The 'new' Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 2021 is a lot like the old one
What you need to know
- Xiaomi has revealed the Redmi Note 8 2021.
- The phone is an upgraded version of the original Redmi Note 8 with a MediaTek Helio G85 chipset.
- The original Redmi Note 8 recently crossed the 25 million sales milestone.
Last week, Xiaomi teased the launch of an upgraded Redmi Note 8 variant for 2021. Although the company is yet to reveal a release date for the Redmi Note 8 2021, the phone's product page is now live on its official website (opens in new tab).
Unsurprisingly, the Redmi Note 8 2021 is no different from its predecessor in terms of design. It has a 6.3-inch display with FHD+ resolution and a waterdrop notch for the 13MP selfie camera. While a previous leak had suggested the phone would offer the same 120Hz refresh rate as the best Android phones, it actually uses a 60Hz panel. On the back of the phone is a quad-camera array with a 48MP main sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, a 2MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth sensor.
The Redmi Note 2021 is powered by MediaTek's gaming-focused Helio G85 chipset, paired with 4GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB of eMMC 5.1 storage. Aside from the chip upgrade, however, the Redmi Note 8 2021 is identical to the original.
The phone packs a 4,000mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging, a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, an IR blaster, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. On the software side of things, the Redmi Note 8 runs Android 11 with Xiaomi's latest MIUI 12.5 on top.
Xiaomi's Redmi Note 8 (2021) is expected to launch as soon as this week as the company celebrates 25 million sales of the original model.
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So this is the new Redmi Note 8 for 2021 no one asked for, when there's a Note 10 already. I mean this is essentially Redmi Note 9 with design of Redmi Note 8 having the latest software & inferior Mediatek chip. Why Xiaomi, why? When there's already an improved Snapdragon version. They're definitely going to release it in India as well to keep it between Redmi 9 Power (Redmi 9T) & Redmi Note 10, the gap which was already being filled with the Redmi Note 9!