Manu Kumar Jain, Xiaomi’s global vice president and its India unit’s managing director, confirmed in a tweet that the Redmi 8 will debut in India October 9. He says it will come with a “flagship” Sony camera sensor usually seen in ₹20,000 (around P14,604 or $282) phones.
Jain didn’t say what sensor it will be, but speculation is it will have the 12-megapixel Sony IMX363 also found in the Redmi 8A. A Redmi 8 Pro variant is also expected to launch, which could come equipped with a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor found in the Redmi Note 7 Pro.
The teaser hints at a large battery, which is rumored to be a 5,000mAh battery with fast-charging support and a USB Type-C port.
I *accidentally* showed you a glimpse of our next launch 😆🤭— #MiFan Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) October 4, 2019
But it's no accident that #Redmi8 comes packed with Flagship #Sony Camera sensor that is usually only seen in ₹20K+ mobiles! 🤩
Arriving on 9th Oct. Are you ready for some #BatteryCameraAction?#Xiaomi ♥️ #Redmi pic.twitter.com/I0hKEuhCX2
Redmi 8 teaser
A leaked Google Play Console listing reveals other rumored specs of the phone, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 chipset (which also powers the Redmi 8A), Adreno 505 GPU, 6.21-inch display with 1,520 x 720 resolution, 3GB or 4GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB internal, and Android 9 Pie with Xiaomi’s MIUI 10 user interface.
The Redmi 8 is said to get a polycarbonate build, dual-camera setup on the back (12MP + 2MP configuration), 8MP front-facing camera, 3.5mm headphone jack, and fingerprint scanner. The handset could come in red, green, and blue colors.
Reports are going around that the 3GB/32GB model could be priced at ₹8,999 (P6,566 or $127), while a China Telecom listing says the 4GB/64GB variant costs ¥1,599 (P11,568 or $224). The latter is probably a placeholder amount.
Pricing and the configurations are speculations at this point, so it’s important to take these with a grain of salt. And because of taxes and other dues, these phone prices could also be higher once they reach the Philippines.
Feature image via Weibo
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