After making their respective debuts in India, the new entry-level Redmi 8 and 8A are now available in their home market of China. The two entry-level phones mostly differ in the camera and design departments.
The Redmi 8 features the new Aura Wave Glass design which began with the Redmi K20 while the 8A opts for the plastic Aura Wave Grip look. The screens are identical 6.22-inch HD+ panels with notches for the 8MP selfie cam.
The similarities continue with the 12nm Snapdragon 439 chipset with 3/4GB RAM and 32/64GB storage alongside microSD expansion.
Around the back, the two devices share the 12MP Sony IMX363 sensor but the Redmi 8 brings a secondary 2MP depth helper and fingerprint reader. The battery capacity is 5,000 mAh on both phones with support for 18W fast charging.
The Redmi 8 is already available and will set buyers back CNY 799 ($113) for the 3/32GB version while the 4/64GB model will go for CNY 899 ($127).
The Redmi 8A goes on sales tomorrow starting at CNY 699 ($99) for the 3/32GB units and CNY 799 ($113) for the 4/32GB ones. Both phones will be available through all major online retailers and there is a special CNY 100 ($14) off on launch day.
Source (in Chinese)
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