After several weeks of leaks and rumours, Redmi has finally unleashed the Redmi Note 8 and Note 8 Pro duo in China. Both phones are equipped with quad rear cameras, and the Redmi Note 8 Pro is the world’s first smartphone with a 64-megapixel camera. The Note 8 also impresses in the camera department, since it features a primary the all new 48-megapixel Samsung ISOCELL GM2 lens.
Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro Specifications and Features
The Redmi Note 8 and Note 8 Pro both equipped with Gorilla Glass 5 panels on the front and rear. The Note 8 has a splash resistant nano-coating, whereas the Note 8 Pro is an IP52 rated device The Redmi Note 8 has a smaller 6.3-inch IPS LCD display and offers a screen-to-body ratio of 90 percent, whereas the Note 8 Pro features a larger 6.53-inch IPS LCD display and produces a screen-to-body ratio of 91.4 percent. Both offer tall aspect ratios of 19.5:9 and full HD+ resolution of 1,080 x 2,340 pixels.
The MediaTek Helio G90T processor that is designed for delivering an enhanced gaming experience fuels the Redmi Note 8 Pro. The handset offers up to 8GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage, which can be expanded via a microSD card slot. MIUI 10 based on Android 9 Pie runs on the smartphone.
On the other hand, the Redmi Note 8 is powered by the Snapdragon 665, which also powers the China-exclusive Mi CC9e and Mi A3 Android One phone. The SoC is coupled with up to 6GB of RAM. For storage, the phone offers up to 128GB and a microSD card slot.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro’s primary camera is a 64-megapixel ISOCELL GW1 by Samsung, whereas the Note 8 has the 48-megapixel Samsung ISOCELL GM2 sensor. The other three cameras are identical on both phone, and include a 120-degree superwide lens, 2-megapixel macro lens and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The Note 8 Pro supports 960fps slow-motion video recording. For capturing selfies, the Note 8 Pro has a 20-megapixel selfie snapper, while the Note 8 sports a 13-megapixel unit.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with MediaTek’s HyperEngine and Game Turbo. Moreover, the phone offers liquid cooling technology that can be found in most gaming smartphones. It can effectively reduce the phone’s internal temperature by 4 to 6 degrees. The optimised arranged by antennas inside the Note 8 Pro ensure that the signal strength is not affected when the phone is held in landscape orientation while gaming. Also, depending on the strength of the 4G and Wi-Fi signals, the Note 8 Pro can switch between the two.
Since the Note 8 Pro has a 4,500mAh battery, the company claims that it can last for 2 days with normal usage. The Redmi Note 8 has a smaller battery of 4,000mAh capacity. The Note 8 duo supports 18W fast charging. Both smartphones are packed with connectivity features like dual-SIM support, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC, IR blaster, USB-C and 3.5mm audio jack. Other features of these phones include face unlock, rear-mounted fingerprint scanners, super linear speaker and smart PA.
Redmi Note 8 and Note 8 Pro Pricing and Release Date
The Redmi Note 8 Pro comes in three variants – 6GB RAM + 64GB storage, 6GB RAM + 128GB storage and 8GB RAM + 128GB storage. They are priced at 1,399 Yuan (~Rs 14,000), 1,599 Yuan (~Rs 16,000) and 1,799 Yuan (~Rs 18,000) respectively. It is available in Ice Jade, Fritillaria White and Electro-optic Ash colours.
The Redmi Note 8 comes in 4GB RAM + 64GB storage, 6GB RAM + 128GB storage and 6GB RAM + 128GB storage variants. These are priced at 999 Yuan (~Rs 10,000), 1,199 Yuan (~Rs 12,000) and 1,399 Yuan (~Rs 14,000) respectively. Its colour variants are Meteorite Black, Fantasy Blue and White.
Redmi is also selling a game controller worth 179 Yuan (~Rs 1,800) for Redmi Note Pro buyers. For first batch of customers, it can be availed at 99 Yuan (Rs 1,000) only. The Chinese firm confirmed that it will be also selling Redmi Note 8 Pro World of Warcraft limited edition models.
The Redmi Note 8 series pre-orders begin from today in China. The Note 8 will go on sale from September 3rd and the Pro model will be available from September 17th. Both devices are expected to launch in India in Q4 this year.