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Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 series lands in Malaysia; pricing starts at RM599 ($143)

A couple of months ago, in August, Redmi launched its Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro smartphones in its home country China. A few weeks ago, the Redmi Note 8 Pro was made available in Europe. Today, the company has launched the Redmi Note 8 series in Malaysia.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 series lands in Malaysia; pricing starts at RM599 ($143)

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 features a 6.53-inch IPS LCD display with waterdrop notch and supports Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels, 90 percent screen-to-body ratio and Gorilla Glass 5 protection.

Under the hood, the device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 chipset, coupled with up to 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. It also comes with a dedicated microSD card slot, enabling users to further expand the phone’s storage capacity.

In the camera department, the device features a triple-camera setup on the back which consists of Sony IMX586 48-megapixel primary lens with f/1.79 aperture along with an 8-megapixel sensor, a 2-megapixel macro lens with 2cm focal length and a depth sensor of 2-megapixel. On its front, there’s a 13-megapixel selfie camera powered with AI beautification features.

The smartphone is running Android 9 Pie operating system out-of-the-box with the company’s own MIUI 10 custom interface on top. The device is powered by a 4,000mAh battery which supports 18W fast charging through USB Type-C port.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro

On the other hand, the Redmi Note 8 Pro comes with the same 6.53-inch IPS LCD display with waterdrop notch offering Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels, 91.4 percent screen-to-body ratio, and Gorilla Glass 5 panels for protection.

Unlike the standard model, the Pro variant comes powered by MediaTek Helio G90T chipset which is touted to be a gaming-centric SoC. The device is offered with 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB internal storage along with a dedicated microSD card slot for expanding storage.

Coming to the camera department, it’s the first smartphone from Xiaomi to feature a 64MP camera sensor. The quad camera setup on the device includes an f/1.7 aperture 64-megapixel ISOCELL Bright GW1 as primary lens, an ultrawide lens of 8-megapixel, a 2-megapixel macro lens with 2cm focal length and a depth sensor of 2-megapixel.

On the front side, the device comes equipped with a 20-megapixel snapper for taking selfies and video calling. The phone runs Android 9 Pie operating system with the company’s own MIUI 10 on top. The device is powered by a 4,500mAh battery and comes with 18W fast charging support.

Pricing and Availability

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 8:
    • 3GB + 32GB: RM 599 (~$143)
    • 4GB + 64GB: RM 799 (~$191)
    • 4GB + 128GB: RM 899 (~$214)
    • Colors: Space Black, Neptune Blue, Moonlight White

The company will start taking pre-order for the smartphone from today till 11th October. While the 4GB + 64GB will go on sale from 12th October, the other two models will be available for purchase from 18th October. Buyers will also get the Mi True Wireless Earbuds Basic free with the smartphone, which costs RM 99 (~$24).

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro:
    • 6GB + 64GB: RM 1,099 (~$262) / RM999 (~$238) (online exclusive)
    • 6GB + 128GB: RM 1,199 (~$286)
    • Colors: Ice Jade and Fritillaria White

Similar to the Redmi Note 8, the Pro variant will also be up for pre-order from 8th October till 11th October. Xiaomi has not revealed the availability dates but has confirmed that the buyers will get Black Shark Gaming Controller Left for free, which is worth RM 169 (~$40).

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