Thanks to short smartphone cycles, we already have a successor to the highly popular Redmi Note 7 Pro. The Note 7 Pro that was unveiled back in February in India, will soon be succeeded by the Note 8 Pro that was launched in China today. But how different is the Redmi Note 8 Pro when compared with its predecessor?
To start with, the Note 8 Pro gets an all-new design that is distinctly different from that on the Note 7 Pro. Although it’s still protected by Gorilla Glass 5 on the back, the camera module now occupies the centre of the panel and the new gradient colours offered are highly refined and are visibly superior too. So while the build materials are still the same, the design is definitely a notch above than the Note 7 Pro.
In terms of performance, the phone features the all-new MediaTek Helio G90T that primarily focusses on offering a superior gaming performance with its HyperEngine game technology. When compared to the Snapdragon 675 on the Note 7 Pro, the G90T on the RN8P offers a slightly higher CPU clock-speed and a better GPU. It’s important to note that the 675 is more power-efficient as it’s based on an 11nm manufacturing process while the G90T is based on a 12nm manufacturing process.
The bigger 4,500mAh battery, the liquid cooling chamber and the slightly bigger display make this phone a highly-suitable one for gamers with a budget.
So in terms of benchmarks and gaming, expect the Redmi Note 8 Pro to perform better. But in real-world usage, don’t expect a massive difference between either of the phones.
The most substantial difference between both the phones is the camera setup. The Note 8 Pro now has a quad-camera setup on the back (up from two on the Note 7 Pro) that offer a promising camera experience. Its primary sensor is a 64MP Samsung Bright GW1 sensor which makes it the first phone in the world to have a 64MP camera. Accompanying the main shooter is an 8MP ultra-wide camera, a 2MP depth camera and a 2MP macro sensor. Just in terms of versatility, the Redmi Note 8 Pro is quite ahead of the Redmi Note 7 Pro.
To summarize it all, the Redmi Note 8 Pro has a bigger display, better performance, a bigger battery, a quad-camera setup and a refreshed design with new gradient colours. While there are more differences, these are the most important ones that set both the phones apart.
If you already own a Redmi Note 7 Pro, the versatile camera setup that includes an ultra-wide and macro lens should probably be the only reason you need the Redmi Note 8 Pro. Otherwise, the Redmi Note 7 Pro is still a pretty solid phone that boasts of great performance, good cameras and stellar battery life.
But if you’re looking out for a new phone and are eyeing for the Redmi Note 7 Pro (or other phones in that price segment), it’d be wise to wait for the Redmi Note 8 Pro to launch in India. The Redmi Note 8 Pro is expected to be priced around INR 14,000 for the base 6GB/64GB model, INR 16,000 for the 6GB/128GB variant and around INR 18,000 for the 8GB/128GB model.