The new Redmi Note 8 Pro has been available in Italy for a few days. Those who want a decent entry level smartphone can buy the Redmi 8 announced in India, but that will surely arrive in our country, where Redmi 7 is already on sale. Compared to the previous model there are interesting improvements, but also a deterioration.
The Redmi 8 has a plastic cover with Aura Mirror design and a screen from 6.22 inches with HD + resolution (1520 × 720 pixels). The diagonal of the display is slightly lower than the 6.26 of the Redmi 7, but Xiaomi has reduced the thickness of the frames to offer a more modern look. At the top is the drop-shaped notch that houses the 8-megapixel front camera (f / 2.0) that supports the Face Unlock. Unfortunately the manufacturer replaced the Snapdragon 632 with the Snapdragon 439, probably to keep the final price low.
The hardware equipment also includes 3/4 GB of RAM and 32/64 GB of storage, expandable with microSD cards up to 512 GB. The main rear camera has a Sony IMX363 sensor from 12 megapixels, combined with a lens with f / 1.8 aperture. The IA features include automatic scene recognition and portrait mode. The second 2 megapixel camera is used to detect depth and apply the bokeh effect.
Connectivity is guaranteed by the 802.11b / g / n WiFi modules, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS and LTE (dual SIM). The are also present audio jack from 3.5 mm, the FM radio, the fingerprint reader, the infrared emitter and the USB Type-C port (new in the series). The battery has a capacity of 5,000 mAh and supports 18 Watt fast charge.
The operating system is Android 9 Pie with MIUI 10 interface. Three colors are available for launch (12 October): Sapphire Blue, Ruby Red and Onxy Black. The prices are 7,999 rupees (3GB + 32GB) and 8,999 rupees (4GB + 64GB), equal to around 103 and 115 euros. The Chinese manufacturer also announced the Redmi 8A. The only differences are the allocation of RAM (2/3 GB), storage (32 GB) and the single 12 megapixel rear camera.