
|Rear camera||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
|Battery||5000mAh with 18W USB-PD (Quick Charge 2.0) fast charging|
|Software||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, infrared port|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, proximity, compass, face unlock|
|Dimensions||156.5 x 75.4 x 9.4mm or 6.16 x 2.97 x 0.37inch|
|Weight||188g or 6.63oz|
|Colours||Midnight Black, Ocean Blue, Sunset Red|
As you can see, the Redmi 8A has a respectable HD+ IPS display with small bezels, a respectable Snapdragon 439, an excellent IMX363 camera sensor which has been used in phones selling for more than five times the price like Google’s Pixel 3a series and Xiaomi’s own $850 Mi Mix 3 5G, and a mammoth 5000mAh battery which should keep the phone running for at least two days.
That IMX363 camera sensor really is impressive though, and I would actually expect this $100 phone to take some pretty nice photos; quite the feat given cameras are typically pretty disastrous at this budget.
Overall, and in every respect, Redmi’s 8A is a cut above the other devices found at this price – it may harness the same processor as its predecessor and some competitors, but its cameras, battery, and design are a large improvement; Xiaomi is even stepping up their game these days with often two years of support and fairly swift updates.
So yes, I’m rather impressed by Redmi’s latest effort – I’d recommend the 3/32GB model though.