The phone is a good upgrade to the Redmi Note 7, which was one of the best selling mid-range devices this year. It remains to be seen if the Redmi Note 8 can have its own success in the remaining months left.
Redmi Note 8
The device is powered with a Snapdragon 665 SoC, which is based on 11nm manufacturing process technology. The chipset features four Kryo 260 cores clocked at 2.2GHz and another four Kryo 260 cores clocked at 1.8 GHz.
The main camera setup features four sensors – the main one is a 48MP Samsung ISOCELL GM2 sensor. The rest is an 8MP ultrawide sensor, 2MP dedicated macro camera and a 2MP depth sensor. There is a notch at the front of the device which houses the 13MP selfie camera.
The Redmi Note 8 comes with a 6.3-inch FHD+ LCD display and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. Other important features include a 4,000 mAh battery with 18W fast charging and 3.5mm audio jack.
The Note 8 will be available in White, Black, and Dream Blue body colours. The 4/64GB variant will start at $140/€125, the 6/64GB variant for $167/€150 and the 6/128GB variant for $195/€175.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro
This device is the first smartphone to feature a 64MP camera. Other devices like the Realme XT will also have this feature but they are yet to drop officially. The 64MP Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 sensor in the Note 8 Pro is accompanied by an 8MP ultrawide sensor, 2MP depth sensor and 2MP macro camera.
While the rear quad camera of the Note 8 is placed at the top left side of the device, that of the Note 8 Pro can be seen in the top middle, which easily differentiates both phones. The selfie camera of the Note 8 Pro is housed in its notch and features a 20MP shooter.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with a 6.53-inch FHD+ LCD display panel and small bezels. Inside the device, is the new gaming chipset from MediaTek – the Helio G90T. Note 8 Pro is the first device to feature the next generation gaming chip.
It comes with a 4,500 mAh battery and supports 18W fast charging. There is also a liquid cooling chamber to help with any heat one might experience while gaming on the device. For seamless gaming, the phone has a feature that connects both Wi-Fi and 4G.
The Redmi Note 8 is scheduled to arrive by September in Green, Black, and White body colours. The 6/64GB version will cost $195/€175, while the biggest memory version – 8/128GB will cost as high as $250/€225.