Redmi 8A was launched in India on Wednesday as Xiaomi's latest affordable handset. The new Redmi phone comes with an all-new "Aura Wave Grip" design that has three distinct colour options. As an upgrade to the Redmi 7A, the Redmi 8A also features a "Dot Notch" display that has a waterdrop-style notch -- matching the ongoing trend. The smartphone also supports 18W fast charging and wireless FM radio. Xiaomi is aiming to give a tough fight to the Realme C2 with the Redmi 8A. The Realme phone that was launched earlier this year attracts customers majorly through its diamond-cut design and dual rear camera setup.
The Redmi 8A price in India starts at Rs. 6,499 for the 2GB RAM + 32GB storage variant. It goes up to Rs. 6,999 for the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage model. The phone comes in Midnight Black, Ocean Blue, and Sunset Red colour options and will go on sale starting Sunday, September 29.
In contrast, the Realme C2 is already available for purchase with a price tag of Rs. 5,999 for the 2GB RAM + 16GB storage variant. Realme also offers a 2GB RAM + 32GB storage model at Rs. 6,999 and a 3GB RAM + 32GB storage option at Rs. 7,999. The phone comes in Diamond Black and Diamond Blue colours.
The Redmi 8A and Realme C2 both have dual-SIM (Nano) support and run Android 9 Pie but with distinct custom skins. While the Redmi 8A has MIUI 10 on top of Android Pie, the Realme C2 has ColorOS 6.0. On the display part, the Redmi 8A houses a 6.22-inch HD+ display with 19:9 aspect ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The Realme C2, on the other hand, has a 6.21-inch HD+ (720x1560 pixels) display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection.
Under the hood, the Redmi 8A has an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 SoC, coupled with 2GB and 3GB RAM options. The Realme C2, on the other front, has an octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 SoC, paired with 2GB and 3GB RAM choices.
The Redmi 8A has a single 12-megapixel Sony IMX363 sensor at the back along with an f/1.8 lens and an LED flash. This is unlike the Realme C2 that features a dual rear camera setup with a 13-megapixel primary sensor that has an f/2.2 lens on top and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor with an f/2.4 lens.
For selfies, the Redmi 8A has an 8-megapixel camera sensor at the front. The Realme C2, on the other side, includes a 5-megapixel camera sensor at the front.
The Redmi 8A has 32GB of internal storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 512GB) through a dedicated slot. However, the Realme C2 comes in 16GB and 32GB of onboard storage options that both are expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB) with a dedicated slot.
Connectivity options on the Redmi 8A include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, FM radio, USB Type-C, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The Realme C2, on the other hand, has 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, Micro-USB, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The Redmi 8A packs a 5,000mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging, though it bundles a 10W fast charger. However, the Realme C2 has a 4,000mAh battery that doesn't support any fast charging technology.
In terms of dimensions, the Redmi 8A measures 156.48x75.41x9.4mm. The Realme C2, on the other hand, measures 154.3x73.7x8.5mm.
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|Release date||25th September 2019||April 2019|
|Launched in India||Yes||Yes|
|Dimensions (mm)||156.48 x 75.41 x 9.40||154.30 x 73.70 x 8.50|
|Battery capacity (mAh)||5000||4000|
|Colours||Midnight Black, Sunset Red, Ocean Blue||Diamond Black, Diamond Blue|
|Screen size (inches)||6.22||6.10|
|Resolution||720x1520 pixels||720x1560 pixels|
|Protection type||Gorilla Glass||Gorilla Glass|
|Processor||2GHz octa-core||2GHz octa-core|
|Processor make||Qualcomm Snapdragon 439||MediaTek Helio P22|
|Expandable storage type||microSD||microSD|
|Expandable storage up to (GB)||512||256|
|Dedicated microSD slot||Yes||Yes|
|Rear camera||12-megapixel (f/1.8)||13-megapixel (f/2.2, 1.12-micron) + 2-megapixel (f/2.4, 1.75-micron)|
|Rear autofocus||Phase detection autofocus||Yes|
|Front camera||8-megapixel||5-megapixel (f/2.0, 1.12-micron)|
|Operating system||Android 9 Pie||Android 9.0 Pie|
|Skin||MIUI 10||ColorOS 6.0|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v 5.00||Yes, v 4.20|
|Number of SIMs||2||2|
|Ambient light sensor||Yes||Yes|