Xiaomi has today launched Redmi Note 8 Pro and Redmi Note 8 smartphones in India. The phone comes in three variants – 6GB RAM + 64GB storage priced at Rs 14,999, 6GB + 128GB variant priced at Rs 15,999 and the premium variant with 8GB RAM + 128GB is priced at Rs 17,999.
Redmi Note 8 Pro comes in Shadow Black, Gama Green, and Halo White colour options. The main highlight feature of the phone is the 64-megapixel sensor on the primary camera.
Redmi Note 8 also comes in two variants – 4GB RAM with 64GB of storage is priced at 9,999 and the 6GB of RAM with 128GB of internal storage is priced at Rs 12,999. It comes in Neptune Blue, Moonlight White, Space Black and Cosmic Purple.
Redmi Note 8 Pro and Redmi Note 8 will be available for sale on Amazon India and mi.com starting October 21.
Alongside the smartphones launch, Xiaomi has also introduced MIUI 11 in India. The latest version of MIUI comes with visual changes, new fonts, animations, font scaling and new office suite apps.
Redmi Note 8 Pro
Redmi Note 8 Pro features a 6.53-inch FHD+ display with 2340×1080 pixels resolution, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 91.4 % screen to body ratio, 3D curved glass design, waterdrop-style notch, TUV Rheinland eye certification and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection.The Redmi Note 8 Pro will feature Wi-Fi X antenna for a more stable wireless connection. The Indian version comes with dedicated dual SIM and microSD card slots, compared to hybrid SIM in the Chinese version. The Indian version also has built-in Alexa integration.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro is the company’s first phone with a 64-megapixel main camera. On the back, there is a quad-camera setup with three lenses aligned vertically in the centre and the fourth sensor placed below the flash. It has an AI quad rear camera setup with a 64-megapixel Samsung Bright GW1 ISOCELL sensor, 8-megapixel Ultra Wide lens, 2-megapixel depth sensor and another 2-megapixel macro lens. For the front, the phone has a 20-megapixel selfie camera that supports AI beauty.
Under the hood, the phone is powered by the MediaTek Helio G90T processor. For the gaming experience, Xiaomi has also added liquid cooling support in the smartphone. Other gaming-centric features in the phone include the Game Turbo 2.0 mode. The smartphone runs on Android 9 based on MIUI 10 and packs a massive 4,500 mAh battery with 18W fast charging support.
Connectivity features include 4G, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB Type-C port, GPS/A-GPS, 3.5mm audio jack, IR blaster. The Redmi Note 8 Pro smartphone is also IP52 certified for splash resistance.
Redmi Note 8
Redmi Note 8, on the other hand, features a 6.39-inch FHD+ display with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels,450 nit brightness and 90.5 screen-to body-ratio.The phone is splash-resistant and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 at the front as well as the rear. It is powered by Snapdragon 665 11nm processor coupled with Adreno 610 GPU. The phone comes with an option to expand the storage up to 512GB via MicroSD card.The Indian version has dedicated dual SIM and microSD card slots, same as the Redmi Note 8.
It has an AI quad rear camera setup with 48-megapixel as the primary camera with f/1.79 aperture, Samsung ISOCELL GM2 sensor, PDAF, EIS, an 8-megapixels 120 degree super wide-angle lens with 1.12 μm, 2-megapixel macro lens with 1.75μm pixel size, f/2.4 aperture and a 2-megapixels depth sensor. On the front, it has a 13-megapixel selfie shooter that supports AI beauty with f/2.0 aperture.
The phone runs on Android 9 based on MIUI 10 and comes packed with 4000mAh battery with 18W fast charge support. The dimensions are 158.3 x 75.3×8.35mm and the weight is 190grams. The connectivity features are Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5, GPS/ GLONASS/ Beidou, USB Type-C and 3.5mm headphone jack.
MIUI 11 brings a UI redesign featuring a new Milan Pro font with dynamic font scaling feature that allows changing character thickness. There’s a new always-on display with different styles. The lock screen will also be enabled with breathing notifications and custom messages. The Mint Keyboard has support for 25 Indic languages as well as translation/ transliteration support. There are also real-time emoji suggestions for Hinglish.
MIUI 11 also brings Mi Work which offers pre-installed office apps from WPS office and enhanced file management. There is also Mi Go Travel suite app which lets users book tickets ranging from a flight to a train or a bus. Other MIUI 11 features include thumbnails of files in the file manager for easy searching, as well as previews of documents directly within the file manager in a new document viewer.
MIUI 11 will start rolling out from October 22. Starting October 22 – 31, POCO F1, Redmi K20, Redmi Y3, Redmi 7, Redmi Note 7, Redmi Note 7S, and Redmi Note 7 Pro will get MIUI 11 update.
In the second phase from November 4-12, Redmi Redmi K20 Pro, Redmi 6, Redmi 6 Pro, Redmi 6A Redmi Note 5, Redmi Note 5 Pro, Redmi 5. Redmi 5A, Redmi Note 4, Redmi Y1, Redmi Y1 lite, Redmi Y2, Redmi 4, Mi Mix 2, and Mi Max 2 will get the update.
The third phase from November 13 -29 will bring MIUI 11 update to Redmi Note 6 Pro, Redmi 7A, Redmi 8, Redmi 8A, and Redmi Note 8. Redmi Note 8 Pro will receive the update between December 18-26 in the fourth phase.