The new Redmi 8 and Redmi 8A have little more than a month of life but at least they seem to be on the right track from the software point of view. The Chinese smartphone manufacturer has in fact already released the kernel source code for these two devices that have long autonomy as their strong point.
Redmi 8 and Redmi 8A: Source code released for both devices
Going into detail, we discover that the source code is based on Android 9 Pie for both smartphones. Thanks to it, developers will be able to modify the operating system from the inside and thus eliminate possible bugs, improve performance or even add new features. You can then have homemade ROMs that any user tired of the official MIUI can use.
Unfortunately, at least Italian users will have to wait, given that both Redmi 8 and Redmi 8A are not yet officially on sale in Italy. As we have seen in this post in fact, the first appears on the Xiaomi Italia website but cannot be purchased, while the second is currently official only in India.
As for the specifications of these two devices, these do not differ much from each other. In fact we find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 processor on both devices, accompanied by an 6,22 inch diagonal screen and HD + resolution, as well as the 5000mAh capacity battery.
We also have fast 18W fast charging through the USB Type-C port (the reversible one) on both Redmi 8 and 8A. Two features that until recently were difficult to find even on mid-range products.
The two smartphones differ in the photographic sector, in fact Redmi 8 equips two cameras. Among these we have the flagship sensor (for the 2018) the Sony IMX363 from 12MP with f / 1.8 focal length for high quality images even in one of the cheapest smartphone of the Chinese brand. Then we find secondary camera with a resolution of 2MP used to take pictures with the bokeh effect (object in focus, blurred background), while as regards the front camera this can take pictures from 8MP and adopts different software features such as AI Beautify 4.0 and AI Portrait Mode to improve the final result (therefore also bokeh effect).
The Redmi 8A instead adopts a single camera from 12MP (still Sony IMX363) and an earlier one from 8MP.
Finally, among other specifications we have the 3,5mm audio jack, support for FM radio, an infrared emitter and a fingerprint sensor (on the Redmi 8).