At an event in India, its subsidiary, Xiaomi, Redmi today unveiled the new Redmi 8 , the successor to the Redmi 7 released earlier this year. Although the successor to the Redmi 7, the Redmi 8 is similar in design and comes as an upgraded version of the Redmi 8A, the new phone focuses on the battery and the camera.
Redmi 8 abandons 8A’s Aura Wave Grip design for Aura Mirror design with graded color finish. The rear looks a lot like the 8A, but this time it comes with a fingerprint scanner and of course a dual camera. It has a 6.22-inch display with a drop notch, 720 x 1,520 pixels resolution and Gorilla Glass 5. It also has P2i coating for water drop resistance.
Inside we find the Snapdragon 439 SoC with an eight-core processor, the same as the Redmi 8A. And while the 8A is only available in 3GB / 32GB variants, the Redmi 8 also comes with a larger 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. So you basically have the choice of a standard version with 3GB / 32GB and a top version with 4GB / 64GB. Interestingly, it has a slot for two SIM cards and in addition a separate MicroSD slot, which can expand the internal memory up to 512GB.
The most important selling point of the Redmi 8 is the dual camera over the 8A single camera. The primary sensor is a 12-megapixel Sony IMX363 with AI scene detection, and the secondary is a 2-megapixel depth sensor for portrait shooting. The camera comes with AI scene detection and Google Lens integration for live translation across 104 languages, simply aiming for the text in the camera.
Other specifications are similar to the Redmi 8A, including an 8MP front camera for selfies and video calls, a large 5,000 mAh battery, 18W fast charge support, and a USB Type-C port.
The new Redmi 8 will initially be available in India in four colors, Sapphire Blue, Ruby Red, Emerald Green, and Onyx Black. Its price in the country starts from Rs 7.999 (€ 102) for the basic variant of 3GB / 32GB, while the version with $ GB / 64GB is available at Rs 8.999 (€ 115).