Xiaomi Redmi 8A Review – Cheap Smartphone with Long Lasting 5,000mAh Battery

Redmi 8A has officially been presented, along with Redmi 8, as the latest Xiaomi device at the end of 2019.

Xiaomi Redmi 8A Review 7.7
Screen
8
Performance
6
Camera
6
Battery
10
Software
8
Design
8
PROS:
  • Long battery life
  • Quick Face Unlock
  • Separate SIM and microSD slots
  • Attractive rear design
  • Cheap price
CONS:
  • The quality of the rear camera needs improvement
  • There is no fingerprint sensor
  • There is no Notification LED

Redmi 8A has a cheaper price than Redmi 8, but still offers a large capacity of 5,000mAh. The Xiaomi even claimed that the battery can last for more than one day.

Although the price is fairly cheap, this product has an attractive design. With its features, Redmi 8A is capable of being an option for lower-class smartphones.

The design

Redmi-8A-Back-Full

Redmi 8A has a plastic back body with an S-shaped embossed design. Besides making the smartphone look beautiful, this design also makes it hard to stick dust and fingerprint stains.

The curves on the left and right sides of the rear body make this smartphone comfortable to hold in one hand. Unlike the Redmi 8, this smartphone is not equipped with an additional case in the box, so you have to buy it separately.

Still, on the back, there is a camera and LED Flash arranged vertically with the words Redmi and Designed by Xiaomi.

At the front, there is a full screen of a 6.22-inch display that has a completely bezel-less design along with a water-drop notch. In addition to minimizing the top bezel, this smartphone also has a front camera at the top in the middle.

Towards the bottom, there is a 3.5mm audio jack port, USB Type-C, and speaker holes. Meanwhile, there is volume, and power buttons placed side by side on the right side. Finally, there are three slots on the left side, which consist of two SIM card slots and one microSD slot.

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Screen

Redmi-8A-Back-Display

Redmi 8A has a 6.22-inch widescreen that has HD resolution (1520 x 720 pixels) and IPS LCD technology that allows you to view content on the screen up to a 178-degree angle.

While the screen design has filled the front with shaped like drops of water on it. To minimize the occurrence of scratches, Redmi 8A has Gorilla Glass 5 glass screen for protection.

There is also a Reading Mode feature that can reduce blue ray radiation to protect the eyes. This one feature can be activated directly by selecting the symbol on the Quick Settings menu.

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Camera

Redmi-8A-Camera

Compared to Redmi 8, which uses two rear cameras, this smartphone only uses one rear camera with 12 MP resolution with f / 1.8 aperture and LED Flash.

Unfortunately, the results of the rear camera photos from Redmi 8 is still a lot of noise when taking at night. Meanwhile, when taking in the afternoon, the picture was not too bright.

The front camera has a resolution of 8 MP that can accommodate selfies or video calls pretty well. In my opinion, Xiaomi should focus on improving the ability of its rear camera so that the Redmi 8A becomes more attractive.

So you can judge for yourself, here are some examples of photos from the Redmi 8A’s back and front cameras. (Touch each photo to see the original resolution)

Back camera

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Performance

Redmi 8A Back diagonal

This smartphone has the same chipset as that of Redmi 8, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 Octa-Core. You could say this one chipset has a low battery consumption.

There is 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage to support the capabilities of the chipset. To find out the ability of this hardware combination, I also opened a variety of applications for daily activities such as telephone, SMS, email, document editor, and social networking.
As a result, smartphones can still run applications multitasking smoothly. But its RAM capacity is relatively small for today’s devices so that the animation of application switching is broken when the RAM capacity used is almost full.

In addition, I also did a tougher test on Redmi 8A by playing some popular games such as Mobile Legends, PUBG Mobile, Call of Duty: Mobile, and Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition.

Although the hardware specifications offered by Redmi 8A are indeed for entry-level class devices, it turns out that Call of Duty: Mobile can be set at high graphics and frame rates.

Unfortunately, when I set the graphics and frame rate of the game to a high position, the character feels broken moves when the game takes place like when meeting friends and enemies.

For that, I suggest you should use lower-middle graphics and lower frame rates in order to run this game smoothly. Furthermore, PUBG Mobile has a choice of graphics up to Balance and frame rates up to Medium.

But if you want to play PUBG Mobile smoothly, then you should use Smooth graphics and low frame rates so that the characters that are playing can move smoothly.

Furthermore, Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition will automatically provide standard Lite graphics and frame rate settings on this device so you can play it smoothly.

Redmi 8A AnTuTu benchmark

I also use the AnTuTu Benchmark V8.0.4-OB and Geekbench 4 application on the Redmi 8A, which is commonly used to benchmark performance on smartphones. The result, this device gets an AnTuTu score, which reaches 90,205 points.

While in Geekbench 4 testing, Redmi 8 got a score of 856 points for Single-Core testing and 2,907 points for Multi-Core testing. The score from Redmi 8A is slightly lower compared to Redmi 8.

It can happen because of the use of 2 GB RAM on this smartphone, which makes the multitasking process a little hampered because of its fast full capacity. Even so, the performance offered by Redmi 8A is not bad for a smartphone at a cheap price.

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Battery

Redmi 8A Front Box

As a smartphone that is sold at this cheap price, this Redmi 8A is equipped with a 5,000mAh battery, which is claimed by Xiaomi to last three days in normal use.

As usual, I immediately tested Redmi 8A by using Work 2.0 Battery mode on the PC Mark for Android application, which starts from 100% battery condition and screen brightness level of 50%. Work Mode 2.0 Battery will simulate daily usage on this device when the benchmarking process is in progress.

As a smartphone with a jumbo capacity battery, Redmi 8A managed to get a score that reached 17 hours 18 minutes. It proves that this smartphone has long battery life.

Redmi 8A Battery Benchmark

This smartphone is also able to last for 33 hours 51 minutes with Screen-on-Time reaching 24 hours from 100% to 6% battery condition when I use it in daily activities with 50% screen brightness.

With this high Screen-on-Time, it can be seen that Redmi 8A can indeed be used for more than one day of normal use. But for charging the battery from Redmi 8A is quite long, which reaches 3 hours 20 minutes from the condition of 6% to 100%.

It is because the default charger adapter provided in the box package only has an output of 10 Watt (5V / 2A). In other words, if you want to make charging faster, then you must buy an adapter that supports Quick Charge 3.0 18 Watt separately.

The battery charging time will likely be close to Xiaomi’s claim of 2.2 hours if using the adapter.

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Face Unlock

Redmi 8A Back Front

To reduce the price to be cheap, Xiaomi was forced to not pinch a fingerprint sensor on this smartphone. As an alternative, the Face Unlock feature has been presented on Redmi 8A, which allows me to unlock the screen using only the face.

When I turn my face to the front camera, the Face Unlock feature can recognize faces quickly. Even in low light or night conditions, this feature can still recognize faces, thanks to the increased brightness of the screen.

Although this smartphone does not have a fingerprint sensor, the Face Unlock feature can make it easier for me to unlock the smartphone screen without entering a password, PIN, or Pattern.

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MIUI 11

Redmi 8A MIUI 11

After I activated Redmi 8A, an notification immediately appeared to do an OTA (Over-The-Air) update from MIUI 10 to MIUI 11. At a glance, MIUI 11, which was present on this device, still uses the Android 9 Pie operating system.

I do not feel the change in interface appearance from MIUI 10 to MIUI 11 because it feels simple and easy to use because all installed applications will be present on the home screen due to the absence of App Drawer.

Although there are many themes for MIUI 11, I prefer to use default themes that look simple. In addition, I also still use features that are usually present in MIUI ranging from dual-split multitasking, three-finger screenshots, and Dual Apps.

The dual-split multitasking feature allows me to run two applications simultaneously on one screen. For example, I can run WhatsApp simultaneously with YouTube side by side.

But keep in mind that not all applications support this feature. To facilitate the activation of the dual-split multitasking feature, you can adjust the shortcut keys such as long-pressing the Recent, Home, or Back buttons according to your taste.

While the three-finger screenshot feature will automatically activate since you set the Redmi 8A for the first time, with the presence of this feature, I can make screenshots quickly by simply sweeping the screen from top to bottom using three fingers pressed together.

Finally, Dual Apps is one of the interesting features that I often use because it allows the application to be duplicated in two so that I can enter two social networking accounts in one smartphone. Of course, not all applications or games support this one feature.

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Conclusion

I feel that Redmi 8A has a long battery life to more than one full day after wearing it for more than a week. In other words, I don’t need to carry a charger adapter when doing daily work.

For smartphones at low prices, Redmi 8A has a pretty good performance. Even so, smartphones will feel slow when running too many applications because the RAM has only a capacity of 2 GB so that it will be fully used quickly.

For that, you should not run too many applications so that Redmi 8A can run smoothly. Meanwhile, heavy games can run smoothly using the lowest graphics.

Unfortunately, the fingerprint sensor is not present on this one device, so you can only rely on Face Unlock if you want to unlock the Redmi 8A screen without the need to enter a pattern, password, or pin.

This Face Unlock feature can scan faces even in low light conditions because Xiaomi outsmarts them by increasing the brightness of the screen to make faces visible. However, the ability of the rear camera to take photos during the day and night needs to be improved by the Xiaomi so that the photos are more minimal noise.

I think the Redmi 8A can still be the choice for those who want an affordable smartphone. Moreover, Redmi 8A comes with a 5,000 mAh durable battery.

Xiaomi Redmi 8A

7.7 Total Score

Screen
8
Performance
6
Camera
6
Battery
10
Software
8
Design
8
PROS
  • Long battery life
  • Quick Face Unlock
  • Separate SIM and microSD slots
  • Attractive rear design
  • Cheap price
CONS
  • The quality of the rear camera needs improvement
  • There is no fingerprint sensor
  • There is no Notification LED
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