Redmi Note 8 (2021) has been confirmed by Xiaomi. The phone was earlier spotted on certification sites like Bluetooth SIG and US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which leaked crucial details. The 2021 model is expected to bring slight upgrades to the 2019 model. But the Redmi Note 8 (2021) will reportedly launch only in global, European Economic Area (EEA), and Russian markets, and skip the Indian market. Leaked specifications of the upcoming Redmi phone include a MediaTek Helio G85 SoC, a 4,000mAh battery, and 22.5W fast charging support.
Xiaomi, via its global Twitter account, teased the arrival of the Redmi Note 8 (2021). The company claimed in the tweet that it had sold 25 million units of the original Redmi Note 8 launched in 2019, while confirming that the Redmi Note 8 (2021) will be launched soon. Official details of a launch event or the specific markets it will debut in were not revealed.
As for leaks, the Redmi Note 8 (2021) has been spotted on US FCC and Bluetooth SIG certification sites. Separate leaks have suggested that the phone is codenamed ‘Biloba' and is likely to feature a full-HD+ display with a 60Hz display refresh rate. There are speculations about a 120Hz refresh rate as well. The phone is reported to be powered by a MediaTek Helio G85 SoC paired with 4GB of RAM. Internal storage options may include 64GB and 128GB. There is no clarity on whether an expandable storage option will be available on the device.
There is expected to be a quad camera setup on the back of the Redmi Note 8 (2021) that is likely to include a 48-megapixel main sensor, an ultra-wide sensor, a depth sensor, and a tele-macro lens. Additionally, the phone is tipped to pack a 4,000mAh battery with 22.5.W Fast Charge support. Whether a charger is bundled to support the fast charging technology remains to be seen. Connectivity options are tipped to include Wi-Fi 802.11 ac and Bluetooth v5.2. The Redmi Note 8 (2021) may run on MIUI 12+ software.