As scheduled, Xiaomi has launched the Redmi Note 8 smartphone series in China today. The brand has launched two smartphones under this series – the Redmi Note 8 and the Redmi Note 8 Pro. We’ll cover the Redmi Note 8 in this article. If you wish to know about Redmi Note 8 Pro, you can read our dedicated post for the same. Coming back to the Redmi Note 8, it comes as the successor to the Redmi Note 7 that made its debut earlier this year. Let us have a look at the specifications of the Redmi Note 8, and let us also check out its pricing and expected launch timeline for India.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Price
Xiaomi has launched the Redmi Note 8 in China in three variants. The base variant packs 4GB RAM + 64GB storage, and it comes with a price tag of CNY 999. The second variant features 6GB RAM + 64GB storage, and it costs CNY 1,199. The top of the line variant comes with 6GB RAM + 128GB storage, and this will set you back CNY 1,399. Xiaomi hasn’t yet announced the availability details of the smartphone.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Specifications
The Redmi Note 8, just like its predecessor, features a 6.3-inch IPS LCD with Full HD+ resolution. The Redmi Note 8, however, offers a higher screen to body ratio than the Redmi Note 7, thanks to thinner bezels. Also worth noting is that instead of a U-shaped notch in the Redmi Note 7, the display of the Redmi Note 8 has a V-shaped notch. The Corning Gorilla Glass 5 display protection is carried over unchanged.
Powering the Redmi Note 8 is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC. This chipset is slightly more powerful than the Snapdragon 660 in the Redmi Note 7. The Snapdragon 665 is built on 11nm fabrication process, and it has eight Kryo 260 cores and Adreno 610 GPU. The operating system, as you might expect, is the Android 9 Pie with MIUI 10 customization. The battery capacity of the Redmi Note 8 remains the same as its predecessor – a 4000mAh unit supporting 18W fast charging. The good news, however, is that the Redmi Note 8 will come bundled with an 18W charger, at least in China. Connectivity options on the Redmi Note 8 are similar to that of the Redmi Note 7. You get dual-SIM, dual-band Wi-F ac, Bluetooth v5.0, USB Type-C port, and 3.5mm audio jack. Overall, the Redmi Note 8 doesn’t bring a big upgrade over its predecessor when it comes to performance, battery backup, and connectivity. That being said, its hardware is still class-leading.
The biggest upgrade Redmi Note 8 brings over its predecessor is in the camera department. While the Redmi Note 7 had a 48MP + 5MP dual-camera at the rear, the Redmi Note 8 has a 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP quad-camera setup at rear. The 48MP camera, as you might expect, is the primary sensor, just like that in the Redmi Note 7. You now, however, get an 8MP ultrawide camera – this is something that the Redmi Note 7 lacked. About the remaining two sensors, one is a 2MP macro camera and 2MP depth sensor. As for the video recording, the primary camera can record 4K videos. Coming to selfies, the Redmi Note 8 features the same 13MP camera that’s in its predecessor.
That’s not all folks. According to Xiaomi, the Redmi Note 8 features a larger speaker than that in the Redmi Note 7. This, as a result, is said to output louder volume. Then comes the fingerprint scanner. According to Xiaomi, they’ve made the Redmi Note 8’s fingerprint scanner 30% smaller compared to the one in Redmi Note 7. And while doing so, they’ve made the fingerprint scanner faster at recognizing the fingerprint. Lastly, the Redmi Note 8 comes with dust and splash resistance, which in theory, should make it a more rugged device in comparison to its predecessor.
When Will the Redmi Note 8 Launch in India?
Unfortunately, Xiaomi hasn’t revealed when will it launch the Redmi Note 8 in India. Usually, any Xiaomi smartphone takes about two to three months to hit the Indian market after its China launch. And I think the same will be the case with Redmi Note 8; you can expect it to hit Indian shores by the end of October.