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Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro launched in India

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro launched in India

Xiaomi on Wednesday launched Redmi Note 8 Pro in India. Scheduled to go on sale in India on October 21, Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with big improvements in the camera department. The latest smartphone will be available at a starting price of Rs 14,999, Redmi Note 8 Pro is Xiaomi’s first quad-camera phone for the mid-range segment. Interestingly enough, Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro isn’t even one year old and is currently available online for a starting price of Rs 11,999 for the base model. Let’s compare the two Xiaomi smartphones.

Display and design

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro came with a big design improvement with a glass back panel and dewdrop notch on the front. Redmi Note 8 Pro brings further improvement with an Aura design with shinier glass back and metal. There are newer colour options with Redmi Note 8 Pro as well.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with a 6.53-inch full HD+ dot notch HDR display with 500 nits brightness. Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro has a 6.3-inch full HD+ dot notch display.

Camera

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro launched with a 48-megapixel camera and is one of the most affordable phones to offer so. The phone has two rear cameras, 48-megapixel and 5-megapixel sensors. On the front, it has a 13-megapixel selfie camera.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro offers much better camera specifications. It now has been upgraded to a quad setup featuring 64-megapixel primary sensor, 8-megapixel ultra wide angle lens, 2-megapixel macro lens, and 2-megapixel depth sensor. On the front, it has a 20-megapixel selfie camera.

Redmi Note 8 Pro vs Redmi Note 7 Pro

Redmi Note 8 Pro vs Redmi Note 7 Pro ( Xiaomi )

Performance

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro edges out Redmi Note 7 Pro in the performance department with MediaTek Helio G90T gaming-focused chipset coupled with liquid cooling and other software-level optimisations. Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro’s base model has 6GB RAM whereas the battery has been bumped up to 4,500mAh battery. There’s also a microSD card slot on the new Redmi Note 8 Pro. It also ships with 18W fast charger.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor with 4GB/6GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB storage. It supports expandable storage up to 256GB via a microSD card slot. The phone runs on a 4,000mAh battery.

Takeaway

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro has been one of the best budget smartphones in India. At a starting price of Rs 11,999, it’s still a good buy. Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro, however, offers much superior specs including camera and performance. If you want to play marathon PUBG Mobile or Call of Duty: Mobile, Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro is a better alternative.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro XDA Forums

The 6.53-inch Dot Notch display comes with Full HD+ resolution and is certified for HDR content for a wider dynamic range while watching content on YouTube or playing games like PUBG Mobile.

The Redmi Note 8 Pro also ends up retaining several features that have contributed to the popularity of the lineup, such as the 3.5mm headphone jack, and the IR blaster. The Redmi Note 7 Pro made the jump over to USB Type-C, and the Redmi Note 8 Pro continues on with the same, but adding on support for fast charging protocols such as USB Power Delivery, MediaTek Pump Express and Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ and Quick Charge 3.0 (yes, on a MediaTek device). These quick charging solutions will complement the 4,500 mAh battery very well. Overall, one can see why the Redmi Note lineup manages to retain its popularity among the Indian masses. Xiaomi will be supplying an 18W charger within the box.

The Redmi Note 8 Pro was launched in China with MIUI 10 on top of Android Pie. Since the Indian launch comes after the release of MIUI 11, Xiaomi is also promising the update to its Indian users. The MIUI update for Redmi Note 8 Pro is scheduled to start in December. Xiaomi has also previously released the kernel sources for the Redmi Note 8 Pro.

In India, Redmi is adding Alexa integration on the Redmi Note 8 Pro and you can use it alongside any other voice assistant. So, we presume that the Note 8 Pro’s ability to hail Alexa will not conflict with Google Assistant that comes as part of Android. Interestingly, besides using the standard tasks that Alexa can perform, it can also be used to control Mi TVs via the Mi Remote app. When you ask Alexa to change a channel or play anything on the Mi TV, the Alexa app communicated with the Mi Remote app and the command is conveyed to the Mi TV by the means of the IR blaster.

Pricing and Availability

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro will be available in India from October 21st for a price of ₹14,999 (~$210 ) for the 6GB/64GB variant, ₹15,999 (~$225 ) for 6GB/128GB variant, and ₹17,999 (~$250 ) for 8GB/128GB. The device will be available for purchase via Mi.com, Amazon India, and Mi Home stores.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8

While the Redmi Note 8 Pro takes a few bold steps forward, the Redmi Note 8 sticks to more familiar and safe territory. The device is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC, which can be seen as an improvement over the Snapdragon 660 present on the Redmi Note 7 in India. The biggest point of difference between the two SoCs will be the adoption of an 11nm FinFET process against the 14nm process on the outgoing SoC, which should provide for better power efficiency. The next set of improvements is likely to be on the AI performance and a slight improvement on the GPU, but all of these are specific to the SoC and may or may not necessarily translate into perceivable gains when presented on a phone. The smartphone gets up to 6GB of LPDDR4x RAM.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 is also immediately recognizable as a successor to the Redmi Note 7 / 7 Pro, especially looking at its design. The phone does have the Redmi branding on the front chin – we aren’t huge fans of the same since there is a branding logo on the back too. The phone comes in Neptune Blue, Moonlight White, Space Black, and Cosmic Purple – the last of which is exclusive to India for now.

The biggest point of difference externally is the quad rear camera setup coming in now with a wide-angle lens shooter and a dedicated macro lens shooter, which is a massive upgrade on theoretical versatility against the dual rear camera setup on the predecessors. Unlike the Redmi Note 8 Pro which has been blessed with a 64MP sensor, the Redmi Note 8 sticks to the now-familiar a Samsung GM1 48MP sensor, which was also seen on the Redmi Note 7 (China and global) and Note 7S (India).

In terms of storage, the Redmi Note 8 gets up to 128GB of inbuilt storage which can be further expanded up to an additional 512GB using the dedicated microSD card slot.

The 18W fast charging support to beef up the 4,000mAh battery is complemented by an 18W charging brick inside the box.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 XDA Forums

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 shares software features with the Pro and the rest of Xiaomi’s MIUI device ecosystem. Xiaomi has previously also released kernel sources for the Redmi Note 8.

Pricing and Availability

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 will be available in India from October 21at for a price of ₹9,999 (~$140 ) for the 4GB/64GB variant and ₹12,999 (~$180 ) for the 6GB/128GB variant. The device will be available for purchase via Mi.com, Amazon India, and Mi Home retail stores.

MIUI 11

Xiaomi also chose the occasion of the launch of two of its most important devices to announce the launch of MIUI 11 for the Indian market, which boasts of 80 Million monthly active users in India.

MIUI 11 was already announced for the Chinese market, bringing in new features like the MiLan Pro font (which we spotted in prior betas), variable thickness slider for fonts, new and improved Always-On Display, edge lighting feature for notifications, cross-platform file sharing, a new file management system, one-click document casting, and more changes. MIUI 11 China Betas have been available for installing on a lot of Xiaomi devices, and at the event, Xiaomi has detailed the MIUI 11 timeline for devices in India.

Xiaomi India has added certain features that are specific to India. These include the ability to add videos as live wallpapers and while the feature should be available in MIUI launcher, we’re not sure if it gets to be on POCO Launcher as well. Further, the floating calculator, which we spotted on previous MIUI beta builds in China, is available in India with MIUI  11 and can be used in picture-in-picture mode over any app. Next, we have health-related features such as trackers for steps as well as women’s menstrual cycle embedded in the App Vault and the Mi Calendar, respectively. Similar to what OnePlus did with the floating notification and quick replies, Xiaomi is implementing a quick reply feature in MIUI 11 using which users can reply to incoming messages in floating windows when the phone is in the landscape mode.

Doing away with the controversial Kika keyboard, Xiaomi is adding a new keyboard app in MIUI 11 for India. The new Mint keyboard is a made-in-India application and supports 25 Indic languages. Besides the vast support for Indic languages, it supports translations with transliterations so as to suggest you with translations of the words typed by you. Additionally, it has features like cloud sync, real-time emoji suggestions, clipboard, and support for themes. The Mint keyboard is also available for non-MIUI devices and can be downloaded from the Play Store.

MIUI rollout in India begins on October 22 and the initial few devices to get the new firmware will be the POCO F1, Redmi K20, Redmi Note 7 lineup, and the Redmi Y3. Meanwhile, the newly launched Redmi Note 8 Pro will get the update in December. The schedule for other devices is mentioned in the image below.

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