Mi A2, Samsung Galaxy On8, Xiaomi Mi Max 3 Compared for Price in India, Specifications, Features

Here we compare three budget Android smartphones: Xiaomi Mi A2, Mi Max 3 and Samsung Galaxy On8. These are quite capable devices with matching prices


Two Xiaomi smartphones, the Mi A2, and the Mi Max 3, are now official. Meanwhile, an interesting smartphone from Samsung, the Galaxy On8, which appears to be a rebranded Galaxy J8, was recently launched. All the three smartphones are available below the Rs. 20,000 mark. This makes them budget Android smartphone. All the three smartphones offer quite a few appealing features and pack capable hardware, which makes choosing between them difficult. Let us compare these devices on the basis of their specifications, features, and prices to allow our readers to make an informed choice.

Mi A2 vs Samsung Galaxy On8 vs Xiaomi Mi Max 3: Price in India

The price of the recently launched Xiaomi Mi A2 starts from Rs. 16,999 in India. The price is for the 4GB RAM + 64GB internal storage variant. Xiaomi could soon launch the 6GB/128GB variant in India.

The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 is yet to be launched in India. But it may sport a price tag of Rs. 17,999 for the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant. The 6GB/128GB variant may cost Rs 20,999.

The Samsung Galaxy On8 is essentially the Galaxy J8 device that has been rebranded and meant for online distribution only. The Samsung Galaxy On8 will be available at Rs.16,990 in India. The price is for the 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage variant.

Mi A2 vs Samsung Galaxy On8 vs Xiaomi Mi Max 3: Performance, Hardware Specifications

The Xiaomi Mi A2 sports a 5.99-inch IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 2160×1080. It packs a Snapdragon 660 chipset paired with either 4GB or 6GB RAM. There’s no micro-SD card slot for memory expansion. Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protects the display. The smartphone has a metal body.

The Mi Max 3 is a large-screen smartphone from Xiaomi. The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 sports a tall 6.9-inch HD+ display with a resolution of 2160×1080. A 1.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, paired with Adreno 509 GPU, powers the smartphone. There’s an option to have either 4GB or 6GB of RAM, and 64GB or 128GB of internal memory respectively. Moreover, the smartphone can take a micro-SD card as well.

The Samsung Galaxy On8 (2018) has a 6-inch Super AMOLED Infinity Display measuring 720×1480 HD+ resolution. An octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chipset clocked at 1.6GHz with an Adreno 506 GPU powers the smartphone. The “new” Galaxy On8 from Samsung is equipped with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. For further expansion up to 256GB, the smartphone has a dedicated microSD card slot.

Mi A2 vs Samsung Galaxy On8 vs Xiaomi Mi Max 3: Camera Features

The Xiaomi Mi A2 shines in the imaging department. The 12MP + 20MP dual rear camera setup offers AI-powered Portrait Mode and captures 4K video at 30 fps. On the front of the device is a 20MP selfie snapper with AI-powered Beautify 4.0, HDR, and Portrait Mode features. The camera appears to lack OIS. But it does come with Electronic Image Stabilization to ensure good video quality.

The Xiaomi Mi Max 3 has a 12 MP + 5 MP dual camera setup on its back. These sensors are backed by AI-driven features like AI scene modes and AI face-detection. The front 8MP camera supports face unlocking as well.

The Samsung Galaxy On8 has a 16MP + 5MP dual-camera setup on the back. The camera offers features like Live Focus, Portrait Backdrop, Portrait Dolly, Background Blur Shape, and more. While the 16MP primary sensor is coupled with an f/1.7 aperture, the secondary 5MP depth sensor is paired with an f/1.9 aperture. For selfies, the Galaxy On8 features a 16MP snapper on the front with an f/1.9 aperture and an LED flash.

Mi A2 vs Samsung Galaxy On8 vs Xiaomi Mi Max 3: Battery, Operating System

The Xiaomi Mi A2 comes with a 3,010mAh battery, which seems rather small. However, the device comes with support for Quick Charge 4.0 fast charging, which is exclusive to the Indian market. The Xiaomi Mi A2 ships with Android 8.0 Oreo OS. The Mi A2 is an Android One smartphone, which means it has stock Android UI and receives updates directly from Google.

The Xiaomi Mi Max smartphones have always packed large batteries. The Mi Max 3 has a 5,500mAh battery. The smartphone supports Quick Charge 3.0, and Xiaomi assures buyers the smartphone can charge up to 71 percent within one hour.

The Samsung Galaxy On8 packs a 3,500mAh non-removable battery. Strangely, the battery does not support fast charging. The Galaxy On8 will ship with the Android 8.0 Oreo-based Samsung Experience UI out of the box with some new features that we hadn’t seen on older budget Galaxy handsets

Mi A2 vs Samsung Galaxy On8 vs Xiaomi Mi Max 3: Verdict

From the three smartphones, the Xiaomi Mi Max 3 has the biggest price tag. However, it also packs the largest battery and display screen. All the three devices have very similar RAM and memory configurations, but the Mi A2 has an edge with the Snapdragon 660 chipset.

If the screen is number one priority, then buyers must consider the Galaxy On8, as it offers a brilliant Super AMOLED display. It also packs a decent battery, but sadly doesn’t offer fast charging. Given the pricing, perhaps the Xiaomi Mi A2 outshines the Mi Max 3 and the Samsung Galaxy On8. The powerful camera sensors on the front and the back of the device should support the purchase decision.