Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 can now be purchased in the offline market as well. Unlike the online market, the Chinese company has launched a base 3GB+32GB storage variant of the Redmi Note 8, which will retail for Rs 9,799 in the country. Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 was launched in India last month in two models- 4GB+64GB priced at Rs 9,999 and 6GB+128GB model that costs Rs 12,999. Xiaomi surprised everyone by including 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage even on the base variant. The 3GB+32GB storage variant is priced at Rs 9,799, which may sound on the higher side because it’s available only in the offline market for now. Xiaomi did not reveal whether it’s planning to launch the new variant in the offline market as well. If it launches, then the phone will likely retail for Rs 8,999.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Now Has a 3GB+32GB Model
The news was reported by 91mobiles, saying that the new model will be offline-only for now. The Redmi Note 8 is the current best sub-Rs 10,000 smartphone out there. As for the pricing, the 3GB+32GB model can be picked up via offline stores for Rs 9,799. Xiaomi is yet to start selling the 4GB and 6GB RAM models of the Redmi Note 8 via offline stores. Whenever the two models reach the offline stores, the prices will be tad higher compared to those of online prices.
For the unaware, the Redmi Note 8 with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage is priced at Rs 9,999 only, followed by the 6GB+128GB model at Rs 12,999. Even after a month of launch, both the Redmi Note 8 and Note 8 Pro smartphones are still available for purchase via flash sales. This could be the reason why Xiaomi brought a 3GB+32GB variant of the smartphone to the offline market.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8: Specifications and Features
The Redmi Note 8 features impressive hardware for an under Rs 10,000 smartphone. It has a 6.3-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD display with a teardrop notch on top and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Both the front and rear panels are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 technology. Under the hood, the Redmi Note 8 has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 chipset, paired with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. There’s a dedicated microSD card slot as well for storage expansion up to 512GB.
As for the cameras, we get a primary 48MP Samsung GM1 lens, 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, 2MP macro lens and a 2MP depth sensor. On the front, the Redmi Note 8 has an 8MP selfie camera. Out of the box, the Redmi Note 8 runs Android 9 Pie-based MIUI 10, but it’s now picking MIUI 11 update, which is also based on Android 9 Pie itself. Xiaomi may upgrade the Redmi Note 8 to Android 10 in the first quarter of 2020, but the company did not reveal the plans though.
The Redmi Note 8 has a USB Type-C port and 4000mAh battery. It even comes bundled with 18W fast charger inside the retail box, which is an added advantage for the users. The Note 8 also has support for dual-band Wi-Fi networks- a feature which most of the sub-Rs 10,000 phones lack.