Redmi Note 8, Note 8 Pro India launch could happen within eight weeks

By Digit NewsDesk | Updated Aug 30 2019
Redmi Note 8, Note 8 Pro India launch could happen within eight weeks

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Xiaomi CEO Manu Kumar Jain has confirmed that the Redmi Note 8 and Note 8 Pro smartphones might launch in India within 8 weeks.

However, Realme XT might launch ahead of Redmi Note 8, Note 8 Pro in India

Realme XT is set to launch by the end of September this year in India.

Redmi recently launched its Redmi Note 8 series of smartphones in China that consists of the Redmi Note 8 and ṭhe Redmi Noṭe 8 Pro. The new Redmi Note 8 Pro has also bagged the title of being the first smartphone with a 64MP camera, while the standard Note 8 sports a 48MP main sensor. The company’s India MD, Manu Kumar Jain, has now announced that the handsets will be introduced in India within a span of eight weeks. Jain says that the company requires the said amount of time to get its new device certified and tested in India for an official launch. 

While we expected Xiaomi to soon launch the Redmi Note 8 series in India, it seems like Realme could best the company when it comes to launching new devices. The Realme 5 series of smartphones were recently launched in India and the company’s CEO, Madhav Sheth, said that Realme XT with a 64MP camera will launch by September end in India. If this comes to pass, chances are that Realme will beat Xiaomi in launching a 64MP camera smartphone in India. 

Redmi Note 8 Pro specifications

The Redmi Note 8 Pro is powered by the MediaTek Helio G90T processor, which is paired with up to 8GB RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage. It sports a 6.53-inch Full HD+ display with a dewdrop notch that has Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Backed by a 4500mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging, the device runs on MIUI 10 based on Android 9 Pie. The Redmi Note 8 Pro gets a 3.5mm headphone jack, IP52 splash-proof rating, and NFC support.

In terms of optics, the Redmi Note 8 Pro features a quad rear camera setup. The camera features a primary 64MP Samsung GW1 sensor with f/1.7 aperture lens, an 8MP Ultra Wide lens, a 2MP depth sensor, and a 2MP Macro lens. On the front is a 20MP camera for selfies. Xiaomi has confirmed that the Sky replacement camera feature from the Redmi K20 series will be made available for the Redmi Note 8 Pro as well. The handset can also record videos at 960fps.

Redmi Note 8 specifications

The Redmi Note 8 is equipped with a 6.3-inch Full HD+ display with a waterdrop notch display design has Gorilla Glass 5 protection. It runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor and comes with up to 6GB RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage. Redmi Note 8 has a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and sports a USB Type-C port, along with a headphone jack. The device is backed by a 4000mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging support and it runs on MIUI 10 based on Android 9 Pie. 

Coming to the camera, the Redmi Note 8 sports a quad rear camera setup with a 48MP primary Samsung GM1 sensor with f/1.79 aperture lens. There’s also an 8MP Ultra-Wide lens that has a 120-degree field of view, a 2MP depth sensor, and a 2MP Macro lens. There’s a 13MP sensor on the front. 

Redmi Note 8, Redmi Note 8 Pro price 

The 6GB RAM + 64GB storage variant of the Redmi Note 8 Pro is priced at 1399 Yuan (Rs 14,000 approx), while its top most model with 8GB RAM + 128GB storage goes up to 1799 Yuan (Rs 18,000 approx). 6GB RAM + 128GB storage variant of the phone costs 1599 Yuan ( Rs 16,000 approx).

The Redmi Note 8 is priced starting at 999 Yuan (Rs 10,000 approx) for the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage base model. The other two variants, 6GB RAM + 64GB storage and 6GB RAM + 128GB storage cost 1199 Yuan (Rs 12,000 approx) and 1399 yuan (Rs 14,000 approx) respectively.

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