Redmi 8A vs Realme C2 vs Infinix Hot 8: Which Is The New Budget Champion?
Xiaomi launched its latest Redmi 8A smartphone in the country, and this time Xiaomi seems to have picked up the right spot. While Redmi 7A failed badly, the company made sure they don’t repeat the same mistakes with Redmi 8A.
The latest Redmi smartphone does have good budget features onboard, and the pricing is great.
The new device will compete with other affordable bestsellers like Realme C2, and Infinix Hot 8. While Realme now continues to dominate the sub-5,000 space with the second generation Realme C2, the new Redmi 8A will again be taking up its own share in the budget market.
Design & Build
Both the Redmi and Xiaomi smartphones come with a plastic build on the out. Redmi 8A has an aura design on the out, while Realme C2 has a gradient sort of finish. Infinix Hot 8 also comes with a similar polycarbonate body.
These are polycarbonate bodies, so will be durable, but are fingerprint magnets.
The new Redmi 8A have a good quality polycarbonate and it feels quite premium. Not only Redmi 8A, even the Hot 8 also feels premium. Realme X2 in comparison to these two does feel a bit more plasticy.
The all-new Redmi 8A comes with a 6.22-inch Dot notch HD+ display in an 19:9 aspect ratio protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Realme C2 has a slightly smaller 6.1-inch HD+ notched display in an 19.5:9 aspect ratio, and finally the Infinix Hot 8 has the biggest of the three, a 6.52-inch HD+ display in an 20:9 aspect ratio with 2.5D glass.
Infinix Hot 8 has the highest screen to body ratio here, offering a 90.3 percent screen to body ratio.
All being only-HD displays, you won’t see any difference in particular. All have notches and offer good screen to body ratio compared. All the smartphones are a good choice if you want to enjoy content.
Hardware & Variants
Infinixx Hot 8 and Realme C2 runs on MediaTek Helio P22 chip, while Xiaomi Redmi 8A packs in a Snapdragon 439 processor. Both being budget sensors, they will be able to offer standard day to day performance without much hiccups.
Realme C2 and Redmi 8A will be available in multiple storage sizes: 2GB RAM, 3GB RAM with 16GB storage, 32GB storage. Infinix Hot 8 is available in only 4GB RAM and 64GB storage configuration, which does give it some advantage here.
Realmee C2 comes with rear dual camera system featuring a primary 13MP lens coupled with a 2MP depth sensor. In comparison, Xiaomi Redmi 8A features a single 12-megapixel Sony IMX 363 rear sensor with f/1.8 aperture and Dual Pixel Autofocus. Up front, 8A has an 8-megapixel camera, while Realme C2 has a 5MP selfie camera.
Infinix Hot 8 has three cameras at the back. The device has a triple rear camera setup featuring a 13-megapixel main sensor, a 2-megapixel secondary sensor and a dedicated low light sensor. Upfront, Hot 8 comes with an 8-megapixel selfie camera.
Coming to daylight performance, all three smartphones offer above average performance with decent colours and details.
The dynamic range is okay, and HDR does a fair job.
Coming to low light performance, both the smartphones will suffer. Realme C2 has an additional lens, so it will be able to capture better depth sensing shots and higher amount of details. Hot 8 also has a dedicated sensor for low light photography, so it helps to improve the overall output.
Realme C2 runs on Android 9 Pie with the latest Color OS 6.0 on top and Redmi 8A comes with Android 9 Pie skinned with MIUI 10. Infinix Hot 8 has XOS 5.0, based on Android Pie 9.0. All the three smartphones come with their own respective UIs with different tweaks and features.
All the three UIs are heavily customised, so picking one should be an individual choice. So you decide which one to pick.
Realmee C2 with a big 4,000mAh battery. But Redmi 8A and Infinix Hot 8 pack in a massive 5,000mAh battery. All the devices can easily pull off a whole day on heavy usage on a single charge, more than a day if used moderately.
Realmee C2 is priced at Rs 5,999 for the 2GB RAM/16GB base variant and Rs 7,999 for the 3GB RAM/32GB storage top variant. Redmi 8A is going to be available in two variants: 2GB RAM with 32GB storage and 3GB RAM with 64GB storage. The base model is priced at Rs 6,499, while the upper-end model with 3GB RAM is priced at Rs 6,999.
Redmi will be available from September 29 via Flipkart (at the Big Billion Day sale) and Mi.com. Redmi 8A will also be available via offline stores soon.
Infinix Hot 8 is currently available for a single variant at Rs 6,999 in the country with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage configuration. This is an introductory price, and the price will go up to Rs 7,999 after October 30.
Verdict: Realme C2 vs Redmi 8A vs Infinix Hot 8
Realme C2 is currently most sought after budget smartphone in the market. The company has done a great job in packing in the top features as a water drop notch designed display, a dual camera, big battery and more at a very budget price.
But Redmi 8A certainly have some good spot with the price given the big screen and huge battery. Realme C2 has only advantage with the extra camera sensor.
Available at a starting price of Rs 5,999, Realme C2 has been doing well in the market, and it remains unbeatable currently in the price range. Redmi 8A at Rs 6,499 also is good for the budget given some really good features.
Backed by a set of mid-range specs, Realme C2 packs in top features as a water drop notch designed display, a rear dual camera system, big battery and more, all starting at a very budget price of Rs 5,999. So, it’s the most affordable of the three.
Both Redmi 7A and Realme C2 being aggressively priced will hold tight against Infinix Hot 8. The smartphone does cost 2,000 thousand more, but has its own extra features as the larger display, triple camera system and higher storage with RAM.