Xiaomi’s much awaited Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro now official and the successors of the impressive Redmi Note 7 series from last year, promises quite a punch.
Just like it was with the Redmi Note 7 Series, the standard Redmi Note 8 is more of an incremental update over last year’s Redmi Note 7, while the Redmi Note 8 Pro is the phone that pushes the boundaries. Well, that’s because the Redmi Note 8 Pro is officially the first smartphone in the world with a 64 MP camera.
Realme did try to steal Xiaomi’s thunder by simply announcing the 64MP camera-featuring Realme XT just yesterday. However, Xiaomi did eventually beat Realme to the title of the ‘world’s first 64MP camera phone.’ In the Indian context though, we are likely to see the Realme XT launch sooner than the Note 8 Pro.
Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro: Prices and Variants
The Redmi Note 8 arrives in three colors – Black, White, Dream Blue and starts at CNY 999 (approximately INR 10,000) for the 4GB RAM variant with 64GB of storage. There’s also a 6GB RAM variant with 64GB storge for CNY 1,199 (approximately INR 12,000) and a top-of-the-line version offering 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage for CNY 1,399 (approximately INR 14,000).
The Redmi Note 8 Pro, similarly, also comes in three shades – Black, Green, and White and will start shipping in September. Prices start at CNY 1,399 (approximately INR 14,000) for the 6GB RAM variant with 64GB storage and goes as high as CNY 1,799 (approximately INR 18,000) for the 8GB RAM and 128GB storage variant.
Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro: Specifications and Key Features
Redmi Note 8
The camera setup of the Redmi Note 8 includes four shooters this time around, with the primary sensor being a 48MP unit featuring a new Samsung ISOCELL GM2 sensor. The other three are an 8 MP ultra wide-angle lens, a 2MP macro lens, and a 2MP depth sensor. There’s also a single 13 MP selfie camera on the front inside the notch.
For those expecting to see OLED display come down to the Note 8 series, that’s not happening just yet. The Note 8 features a 6.3-inch FHD+ LCD panel, which means that the fingerprint scanner is still a physical button on the back – unlike the recently launched Mi A3.
Inside, the Redmi Note 8 runs on a Snapdragon 665 chipset, up from last year’s Snapdragon 660 SoC. This updated chip has eight Kryo 260 cores, four of them clocked at 2.2 GHz, the other four clocked at 1.8 GHz.
The phone continues to pack a 4,000 mAh battery with support for 18W charging speeds and USB-C port. For those who care, Xiaomi’s kept the 3.5 mm audio jack intact.
Redmi Note 8 Pro
As mentioned earlier, the Redmi Note 8 Pro remains the first officially announced smartphone with a 64MP camera. The primary sensor here’s a Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 sensor, which was launched alongside the GM2 in the Redmi Note 8. The highlight of this sensor, you may ask? It brings quad-binning pixel technology which in theory at least, should drastically improve the quality of images shot.
The display here’s a larger 6.53-inch FHD+ LCD panel with smaller bezels than those on the Note 8. Xiaomi claims that the bottom bezel on the Note 8 Pro is just 4.2 mm thick.
On the inside, there are surpises in store. The Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with a Mediatek’s Helio G90T, becoming the first smartphone to feature the new chip and more surprisingly, the first Note series phone to feature a MediaTek chipset. The battery here’s also been bumped up to 4,500mAh and supports the same 18W quick-charging as the Note 8.
Xiaomi also calls the Note 8 Pro, the first phone of the sub-brand to arrive with a liquid cooling chamber to offset the expected heating from the gaming chipset. In order to provide seamless gaming, there is also the feature to connect both to WiFi and 4G.