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Introducing the highly-anticipated Redmi Note 8 series. Malaysia is the first country to have this device outside of China, and obviously we’re honored to hold these two smartphones on our hands too.

Let’s talk a little bit about these two smartphones. Links to buy are as follows:

Redmi Note 8

Redmi Note 8 Redmi Note 8 Pro

Firstly, the Redmi Note 8. It’s the direct successor of the Redmi Note 7 that was launched earlier this year. With it comes a few specs upgrade as well:

  • 6.3-inch IPS LCD display with waterdrop notch
    • 2340×1080 pixels in resolution
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 chipset
  • Up to 4GB RAM
  • Up to 128GB internal storage
  • Quadruple rear-facing cameras
    • Main: 48MP f/1.79 with PDAF
    • Ultrawide angle: 8MP f/2.2
    • Macro: 2MP f/2.4 with AF (2-10cm)
    • Depth sensor
  • 13MP f/2.0 selfie camera
  • 4,000mAh battery with 18W fast charging support
    • Includes a 10W charger in the box
    • USB Type-C (!!!)

Okay, on paper, the Redmi Note 8 is actually quite decent. I am surprised that the Redmi Note 8 has a total of 3 usable cameras – and this is the first time I’m seeing a macro camera that has autofocus. Even the HONOR 20 (review) and HONOR 20 Pro (review) smartphones does not have it.

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The Redmi Note 8 also comes with an IR blaster – enabling us to control our everyday household appliances with the phone only.

However, I am worried about that Snapdragon 665 chipset as its performance is actually worse than the Snapdragon 660, as shown in our review of the Mi A3.

Redmi Note 8 Redmi Note 8 Pro

There are a total of 3 different colors of the Redmi Note 8 – Space Black, Neptune Blue, and Moonlight White.

The Redmi Note 8 is also available in 3 different configurations:

  • 3GB RAM + 32GB storage @ RM599
  • 4GB RAM + 64GB storage @ RM799
  • 4GB RAM + 128GB storage @ RM899

Redmi Note 8 Redmi Note 8 Pro

Pre-order starts today. If you order the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage now, you’ll also get the Mi True Wireless Earbuds Basic (worth RM99) for free! You can learn more about the Mi True Wireless Earbuds Basic here. It is also known as the Redmi AirDots in other regions.

Redmi Note 8 Redmi Note 8 Pro

Redmi Note 8 Pro

For the Pro variant, it’s Malaysia’s first-ever smartphone to be equipped with a large 64MP camera sensor in a smartphone, thanks to the Samsung. As for the specs, here they are:

  • 6.53-inch IPS LCD display with waterdrop notch
    • 2340×1080 pixels in resolution
  • MediaTek Helio G90T chipset
  • 6GB LPDDR4X RAM
  • Up to 128GB storage (UFS 2.1)
  • Quadruple rear-facing cameras
    • Main: 64MP Samsung GW1 sensor with f/1.89
    • Ultrawide angle: 8MP f/2.2
    • Macro: 2MP f/2.4 with AF; 2cm
    • Depth sensor
  • 20MP f/2.0 selfie camera
  • 4,500mAh battery with 18W fast charging support

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Honestly, the Redmi Note 8 Pro is an interesting smartphone. Firstly, this smartphone comes with a 64MP Samsung GW1 camera sensor. So far, we’ve not tried any smartphones with this sensor just yet – but from the pictures shown on stage, it looks fantastic. There’s this cool feature where we can “change” the weather of the picture taken, and that looks absolutely stunning.

Redmi Note 8 Redmi Note 8 Pro

As for the MediaTek chipset, we do know that MediaTek can make good chips, as we have experienced in other smartphones. We’ll definitely have to get our hands on the Redmi Note 8 Pro to know how this performs.

The Redmi Note 8 is available in 3 colors – Mineral Grey, Pearl White, and Forest Green. My personal favorite this time around is definitely the Forest Green.

Redmi Note 8 Redmi Note 8 Pro

It is also available in two different configurations:

  • 6GB RAM + 64GB storage @ RM1,099 (early bird price at RM999)
  • 6GB RAM + 128GB storage @ RM1,199

Redmi Note 8 Redmi Note 8 Pro

Redmi Note 8 Redmi Note 8 Pro

Pre-order also starts today. If you pre-order the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage variant today, you’ll be entitled to get the Black Shark gaming controller (left side only) too. It’s a bizarre gift bundle – but hey, it fits like a glove – literally!

Redmi Note 8 Redmi Note 8 ProThere was one demo unit there and obviously, we have to go try it out on our own. It works just as expected, and it is just great.

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