Xiaomi launches Redmi 8A Dual with dual rear cameras and a new design alongside new Redmi power banks in India
Xiaomi has been leading the smartphone market in India with its budget-friendly and feature-rich offerings under the Redmi brand. The company recently announced that it became the leading brand in the feature phone category in Q4 2019 while retaining its grip on the smartphone segment for 10 consecutive quarters. Xiaomi’s entry-level Redmi A series is incredibly popular not just in India but also in markets like Europe and LATAM. After launching the Redmi 8A in India in September 2019, the company has now introduced the Redmi 8A Dual, which now adds a secondary camera on the back along with an improved rear panel. Notably, Redmi 8A Dual also retains the same launch pricing in India as the previous model.
Before talking about the recurrent features, here’s what is new on the smartphone. The Redmi 8A Dual now features an improved dual rear camera setup. Firstly, the primary camera sensor on the back now sports a resolution of 13MP, as compared to the 12MP on the previous one. Complementing the 13MP sensor is a 2MP depth sensor. Besides the new camera, the phone also gets a new “XGrip” design for the polycarbonate back panel along with new colors – gray, blue, and white – and the back gets a P2i splash-resistant coating.
The remaining of the Redmi 8A Dual is primarily the same device as before. It sports the same 6.22-inch HD+ display, large 5,000mAh battery with up to 18W fast charging support via USB-C port. The Redmi 8A still doesn’t get a fingerprint scanner and is limited to AI face unlock.
Other features include wireless FM, dedicated storage expansion slot supporting up to 512GB microSD cards. There are 2GB and 3GB RAM options while 32GB is the standard option for storage.
Xiaomi Redmi 8A Dual Specifications
|Specification||Xiaomi Redmi 8A Dual|
|Dimensions and Weight|
|SoC||Qualcomm Snapdragon 439|
|Front Camera||8MP, AI beauty mode|
|Charging||18W charging (10W charger included in box)|
|Audio||3.5mm headphone jack|
|Software||MIUI 11 based on Android 9 Pie|
|Connectivity||WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS|
|Ports & Buttons||USB Type-C, no fingerprint sensor|
|Water Resistance||P2i Splash Resistance|
|Colors||Grey, Blue, and White|
Redmi 10,000mAh and 20,000mAh power banks with 18W fast charging
Xiaomi had been teasing new power banks in India since its spin-off POCO successfully relaunched the brand in India. While only Mi-branded power banks were available in India previously, Xiaomi also introduced two new power banks under the Redmi branding alongside the Redmi 8A Dual.
The two new models include:
- a 10,000mAh variant with up to 10W charging support, and
- a 20,000mAh variant that can output charge at up to 18W.
Both of these power banks have two USB Type-A ports for parallelly charging two devices and support micro USB as well as USB Type-C ports for replenishing the charge.
Price & Availability
The 2GB/32GB variant of Redmi 8A Dual is priced at ₹6,499 (~$92) while the 3GB/32GB variant is priced at ₹6,999 (~$99). At this price, the Redmi 8A competes with the Realme C3, which was launched last week.
The 10,000mAh power bank is priced at ₹799 (~$12) while the 20,000mAh version is priced at ₹1,499 (~$21).
The Redmi 8A Dual and the new Redmi power banks will be available in India starting at noon, February 18th. While the smartphone will be available on mi.com and Amazon India, the power banks will initially be limited to the former.