Xiaomi Global VP Manu Kumar Jain has announced that the Redmi 8 will be officially launching in India on October 9. If the Redmi 7 (review) is anything to go by, we are looking at a rather impressive successor that is being advertised as a battery champion. Jain’s tweet also hints towards improved cameras, better performance, and increased storage on the Redmi 8.
Redmi 8: Everything We Know So Far
During the launch live stream of the Redmi 8A, Manu Jain seemingly held a Redmi smartphone with a dual rear camera, which many believe was the Redmi 8 since the 8A only sports a single rear sensor. As for its specifications, the Redmi 8A was spotted on both the Google Play console, as well as China Telecom’s portal. Both these listings suggest that the Redmi 8’s processor will be the Snapdragon 439, which is the same chipset found on the Redmi 8A. The build and dimensions are also about the same at 156.33×75.40×9.40mm.
The display of the Redmi 8 is expected to measure 6.21-inches and sport an HD+ resolution. This screen will also likely sport a waterdrop style notch up top to house the selfie camera. Memory certainly seems to get a boost this time around with 3GB RAM and 4GB RAM options that will be paired with up to 64GB of expandable storage.
Imaging on the Redmi 8 will be handled by a 12MP rear primary camera that is assisted by a 2MP depth sensor. As for selfies, there will be an 8MP shooter at the front. Lastly, we have the battery of the Redmi 8A, which is said to measure in at 5000mAh. This would give the new smartphone a significant boost over the already impressive battery life the Redmi 7 gets with its 4000mAh cell. We also believe Xiaomi will upgrade the charging port to USB Type-C on the Redmi 8 since the brand has already done so with the more affordable Redmi 8A.
As far as the pricing of the Redmi 8 is concerned, it is likely that the phone will cost only marginally more, if not the same as the Redmi 7’s launch price which was INR 7,999. Leaks also suggest the phone will be offered in Red, Green, Black, and Blue color options.