Redmi Note 8 2021 Announced: Doesn’t quite feel like a 2021 smartphone

Redmi Note 8 2021 launch Price in Nepal Specifications Features Availability
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Redmi Note 8 is among the most successful smartphones in Redmi’s Note lineup, having sold 25 million units globally. The sheer popularity of the device has given the company enough confidence to refresh the model almost 2 years after its initial launch. Here, the Redmi Note 8 2021 is now official, with its detailed specs listed on Xiaomi’s global website. Let’s learn more about the Redmi Note 8 2021 including its features, expected price in Nepal, and more.

Redmi Note 8 2021 Overview:

Design and Display

Design-wise, the Redmi Note 8 2021 looks and feels exactly like its 2019 edition. At a time where mid-range phones have evolved to punch-hole cutouts, its waterdrop notch looks quite outdated. The 6.3-inch FHD panel has a noticeable chin with Redmi branding. Similarly, both the front and the back of the phone are protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5.

Redmi Note 8 2021 Design and Display

At the back, we have an elongated pill-shaped camera bump. The rear panel also houses a physical fingerprint scanner. The phone has a splash-resistant nano-coating as well.

Performance and Memory

Under the hood, Redmi Note 8 2021 is powered by MediaTek Helio G85. It’s the same chipset that was used in last year’s Redmi Note 9. The company claimed back then that this chip performs 21% better than the Snapdragon 665 on the Redmi Note 8 (2019).

You get 4GB of LPDDR4X RAM that can be paired with either 64GB or 128GB of eMMC 5.1 storage. The device is already running on the latest MIUI 12.5 based on Android 11.

Camera

On the other hand, the camera setup has remained pretty much the same. The 48MP f/1.79 primary camera features a 1/2” sensor. It takes 12MP photos by default. Here, four 0.8µm pixels combine to form a Super Pixel of 1.6µm. There is an 8MP ultrawide camera and two additional 2MP sensors for macro and portrait shots.

Redmi Note 8 2021 Camera

Still, this 2021 edition can only record up to 1080p 30fps videos while the original Redmi Note 8 was capable of 4K recording.

Rest of the specs

The phone gets its juice from a 4,000mAh battery. A 22.5W charger is included in the box when the phone can only charge up to 18W. There is dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.2 in terms of wireless connectivity. Redmi Note 8 2021 is available in three color options – Neptune Blue, Moonlight White, and Space Blue.

Despite “2021” in the moniker, the phone doesn’t feel like it justifies its name. The design is the same and it borrows the majority of the specs from the 2019 model too. The biggest change here is the Helio G85 that is already a year old by now. Also, the phone misses out on features like a side-mounted fingerprint scanner and a higher refresh rate that are now popular in a 2021 mid-range smartphone.

Redmi Note 8 2021 Specifications:

  • Display: 6.3-inches IPS panel, Corning Gorilla 5, 500 nits
  • Resolution: FHD+ (2300 x 1080 pixels), 19.5:9
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio G85, 12nm Mobile Platform
  • GPU: Arm Mali-G52 MP2
  • Memory: 4GB LPDDR4X RAM, 64/128GB eMMC 5.1
  • Software & UI: MIUI 12.5 on top of Android 11
  • Rear Camera: Quad;
    – 48MP primary shooter
    – 8MP ultra-wide sensor
    – 2MP macro sensor
    – 2MP depth sensor
  • Front Camera: 13MP lens (notch)
  • Security: Fingerprint scanner (rear-mounted), Face unlock
  • Battery: 4000mAh with 18W fast charging

Redmi Note 8 2021 Price in Nepal & Availability

Since the phone has been listed on Redmi’s global site, the company may be looking for a global launch. As of now, Redmi is yet to comment on the availability and price of the Note 8 2021. We will update you with the official price and availability once the Redmi Note 8 2021 launches in Nepal.

  • Meanwhile, check out our review of the Mi 11X (POCO F3).