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Xiaomi’s $91 phone has 5,000 mAh battery and 18W USB-C fast charging

Redmi 8A

Xiaomi built its reputation and business in India by selling budget phones with great specs at competitive prices. Its latest affordable offering, the Mi 8A, has a huge 5,000mAh battery and support for 18W fast charging via USB-C.

Looking at the innards of the phone, it’s powered by an entry-level Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 2 or 3GB of RAM. Other specifications also point towards a budget offering.


  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 439
  • Screen: 6.22-inch HD+ dot notch display
  • RAM: 2/3GB
  • Rear camera: 12-megapixel
  • Front camera: 8-megapixel
  • Battery: 5,000 mAh
  • Fast charging: 18W
  • Internal memory: 32GB

This is clearly a phone for people who are out all day long. That massive battery means you might be able to lug more than a day of usage with a single charge.

The Redmi 8A is available in India through Flipkart and from September 29. The 2GB+32GB variant is priced at Rs. 6,499 ($91) and the 3GB+32GB variant is priced at Rs. 6,999 ($99).

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Published September 25, 2019 — 08:51 UTC