Along with the Redmi Note 8, Xiaomi has also launched the Redmi Note 8 Pro smartphone in China today. The Redmi Note 8 Pro comes as the successor to the Redmi Note 7 Pro that was launched earlier this year. And this new smartphone brings a huge upgrade over its predecessor in every manner, including processing power, camera, battery capacity, build quality, and design. Here is everything you need to know about the Redmi Note 8 Pro.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro Price
The Redmi Note 8 Pro comes in three variants in China. The base variant carries a price tag of CNY 1,399 and comes with 6GB RAM + 64GB storage. The second variant is priced at CNY 1,599, and it packs 6GB RAM + 128GB storage. For the top of the line variant, which packs 8GB RAM + 128GB storage, you’ll have to shell out CNY 1,799. Currently, the first sale date of the Redmi Note 8 Pro is unknown. Indian availability details of the smartphone haven’t been announced either.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro Specifications
While the Redmi Note 7 Pro came with a 6.3-inch screen, the Redmi Note 8 Pro packs a slightly larger, 6.53-inch IPS LCD. Compared to the predecessor, the Redmi Note 8 Pro has thinner bezels, which has allowed it to have a higher screen to body ratio. Xiaomi has also shifted from the U-shaped notch in the last generation Redmi devices, to a V-shaped notch in the Redmi Note 8 series. In terms of protection, the Redmi Note 8 Pro carries forward the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 from its predecessor.
As most of you might know, the Redmi Note 7 Pro was the first smartphone in its segment to offer a 48MP sensor. And at that time, the sensor resolution of Redmi Note 7 Pro was way ahead than that of any smartphone camera. The Redmi Note 8 Pro has taken the sensor resolution to the next level; the smartphone features a jaw-dropping 64MP primary camera at the rear. That’s not all, the rear camera setup now also features an 8MP ultrawide sensor, a 2MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth sensor, making for a total of four rear cameras. If you aren’t already satisfied with it, the rear primary camera in the Redmi Note 8 Pro can also record videos at 960 frames per second, apart from 4K videos, of course. Xiaomi has gone ahead and upgraded the front-facing camera as well. You now get a 20MP sensor for selfies.
There is a huge upgrade in terms of performance, as well. The Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with MediaTek Helio G90T SoC. I am not very fond of MediaTek chipsets, as they usually tend to offer a slow performance, but if the benchmarks are to be believed, the G90T performs pretty well; better than the Snapdragon 730 according to the brand. The brand has also put a liquid cooling chamber in the Redmi Note 8 Pro, which, according to Xiaomi, should offer four to six degrees temperature reduction under load. This means the processor will throttle lesser, and lead to improved sustained performance. Xiaomi has equipped the Redmi Note 8 Pro with a massive, 4500mAh battery. The extra 500mAh power compared to its predecessor should offer significantly better backup. You also get 18W charging. And if that wasn’t enough already, the device supports three fast-charging protocols – Quick Charge 4+, MediaTek Pump Express, and USB Power Delivery.
Coming to the build quality, the Redmi Note 8 Pro features Corning Gorilla Glass 5 back panel. And there’s dust and splash resistance as well. At the bottom, there is a USB Type-C port and a speaker grill. About the speaker, Xiaomi says that it now outputs more volume than before (compared to the one in Redmi Note 7 Pro). In terms of security, the Redmi Note 8 Pro has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, which, according to Xiaomi, is 30% smaller than the one in Redmi Note 7 Pro, but is said to offer even faster unlocking speeds. Connectivity options include dual-SIM, dual-band Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth v5.0, and a 3.5mm audio jack.