The past few months have seen the launch of several new devices in India – all priced under the psychologically important INR 10K mark. Realme, back in July, launched its new budget handset the Realme 3i in the country in two variants – both priced under 10k. A month later, another Chinese player – Infinix – which has a considerable presence in the offline segment in India, came up with the Infinix Hot 8 with some compelling specifications. The latest entry to this segment came from Xiaomi, which launched the Redmi 8A just a few days ago. Since these three handsets sort of compete against each other, we thought now would be a good time to make a specs comparison of the three and see who comes out on top.
Redmi 8A vs Realme 3i vs Infinix Hot 8: Price in India, variants
Let’s start things off by talking about the price first.
The Redmi 8A comes in two versions; a base version with 2GB RAM and 32GB of storage and a pricier version that also gets 32GB of storage – but 3GB of RAM. The phone is offered in three color options; Midnight Black, Ocean Blue, and Sunset Red. As for the pricing, the base version has a price tag of INR 6,499, while the 3GB variant is INR 500 dearer at INR 6,999.
Moving on, we have the Realme 3i, which is also offered in two versions. The base version of the 3i gets 3GB of RAM and comes with 32GB of storage while the higher-end version gets 4GB of RAM and has 64GB of storage. The Realme 3i, clearly, seems to have the upper hand over the Redmi 8A when it comes to storage. However, it is also important to note that these higher specs also come with an added cost. The base version of the Realme 3 costs INR 7,999, while the top variant will set you back by INR 9,999.
Lastly, we have the Infinix Hot 8, which comes in a single 4GB RAM +64GB version in India. This single version has been priced at INR 6,999 – thereby matching the price of the Redmi 8A – albeit with higher storage capacity. The Hot 8 comes in two color options; Quetzal Cyan, and Cosmic Purple.
Redmi 8A vs Realme 3i vs Infinix Hot 8: Specifications compared
The Redmi 8A from Xiaomi is by far the most affordable of the three handsets with the base version priced at just INR 6,499. For this price, the handset offers a large 6.2-inch IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 720 x 1520 pixels (HD+) in the 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The panel also gets Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Powering the Redmi 8A is the Snapdragon 439 SoC from Qualcomm, which also integrates the Adreno 505 GPU. The camera setup on the Redmi 8A consists of a single 12MP rear-facing camera with f/1.8 aperture and support for dual pixel PDAF. At the front, the Redmi 8A uses a single 8MP camera with an f/2.0 aperture. The handset also features a large 5000 mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging, which is unheard of in its price segment. If that wasn’t all, the handset also gets USB Type-C connectivity, which, again, is a segment first.
Moving on to the Realme 3i, this is the priciest among the three handsets in this comparison. The phone comes powered by the fairly powerful MediaTek Helio P60 chipset, which also happens to house the Mali G-72 GPU for graphics. The display measures 6.2-inches across and has HD+ (720 x 1520 pixels) resolution in the 19:9 aspect ratio. The display also gets Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Another feature that the Realme 3i gets over the Redmi 8A is a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. The battery capacity of this phone is lower at 4230 mAh, and it also lacks support for fast charging.
The last handset in this comparison – the Infinix Hot 8 – features the largest display of all – measuring 6.52-inches across. This is an IPS LCD panel and comes with a similar resolution as the other two phones (HD+, 720 X 1600 pixels). The display also has a taller 20:9 aspect ratio. The Infinix Hot 8 comes powered by the Mediatek Helio P22 SoC, which gets the PowerVR GE8320 GPU for graphics. The camera setup on the phone is the most comprehensive of the three with this handset getting three cameras at the rear. The primary camera uses a 13MP sensor mated to an f/1.8 lens, while the secondary camera is a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The third camera, according to Infinix, acts as a dedicated low light sensor. The Hot 8 also gets a large 5,000 mAh battery, except this one does not support fast charging. The handset also gets a triple slot, which means you can have two SIM cards and an SDCard inside it at the same time.
Redmi 8A vs Realme 3i vs Infinix Hot 8: Which one to buy?
The Realme 3i is the oldest among the three handsets in this comparison and is starting to look a bit dated when compared to the newer Redmi 8A. It is also the priciest of the lot. In its favor, you do get the most RAM and internal storage. However, at nearly 10k, there are other better spec’d handsets out there that you can consider instead. The Hot 8 is an excellent phone from Infinix and offers decent bang for our buck. What I did not really like about the phone is its XOS platform, which in my opinion, needs a bit of improvement. That leaves us with the Redmi 8A, which wins this comparison. That being said, we would have loved an 8A with at least a 64GB option with a slightly higher price tag.
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