Redmi Note 8 and Note 8 Pro: Smartphone 64 MP Quad Camera Introduced

The Redmi Note 8 Pro can now even be found in the first China shops. The 6/64 GB version starts at $229.99 at GearBest and is the Chinese version. According to our information the global version of Redmi Note 8 Pro will follow in October! Of course we will keep you up to date.  

The Redmi Note series from Xiaomi is undoubtedly one of the most popular, if not the most popular smartphone series from the manufacturer. After the Redmi Note 7 sold more than 20 million copies, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro were introduced at the end of August. Both are equipped with a quad camera, the Note 8 Pro even offers a 64 megapixel resolution!

Redmi Note 8 Pro Smartphone Design

Technical data of the Redmi Note 8 & 8 Pro

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Display 6,3″ IPS LC-Display 6,53″ IPS LC-Display (2340 x 1080p), Gorilla Glass 5
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 @ 2 GHz MediaTek Helio G90T Octa-Core @ 2.05 GHz
Graphic chip Adreno 610 ARM Mali G76
Main memory 4/6 GB 6/8 GB LPDDR4X RAM
Internal memory 64/128 GB 64/128 GB
Main camera 48 MP with ƒ/1.79 aperture + 8 MP wide-angle + 2 MP depth sensor + 2MP macro camera 64 MP Samsung GW1 + 8 MP wide-angle + 2 MP depth sensor + 2 MP macro camera
Front camera 20 MP
Battery 4.000 mAh with Quick Charge 3.0 18W 4.500 mAh with Quick Charge 3.0 18W
Connectivity LTE Band 1,3,5,7,8 WLAN AC, GPS/GLONASS, Bluetooth 5.0, Dual SIM LTE Band 1,3,5,7,8, WLAN AC, GPS, Bluetooth 5.0, Dual SIM, NFC
Features Fingerprint Sensor | USB Type-C | Face Unlock | Headphone Jack Fingerprint Sensor | USB Type-C | Face Unlock | Headphone Jack
Operating system MIUI 10.3, Android 9 MIUI 10.3, Android 9
Dimensions / Weight 159,21 x 75,21 x 8,1mm / 186 g 161,3 x 76 x 8,8 mm / 199 g

Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro

It is not the first time that there are two versions of the Redmi Note series: the Redmi Note 8 and the Redmi Note 8 Pro. The Redmi Note 7 Pro from the last generation was never released as a global version. There are not many differences between the two new devices of the Note series, optically the different size and the camera arrangement are striking. Although both versions are equipped with a quad camera, i.e. with four camera sensors, the Note 8 has the camera module as usual in the upper, left corner, with the Note 8 Pro it sits centrally at the top.

Redmi Note 8 Camera

Both devices differ above all in their colours. The Redmi Note 8 is available in the classic black, but also in the aurora blue Colorway, which we know from the Redmi Note 7. In addition, there is the new white Colorway, which was only released later for the predecessor. We could already hold this color variant in our hands for the Xiaomi Mi CC9 and liked it very much.

Redmi Note 8 colors
The colors of the Redmi Note 8.

The emerald green colour variant of the Redmi Note 8 Pro is new in the Note series. It replaces the blue color version of the Redmi Note 8, but the Pro version is also available in black and white, as is the Redmi Note 8. Both models feature the Waterdrop Notch, which is located above the IPS LC display Full HD+ display. The Redmi Note 8 measures 6.3 inches in the diagonal as usual, while the Redmi Note 8 Pro is slightly larger with a diagonal of 6.53 inches.

Redmi Note 8 Pro colours
The Note 8 Pro offers the new emerald green Colorway as well as a slightly modified design.

The fingerprint sensor is located on the back of both smartphones. The Redmi Note 8 Pro will even come on the market with a rounded glass back. Nevertheless, the company attached importance to a solid workmanship and a correspondingly high stability, as some entertaining advertising videos are supposed to prove. For example, a weightlifter has placed himself on two Redmi Note 8 Pro during weightlifting, which the devices supposedly survived undamaged.

Redmi Note 8 back side

Pro Version with MediaTek CPU

Very surprising is the choice of processor. In fact, Xiaomi uses the new MediaTek Helio G90T processor for the Redmi Note 8 Pro, which is specifically designed for gaming. A Redmi Note smartphone with a MediaTek processor may sound unusual, but of course the CPU offers more than enough power. A previously published AnTuTu benchmark screenshot confirms this, the 280,000 points are comparable to the performance of the Kirin 980 from the Honor 20 Pro.

Thanks to the 12 nm manufacturing technology, the CPU is also quite energy efficient. Here Redmi even puts the focus on gaming and releases a gamepad for the Note 8 Pro as well as a separate World of Warcraft version.

Redmi Note 8 MediaTek CPU

The normal Redmi Note 8 is equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665. This CPU can also be found in the Xiaomi Mi A3, for example, but is only a slight upgrade to the SD 660 from its predecessor, the Redmi Note 7. But that’s not uncommon, the Redmi Note 5 and the Redmi Note 6 Pro also used the same CPU. The performance is still more than sufficient for all everyday applications.

Redmi Note 8 Pro Cooling
The Redmi Note 8 Pro also provides cooling for the CPU.

There are no big surprises with the memory used, the Redmi Note 8 appears with 4 or 6 GB RAM and 64 or 128 GB internal memory. Finally the 3 GB RAM version has been abandoned. The Redmi Note 8 Pro even comes with 8 GB RAM, but 6 GB RAM is also available. But the internal memory is the same size as with the normal Redmi Note 8.

4,500 mAh for the Pro version

The Redmi devices are known for their large rechargeable batteries and the corresponding battery life. The Redmi Note 8 Pro will even be equipped with a 4,500 mAh battery. The battery of the Redmi Note 8 is a bit smaller with 4,000 mAh, but definitely still big enough. The predecessor proved that you can achieve a very good battery life with this capacity. Both smartphones can be charged with 18W via the USB type C port, the Note 8 Pro apparently even with up to 27W.

Since the Note 8 Pro is equipped with a MediaTek processor, this is not called Quick Charge 3, but MediaTeks PumpExpress. Nevertheless, Xiaomi officially advertises with it, although Quick Charge is a trademark of the manufacturer Qualcomm.

Redmi Note 8 Pro battery

Apparently the Redmi Note 8 comes with only a 10W charger and the Note 8 Pro with an 18W Quick Charge 3.0 charger. This fits into Xiaomi’s release strategy, also the Mi CC9e (Mi A3) and Mi CC9 have different chargers included.

Both models with quad camera

Already the first leak on the back of the Note 8 revealed the probably most interesting feature, the quad camera. This leak also showed a new layout that strongly reminds us of the OnePlus 7 Pro. The main camera isn’t located at the top left, but centrally where the fingerprint sensor is normally located. The main sensor is the new Samsung ISOCELL GW-1 sensor with a resolution of 64 megapixels, which Xiaomi already announced in advance.

Redmi Note 8 Pro Camera

Especially the picture quality should be enormous, zooming into the picture hardly reveals any loss of quality, as it was shown in the presentation.

Redmi Note 8 Pro 64 MP Photo Zoom

The other three sensors are also interesting. We are happy about an 8 Megapixel wide-angle camera, a 2 MP macro camera and a 2 Megapixel depth sensor, which is probably used for portraits. The normal Redmi Note 8 gets the same three sensors, but the main sensor is again the Samsung ISOCELL GM-1 sensor with 48 megapixel resolution.

The main camera offers different video modes in addition to the photo mode. Recordings in 4K are even possible, as well as a 960 fps ultra slow motion, as we know it from the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3. The front camera of the Redmi Note 8 (Pro) offers a resolution of 20 megapixels, the same sensor as in the Xiaomi Mi 9T would be conceivable.

Redmi Note 8 Pro Quad Camera

Finally with NFC

It has taken long enough, but finally NFC is also entering Xiaomi’s “middle class”. However, only the Redmi Note 8 Pro is equipped with the contactless payment module. Both smartphones are equipped with a USB type C port and a 3.5 mm jack connection. But we already know this before its predecessor. The rest of the connectivity standards are also there, Dual Band WiFi, Bluetooth 5, GPS and LTE bands are implemented.

Redmi Note 8 Pro NFC

In general, it is still unclear when and which variant will appear as a global version. The Redmi Note 7 quickly came to us as a Global Version, but the Redmi Note 7 Pro never did. As soon as we know, we will of course inform you. At the moment both are only available as chinese version, with corresponding english or chinese MIUI 10 operating system. This is of course based on Android 9 again.

Evaluation

As with the Redmi Note 5 and Note 6 Pro, the release interval is very short, so we are curious whether an upgrade will be worth it. We are also curious whether the Pro version is intended for the European market at all. The Redmi Note 8 now offers a quad camera, but otherwise the difference is relatively small. Whether the 64 MP camera will offer an appreciable added value can only be seen in a test. But the CPU sounds very promising despite MediaTek as manufacturer.

Redmi Note 8 and 8 Pro Prices

The China version of the two models is already available in China. The Redmi Note 8 Pro starts in China at 1399 Yuan, which is $196 for the 6/64 GB version, which is extremely cheap. The most expensive 8/128 GB version lands at about $252 in China. The Redmi Note 8 is even cheaper, the 4/64 GB is already available for 999 Yuan, which corresponds to $140, of course only in China. You’ll have to calculate on all mentioned prices still approx. $50 surcharge by the import shops.

What is your opinion about the new Redmi Note 8 and Note 8 Pro?

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Comments (2)

  • Profile picture from Angtech
    27.08.19 um 08:31

    Angtech

    If the specs are true then it should be a great mobile phone. I have dealt with MTech before and they make great and fast processors. It may even outdo Samsung and iPhones.

  • Profile picture from emilch83
    12.09.19 um 17:07

    emilch83

    Top smartphone. I hope it comes with amoled screen.

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