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Xiaomi Redmi 8A Pro vs Redmi 8A: What’s the difference?

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Xiaomi surprised everyone when they announced the Xiaomi Redmi 8A Pro.

The Xiaomi Redmi 8A Pro (rebranded Redmi 8A Pro Dual) launched months after the Redmi 8 series came out. Which begs the question as to what’s the purpose of releasing this new device.

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More importantly, we want to see how it’s different from the Redmi 8A that was initially released.

As the name suggests, the Pro model should bring some upgrades to the really affordable vanilla variant. But is that what really happened?

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With that, here in our Xiaomi Redmi 8A Pro versus Redmi 8A specifictions and features comparison, we’ll see how different the two are, and if coming up with a Pro model for an entry-level device actually makes sense. Let’s begin!

Xiaomi Redmi 8A Pro/DualXiaomi Redmi 8A
Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
MIUI 11
Android 9.0 Pie
MIUI 9
SIMDual SIM
Dual Standby
Dual SIM
Dual Standby
Display6.22-inch HD+ IPS
1520 x 720 pixel resolution
~270ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
19:9 aspect ratio
6.22-inch HD+ IPS
1520 x 720 pixel resolution
~270ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
19:9 aspect ratio
Processor2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 octa-core2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 octa-core
RAM2GB/3GB2GB
GPUAdreno 505Adreno 505
Storage32GB/64GB
expandable up to 512GB via microSD
32GB
expandable up to 512GB via microSD
Front camera8-megapixel8-megapixel
Rear Camera13-megapixel (f/2.2)
2-megapixel (depth sensor)
PDAF
LED Flash
12-megapixel (f.1/8)
PDAF
LED Flash
AudioSingle loudspeaker
Headphone jack
Single loudspeaker
Headphone jack
SecurityFace unlockFace unlock
ConnectivityHSPA+, 4G LTE
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
USB Type-C
HSPA+, 4G LTE
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
USB Type-C
Dimensions156.5 x 75.4 x 9.4mm156.5 x 75.4 x 9.4mm
Weight188g188g
ColorsSky White
Sea Blue
Midnight Grey
Midnight Black
Ocean Blue
Sunset Red
Battery5,000mAh
18W charging
5,000mAh
18W charging
Price2GB/16GB: IDR1,549,000 (~Php4,800)
3GB/32GB:IDR1,649,000 (~Php5,000)
Php5,490
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Redmi 8A

Well, as you just saw, the Xiaomi Redmi 8A Pro and Redmi 8A are pretty much identical devices.

In fact, you won’t notice their difference unless you look closely at the specs comparison table above.

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Redmi 8A Pro

Probably the only main difference is the cameras. The non-Pro model comes with a single 12-megapixel primary camera. While the Pro variant comes with a 13-megapixel main shooter and an extra 2-megapixel depth sensor.

Unless you’re really into taking portraits and bokeh shots, I don’t think the extra camera would really matter. In fact, you might be taking better photos with the Redmi 8A thanks to its brighter f/1.8 aperture.

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Redmi 8A Pro colors

Another key difference is the color options. The Pro model comes with lighter tones and has a subtle criss-cross pattern. You can get it in Sky White, Sea Blue, and Midnight Grey.

On the other hand, the Redmi 8A has a more stealthy and clean design that you can get in Sunset Red, Midnight Black, and Ocean Blue.

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Redmi 8A colors

But since it’s the “Pro” model, the 32GB variant of the Redmi 8A Pro comes with 3GB of RAM. On the other hand, the Redmi 8A comes with 2GB.

Other than that, they’re pretty much the same device. They share the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 processor with an Adreno 505 GPU.

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We also have a large 5,000mAh battery on the inside, which has an 18W fast-charging support.

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If it were us, the Pro model should have gained a fingerprint scanner. This could have further improved its “Pro” status.

However, it seems like the Redmi 8A Pro was made to cater to the specific needs of select markets, which is why we don’t expect it to arrive in a lot of regions soon.

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Bottomline is, unless you really need that extra depth sensor, settling with the Redmi 8A should be better than getting the Redmi 8A Pro.

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