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Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 and Note 8 Pro launched in India: Everything you need to know

The Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has now finally unveiled the much-anticipated Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro smartphones in India. The 8th gen Note-series offers quad cameras, dot-notch displays and massive batteries. Let’s have a detailed look at the specifications and features of both the devices.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8: Specs, Features

The regular Redmi Note 8 comes with a 6.3-inch IPS display having a Full HD+ (2340 ×1080 pixels) resolution and waterdrop notch on the top. It boasts of a 19:5:9 aspect ratio and a screen-to-body ratio of 90%. Plus, the display comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, followed by TUV Rheinland eye protection certification.

Under the hood, the device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC, coupled with Adreno 610 GPU, akin to the Mi A3. It is available in 4/64GB and 6/128GB RAM and storage variants.

In the camera department, the Note 8 gets a total of four lenses at the rear. This includes a 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor with f/1.79 aperture, an 8MP 120° ultra-wide-angle lens, and a 2MP depth sensor. There’s also dedicated 2MP macro camera for 2cm macro shots. For selfies, the phone bears a 13MP front camera with an f/2.0 aperture.

Amongst other specifications, the phone runs MIUI 10 based on Android 9. However, Xiaomi has claimed MIUI 11 update by the year-end. Powering the phone is a massive 4,000mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging. This time, Xiaomi will be providing the fast charger with the box.

Lastly, the connectivity features include Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/ GLONASS/ Beidou, Micro USB, and a 3.5mm audio jack.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro: Specs, Features

Being expensive of the two, the Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with a larger 6.53-inch IPS FHD+ (2340 × 1080 pixels) display, and a 91.4% screen-to-body ratio. Just like its younger sibling, the screen has TUV Rheinland eye protection certification and Gorilla Glass 5 protection.

Powering the phone is the gaming-centric MediaTek Helio G90T SoC which directly competes with Snapdragon 730G found on the Redmi K20. Xiaomi is offering the device in a total of three configurations with up to 8GB LPPDDR4x RAM and up to 128GB UFS 2.1 storage.

For photography, the Note 8 Pro uses a 64MP Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 sensor as its primary shooter, just like the Realme XT. Furthermore, we have an 8MP ultra-wide lens with a 120-degree field-of-view, a 2MP depth sensor, and 2MP macro sensor, similar to the regular Note. For selfies too, there’s a better 20MP unit upfront.

The device packs a slightly larger 4,500mAh battery with support for multiple fast-charging protocols including Quick Charge 3.0/4+, USB PD and MediaTek Pump Express support. Plus, it also touts IP52 splash resistance, an IR blaster, and a rear-mounted sensor. Connectivity options include triple slots, Dual-4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS + GLONASS, NFC, USB Type-C, and 3.5mm audio jack.

Pricing, Availability

The Redmi Note 8 has been priced at Rs. 9,999 for the base model with 4/64GB configuration. Whereas, the 6/128GB variant is pitted for Rs. 12,999.

The Redmi Note 8 Pro, on the other hand, starts at Rs. 14,999 for 6/64GB model. Whereas, the 6/128GB and 8/128GB variants are priced at Rs. 15,999 and Rs. 17,999, respectively. Both the handsets will be available from October 21 via Amazon.in and Mi.com.