Xiaomi is once again the top brand when it comes to smartphone shipments in India. Thanks to the success of its sub-brand Redmi, the Chinese company shipped 12.6 million units, growing at 8.5 per cent year-over-year in the third quarter of 2019 that ended on September 30. In October, it launched the Redmi Note 8 and the Redmi Note 8 Pro smartphones in India, and today, the Pro variant will be available for purchase via various platforms.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro will be available for purchase through Amazon.in, Mi.com, and Mi Home Stores from 12 p.m. today. The Redmi Note 8 Pro can be purchased at a price of Rs 14,999 for the 6GB RAM + 64GB storage variant. The 6GB RAM + 128GB storage version comes a price tag of Rs 15,999. There is a top-end variant with 8GB RAM + 128GB storage model that can be purchased for Rs 17,999. Customers can choose between Gamma Green, Halo White, and Shadow Black colour options.
The Redmi Note 8 Pro sports a 6.53-inch full-HD+ display that offers 1080 x 2340 pixels resolution, an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 aspect ratio, and 91.4 screen-to-body ratio. The smartphone is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio G90T chipset, which comes coupled with up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The handset comes with a 4,500mAh battery with 18W fast charging support. The phone runs MIUI 10 based on Android Pie OS.
In the camera department, the Redmi Note 8 Pro also features a quad rear camera setup that includes a 64MP primary sensor with an f/1.89 lens. The camera setup also includes an 8MP sensor with an ultra-wide f/2.2 lens that has a field-of-view of 120 degrees. The camera module has two 2MP sensors -- one with macro lens and the other for depth sensing. On the front, the phone houses a 20MP sensor with f/2.0 lens in the notch.
At the launch event, Anuj Sharma, Head of Marketing, Xiaomi India, claimed that the company has sold 100 million units of Redmi Note Series around the world. Xiaomi also claims that it sold over 12 million Xiaomi devices in one month during festive sales period - from September 28 till October 29. Out of the 12 million devices, about 8.5 million were smartphones, including the Redmi Note 8 Pro. This translates into 37 per cent YoY growth in smartphone sales, Xiaomi claims.