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How did the Redmi Note 8 series change the PH mid-range smartphone market?

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A month back, Xiaomi introduced the Redmi Note 8 series in the Philippines, the Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro. For me, these two phones changed the mid-range smartphone market. Here are the reasons why.
How did the Redmi Note 8 series change the PH mid-range smartphone market?
Redmi Note 8 and Note 8 Pro

How did the Redmi Note 8 series change the PH mid-range smartphone market?

Gorilla Glass protected phones
Gorilla Glass protected phones

1. Both are equipped with premium materials for the price - Redmi Note 8 and Note 8 Pro belongs to the few with Gorilla Glass 5 protected front and back. The back of Note 8 uses 2.5D curved glass while Redmi Note 8 Pro has the more premium-looking 3D curved glass.

The Redmi Note 8 and Note 8 Pro have big screens with tiny dot drop notches at 6.3-inch and 6.53-inch, respectively.

The two have P2i water splash resistance as well. Not all mid-rangers has that feature.
Note 8
Note 8

2. Arguably the best specs on paper for the price - Redmi Note 8 is one of the very few that runs with the power-efficient 11nm Snapdragon 665 chip in its class.
Note 8 Pro
Note 8 Pro

Redmi Note 8 Pro is the only one with the gaming-focused MediaTek Helio G90T in the country yet. It even has liquid cooling to reduce the temperature of the phone by 4 to 6 degrees.

Redmi Note 8 has up to 4GB RAM and 128GB storage while Note 8 Pro has up to 8GB RAM and 128GB storage.

Note 8 has a large 4,000mAh battery while Note 8 Pro even has a bigger 4,500mAh juice. Both can be charged via USB-C with fast-charging support. Note 8 Pro even supports QC 3.0, QC 4+, USB PD, MTK PE fast charging protocols.

For me, despite its low PHP 7,990 starting price, Redmi Note 8 can compete with even against the OPPO A9 2020 priced at PHP 15,990.

On the other hand, for its starting price of PHP 11,490, the Redmi Note 8 Pro beats everything in its path.

To beat it (as of writing), you need to spend at least PHP 18,990 and get the likes of Mi 9T Pro or Nova 5T.
Quad-camera beasts
Quad-camera beasts

3. Powerful cameras - Redmi Note 8 has some of the best cameras for its price. It is also one of the very few with a quad-camera system under PHP 10K. In particular, we discovered that its 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP cameras can compete even against the PHP 18,990 Samsung Galaxy A50s.

The proof? Watch our video here.

On the other hand, the Redmi Note 8 Pro is the most affordable with a 64MP shooter yet. While I haven't personally tested it yet, it is a very promising camera phone.
Redmi Note 8 Pro camera details
Redmi Note 8 Pro camera details

In particular, it is using the 64MP f/1.8 Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 w/ PDAF, EIS + 8MP f/2.2 120-degree ultra wide-angle + 2MP f/2.4 2cm macro + 2MP f/2.4 depth w/ LED flash at the back and the 20MP f/2.0 shooter in front.

Redmi Note 8 Specs

Display: 6.3-inch 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 5 protected IPS screen w/ FHD+ 2340 x 1080 resolution at 409 ppi
CPU: 2.0GHz 64-bit Snapdragon 665 AIE octa-core processor
GPU: Adreno 610
RAM: 3GB/4GB
ROM: 32GB/64GB/128GB expandable via microSD card slot up to 256GB
Back Camera: 48MP f/1.8 Samsung ISOCELL Bright GM2 w/ PDAF, EIS + 8MP f/2.2 120-degree ultra wide-angle + 2MP f/2.4 2cm macro + 2MP f/2.4 depth w/ LED flash
Selfie Camera: 13MP f/2.0 w/ AI portrait
Battery: 4,000mAh w/ 18W fast charging
OS: Android 9.0 Pie w/ MIUI 10
Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz/5GHz), 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, FM Radio, GPS, GLONASS, dual SIM (hybrid)
Sensors:  Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic
Others: Fingerprint sensor, IR blaster, USB-C, Smart PA, P2i water splash resistance, Colors: space black, neptune blue, moonlight white
Dimensions: 164.4 x 75.6 x 9.3 mm
Weight: 198 g
Price: PHP 7,990 (3GB/32GB), PHP 8,990 (4GB/64GB), PHP 9,990 (4GB/128GB)

Redmi Note 8 Pro Specs

Display: 6.53-inch 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 5 protected IPS screen w/ FHD+ 2340 x 1080 resolution at 395 ppi
CPU: 2.05GHz 64-bit Helio G90T octa-core processor
GPU: Mali-G76 3EEMC4
RAM: 6GB/8GB
ROM: 64GB/128GB UFS 2.1 expandable via microSD card slot up to 256GB
Back Camera: 64MP f/1.8 Samsung ISOCELL Bright GW1 w/ PDAF, EIS + 8MP f/2.2 120-degree ultra wide-angle + 2MP f/2.4 2cm macro + 2MP f/2.4 depth w/ LED flash
Selfie Camera: 20MP f/2.0 w/ AI portrait
Battery: 4,500mAh w/ 18W fast charging (supports QC 3.0, QC 4+, USB PD, MTK PE)
OS: Android 9.0 Pie w/ MIUI 10
Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz/5GHz), 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, FM Radio, NFC, tGPS, GLONASS, dual SIM (hybrid)
Sensors:  Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic
Others: Fingerprint sensor, IR blaster, USB-C, Smart PA, IP52 water splash resistance, Colors: forest green, mineral grey, pearl white
Dimensions: 161.37 x 76.4 x 8.79 mm
Weight: 199.8
Price: PHP 11,490 (6GB/64GB), PHP 12,990 (6GB/128GB)

That's it! Those are the reasons why the Redmi Note 8 phones are highly regarded phones for their respective price points.

To recall, the Redmi Note 8 starts at PHP 7,990 while the Redmi Note 8 Pro starts at PHP 11,490.

The two phones are currently on sale at Lazada's ongoing 11.11 campaign as well.

Crazy right?
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