Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro has finally made its way to the Indian market. The Redmi Note 8 Pro is the third smartphone in India to offer the 64MP rear-facing camera sensor after the Realme XT and Samsung Galaxy A70S smartphones. However, the Note 8 Pro is the cheapest smartphone in the country with a 64MP quad-camera setup on the rear side. Xiaomi has teamed up with Samsung and made use of the South Korean company’s ISOCELL Bright GW1 sensor. Other specifications of the Redmi Note 8 Pro include MediaTek Helio G90T chipset, ultra-wide-angle lens, 4500mAh battery with cooling system to offer uninterrupted gaming sessions. Also, the Chinese company has upgraded the front-facing camera on the Note 8 Pro compared to the Note 7 Pro. As for the prices, the Redmi Note 8 Pro starts at Rs 14,999 and it’s a decent price for the specs it has.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro: Specifications and Features
Similar to the Redmi Note 7 Pro, the Redmi Note 8 Pro also features Aura Design and it comes in three colour options- Gamma Green, Shadow Black and Halo White (which is intuitive). The highlight of the design is the back panel which is made of glass and has Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. On the front, the Note 8 Pro has a slightly bigger 6.53-inch Full HD+ display compared to the Note 7 Pro. It’s the first Redmi Note smartphone to feature a HDR display and the screen is also protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
Underneath, the Redmi Note 8 Pro has the MediaTek Helio G90T chipset. Notably, it is the first phone in India to come with the flagship gaming chipset from MediaTek. Also, the Note 8 Pro is the only phone in its segment to offer Liquid Cooling technology. Xiaomi also confirmed that the Note 8 Pro has a secondary Wi-Fi antenna which helps in providing better latency while gaming. Another major change which Xiaomi made is removing the 4GB of RAM variant. Yes, the base variant of the Note 8 Pro comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB UFS 2.1 storage. The phone comes in two variants- 6GB+64GB and 6GB+128GB. The Chinese company also says the Note 8 Pro delivers 38% better performance than its predecessor.
As for the cameras, the Redmi Note 8 Pro features a quad-camera setup comprising of primary 64MP rear camera, 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens with 121-degree field-of-view, 2MP super macro lens and a 2MP depth sensor is also present. For selfies, Xiaomi has added a 20MP shooter, which is an upgrade over the 13MP sensor we saw on the Redmi Note 7 Pro.
Compared to the Chinese variant, the global variant of the Redmi Note 8 Pro has a dedicated microSD card slot, something which Redmi Note users have been asking for years now. Lastly, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro has a 4500mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging support. And the fast charger comes inside the retail box. Connectivity options include Dual 4G, VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS and USB Type-C port. Xiaomi even managed to ad IP52 protection rating on the Note 8 Pro.
Redmi Note 8 Pro vs Redmi Note 7 Pro: What Has Changed?
The Redmi Note 8 Pro is a major upgrade over the Redmi Note 7 Pro which was released earlier this year. The Note 7 Pro also featured a similar design, but Xiaomi has come out with different colour options for the Note 8 Pro the chin is also smaller on the newest model. The Note 7 Pro uses the Snapdragon 675 SoC, but the Note 8 Pro makes the debut of Helio G90T SoC. The Note 8 Pro features a bigger battery in the from of 4500mAh unit, 64MP quad-camera setup, HDR-enabled display and it comes with Alexa built-in.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro: Pricing and Availability in India
The Redmi Note 8 Pro is an excellent specced mid-range smartphone and it’s a major upgrade over the Redmi Note 7 Pro that was released in February this year. The Redmi Note 8 Pro is an Amazon Exclusive smartphone and it come pre-installed with Amazon Alexa voice assistant.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro will be available in two variants- 6GB+64GB priced at Rs 14,999 and 6GB+128GB option that retails for Rs 15,999. There’s a premium 8GB+128GB variant as well priced at Rs 17,999.