When you think of affordable mid-range handsets, you think of Xiaomi, and today the company has just launched their latest bang-for-buck smartphones, the Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro. Here’s what you need to know.
Price & availability
The Redmi Note 8 is priced as follows:
Redmi Note 8 — 3GB RAM, 32GB storage — RM599
Redmi Note 8 — 4GB RAM, 64GB storage — RM799
Redmi Note 8 — 4GB RAM, 128GB storage — RM899
You can also pre-order the Redmi Note 8 from the 8th to 11th of October 2019 and receive a pair of Mi True Wireless Earbuds Basic headphones worth RM99. This deal is available online at Shopee and Lazada, and also authorised Mi retailers nationwide.
Meanwhile, the Redmi Note 8 Pro will retail for:
Redmi Note 8 Pro — 6GB RAM, 64GB storage — RM1,099
Redmi Note 8 Pro — 6GB RAM, 128GB storage — RM1,199
Xiaomi will also be having an early-bird promotion for the Redmi Note 8 Pro with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage where you can pick it up for RM999. This is an online-only promotion and can be bought at Lazada or Shopee from the 8th to 11th of October 2019. Additionally, if you want the high-spec variant, Xiaomi will bundle the left side of the Black Shark gaming controller when you pre-order this phone from Lazada, Shopee and authorised Mi retailers nationwide.
Redmi Note 8 and Note 8 Pro specs
The Redmi Note 8 Pro is the more capable of the duo, sporting a 6.53″ Full HD+ display up front with a MediaTek G90T processor powering it from the inside. This processor is mated to 6GB of RAM and either 64GB or 128GB of internal storage. Keeping the lights on is a 4,500 mAh battery with support for 18W fast-charging.
For photos, the Redmi Note 8 Pro features a 64MP ISOCELL Bright GW1 camera sensor and a wide angle lens. There’s also an 8MP ultra wide camera, a 2MP macro camera and a 2MP depth camera to boot. Up front, there’s a 20MP selfie shooter that sits in the tiny notch at the top.
Other features include the ability to connect to both 2.4GHz and 5GHz WiFi bands simultaneously, a 3.5mm headphone jack, an IR blaster and NFC.
On the other hand, the more affordable Redmi Note 8 tones down the specs a little bit. Up front you get a smaller 6.3″ Full HD+ display, while the processor is now a Snapdragon 665 SoC instead. Keeping the lights on is a smaller 4,000 mAh battery that still supports 18W fast-charging via USB-C.
For photos, you’re also getting the same quad-camera setup, with the only difference being the main camera which is now a 48MP sensor.