The Xiaomi Redmi 8A, that is globally launching in India today, brings a 5,000mAh battery with 18W USB Type-C charging and a splash-resistant design with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for just Rs 6,499. That’s a first for any entry-level smartphone in India at this point of time. A follow-up to the Redmi 7A, which was launched barely two months ago, the Redmi 8A is a thorough rejig of its predecessor in more ways than while keeping intact its biggest selling point – a highly aggressive price tag.
The Redmi 8A will be available in two configurations and three colours – 2GB/32GB and 3GB/32GB, Midnight Black, Sunset Red and Ocean Blue. While the base variant with 2GB RAM and 32GB storage will sell for Rs 6,499, the top-end model with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage will cost Rs 6,999. The Redmi 8A will be available for buying from Mi.com and Flipkart from September 29 (11:59PM) and from Xiaomi’s Mi Homes from September 30 – with availability across other offline stores to follow later.
“Each smartphone in the Redmi A series has redefined entry-level smartphones in India. Redmi 8A is taking the game to the next level with features such as a huge 5000mAh battery, 18W fast charging support, USB Type-C and Sony IMX363 that is usually found in flagship smartphones. We have worked hard in ensuring that Redmi 8A delivers the highest quality with P2i nano coating, and Gorilla Glass 5 along with the best specs for its honest pricing to all our Mi Fans,” Anuj Sharma, Chief Marketing Officer, Xiaomi India said in a statement.
The Redmi 8A is globally launching in India today which means India will be the first market to get it. The phone in question comes with a comes with a 6,22-inch 720p+ LCD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection and an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 processor under the hood paired with up to 3GB RAM and up to 32GB storage which is expandable by up to 512GB via a dedicated micro-SD card slot. The dual SIM phone runs Android 9 Pie-based MIUI 10 software.
There’s a sizeable 5,000mAh battery inside and USB Type-C port for charging and data syncing – with support for 18W fast charging although Xiaomi isn't bundling a fast charger in the box.
On to the cameras, the Redmi 8A comes with a 12MP rear camera with Sony’s IMX363 sensor and f/1.8 aperture. On the front, the Redmi 8A comes with an 8MP camera. Both the front and rear cameras onboard the Redmi 8A can so software-based portrait photography.
Elsewhere, the body of the Redmi 8A is made entirely out of plastic and there’s no fingerprint scanner here (although the phone does support face unlock). The design is different though - in comparison to the Redmi 7A. The Redmi 8A gets an aura design rehash, like the Redmi 7 and Redmi Y3. Unlike the Redmi 7 and Redmi Y3 however, the Redmi 8A has a textured back to enhance ergonomics – Xiaomi is calling the design of the Redmi 8A aura wave grip design. The Redmi 8A also comes with a P2i nano-coating making the phone splash-resistant.