Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro smartphones are finally official. Xiaomi's sub-brand Redmi on Thursday took the wraps off the two phones in its home market of China. While the Redmi Note 8 Pro packs significant improvements in design as well as specifications over the Redmi Note 7 Pro, the Redmi Note 8 doesn't stray too far from its predecessor. Having said that there are still several upgrades in the Redmi Note 8 over the Redmi Note 7. Predecessors aside, in this article, we take a look at how the Redmi Note 8 Pro and Redmi Note 8 are different from each other.
Starting with the pricing, Xiaomi will be offering the Redmi Note 8 at CNY 999 (roughly Rs. 10,000) for the base variant with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. The phone's 6GB + 64GB and 6GB + 128GB variants will retail at CNY 1,199 (roughly Rs. 12,000) and CNY 1,399 (roughly Rs. 14,000), respectively. In comparison, Redmi Note 8 Pro will start at CNY 1,399 (roughly Rs. 14,000) for the base variant with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. The 6GB + 128GB and 8GB + 128GB variants of the smartphone will be sold at CNY 1,599 (roughly Rs. 16,000) and CNY 1,799 (roughly Rs. 18,000), respectively.
As the phones are yet to launch in India, we have no word on the Indian pricing of the two phones. Still, it shouldn't be very far from the aforementioned price tags. Xiaomi India chief Manu Kumar Jain has tweeted that these two phones should reach India in “eight weeks”.
Both Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro sport a waterdrop-style notch and come with Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and the back. The Redmi Note 8 features a 6.3-inch (6.39 to be exact) full-HD+ screen, whereas the Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with a 6.53-inch full-HD+ display. In terms of the processor, the Xiaomi has included the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC in the Redmi Note 8, the Redmi Note 8 Pro, on the other hand, gets MediaTek's new Helio G90T processor.
Coming to the imaging hardware, the Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro pack quad rear cameras, however, the primary shooter is different. The Redmi Note 8 includes a 48-megapixel primary camera, whereas the Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with a 64-megapixel main shooter. The other three cameras in both phones are an 8-megapixel wide-angle shooter, a 2-megapixel depth camera, and 2-megapixel macro camera. On the front, the Redmi Note 8 has a 13-megapixel shooter and the Redmi Note 8 Pro houses a 20-megapixel camera.
On the memory and storage front, the Redmi Note 8 will be sold with 4GB and 6GB RAM options as well as 64GB and 128GB onboard storage versions. The Redmi Note 8 Pro will be offered in 6GB and 8GB RAM options, and 64GB as well as 128GB built-in storage variants. In terms of the colours, the Redmi Note 8 Pro will come in Mineral Grey, Pearl White, and Forest Green colours, whereas Xiaomi will sell the Redmi Note 8 in Dream Blue, Meteorite Black, White.
Among other specifications, Redmi Note 8 includes a 4,000mAh battery with 18W fast charging support and the Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with a 4,500mAh battery with 18W fast charging support. Both phones are expected to carry 18W fast chargers in the box.
Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro also share a number of specifications like dual-SIM (Nano) support, rear fingerprint sensor, MIUI 10, USB Type-C, 3.5mm audio jack, and IR blaster.
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|Model||Redmi Note 8 Pro||Redmi Note 8|
|Release date||29th August 2019||29th August 2019|
|Launched in India||Yes||Yes|
|Dimensions (mm)||161.70 x 76.40 x 8.81||158.30 x 75.30 x 8.35|
|Battery capacity (mAh)||4500||4000|
|Colours||Halo White, Gamma Green, Shadow Black||Neptune Blue, Moonlight White, Space Black|
|Screen size (inches)||6.53||6.30|
|Resolution||1080x2340 pixels||1080x2280 pixels|
|Protection type||Gorilla Glass||Gorilla Glass|
|Processor||octa-core (2x2.05GHz + 6x2GHz)||octa-core|
|Processor make||MediaTek Helio G90T||Qualcomm Snapdragon 665|
|Expandable storage type||microSD||microSD|
|Expandable storage up to (GB)||512||512|
|Dedicated microSD slot||Yes||Yes|
|Rear camera||64-megapixel (f/1.79) + 8-megapixel (f/2.2) + 2-megapixel + 2-megapixel||48-megapixel (f/1.79) + 8-megapixel (f/2.2) + 2-megapixel (f/2.4) + 2-megapixel (f/2.4)|
|Front camera||20-megapixel (f/2.0)||13-megapixel (f/2.0)|
|Operating system||Android 9 Pie||Android 9 Pie|
|Skin||MIUI 10||MIUI 10|
|Wi-Fi standards supported||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v 5.00||Yes|
|Number of SIMs||2||2|
|Active 4G on both SIM cards||Yes||Yes|
|Ambient light sensor||Yes||Yes|