Redmi Note 8 Pro with IP52 Rating, Dedicated Micro SD Slot, Alexa Built-in, Launched in India: Price, Features


Xiaomi has finally launched the much-awaited Redmi Note 8 Pro in India today at an event in New Delhi. The brand has also launched the Redmi Note 8 in the Indian market, and you can read more about it here. Both devices made their debut during their launch in China, and India is the second market to get them.

Coming back to the Redmi Note 8 Pro, it is not the exact same device that launched in China. Instead, it comes with a few additional features such as IP52 water and dust resistance, and a dedicated microSD card slot. And I am sure these features will delight all those who were waiting for the device in the country. Let us have a deeper look at the specifications of the smartphone, and also discuss its pricing and availability details.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro: Price in India, Offers, Availability

Xiaomi offers the Redmi Note 8 Pro in India in three variants – 6GB + 64GB, 6GB + 128GB, and 8GB + 128GB. The base variant costs INR 14,999, the middle variant comes with a price tag of INR 15,999, and the top-end variant will set you back INR 17,999.

All these variants will go on sale in India starting 21st October at 12 PM from Xiaomi’s official online store, Amazon India, and Mi Homes. According to the brand, the device will soon be available through local Mi Partners, but it hasn’t announced the exact date.

As for the offers, you aren’t getting anything interesting. There is an offer from Airtel that provides double data for Redmi Note 8 Pro users, provided that you make the INR 249 unlimited recharge. Unfortunately, Jio users don’t get any such offer.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro Specifications

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro key features

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro has a 6.53-inch IPS LCD featuring a Full HD+ resolution. While the Redmi Note 7 Pro came with a U-shaped notch, the Redmi Note 8 Pro features a V-shaped notch for a more seamless look. According to the brand, the display offers a 500-nit of maximum brightness, making it class-leader. Moreover, the display also supports HDR, making it the most affordable device in India to have this feature. And you, of course, get the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection.

Xiaomi has doubled the number of rear cameras in the Redmi Note 8 Pro compared to that in its predecessor. Yes, the Redmi Note 8 Pro has a total of four rear cameras, with the star of the show being the 64MP primary sensor. This camera has an f/1.7 aperture and phase-detection autofocus. The camera, by default, uses 4-in-1 pixel-binning and puts out a 16MP image. However, you can change the setting to get a 64MP image.

Moving on, the second camera is an 8MP ultrawide unit having an f/2.2 aperture. Then there are two 2MP cameras – one is a macro camera for close-up shots, and the other is a depth-sensor. The primary camera is capable of recording 4K videos. There is also a 960 frames per second slow-motion video recording option, making it the first device in the segment to offer this feature. Xiaomi has also put a higher resolution front-facing camera – it is a 20MP unit with an f/2.0 aperture.

Coming to the most important aspect of a smartphone (at least for Indian consumers), which is the performance, the Redmi Note 8 Pro is powered by the MediaTek Helio G90T SoC. I know many of you might be disappointed to see that Xiaomi has used a MediaTek processor instead of Qualcomm chipset, but it is not as bad as you think. On the contrary, the Helio G90T is more powerful than any Snapdragon 6xx and 7xx chipsets. To offer a performance of such pedigree, the G90T uses two Cortex-A76 CPU cores, six Cortex-A55 CPU cores, and Mali-G76 MC4 GPU. And you’ll be delighted to know that the chipset is based on a 12nm fabrication process.

As I mentioned earlier, the Redmi Note 8 Pro comes in three memory configurations – 6GB + 64GB, 6GB + 128GB, and 8GB + 128GB. Unlike the Redmi Note 7 Pro, the new Redmi Note device uses UFS 2.1 storage, which means you’ll have faster app load times. And what’s even more satisfying is that the handset has a dedicated microSD card slot. While everyone expected the Redmi Note 8 Pro to feature the Android 10 operating system with MIUI 11, it disappointingly comes with the same Android 9 Pie-based MIUI 10. That being said, the device is expected to soon get the Android 10 OS and MIUI 11 – maybe before the year-end.

All of this backed by a 4500mAh battery pack. If you compare, the Redmi Note 8 Pro offers the largest battery capacity among all its mainstream competitors. The device carries over the 18W fast charging over its predecessor. However, this time around, it supports three fast-charging protocols – USB Power Delivery, MediaTek Pump Express, and Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0. Connectivity options include dual-SIM, dual-4G, dual-band Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth v5.0, USB Type-C port, and a 3.5mm audio jack. You also get an infrared port.

You’d be wrong if you think those are all the features of the Redmi Note 8 Pro. The device, for the first time in the segment, offers IP52 water and dust resistance. The smartphone era changes lightning fast. Earlier, you used to get IP52 water and dust resistance in smartphones above INR 30,000, but now you get it in a smartphone that’s half the price. And speaking about durability, the Redmi Note 8 Pro also features a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 rear panel. Moreover, you get a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.