The entry-level segment for smartphones here in the Indian market continues to remain as competitive as ever in spite of the fact that the prices of smartphones have increased post April 2020. With the added effect of COVID-19 and the growing anti-China sentiment, there is no denying that the segment has seen a slowdown. That, however, hasn’t prevented companies from launching new devices, and brands like Xiaomi, OPPO, Realme, Motorola, and Samsung have all released several handsets in the past four to six months. The most recent launch from Realme came in the form of the new Realme C11, which is a basic, entry-level handset that is positioned below the Realme C3. At its sub Rs 8000 price tag, the Realme C11 finds itself competing against the Redmi 8A Dual from Xiaomi. And in this article, we compare both these handsets to figure which one to choose in case you were keen on buying a new device in this price segment.
Realme C11 vs Redmi 8A Dual: Price in India
As of now, the Realme C11 is sold in a single variant that gets 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. This variant has been priced at Rs 7,499.
The Redmi 8A Dual comes in three versions and their prices are as follows:
- Redmi 8A Dual 2GB+32GB – Rs 7,499
- Redmi 8A Dual 3GB+32GB – Rs 8,299
- Redmi 8A Dual 3GB+64GB – Rs 8,499
Realme C11 vs Redmi 8A Dual: Specifications compared
Both these handsets being affordable phones, it is not surprising to see them feature entry-level hardware as well. While the Realme C11 comes powered by the ‘new’ Mediatek Helio G35 processor, the Redmi 8A gets by with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 SoC, both of which are fairly identical. Both these SoCs, for example, are based on a 12nm manufacturing process and house 8x Arm Cortex A-53 cores. The Mediatek SoC has a higher clock speed (2.3Ghz) as opposed to 2GHz on the SD439. In terms of graphics, too, the SD439 trails behind the Helio G35 with the former using the Adreno 505 GPU and the latter using the faster PowerVR GE8320 chip clocked at 680Mhz. While it is true that the Helio G35 is part of Mediatek’s gaming-centric G-Series chipsets, do not expect a significant change in the overall performance when compared to the older Mediatek chipsets like the P35 and the A22. That being said, if performance is a crucial concern, there is no denying that the Realme C11 fares slightly better than the Redmi 8A.
Both the handsets are evenly matched in terms of storage and RAM as far as the base version is concerned. Unlike the C11, which comes only in a single 2GB+32GB variant, there are three variants of the Redmi 8A Dual starting with the base 2GB+32GB option, a mid-tier 3GB+32GB version, and a 3GB+64GB variant. Both the phones feature large 5,000mah batteries that easily deliver day-long battery life even with heavy use. Only the Redmi 8A Dual, however, supports fast charging technology with USB Type-C. The Realme C11 gets still uses a standard micro USB port and does not support fast charging. Note that you will need to buy a separate charger for enabling 18W fast charging on the Redmi 8A Dual since Xiaomi does not ship a fast charger with the phone.
Realme C11 vs Redmi 8A Dual: Display, Camera specifications
In terms of overall size, the Realme C11 is the larger of the two phones thanks to its 6.5-inch LCD display. This panel has a small notch at the top for the front-facing camera and boasts of HD+ resolution (1600×720 pixels). The display on the Redmi 8A Dual is slightly smaller in size and measures 6.22-inches across and boasts of 720*1520 pixels resolution. While Realme does not reveal other key details about the display, Xiaomi confirms that the display on the Redmi 8A boasts of a contrast ratio of 1500：1. The notch above the display on the Redmi 8A Dual is similar to the one on the Realme C11. Another advantage with the display on the Redmi 8A Dual is that it gets Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
Both these handsets get a near identical dual camera setup at the rear consisting of a primary 13MP f/2.2 camera and a secondary 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor. At the front, the Realme C11 gets a 5MP f/2.4 selfie camera while the Redmi 8A Dual gets an 8MP camera with a wider f/2.0 aperture. On paper, this should translate to better low light imaging for the Redmi. That being said, the final image quality will be dependent on the software processing that images undergo. Both these handsets can capture FHD videos at a max frame rate of 30fps using the primary rear camera.
Realme C11 vs Redmi 8A Dual: Software, other features
Both the phones in this comparison run Android 10 – currently the newest stable version of Android. In the case of the Realme C11, this phone uses the updated Realme UI, which is a derivation of ColorOS 7 with subtle changes. Realme UI gets several feature additions, including a system-wide dark mode and several other privacy features. At the other end of the spectrum, the Redmi 8A Dual currently runs Android 9 Pie – albeit with MIUI 11. While choosing between custom skins is a matter of personal preference, there is no doubt that the Realme C11 is at an advantage here because it is on a newer Android version. I also prefer ColorOS to MIUI – but then that is a purely personal choice.
Note that both the handsets in this comparison lack a fingerprint scanner. The only ‘biometric’ option is the Face Unlock feature. As expected of devices in this class, the Realme C11 and the Redmi 8A Dual are both 4G VoLTE ready and happen to be dual SIM capable as well. Both the handsets get a triple slot that can take in two SIM cards and one microSD card at the same time.
As far as the overall design language is concerned, both the handsets look very good – but the Realme C11 does stand out with its new camera layout and the stripe with the vertical Realme branding. The Redmi 8A dual is not a bad looker by any means but there is no denying that it looks a bit dated in comparison.
From what we have read thus far, it is clear that the Realme C11 has a slight edge over the Redmi 8A Dual in both hardware and software aspects. The C11 has the better processor, runs a newer version of Android, but loses out on fast charging support. However, with both the devices sporting a large 5000mAh battery, these devices shall easily last you an entire day, and chances are high people will charge them overnight. Also, Redmi does not ship a fast charger in the box of the Redmi 8A Dual. Considering these facts, we think the Realme C11 is an overall better choice than the Redmi 8A Dual if you are a very tight sub Rs 7500 budget.