Xiaomi has launched yet another budget phone, aka Redmi 8, in India. The Redmi 8 is globally launching in India on Wednesday and is in fact, a “pro” version of the Redmi 8A with dual rear cameras and a fingerprint scanner for biometric authentication. And it has a slightly updated glossy light-bending design as well. Rest of the Redmi 8 is familiar – which makes it important for you to understand the differences between it and the entry-level Redmi 8A and make an informed choice.
The body of the Redmi 8 is made entirely out of plastic – like the Redmi 8A. The design is different though, in comparison to the Redmi 8A. The Redmi 8 gets a slight design rehash, with a glossy gradient back – Xiaomi is calling the design of the Redmi 8 aura mirror design. The Redmi 8A has a textured back – Xiaomi calls the design of the Redmi 8A aura wave grip design. So, it’s more like glossy versus matte in the case of the Redmi 8 and Redmi 8A.
The Redmi 8 gets a fingerprint scanner – it is mounted on the rear of the device. The Redmi 8A does not have a fingerprint scanner.
With the new design, also comes a choice of new colours – the Redmi 8, to that effect, will be available in four options - Onyx Black, Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue and Emerald Green. The Redmi 8A comes in Midnight Black, Sunset Red and Ocean Blue.
Both the phones boast of a P2i hydrophobic coating that makes the Redmi 8 and Redmi 8A resistant to light splashes of water/rain.
Both the phones pack a waterdrop-style notch design – Xiaomi calls it dot notch. The screen size and resolution are same as well – which is a 6.22-inch 720p+ IPS LCD display with 19:9 aspect ratio. Both the phones feature Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection on the front.
Both the phones are powered by the same octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 processor with difference in ROM and RAM. While the Redmi 8A comes with up to 3GB RAM and up to 32GB storage, the Redmi 8 has up to 4GB RAM and up to 64GB storage. Both the phones support expandable storage via a dedicated micro-SD card slot.
Both the phones run the same Android 9 Pie-based MIUI 10 software.
Both the phones pack a sizeable 5,000mAh battery inside and have a 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 in either of the phones.
The Redmi 8A comes with a 12MP rear camera with Sony’s IMX363 sensor and f/1.8 aperture. The Redmi 8 adds a second 2MP depth sensing camera into the mix. Both the phones come with an 8MP camera on the front.