After being teased and rumored for quite some time, Xiaomi finally launched the Redmi Note 8 & Note 8 Pro in an event in Beijing, China. The 8th generation of the Redmi Note devices are still priced as competitively, if not more, as the first generation. Here’s all you need to know about the new duo.
Redmi Note 8
The successor to the Redmi Note 7 was launched first at the event after Xiaomi discussing some product research and sale reports. The Redmi Note 8 comes with a 6.3-inch display with thin bezels and a dot notch, helping the phone get a 90% screen-to-body ratio. The phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC and comes with three RAM-Storage variants of 4-64, 6-64 & 6-128 Gigs.
The cameras were the biggest highlight of the device, as the Note 8 gets a quad-camera setup on the back. This is a regular, wide-angle, macro, depth sensor setup with 48MP, 8MP (120°), 2MP, 2MP sensors, and despite the resolution being just 2MP, the macro samples Xiaomi showcased looked impressive. Apart from that, the phone packs in a 4000mAh cell with support for 18W fast charging through the USB-C port (thankfully). An IR blaster and the trusty 3.5mm headphone jack are present, and the phone is also said to come in some interesting colors.
The phone is priced at CNY 999 (~ $140 US/₹10,000) for the base 4-64 Gigs model, CNY 1,199 (~ $168 US/₹12000) for the 6-64 Gigs one & CNY 1,399 (~ $195 US/₹14,000) for the maxed out 6-128 Gigs model. The phone goes on sale in China next week, on the 3rd of September.
Redmi Note 8 Pro
The center of attraction of today’s event, the Redmi Note 8 Pro was up next on the launch cards and the phone definitely is a well-defined, worthy upgrade over the Note 7 Pro. So if you’re planning on purchasing the Note 7 Pro now, we’d ask you to hold your guns for a bit and pick this one instead.
However, coming back to the phone itself, this one has a 6.5-inch Full HD+ (1080×2340) display with curved Gorilla Glass 5 on the front & back and thin bezels, flaunting the 91.4% screen-to-body ratio. MediaTek’s new gaming-focused G90T SoC powers the Redmi Note 8 alongside 6 or 8 Gigs of RAM and 64 or 128 Gigs of expandable storage. Xiaomi has also thrown in liquid cooling and Gaming Mode 2.0 software enhancements, intending clearly to target budget smartphone gamers with this one. They also compared the phone to flagship gaming smartphones like the Asus ROG Phone and Xiaomi’s own Blackshark 2.
All of this is accompanied by a 4500mAh cell with support for 18W fast charging via USB-C, just like the Note 8. And, for the first time on a Redmi phone, Xiaomi has managed to get the Note 8 Pro an IP certification, IP52 to be exact. Though this isn’t as good as something like IP68, this should still help (both the consumer & Xiaomi, IYKWIM). Other goodies like an IR blaster, NFC, and 3.5mm jack are present.
Coming to the optics, the Note 8 Pro carries the same quad-camera setup as that of the Note 8, just with a 64MP f/1.7 Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 primary sensor instead of the Note 8’s 48. This arguably makes the Redmi Note 8 Pro the first phone with a 64MP rear camera (to officially launch, that is). The rear camera can shoot 4k videos as well as 960fps slo-mo. The selfie shooter is a 20MP sensor tucked inside the dot notch.
Talking about pricing, the Note 8 Pro is priced at CNY 1,399 (~ $195US/₹14,000) for the base 6-64 Gigs model, CNY 1,599 (~ $223 US/₹16,000) for the 6-128 Gigs one and CNY 1,799 (~ $251 US/₹18,000) for the maxed out 8-128 Gigs model.
Following these two, the RedmiBook 14 Pro and the Redmi TV 70″ were launched by Xiaomi. Hours after the launch, Manu Jain, Global VP of Xiaomi, took to Twitter to announce that both of these phones shall be brought to India asap. Certifications and testing might take about 8 weeks, which means the devices are launching in India around the festive season (Diwali), mostly a week before. We’re expecting the prices to be similar or less than that in China, thanks to the phones being manufactured in India. We shall push updates on our site when we have more info.