When it comes to sales for Xiaomi it is the Redmi Note series that has always been on the forefront of creating records. The Redmi Note 7 series within six months has hit a whopping 20 million sales mark and continues to sell in good numbers.
Now the Redmi Note 7 series has been succeeded as Redmi, Xiaomi’s sub-brand, unveiled the Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro in China. The new smartphones are great value for money devices likely to repeat or even surpass the feat of the Redmi Note 7 series once again.
Out of the two devices, it is the Note 8 Pro which deserves the special mention for using the 64MP camera arguably for the first time for any smartphones. We are saying this because another 64MP camera smartphone, the Realme XT, is still to get a release date as well as the pricing.
Besides the 64MP camera, the Redmi Note 8 is also the first smartphone to make use of the newly launched MediaTek Helio P90T SoC.
The Redmi Note 8 and Note 8 Pro both of them feature a quad-rear-camera setup, up to 128GB default storage, Android Pie based MIUI 10, upgraded design, rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, and Gorilla Glass 5 protection on both front and back. Both the devices are launched in same color options: Pearl White, Ice Emerald, and Electric Light Gray.
The Redmi Note 8 and the Note 8 Pro differs with each other mainly in the area of RAM, processor, battery as well as the camera resolution. Also about the camera, the quad cameras at the back of the Redmi Note 8 Pro are vertically aligned at the upper middle portion while the quad cameras on the Redmi Note 8 despite being vertically aligned are positioned at the top left corner.
Redmi Note 8 Pro
Talking about the specs of the Redmi Note 8 Pro, the smartphone packs a 6.53-inch full HD+ LCD display with a water-drop notch and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. As said earlier, it is powered by an Helio G90T SoC coupled with 6GB/8GB RAM and 64/128GB internal storage that is expandable via microSD card.
The Helio G90T SoC although is gaming-oriented, it is further helped by the handset using the Game Turbo 2.0 mode and liquid cooling system for the enhanced and heating-free gaming experience.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro includes the Samsung’s 64MP ISOCELL Bright GW-1 sensor in the quad-rear-camera module as primary sensor along with an 8MP ultra-wide-angle sensor, 2MP macro sensor, and another 2MP portrait sensor. The selfie camera is upgraded to 20MP from 13MP found on its predecessor.
Amongst other things, the Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with a 4,500mAh battery with 18W fast charging support, IR blaster, 3.5mm audio jack, USB Type-C port, NFC and IP52 water resistance rating.
Redmi Note 8
The Redmi Note 8, on the other hand, features a 6.39-inch full HD+ LCD display with a water-drop notch, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, and 90% screen-to-body ratio for slimmer bezels than its predecessor, the Redmi Note 7. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC pumps the device paired with 4GB/6GB RAM and 64GB/128GB expandable storage.
On the camera front, it though has the same quad-camera setup on the rear, it uses a 48MP primary sensor instead of the 64MP sensor present on the Pro version. The other three rear sensors are simply carried over from the Redmi Note 8 Pro. The front makes do with a 13MP selfie shooter inside the water-drop notch.
Other notable features include a 4,000mAh battery with 18W fast charging support, USB Type-C, 3.5mm audio jack, and IR blaster. The Redmi Note 8 compared to the Redmi Note 8 Pro misses out on NFC support and IP rating.
The Redmi Note 8 will go on sale in China from September 17 with the starting price of CNY999 (Approx. USD140/INR10,000) while the Redmi Note 8 Pro will hit the shelves from Sept 3 with the initial price tag of CNY13,999 (Approx. USD195/INR14,000). With regard to launch in the other markets, Redmi is yet to reveal the date as well as the pricing.