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How the Xiaomi Redmi 8A would have almost become a sensation...

With MIUI but without an important detail...
With MIUI but without an important detail...
Xiaomi brings MIUI 11 to a smartphone just over 100 Euros (~$111) shortly after its release. Why this initially thrilled us and then rather disappointed us in our testing.

Of course it's great in itself that Xiaomi is still taking care at all of the Redmi 8A after release, that is, releases software updates. After all, there's probably not much left with a device that sells for 119.90 Euros (~$133). So we were also pleased with the news that MIUI 11 was available for the Redmi 8A, which popped up on the screen during our testing.

After a short pause, we started to think about it: Wait a moment; does that mean that Android 10 is already here too, shortly after the release of the device? After all, it has always been the case that a new MIUI version also brought an upgrade to a new operating system version. That would be a sensation; after all, other manufacturers like LG barely managed to update their flagship devices to Android 9.

But our enthusiasm was silenced quickly when we discovered this news release that says:

Xiaomi has also started rolling out MIUI 11 globally, but, unlike other OEMs such as Huawei or Samsung, Xiaomi provides the new interface both with Android 9 and Android 10.

A glance at the control panel after the update brought certainty: The Redmi 8A still runs Android 9. Well, it would've been too nice.

But the Xiaomi Redmi 8A is also worth a look with Android 9 if you're looking for a cheap smartphone with a large battery and a good configuration. Find out more in our comprehensive review.

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Florian Schmitt, 2019-12- 8 (Update: 2019-12- 5)