Xiaomi has launched the much-awaited Redmi 8A (first impressions) smartphone in India. The device has arrived with mammoth battery, fast charging and a stylish design. Its predecessor, the Redmi 7A (review), was launched back in May this year and was a notable contender in the budget section of smartphones. So how are these two devices different from each other? Let’s delve into the details:
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Xiaomi Redmi 7A vs Xiaomi Redmi 8A: differences
Design and Display
In terms of design, the phones are noticeably different from each other. The latest Redmi offering comes with a waterdrop notch and thinner bezels, while its predecessor looked bulky with thick outlines. However, the Redmi logo has been retained on the chin of the Redmi 8A as well. Its polycarbonate chassis features an aura wave grip pattern for better ergonomics. The phone’s rear camera is placed in the middle of the panel instead of the top right corner as the Redmi 7A, and features a vertical strip running down the centre.
The Redmi 8A is also equipped with a P2i coating which protects it from accidental splashes. Both the models are quite different in terms of the display as well. While the Redmi 7A features a compact 5.45-inch IPS LCD panel with an HD+ resolution of 720 x 1,440 pixels, the Redmi 8A sports a much larger 6.2-inch panel with a waterdrop notch and 19:9 aspect ratio. As a result, the Redmi 8A offers a higher screen to body ratio, with thin bezels on three sides and a thicker chin at the bottom.
Hardware and Performance
In this aspect, the phones are more or less similar. Both the models are equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 octa-core processor, clocked at 2GHz. The Redmi 7A features 2GB of RAM with 16GB/32GB of expandable internal storage. Redmi 8A, however, sports 2GB/3GB of RAM coupled with 32GB of internal storage. Users can expand the storage by up to 512GB via a microSD card.
Software-wise, both phones run Android 9 Pie-based MIUI 10 and feature a system-wide dark mode option as well.
The configuration of the rear camera remains the same on Redmi 8A – 12MP. However, while the Redmi 7A uses a Sony IMX486 sensor with f/2.2 aperture, the Redmi 8A uses an IMX363 sensor with a larger f/1.8 aperture. Xiaomi also says that the pixel size of the Redmi 8A’s sensor is 25 percent larger than the Redmi 7A. As a result, Redmi 8A should theoretically click better images in low light. Features like AI Portrait Mode and AI Scene Detection are also available on the Redmi 8A.
The selfie cameras on the two offerings are noticeably different. While Redmi 7A came with a 5MP snapper, the Redmi 8A plays host to an 8MP lens with AI Portrait Mode.
Battery and more
One of the biggest selling points of the Redmi 8A is its huge 5,000mAh battery with support for USB Type-C. It is also the first Redmi phone to support 18W fast charging (but you only get a 10W charger in the box). In this area, Redmi 7A lags behind with its 4,000mAh battery unit and older micro-USB port.
Redmi 8A has been announced in three shades – Midnight Black, Ocean Blue and Sunset Red. Its predecessor is also available in three colours – Matte Black, Matte Blue and Matte Gold. Both of these phones lack a fingerprint sensor which means that consumers would have to rely on face unlock.
Xiaomi Redmi 7A vs Xiaomi Redmi 8A: price
The Redmi 7A is available at a price of Rs 5,999 for the 16GB storage variant and Rs 6,199 for 32GB storage version. Redmi 8A, however, will sell for Rs 6,499 for the 2GB RAM + 32GB storage variant and Rs 6,999 for the 3GB RAM version.With a negligible difference in price, it’s clear that you’re better off paying a few hundred bucks extra for the Redmi 8A.