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Details of the Redmi 8 surface but the cheaper Redmi 8A looks a better buy

Renders of the Redmi 8. (Source: Indiashopps)
Renders of the Redmi 8. (Source: Indiashopps)
The Redmi 7 was launched about six months ago and Xiaomi is set to release a direct successor. The Redmi 8 brings several tangible improvements over its predecessor but the SoC is a downgrade in terms of performance, and potential buyers may just be better served looking at the cheaper Redmi 8A.
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Xiaomi released the Redmi 8A two days ago and is apparently set to follow it up with the launch of the Redmi 8. The Chinese company already launched the Redmi Note 8 and Note 8 Pro weeks ago,.

In any case, details of the upcoming Redmi 8 have surfaced. Just like its cheaper sibling, the 8A, the Redmi 8 will offer a few upgrades over the Redmi 7. The Redmi 8 will sport a 6.21-inch IPS display. The source doesn't specify if this will be a FHD+ or HD+ panel, but the Redmi 7 sported a HD+ one (buy Redmi 7 Unlocked now at Amazon), so we wouldn't be surprised to see that make an appearance on the Redmi 8.

Under the hood, the Redmi 8 will pack a Snapdragon 439. That's the same SoC on the Redmi 8A. It's also quite a bit weaker than the Snapdragon 632 on the Redmi 7. However, it's more efficient, as it's a 12nm chipset as opposed to the 14nm Snapdragon 632. Efficiency appears to be a theme with Xiaomi's new releases. The company also made a similar move with the Mi A3, moving from a Snapdragon 660 to the less powerful but more efficient Snapdragon 665.

The Redmi 8 will gets its juice from a hefty 5000 mAh battery. Same as the Redmi 8A. That's an upgrade on the 4000 mAh battery the Redmi 7 sports. There's 18 W fast-charging, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage, a 12 + 2 MP dual rear camera setup, and an 8 MP selfie shooter. All in all, the Redmi 8 doesn't look like an upgrade over the cheaper Redmi 8A.

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Ricci Rox - Senior Tech Writer - 2000 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
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Ricci Rox, 2019-09-27 (Update: 2019-09-27)