Redmi Note 8 Pro price in India is all set to be revealed today. The smartphone has been launched in China, so we do know what to expect in terms of specifications. The Redmi Note 8 Pro is the successor to the Redmi Note 7 Pro, and it appears to feature powerful specifications with the highlight feature being the 64-megapixel sensor on the primary camera. Redmi Note 8 Pro India launch event began at 12pm IST today, which is October 16. Thus far, the company has launched the Mi Air Purifier 2C and MIUI 11.
Xiaomi India chief Manu Kumar Jain kicked off the launch event, first talking about the recent launches by the company in India, as well as its performance in the recent Amazon and Flipkart festive sales.
Jain said the first product Xiaomi is launching today is Mi Ecosystem product - Mi Air Purifier 2C. The new air purifier from the company has been designed in India and for India, Jain said. It features dual filtration technology, a True HEPA filter, 360-degree air suction, CADR of 350 cubic metres an hour, real-time air quality indicator, and DIY filter change function. It is said to filter 99.7 percent of indoor pollution.
The Mi Air Purifier 2C has been priced at Rs. 6,499 in India, and will first go on sale today via Mi.com at 4pm IST. It will next go on sale via Amazon India, Flipkart, and Mi Home from October 18. Thereafter, it will be made available via Xiaomi's offline retail partners.
Next up, Xiaomi India COO Muralikrishan B introduced MIUI 11 in India, starting with an interesting statistic - there are 80 million monthly active users of MIUI in India. He detailed the new features MIUI 11 will be bringing, including a new minimalistic design, a Dark Mode, Always On display functionality, Dynamic Clock on the lock screen, more lock screen personalisations, a redesigned notification light, a wallpaper carousel, new dynamic wallpapers (including video wallpapers) on the Themes app, and more.
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. Also new is the improved To-Do functionality, with Tasks integrated into the Notes app. Another new feature is a floating calculator, as well as improved new functionalities in the calculator app.
MI Life features introduced in MIUI 11 include a step tracker, women's health tracking, and quick replies. Other new features include natural sounds and alarms; wireless print; dual clock; new Game Turbo; Mi Share; Gallery monthly view; new Panchang, and casting. Muralikrishnan B also detailed the Mint Keyboard that has support for 25 Indic languages as well as translation/ transliteration support. There are also real-time emoji suggestions for Hinglish.
MIUI 11 will roll out in batches. The first batch will be between October 22 and October 31, where the Poco F1, Redmi K20, Redmi Y3, Redmi 7, Redmi Note 7, Redmi Note 7s, and Redmi Note 7 Pro getting it in this period. The second batch will be from November 4 to November 12, where the 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.
Phase 3 of the MIUI rollout is from November 13 to November 29, where the Redmi Note 6 Pro, Redmi 7A, Redmi 8, Redmi 8A, and Redmi Note 8 will get the update. And finally, in phase four, the Redmi Note 8 Pro will get the update between December 18 and December 26.
Finally, Xiaomi's Anuj Sharma came on stage to introduce the Redmi Note 8 Pro for India. He revealed that the Redmi Note 8 Prow will be available in Gamma Green, Halo White, and Shadow Black colour variants in India. He went on to detail the specifications of the smartphone, all of which we know from the China launch from August. You can read them below.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro was launched in China with the Mediatek Helio G90T SoC, and up to 8GB RAM. The smartphone is expected to ship with MIUI 10 based on Android Pie. The smartphone has a quad rear camera setup, with the 64-megapixel ISOCELL Bright GW1 primary sensor being the highlight. The Redmi Note 8 Pro has three rear cameras aligned vertically and the fingerprint sensor is right below these. The fourth camera is below the flash. It also features a 20-megapixel selfie camera.
As for benchmarks, the Redmi Note 8 Pro scored 284872 on AnTuTu. The smartphone comes packed with the MediaTek Helio G90T chipset which claims to be 'designed for gamers'. Xiaomi claims the Redmi Note 8 Pro can go all the way to ultra settings while playing PUBG Mobile. Users will be able to play Call of Duty: Mobile on 'Very High' settings.
Xiaomi says it tested the new Redmi Note 8 Pro using 35 of the most popular apps. The company compared it with the Realme XT and Vivo Z1 Pro via a recorded test video on stage. The Redmi Note 8 Pro features liquid cooling, which the company claims very few phones support at this price segment. The company also compared the cooling capabilities of the phone with the Galaxy M30s, Realme XT, and Vivo Z1 Pro via a recorded video.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro will feature Wi-Fi X antenna which promises a more stable wireless connection, claims Xiaomi. While playing games, the phone will be able to maintain a stable Wi-Fi connection no matter how a user is holding the smartphone.
Xiaomi's Redmi Note 8 Pro will offer 6GB of RAM in its base variant with up to 128GB UFS 2.1 storage. The global variant of the Redmi Note 8 Pro will feature a dedicated microSD card slot. The company claims this variant of the phone will only be sold in India, labeling it as 'Made for India'. As for the battery, the Redmi Note 8 Pro will come with a 4,500mAh battery with 18W fast charging support. Xiaomi will ship an 18W fast charger in the retail box.
While summarizing the Redmi Note 8 Pro features, Xiaomi used Amazon's Alexa to read out all the key features of the smartphone on stage. Amazon Alexa comes built-in on the Redmi Note 8 Pro, which was revealed later on. The integration will also work with Mi TVs. Users will be able to play music and use existing skills available on Alexa. To demonstrate a skill, Xiaomi ordered pizzas using the Domino's Pizza skill on Alexa.
Redmi Note 8 Pro prices in India start at Rs. 14,999 for the 6GB RAM, 64GB storage variant. The 6GB RAM, 128GB storage variant will cost Rs. 15,999 and the 8GB RAM, 128GB storage variant will cost Rs. 17,999 in India.
Sumit Sonal was on stage to talk about the Redmi Note 8 in India. Xiaomi's Redmi Note 8 will feature an 'Aura Fluid Design'. Redmi Note 8 will come in Neptune Blue with an s-curve holographic design at the rear along with Moonlight White which will include a new nano-structure optical diffraction. The phone will also ship in Cosmic Purple and Space Black colours.
The Redmi Note 8 will feature a quad-camera setup at the rear. The phone comes with a 48-megapixel primary camera sensor, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera lens, a 2-megapixel depth sensor, and a macro lens. The Redmi Note 8 comes with a 13-megapixel selfie camera.
As for the display, the Redmi Note 8 will feature a 90 percent screen-to-body ratio on a 6.3-inch full-HD display. The phone will offer a brightness of 450-nits. The display also comes with a TUV-certified reading mode.
Redmi Note 8 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC, with up to 6GB RAM options. The phone will be available with up to 128GB storage option. Redmi Note 8 will also feature a dedicated microSD card slot, with support for up to 512GB of storage. Redmi Note 8 comes with a 4,000mAh battery which Xiaomi claims would run for up to 2 days. The phone supports 18W fast charging support and the company will bundle the fast charger in the retail box.
Xiaomi said its Redmi Note 8 offers a durable build quality. The phone is splash-resistant and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 at the front as well as the rear. The Redmi Note 8 also includes an IR blaster, a Type-C charging port and a 3.5mm headphone jack. As for acoustics, the smartphone promises a loud and improved sound quality, according to Xiaomi. The auto-cleaning speaker on the Redmi Note 8 can purge dust from the speaker cavity automatically.
Redmi Note 8 prices in India start at Rs. 9,999 for the 4GB RAM, 64GB storage and go up to Rs. 12,999 for the 6GB RAM, 128GB storage.