Update, August 22, 2019 (4:20AM ET): Xiaomi previously confirmed an August 29 launch date for the Redmi Note 8 series, as well as a 64MP camera sensor on at least one of the phones. Now, MediaTek has issued one more major nugget of info about the upcoming series.
The chipmaker announced on Weibo (h/t: FoneArena) that its newly announced Helio G90T chipset will power the Redmi Note 8 series. The last time Xiaomi offered a MediaTek-powered Redmi Note was in the Chinese version of the Redmi Note 4.
Read: MediaTek chip guide — All you need to know about MediaTek processors
MediaTek’s latest processor is a 12nm octa-core design (two Cortex-A76 cores and six Cortex-A55 cores), delivering a Mali-G76 GPU, up to 10GB of LPDDR4X RAM, an APU, and 64MP camera support. It’s unclear whether the camera supports 64MP shots with additional image processing (e.g. HDR or night mode) or if it’s just a standard snapshot.
The Helio G90T seems like a big upgrade in theory over the Snapdragon 660 seen in the Redmi Note 7. It appears to be a sideways move in some ways compared to the Note 7 Pro‘s Snapdragon 675, featuring a similar CPU core layout, for one. Qualcomm’s strength is traditionally in the GPU department, but MediaTek is using the Mali-G76 GPU seen on the Galaxy S10 and Huawei P30 series. We’ll need to wait for real-world results and benchmarks before we make a verdict though.
Original article, August 21, 2019 (2:05AM ET): The Redmi Note 7 set the bar high earlier this year, offering a 48MP rear camera at a great price. But if you thought 48MPs wasn’t enough, you might want to check out the Redmi Note 8 series launch later this month.
Xiaomi’s Redmi brand confirmed on Weibo that the Redmi Note 8 series will launch on August 29, adding that it will feature a 64MP rear camera. The attached event poster shows what appears to be a quad rear camera setup, featuring three cameras and a fingerprint sensor in one housing, and what could be a fourth sensor next to the flash. Check it out below:
It’s unclear whether the 64MP sensor and/or apparent quad camera setup only applies to the Redmi Note 8 Pro or to the Redmi Note 8 as well. In any event, you can likely expect an ultra-wide camera and a depth sensor as part of the quad camera setup.
We’ve also seen a trend for the likes of Realme and Honor to ditch telephoto cameras in favor of macro cameras on some of their cheaper quad camera phones. So don’t be surprised if Xiaomi does the same thing with the Redmi Note 8 series.
The Redmi Note 8 series might not be the only new smartphones come August 29, as a low-end Redmi device (likely the Redmi 8) has surfaced online too. This device packs a 5,000mAh battery, 2GB to 4GB of RAM, 16GB to 64GB of storage, a 6.2-inch 720p display, and a pair of rear cameras.
News of a new Redmi Note family comes a day after Xiaomi confirmed that it sold 20 million Redmi Note 7 units worldwide since launch. Do you think the Redmi Note 8 will do better than the Note 7 series?
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