Days after launching the entry-level Redmi 8A, Xiaomi has launched yet another budget phone, aka Redmi 8, in India. The Redmi 8 is globally launching in India on Wednesday and maybe considered as a “pro” version of the Redmi 8A with dual rear cameras and a fingerprint scanner for biometric authentication. And it has a slightly updated design as well, with an all-new Emerald Green variant that would remind you of the Redmi Note 8 Pro – that is, by the way, also launching in India on October 16, Xiaomi has confirmed.
The Redmi 8 will be available in two configurations and four colours – 3GB/32GB and 4GB/64GB, Onyx Black, Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue and Emerald Green. However, it looks like Xiaomi will be initially selling only the 4GB/64GB variant of the Redmi 8 in India. The said variant will be sold for a limited period (5 million units) at a discounted price of Rs 7,999. Xiaomi says that all those who order the 3GB/32GB variant will also be automatically upgraded to the 4GB/64GB variant in that period. The Redmi 8 will be available for buying from Mi.com and Flipkart from October 12.
The Redmi 8 is globally launching in India which means India will be the first market to get it. The phone in question comes with a comes with a 6.22-inch 720p+ LCD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection and an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 processor under the hood paired with up to 4GB RAM and up to 64GB storage which is expandable via a dedicated micro-SD card slot. The dual SIM phone runs Android 9 Pie-based MIUI 10 software.
There’s a sizeable 5,000mAh battery inside and USB Type-C port for charging and data syncing – with support for 18W fast charging although Xiaomi isn't bundling a fast charger in the box.
On to the cameras, the Redmi 8 comes with dual rear cameras consisting of a 12MP main camera with Sony’s IMX363 sensor and f/1.8 aperture, and another 2MP camera for depths sensing aka portrait photography. On the front, the Redmi 8 comes with an 8MP camera.
Elsewhere, the body of the Redmi 8 is made entirely out of plastic. The design is different though - in comparison to the Redmi 7. The Redmi 8 gets a slight design rehash, with a glossy gradient back – Xiaomi is calling the design of the Redmi 8 aura mirror design. The Redmi 8 also comes with a P2i nano-coating making the phone splash-resistant.